Color has been investigated and used for thousands years. Throughout the centuries, different civilizations have experimented and learned more about color. We are still learning today about how color affects our lives and its importance in our lives.
According to Indian astrology every planet has its own favorite color. One can change the influence of these colors by wearing different color clothes according to his/her horoscope. Various color gems are also recommended for it.
Early theory about color
Aristotle did some of the early studies and theories about light and color. He discovered that by mixing two colors, a third is produced. He did this with a yellow and blue piece of glass, which when brought together produced green. He also discovered that light travels in waves.
Plato and Pythagoras also studied light.
During the Middle Ages, Paracelsus reintroduced the knowledge and philosophy of color using the power of the color rays for healing along with music and herbs. Unfortunately, the poor man was hounded throughout Europe and ridiculed for his work. Most of his manuscripts were burnt, but now many people think him to be one of the greatest doctors and healers of his time. A man, it would seem, very much ahead of his time. Not only do we now use Color Therapy once again, but, his other ideas, using herbs and music in healing, can also be seen reflected in many of the complementary therapies and are becoming quite common.
A pioneer in the field of color, Isaac Newton in 1672, published his first, controversial paper on color, and forty years later, his work ‘Opticks’. Newton passed a beam of sunlight through a prism. When the light came out of the prism it was not white but of seven different colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. The spreading into rays was called dispersion by Newton and he called the different colored rays the spectrum. He learnt that when light rays were passed again through a prism the rays turned back into white light. If only one ray was passed through the prism it would come out the same color as it went in. Newton concluded that white light was made up of seven different colored rays.