Between my shadow and my soul

Colours or Twilight Wanderings

Black and white photos are sometimes so beautiful. Their simplicity highlights their lines and expressions and you see so much more than you usually would. But God created colour to make the world vibrate and buzz with life. Life is seldom black and white and things are seldom easy to see or figure out. Colour is magic.

I sometimes wonder if everyday there are different colours of magic dust floating around. These are the colours I have experienced:

Bright green: the magic you get from true friendship, pruned through experience and loyalty. Pliant, lively and mischievous, like a tree imp.

Regal dark purple: the magic of blood, kindred traditions, obligations and duty. Keeps you going beyond etiquette and formality, when all bonds are broken, those of kindred hold strong.

Bright red: an attractive magic; filled with power lust and feelings of superiority. This dust is experienced when those with power yield it mercilessly and it fills their head with a certain illusion of grandeur and importance.

Shiny yellow: superficial, glittery magic, found when buying a designer pair of stillettos or being surrounded by opulence and luxury. What a high, yet with no inner substance.

Misty grey: the magic of demisting; that ethereal sadness when fog clouds your heart with despair, you feel like life cannot carry on yet the magic lies in the human will to survive and overcome. Misty grey magic dulls the senses and makes life effortful, teaching us what we should be grateful for when it has been swept away by the wind.

Magenta purple- the magic found in romantic love. Causing the skin to glow, and the eyes to shine, this magic dust keeps the nerves skipping and the world dancing. Its depth is endless and holds many secrets not readily apparent.

Turquoise blue: Calming, the magic one finds in faith and divine belief. It descends on one’s soul like a balm during the least opportune moments and refreshes your outlook and actions.

**This colour thing is ultra subjective. Do you agree with mycolurs or have you created your own?
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On Fantasy: Watching lord of the rings for the first time made my love for Harry Potter waiver since so many of the ideas are similair. In the movies, Gandalf resembles Dumbledore, Harry resembles Frodo, Pippin and Merry resemble Fred and George, the ring is like Harry’s scar and also like a horcrux, etcetera. Yet I realised at the end, Rowling’s genius lay in taking these fantastical ideas and embedding them in a modern Muggle setting. However, this could also in the long-term be her downfall since the modern world is changing so rapidly. By creating a fantastical world removed from reality, Tolkien’s Middle Earth and even Pratchett’s Discworld keep themselves accessible to the imagination over generations.
On another note, Samwise was my hero. The shire lifestyle reminds me so much of how I grew up, in a sheltered, narrowminded comfortable environment not embracing the apartheid struggle or being instrumental in political affairs The reaction of the people of Gondor to the threat of Sauron reminds me much of our current suburbian citizens to the threat of crime. We retreat into complexes or emigrate which just exacerbates the ever-growing threat. It is only when we stand up against this injustice, hopefully with a leader such as Aragorn or Gandalf, that crime can be defeated.

7 shared ideas:

Waseem June 30, 2008 at 8:56 AM  

Is that why you wore turquoise for Memeories of Madeenah :D

I like wearing the colors black and blue cos they go with anything, I'm not a fan of wearing bright colors.

In contrast I like Red and Green as colors, they both signify power and victory for me. I also like Royal Blue.

Crimson Shimmer June 30, 2008 at 11:44 PM  

Please tell me that you are not the lady who’s been filling children’s minds with those: ‘horror’ scopes/ - for i could be convinced.

Very interesting post indeed, I can hardly comment since i’ve never given colour this much thought. Although your post may inspire a start. I’ve always been fond of the combination of silver and black, gold and black or red and black. I can foresee my wedding day being a disaster but im sure there’ll be new colours by then.

Noorjehaan July 1, 2008 at 9:26 AM  

Waseem you're such a closet metro remmebering what people wear. Colours are highly symbolic,interesting to analyse yours.

CS- as a kid my dream wedding was purple, black and silver. Black rocks:) I will be awaiting a post on colours...

Parasputin July 1, 2008 at 11:01 AM  

People say "green with envy" but I always picture visible beams of jealousy in the purple end of the spectrum, referred to by my group of friends as "purple gasat(hasad)-beams"

I had a friend who was fixated on the idea that some day her farts may be visible as a green cloud, so kept checking behind her to make sure when she dropped one. Add that to your definition of Obsessive Compulsive.

Prixie July 1, 2008 at 1:03 PM  

what i do with colours is match them to perfumes...for eg heavy perfumes like opium i will wear with maroon or balck outfits.

as for the lord of the rings - i found exactly those similarities with harry potter. oh n i watch all three lords of the rings at one arse was sore even thou i was on a lazy boy! ;p

Noorjehaan July 2, 2008 at 11:03 PM  

parasputin- how to abbreviate that? i must be a very hasad-ish person coz i love purple

hmmm prixie not sure if my olfactory senses are that advanced lol

Parasputin July 3, 2008 at 1:04 PM  


look out for them in areas like the Waterfront in CT or Zoo Lake in Jozi on Eid day.

both awash with purple beams.