Fwd: Color My World
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How many of you oldies but goodies out there remember the original 48
crayon box of Crayolas? I remember being especially intrigued by the
crayon called "Flesh" because when I rubbed it on my skin, it didn't
seem to leave a mark. It was truly the color of my Irish Caucasian
skin --- akin to peaches'n'cream, according to my mother who was only
Many of you are too young to remember this crayon by that name because
in 1962, at the behest of the Civil Rights movement in the USA, the
Crayola company changed the name of their Flesh crayon to Peach.
Decades later, I was to study the color theories of Goethe and Rudolf
Steiner. There I came across the designation "Peach Blossom"
("Pfirischebluete) which was the name given to the startling color
that arises when violet light meets red, but which today we call Magenta.
Peach Blossom as a flower is the state flower of Delaware and its
color is definitely that of the prismatic meeting of red and violet.
Yet within anthroposophy, peach-blossom is said to be the color of
white Caucasian skin.
How can this be? Is there a hint in the Crayola name change from
Flesh to Peach? Yet the color of peach fruit is closest to the color
of my skin. What gives here?
I recall a discussion at Rudolf Steiner College with a painting
teacher about this skin color discrepancy between the obviously
brighter pink of the peach blossom flower and the much duller and
drabber hue of my own skin as the color of peach fruit --- a fresh
peach, not the canned sliced variety.
The explanation given was that the peach blossom hue was the
enhancement of the normal Flesh=Peach crayon skin color of Caucasian
skin. That is, peach blossom expressed the rosy-cheeked, living,
joyous spiritual enhancement of the more beige-like flesh color. It
is, according to Steiner's color circle, the "living image of the
soul." As such, peach blossom was the color of the etheric whereas
"normal" flesh = peach fruit color was the color of physical skin.
Also, the peach blossom color expresses the equilibrium of the strong
will forces of red and the contemplative thinking forces of violet.
I bring these colors up because of the passage Peter S. posted on the
coming white vs. yellow war for the future of human evolution.
Peter S. quoting Steiner wrote:
In the sixth post-Atlantean Culture epoch the task will be to know the
spirit as something hovering in the surroundings, to recognise the
spirit more in the elemental world, because that epoch must prepare
the knowledge of the spirit in the physical environment. That could
not easily come about if ancient atavistic forces were not preserved
which recognise the spirit in its purely elemental life. But these
things do not enter the world without the most violent struggles.
White humanity is still on the way to take the spirit more and more
deeply into its own being.
Yellow humanity is on the way to conserve that age in which the spirit
is held away from the body, is sought purely outside the human
This makes it inevitable that the transition from the fifth culture
epoch to the sixth will will bring about a violent struggle of the
white and yellow races in the most varied domains. What precedes these
struggles will occupy world-history up to the decisive events of the
great contests between the white world and the coloured world."
White, Yellow, Flesh, Peach, Peach Blossom. The white world and the
coloured world. What is it about skin color that is so contentious?
Now I also remember a crayon called "Indian Red" whose name was
changed to something like "Chestnut" or "Maple Syrup" because of
Native American objections. There was no Chinese Yellow crayon. But
when I drew anyone Chinese, I would color them in with the Maize crayon.
Does yellow in Chinese skin bring more will forces than the more
balanced Caucasians. Will that give the Chinese an advantage in the
coming Ultimate Fighting Championship?
But, I digress. Let's just focus on peach blossom at the moment.
Here I quote one non-anthroposophical and then one anthroposophical
source on the relation of peach blossom to skin color as expressed in
Steiner's Color theory.
Peach blossom, on the other hand, is the "colour of human
incarnation", the "colour of human skin". This colour explains the
moment when the human soul withdraws from the face, and the face
assumes a greenish hue. Accordingly, says Steiner, we can view peach
blossom as the "image of the soul", and more exactly, as the living
image of the soul. Steiner emphasises that death does not lurk behind
peach blossom (as is the case with green), since when the colour of
peach blossom disappears the soul will indeed withdraw, but not life
Then Edward Reaugh Smith
Peach-blossomone's human nature is revealed by the way the soul flows
into one's physical form in the color of one's skin. Thus,
peach-blossom represents the living image of the soul.
Here is a Wikipedia entry on the color of peach
Here a comprehensive and historical list of all the Crayola crayon colors.
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