Emerald Green

Werner’s characteristic colors, which are the foundational colors, have no composition listed in the nomenclature. You can see Source Material for its citation, but if you’d prefer not to look at other pages of my website, then we can just leave this on a more mysterious note.

Emerald on top, with some other colors thrown into the mix.

What interests me about the emerald is its symbolism and numerological meaning. It’s the birthstone of the month of May, and is associated with the number two. The number two symbolizes the duality in man, in his inclinations—it represents the beginning, the first letter in Genesis, and the second letter of the aleph bet. It also is representative of truth, which is associated with the number nine. Pregnancy is associated with the number nine, and the emerald is also symbolic of love.

The Egyptians thought the emerald was a gift from the god of wisdom—Thoth. Wisdom interests me because it has its own duality. It’s not just intelligence, but the combination of knowledge and understanding, as well as intuition and foresight, and ethics based on some organized morality.

Some say that morality is not necessarily a trait of wisdom, and therefore ethics are not necessary. I assume because morality is so subjective, and ethics are defined by the law that corresponds to whatever moral code is in question. I think this is why the country where I live might adopt the idea of a collective spirituality to its benefit.

This is not to say that everybody “has to be the same thing”, but rather that people might help themselves if they could accept that there are people in this world that don’t share the same spiritual beliefs. Because this is a fact. And then, just, basically, if everyone went about their own spiritual business as if it’s a sacred, private thing that’s above being rammed where it isn’t wanted. The Divine Name is not to be treated with this disgusting sort of belligerence, to be thrown around and shoved down a throat. At least, that’s my opinion.

This is the tricky thing about a common morality as opposed to a collective spirituality: to one form of spiritual belief, a moral code may be as foundational as it is irrelevant to another. So, in my opinion, again, it seems that it’s necessary to embrace a collective spirituality, to ensure cohesion in society, to sustain communities of diverse ideas and to develop tolerance for ephemera that don’t all originate in the same person’s head. Anyway, the emerald.

I think about wisdom in our world, and I feel like it’s only found in nature.