In meditation and healing sessions it’s common for people to visualise a pure, white light surrounding them, with the white light washing away impurities and bringing a new sense of life, calmness and vitality. In healing, it’s also often used as a colour for protection, for cleansing emotional shock and bringing comfort and peace.
Wearing the colour white, or crystals which are white, such as opal, clear crystal quartz, white moonstone, opalite or white topaz, can reinforce your desire for purity, calmness and cleansing. Many people also choose to use white in interior decoration for similar reasons.
In the Western World, a bride’s gown is traditionally made of white material, said to represent chastity and virginity. This custom of wearing white is believed to have originated from Ancient Greece, where the temples were made of white marble and dedicated to the goddess Athena.
White is also the colour of the moon and of doves, and has a strong association with peace. At the other end of the spectrum it can mean surrender too, as a white flag is flown during conflict or war to show a person or side has surrendered.
In some cultures, white animals are considered sacred, like the white buffalo in Native American cultures. For Asian cultures, white is the sign of mourning – they wear white to funerals, instead of black.
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