Of the color wavelengths in the visible spectrum, those we delineate as being purple have the shortest, most energetic waves, before leaving visibility and turning to the ultra-violet. That is perhaps part of why purple is a color associated with profound spiritual, emotional, intellectual and psychological states. We attach purple to the highest levels of all human conditions. It is connected to mysticism and religion, to royalty and temporal power of the greatest kind, to mourning and loss, to violently passionate love, to inspired creativity and to seriousness of purpose.
Even when we see purple in use in playful ways, it retains in our psyches a weight that makes it hard to see as frivolous. And so, it has become, for this and other reasons the go to color for persons in the highest of offices.
This connection to the spiritual includes any part of what we call mysticism; magic, shamanism and faerie. So much has this connection become part of our cultural road map it has reached icon status, and gets referred to almost as a joke.
In the time I have been blogging here and on facebook I have many times posted garments that are purple, and in every case, the reaction from readers has been fast and positive. We seem to bond to purple quickly, in the same way we respond to red, which exists at the opposite end of the visible color range. I know that I have always been drawn to purple. In fact some of my living room walls are a deeply intense shade of it. So I make a purple a color I interact with every day significantly.
Take a moment when you can to look at where your day intersects with purple. It could be revelatory. (slyly smiling)