From the colours of my eye

Tuesday 2 April 2013, 7.11am HKT

2.15pm local time, 22°C (72°F), cloudy with rain patches

IT’S BEEN DRIZZLING or outright raining these couple of days. So basically I’ve been stuck (locked up?) indoors for my own safety (and everybody else’s) and spent some quality time doing colour and film checking.

Without further gilding of the lillies, I’ll just leave here what I’ve distracted myself into.

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KNOW know your own birthstones (or, indeed, their colours)?

This isn’t an April Fool’s prank — the colours are for real, that is, if you happen to believe that birthstones and zodiac signs are for real (which I disclaim belief in).

Your monitor’s mileage may vary — printing colours don’t reproduce correctly on computer displays, so use the Pantone numbers or the Hex values (for HTML work).

Garnet January

Many varieties of garnets. In fact the garnet is NOT “a” gemstone — it’s a whole GROUP of related gemstones. Main sources are Sri Lanka, Malaya, Madagascar, India, Africa, Uruguay, the USA and Brazil.

▇▇▇▇▇ Garnet Pantone 19-1655 (Hex #943543)

garnet wikipediaAndradite includes the vivid green demantoid garnets (extremely rare and valuable, chromium and iron being the colourants), the yellow-green topazolite (rarer than demantoid, yellow/orange manganese colourants), and the black melanite.

Ladies, if someone ever gives you a demantoid garnet (thinking it shouldn’t be green but red), and you actually refuse it, you’re a “dementoid.”

▇▇▇▇▇ demantoid garnet: green

▇▇▇▇▇ topazolite garnet: yellow-green

▇▇▇▇▇ melanite garnet: black

Ugrandite includes the green tsavorite (vanadium the colourant) and hessonite (red inclining towards orange due to orange-yellow manganese colourants).

▇▇▇▇▇ tsavorite garnet: Deep Green Pantone 17-5633 (Hex #009576)

▇▇▇▇▇ hessonite garnet: Red Orange Pantone 17-1464 (Hex #ef5327)

Rhodolite is rose pink, raspberry to red or violet from combination of pyrope and almandine (whose purple colourant is iron).

▇▇▇▇▇ rhodolite garnet: rose-pink to red

Spessartite is from orange-yellow (the “Mandarin garnet” of Madagascar) to violet red to brown (due to manganese orange colourants).

▇▇▇▇▇ Mandarin garnet: orange-yellow

▇▇▇▇▇ spessartite garnet: violet-red

▇▇▇▇▇ spessartite garnet: brown

▇▇▇▇▇ almandine/almandite garnet: deep red with a brown undertone

▇▇▇▇▇ pyrope garnet: intense deep red (from iron colourants)

(Image via Wikipedia)

Amethyst February

amethyst Intaglio Caracalla wikipediaThe amethyst is usually violet to red-violet through to a deep rich purple. Main sources are Brazil, Uruguay and Zambia, where it can be blood business in those last two places.

▇▇▇▇▇ Amethyst Pantone 18-3015 (Hex #824b77)

What meanings does amethyst represent? I don’t know, but frankly, it’s an expensive undertaking. That’s all the meaning you need to know, ladies.

(Image via Wikipedia: amethyst intaglio of Roman Emperor Caracalla)

Aquamarine March

aquamarine pakistan small wikipediaDon’t diss the aquamarine — it’s cheaper than some gemstones, but not by a whole lot. They also sparkle like there’s no tomorrow, which makes them efficient tools to jack up the jealousy factor when you’re showing off to the ladies.

▇▇▇▇▇ Aquamarine Pantone 14-4313 (Hex#9dc6d8)

The aquamarine is usually sky blue but sometimes sea green (the traditional colour for jealousy). Chief sources are Brazil, Nigeria, Zambia, Madagascar and the Ukraine — definitely blood-money business.

(Image via Wikipedia)

Diamond April

rough diamond wikipediaYou ought to know what this looks like. Traditionally colourless, but sometimes categorised (and price-tagged) as “nearly colourless,” “faintly tinted” (usually yellow), “lightly tinted” (usually yellow), and “tinted” (usually yellow but may progress to brownish).

▇▇▇▇▇ faintly tinted diamond

I did actually study Earth Sciences before (at first-year university level). One of the things we learnt (from a geological point of view) is that the diamond isn’t all that rare or uncommon. The Earth’s crust is littered with the stuff. It’s carbon. There’s a lot of heat and pressure in the Earth’s crust. High temperatures and pressures acting on carbon left over from the Carboniferous Era, ergo, diamonds. Even if you don’t happen to accept the theory of evolution, at least suspend your beliefs and accept the geological trajectory of rock formation — at least when you (ladies) are presented with a diamond, or paying for one (guys).

