Reader: ZSL's Passionate Pinky Rainbow Observation Ties in with Goethe's Color Theory
September 25, 2012
Reader: ZSL's Passionate Pinky Rainbow Observation Ties in with Goethe's Color Theory (Sep. 25, 2012)
re: Passionate Pinky by ZS Livingstone (Sep. 11, 2012)
Subject: Pink color in spectrum
Date: Tue, September 25, 2012
To: Ken Adachi
I appreciate your website and really look forward to ZSL's posts. His last post"Passionate Pinky" prompted me to write.
I believe the pink color showing up in the spectrum was identified by Goethe in his Theory of Color.
A handy book concerning this is "The Rediscovery of Color" by Heinrich Proskauer. The book may be out of print but used copies are around. It came with black, white and colored plates and a small prism for viewing them.
When viewing a white strip on a black background through a prism, the well known ROYGBIV spectrum appears. Goethe saw the ROY band and the BIV band as being polar opposites with green being the transitional color joining them.
When viewing a black line on a white background you will see what has been called a "reverse spectrum" ; BIV Pink ROY , the pink color is partially obscured by the black line. Goethe called this color "peach blossom," again a transitional color joining the two bands. This color is almost in the infra red or ultra violet areas.
Goethe envisioned a color circle with peach blossom at the top, and then, clockwise, violet, indigo. blue, green at the bottom , yellow, orange , red , back to PB. PB is opposite green with PB being the color of human flesh and green being the color of the earth's plant kingdom.
" ... we may expect a complete colour-cycle to appear as already divined by Goethe, the full circle consists of twelve discernible colours with the Goethean peach-blossom diametrically opposite the green. It is in this region of the peach-blossom that... we shall find a source of actively working life forces.." page 385 , from the book ' Man or Matter ' by Ernst Lehr published in 1951
This is the color of mammals, specifically humans and human love. Perhaps it's appearance is suggestive of Anastasia's idea [Ringing Cedars of Russia book series] of men and women re-connecting with the land and nature to heal us and help us get through these times.
Wow, great letter. It's amazing that you should mention Man or Matter by Ernst Lehr, since I mention that very book in an article I wrote some years ago about Trevor Constable and the Visual Ray. What's even more amazing is the color theory ideas you mention above fits so well with the thesis of a remarkable, self published book I obtained from the late Duane L. Whitlock called The Search for Intelligent Design (2006). I talked to Duane on a number of occasions on the phone before his passing and I was stunned by the depth of this man's understanding of the true nature of matter and energy and how it all stems from LIGHT .
Thanks for writing.
Best Regards, Ken
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