Red for Valentines

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching it seems appropriate to focus on the colour red. What are the associations with the colour and why is it associated with St Valentine’s Day?
 
I have been doing some research into the body’s chakras, which I find fascinating. Chakras are the circular vortexes of energy that circulate around seven different points on the spinal column, and all of these chakras connect to the body’s organs. These chakras are responsible for disturbing the life energy, which is also known as Qi or Praana
 
The red chakra is the Base, Root Chakra which circles the lower spinal column (see the diagram)
Red symbolizes energy, action, confidence, courage, and change. It also brings passion and strength to your relationships, your life and your work. Red spiritually affects stability, security, grounding, courage, action, as well as physical and emotional survival.
It is a very powerful colour, the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense colour. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure
 
Another reason for the connection to this day of the year is that when a person is attracted to another, chemical reactions take place in the body causing the heart to pump faster and causing your cheeks to turn a rosy red. So, wearing red on Valentine’s Day signifies your attraction / love for another. It is said it can make you more attractive too!
 
So, with all this said, which shade of red is for you? If you have a warm skin tone, a yellowy red will suit you better whereas a cool skin tone will suit a bluer red. Some skin tones cannot cope with red at all as it can be too deep a colour for them. So try wearing a pink or burgundy shade instead.
 
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