(Image via Wikipedia)

Emerald May

emeralds cut wikipediaThe emerald is a Big Deal because feasible quantities of it coincides with feasible quantities of coffee plants, coca plants, cocaine (because its extracted from the coca plant) and criminality.

▇▇▇▇▇ Emerald Pantone 17-5641 (Hex #009b77)

Traditionally deep green and highly favoured in Victorian-era jewellery. Chief sources are Columbia (predictably), Brazil, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Some people say it’s a misconception or even an urban myth that the emerald is more valuable than the diamond. It ISN’T a myth. Pound for pound (or carat for carat), the emerald IS actually more valuable because it is RARER than the diamond.

(Image via Wikipedia)

Pearly June

I don’t goddamn recommend anyone ‘testing’ the authenticity of a pearl by biting into it. If it’s fake, you’ll get a punch in the face. If it’s real, you’ll lose your teeth because pearls are seriously hard — and a punch in the face. Either way, you lose.

white pearl necklace small wikipediaTraditionally milky white and far too highly favoured in Victorian-era jewellery. Pearls come in a wide variety of shapes and colours, ranging from white to jet black, and might be classed as white, silver, cream-coloured, gold, green, blue or black.

▇▇▇▇▇ Pearled Ivory Pantone 11-0907 (Hex #f0e4d2)

▇▇▇▇▇ Seedpearl Pantone 12-0703 (Hex #e4ddc6)

▇▇▇▇▇ Mother of Pearl Pantone 12-1006 (Hex #ebdac7)

▇▇▇▇▇ Pearl Blush Pantone 12-1207 (Hex #f3d1c8)

▇▇▇▇▇ Pearl Pantone 12-1304 (Hex #f5ddda)

▇▇▇▇▇ Peach Pearl Pantone 14-1419 (Hex #f9b5a9)

▇▇▇▇▇ Pearl Blue Pantone 14-4206 (Hex #aebac1)

▇▇▇▇▇ Smoked Pearl Pantone 18-0000 (Hex #66686a)

Chief sources are the Persian Gulf (it isn’t all oil there), the Gulf of Mannar (large shallow bay forming part of the Laccadive Sea in the Indian Ocean), the South Pacific (“the South Seas” to old-fashioned Brits), the Gulf of California, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific coast of Mexico, Europe, Japan, Australia — and your nearest costume jewellery shop!

(Image via Wikipedia)

Ruby July

cut ruby small wikipediaPopular in Victorian-era jewellery. For some reason, I gathered it’s not especially favoured among the Jewish community, but the Japanese like rubies a lot (and sapphires too), though the Chinese less so.

▇▇▇▇▇ Ruby Pantone 19-1629 (Hex #77353d)

Chief sources are Burma (where it’s damn real blood-money business), Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Cambodia, Afghanistan and India.

(Image via Wikipedia)

Peridot August

Peridot (“peri-doh” for Brits, “peri-dot” for Americans) is gem-quality olivine.

peridot small wikipediaThe best peridot is traditionally a sparkling lime green with no brownish or olive cast. Otherwise, colours range from lime, yellowish green, olive green or medium dark green. Chrysolite (“kree-so-light”) is a golden-yellow variety of peridot.

▇▇▇▇▇ Peridot Pantone 17-0336 (Hex #7b9344)

▇▇▇▇▇ WordPress olive

▇▇▇▇▇ WordPress yellow-green

(Image via Wikipedia)

Sapphire September

blue sapphire small wikipediaThe sapphire is famous for its high erosion resistance. They always look brand new. Chief sources are Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, the Kashmir region of India/Pakistan, Australia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, China and the USA.

▇▇▇▇▇ Star Sapphire Pantone 18-4041 (Hex #386499)

▇▇▇▇▇ Blue Sapphire Pantone 18-4231 (Hex #126180)

▇▇▇▇▇ Dark Sapphire Pantone 19-4020 (Hex #352733)

Sapphires are mainly blue in colour. It also come in yellow, purple, orange or a greenish colour because of the presence of trace amounts of elements such as iron, titanium, chromium or other heavy metals. Red-coloured sapphire is sometimes called a ruby, and I don’t know why that is so.

