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#colourofthemonth: CERULEAN 🧿

“it’s not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean”

The word cerulean comes from the Latin caeruleus, meaning dark blue caelum – which in turn probably derives from caelulum, meaning heaven or sky.

The color for October is Cerulean. Cerulean is a soothing color that promotes love, beauty, and balance. People born in October are peaceful and serene while the color inspires us to take action in our lives. It's also a month of beauty and enhancing beauty. Surrounding ourselves with Cerulean helps us keep balance.

The colour we’re focusing on today is blue, that calming and serene colour that takes up large parts of nature, like the sea and the sky above. The word “blue” is often used to describe a sense of sadness, however, denoting its melancholy vibe. This is a complex colour that can influence us in many ways, so let’s start exploring the psychological effect of the colour blue.

Colours identified as cerulean blue range include the medium blue of cerulean blue pigment, the bright cerulean colour of Crayola crayons, and the sky blue Pantone colour called cerulean. Light and medium shades of turquoise with some green are considered cerulean.

Psychologically, gazing at a blue sky brings a sense of peace and tranquillity to the human spirit," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "Sky blue is imprinted in our psyches as a retiring, quiescent colour. Surrounding yourself with Cerulean blue could bring on a certain peace because it reminds you of time spent outdoors, on a beach, near the water - associations with restful, peaceful, relaxing times. In addition, it makes the unknown a little less frightening because the sky, which is a presence in our lives every day, is a constant and is always there. That's the dependability factor of blue.

Blue is associated with the Throat chakra, the chakra of communication. Blue itself is also connected to the art of communication, and it’s said to improve our communication skills. This colour improves both emotional and general intelligence and makes it easier for us to express our thoughts and feelings to those around us.

Furthermore, surrounding yourself with shades of ocean and cobalt will send healing energy to the Throat chakra, allowing it to unfold. A balanced Throat chakra promotes open, honest, and compassionate communication.

Blue gemstones are believed to aid in creating calm and relaxation in crisis situations or chaotic situations, to open the flow of communication between loved ones, to feel genuinely inspired, and to gain the courage to speak from the heart.

"This stuff’? Oh, okay. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh, I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic 'casual corner' where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of “stuff.”

Shades of blue are often associated with a sense of relaxation and serenity. The vibrations of this shade reduce stress and help stiff muscles loosen into a state of peace. Blue is known as a tranquil colour—so relaxing that it slows the metabolism.

This is a great colour to work with when you’re feeling frazzled or stressed out. Simply exposing yourself to balmy blues will help you release tension and frustrations. If you have a meditation room in your room, painting it a deep cerulean or decorating it with hues of sky and periwinkle will encourage you to sink deeper into your practice.

If you wish to use a cerulean blue colour in the interior, you need to be careful. Blue tones love the sun and natural light. Therefore, you can safely use it in rooms whose windows face south, southeast or southwest. Shady rooms, not illuminated by direct sunlight and facing north, blue colour can make the cold and gloomy.

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