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06 Mar 2012 02:50 #52534 by Cynbad
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I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question so sorry in advance! Anyway I was wondering if there are certain colors that hold significance to Jedis? I am not too familiar with many other religions but I know that there are a lot of symbolic links to colors like white and purple in the Christian faith, and although I know that the movies are fictional and are not directly linked to this religion I wonder if there was a reason the Jedi's seemed to commonly wear brown robes? Would there be certain colors that would be appropriate for certain occasions or symbolize modesty and such?

Sorry I know this might be silly but I am genuinely interested since those kind of symbolic things are exciting to me.

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06 Mar 2012 03:40 #52536 by Akkarin
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Well speaking personally I have no feelings towards colours one way or the other, so that's a no for myself :)

The brown robes are a symbol of simplicity, I guess that makes the brown significant, but the point about being monastic (something which we do not enforce or teach especially) and leading a simple life with few possessions is more important

But as I said we don't teach a monastic lifestyle so I guess the robes are just a homage to our origins :)

As for any other colours, there's the black and white of our symbol and of course some of us (my self included) also like the black and white of the yin and yang

But as with the robes, it is the duality that's being represented that has the greater importance

I hope that answers your question :)

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06 Mar 2012 03:46 #52537 by Cynbad
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Thank you for the reply, you addressed my concerns perfectly :)
I feel a bit silly since I forgot about white and black entirely!

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06 Mar 2012 04:00 #52538 by Akkarin
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Black and white are still technically colours so don't worry, but you're welcome :)

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06 Mar 2012 04:57 #52543 by Justice
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Akkarin has expertly explained things yet again. Personally, my robes have a good bit of grey in them just as a symbol of the grey path I follow. As for an actual breakdown of what general colors stand for, I am not completely sure we have ever attempted to define such in light of the order. Might be a good project for one or two of our up and comers to engage and put up for approval by the council... (Hint, hint...)

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06 Mar 2012 05:38 #52546 by Darren
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I believe there's a brief part in the Jedi Liturgical Book on color. It was near the end. It can be found in the Library, if you'd like to check that out.

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06 Mar 2012 06:20 #52552 by Phortis Nespin
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From the Jedi Liturgical Manual

Both individual Jedi and the community as a whole communicate to each other in a common language ofsymbols or signs which reflect the significance of the seasons, days, feast days and special events. From the beginning of time colors have always been a strongly expressive and reflective form of communication (mood, intention, reverence, worship, experience) in both secular and ecclesiastical worlds. And yet because of the experiential, cultural and social diversity of the individual colors have no one meaning, a cause for a great deal of misunderstanding. The following color scheme is a close as is possible reflection of the Jedi spirituality.

White- a symbol of light, typical for innocence and purity, joy and glory.

Red- a symbol of fire and blood, associated with burning charity and a martyrs' sacrifice.

Green- a symbol typical for vegetation, associated with the hope of eternal life.

Violet- a sombre symbol of the mortified, associated with affliction and melancholy.

Black- a universal symbol of mourning, associated with the sorrow of death and the tomb.

Brown- a familiar symbol for the earth, associated with fertility, stability and knowledge.

Blue- a calming symbol of endless skies, associated with peace and conservative unity.

Gold- a noble symbol of Kings, associated with the purity of the sun which gladdens the heart.

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06 Mar 2012 06:29 #52554 by Akkarin
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Phortis Nespin wrote: White- a symbol of light, typical for innocence and purity, joy and glory.

Red- a symbol of fire and blood, associated with burning charity and a martyrs' sacrifice.

Green- a symbol typical for vegetation, associated with the hope of eternal life.

Violet- a sombre symbol of the mortified, associated with affliction and melancholy.

Black- a universal symbol of mourning, associated with the sorrow of death and the tomb.

Brown- a familiar symbol for the earth, associated with fertility, stability and knowledge.

Blue- a calming symbol of endless skies, associated with peace and conservative unity.

Gold- a noble symbol of Kings, associated with the purity of the sun which gladdens the heart.


I guess the Temple has noted some meanings behind colours :)

I've actually read that but had forgotten it, first time I've seen it come up on the forums (I think)

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06 Mar 2012 06:46 - 06 Mar 2012 07:06 #52558 by Adder
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Violet and Black get a bit of a doing over in that list!! I find Violet quite a powerful color, representative of harmony IMO, its also at the higher end of the range of frequancies in the visible spectrum so could be considered somewhat powerful.

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06 Mar 2012 08:33 #52564 by Cynbad
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Oh goodness thank you all so much! I actually am a bit happy that they have documented some meanings behind those colors. It might be cheesy but I love that sort of stuff, especially if it comes down to sewing my own clothes or choosing certain colors. It somehow just makes what I wear all the more meaningful to me.

I can't thank you all enough, I was a bit overwhelmed to see so many helpful comments :)

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