(Image via Wikipedia)

Opal October

opal doublet wikipediaOpal comes from Australia, Mexico and the USA, and comes int several types of colours. The usual is the white opal, which has a white body with pastel glints of rainbow colours. Black opal has a blue, grey or black body. Crystal or “water” opal is transparent or colourless, but contains flashes of colour within it. Fire opal is a transparent or translucent opal with a yellow, orange or red body that may also have colour flashes.

▇▇▇▇▇ Opal Blue Pantone 12-5406 (Hex #c6e2da)

▇▇▇▇▇ Opaline Green Pantone 14-0226 (Hex #a5c780)

▇▇▇▇▇ Opal Pantone 14-5718 (Hex #6ed1b4)

▇▇▇▇▇ Opal Gray Pantone 16-3801 (Hex #a49e9d)

The black Boulder opal from central Queensland and parts of New South Wales in Australia contains ironstone and enjoys the reputation as being as the most brilliant and stunning opal in the world (which means the pricetag is brilliant and stunning too).

(Image via Wikipedia)

Topaz November

large topaz gemstones small wikipediaCommonly colourless, it can also be light to medium blue, violet-yellow, pink, peach, gold, green, red, and brown. Topaz with orange-red and pink colours are rare and highly valuable, so don’t chuck it in the dustbin thinking it’s some coloured glass.

▇▇▇▇▇ Topaz Pantone 16-1150 (Hex #d3833d)

▇▇▇▇▇ Blue Topaz Pantone 14-4310 (Hex #72a7d4)

Chief sources are Brazil, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and China. Strangely, not much favoured among the Chinese.

(Image via Wikipedia)

Turquoise December

Ask the Iranians or the Native Americans (still politically incorrectly “American Indians” or even “Red Indians” to old-fashioned Brits) because ‘them boys’ know a thing or two about turquoise.

turquoise small wikipediaTraditionally sky blue, turquoise also comes in blue-green through various shades of green (including apple green) to green and yellowish grey. Popular in Victorian-era jewellery and, unsurprisingly, Western cowboy gear.

▇▇▇▇▇ Pastel Turquoise Pantone 13-5309 (Hex #97c7c7)

▇▇▇▇▇ Blue Turquoise Pantone 15-5217 (Hex #55b4b0)

▇▇▇▇▇ Turquoise Pantone 15-5519 (Hex #45b8ac)

▇▇▇▇▇ Dusty Turquoise Pantone 16-5114 (Hex #64a1a1)

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Chief sources are Iran, the USA, Africa, Australia, Siberia and Europe. Not, unfortunately, favoured by any East Asian I’ve come across because they seem to regard it as cheap coloured rock.

(Image via Wikipedia)



BELIEVE IT OR NOT, Pantone (the world leader in colour specifications) has an official set of colours for each month of the the year.

Again, colours don’t reproduce correctly on computer displays, so use the Pantone numbers, or the Hex values for HTML work.

january barcelona apartments blog

(via Barcelona Apartments Blog)

The whole of Sweet January is…

▇▇▇▇▇ Caramel Pantone 16-1439 (Hex #bf7651)

JAN 14 is ▇▇▇▇▇ Baked Clay Pantone 18-1441 (Hex #a05747)


february cincinnati review

(via Cincinnati Review)

The whole of Wispy February is…

▇▇▇▇▇ Sheer Lilac Pantone 16-3617 (Hex #bd97cb)

FEB 20 is ▇▇▇▇▇ Sheer Lilac Pantone 16-3617 (Hex #bd97cb)

march bearskinarttattoo-com

(via Bear’s Skin Art)

The whole of Mad March is…

▇▇▇▇▇ Fair Aqua Pantone 12-5409 (Hex #bfe9e3)

MAR 01 is ▇▇▇▇▇ Pistachio Green Pantone 13-0221 (Hex #aedb9f)


april seeds in the city

(via Seeds in the City)

The whole of Spicy April is…

▇▇▇▇▇ Cayenne Pantone 18-1651 (Hex #da4a52)

APR 01 is ▇▇▇▇▇ Fiery Red Pantone 18-1664 (Hex #d12631)

Cayenne: “kai-yen” in French, or “shy-ann” for Americans.

may abroad in berlin

(via (A)broad in Berlin)

The whole of Harvest May is…

▇▇▇▇▇ Bud Green Pantone 15-6442 (Hex #7bb661)

MAY 02 is ▇▇▇▇▇ Shale Green Pantone 16-6116 (Hex #719273)

MAY 03 is ▇▇▇▇▇ Juniper PANTONE 18-6330 (Hex #3f7045)

