Do Colors Have Power?

AD asks: “Can you explain what Colorstrology is?”

Colorstrology is the brainchild of a woman named Michele Bernhardt, author of Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says About You, who describes herself as an intuitive, astrologer, numerologist, and metaphysician who believes she can help people with the healing power of color and sound.

During an interview with Goop, the New Age blog of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Bernhardt explained how she came up with a formula based on astrology, numerology, and intuition to create a color system. She looks at a person’s sun sign, their ruling planet, and what element the person belongs to (earth, air, fire, and, water). Because she believes a person’s birthdate carries a “numerological vibration with specific meaning,” all of these elements combine to form a person’s personality and experience which can be expressed through color.


For example, for those who are looking for money, they may want to use May’s Bud Green color. “Green is good for a number of things—like balancing the body—but I would say particularly for prosperity. So, if you’re trying to tune into money, look toward green—you might even get a little green wallet.”

But you don’t necessarily have to wear the color of your birthday month. For example, she advises those who are looking for help with relationships to use October’s light blue color because “it helps bring harmony and balance.”

September’s Baja Blue is when “Mercury and then Venus move through the heavens. “It’s when appreciation for beauty is turned up. This alluring color can open the mind, while helping us to be more discerning.”

As an intuitive, she sometimes wears light shades of cream and white because “these colors reflect things, so I’m less inclined to absorb the emotions around me,” she said.

It’s one thing to wear colors or paint a room in a cheerful color to create a certain ambience, but it’s quite another to ascribe powers to a color such as the ability to attract prosperity. These beliefs, combined with the fact that colorstrology is based in divinatory practices, makes colorstrology off-limits for Catholics.

As the Catechism teaches: “All forms of divination are to be rejected. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, int eh last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone” (No. 2116).

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