MAY 24 is ▇▇▇▇▇ Shamrock Pantone 15-6432 (Hex #74a56a) — true Irish green


june eri-thon

(adapted via Eri-thon)

The whole of Swoon June is…

▇▇▇▇▇ Aspen Gold Pantone 13-0850 (Hex #ffd858)

JUN 01 ▇▇▇▇▇ Daffodil Pantone 14-0850 (Hex #ffc849)


july 123rf

(by Pavel Losevsky via

The whole of Love-is-the-Air July is…

▇▇▇▇▇ Coral Blush Pantone 14-1909 (Hex #e8b7c1)

JUL 30 is ▇▇▇▇▇ Pale Blush Pantone 14-1312 (Hex #e6bfb3)


august tilden marketing

(via Tilden Marketing, New York)

The whole of Regal August is…

▇▇▇▇▇ Sun Orange Pantone 16-1257 (Hex #f38235)

AUG 24 is ▇▇▇▇▇ Autumn Sunset Pantone 16-1343 (Hex #f48850)


september in orbit 2005 wikipedia

(Swedish singer September via Wikipedia)

The whole of Shimmering September is…

▇▇▇▇▇ Baja Blue Pantone 18-3946 (Hex #5265b0)

SEPT 01 is ▇▇▇▇▇ Smoke Blue Pantone 17-4412 (Hex #678a93)


october northlandchurch

(via Northland Blogs)

The whole of Optimistic October is…

▇▇▇▇▇ Cerulean Pantone 15-4020 (Hex #98b4d4)

OCT 01 is ▇▇▇▇▇ Purple Heather Pantone 14-3911 (Hex #bbb9d8)


november joycelyn-dream

(via Daa Silly Dumbo xXshi.Joycelyn.tingXx)

The whole of Enterprising November is…

▇▇▇▇▇ Claret Red Pantone 17-1740 (Hex #c14a64)

NOV 19 is ▇▇▇▇▇ Mars Red Pantone 18-1655 (Hex #bc2a3a)

Trivia: Any major project I start in November has the highest chance of success. And it generally has been too.


december smashingmagazine hdw-com small

(by Smashing Magazine via HDW)

The whole of Visionary December is…

▇▇▇▇▇ Pagoda Blue Pantone 17-4724 (Hex #128191)

DEC 01 is ▇▇▇▇▇ Bayou Pantone 18-5121 (Hex #277473)



Pantone (the international leader of colourspace specifications) has been producing an official colour for every year since year 2000.

pantone formula guide wikipediaAgain, the Pantone colours don’t reproduce correctly by browsers or on computer displays.

I’ve also given the nearest “web-safe” colours for HTML work.

Just for my inestimable fellow users, I’ve included the closest matching WordPress colours available.

To convert to websafe colours, use

The Pantone Official Colours of the Year

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(screencap by author via Wikipedia)

2000 is Cerulean Blue (Pantone 15-4020)

Pantone Hex #98b4d4 ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #99cccc

WordPress light sky blue ▇▇▇▇▇

“Chosen for the millennium for its calming Zen state of mind.” (Pantone 2000)

2001 is Fuchsia Rose (Pantone 17-2031)

Pantone Hex #c3447a ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #cc3366

WordPress brown ▇▇▇▇▇

“A reversal from the previous year, more exciting, more feminine and sexy.” (Pantone 2001)

2002 is True Red (Pantone 16-1664)

Pantone Hex #bc243c ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #cc3333

WordPress burnt orange ▇▇▇▇▇

“Recognizes the impact of 9/11 with a patriotic hue.” (Pantone 2002)

2003 is Aqua Sky (Pantone 14-4811)

Pantone Hex #7fcdcd ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #66cccc

WordPress turquoise ▇▇▇▇▇

“A cool blue meant to restore hope and serenity.” (Pantone 2003)

2004 is Tigerlily (Pantone 17-1456)

Pantone Hex #e15d44 ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #cc6633

WordPress orange ▇▇▇▇▇

“Acknowledges the hipness of orange, with a touch of exoticism.” (Pantone 2004)

2005 is Blue Turquoise (Pantone 15-5217)

Pantone Hex #55b4b0 ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #66cc99

WordPress turquoise ▇▇▇▇▇

“Another reversal to a calming shade.” (Pantone 2005)

2006 is Sand Dollar (Pantone 13-1106)

Pantone Hex #dfcfbe ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #cccccc

WordPress silver ▇▇▇▇▇

“A neutral color that expresses concern about the economy.” (Pantone 2006)

2007 is Chili Pepper (Pantone 19-1557)

Pantone Hex #9b2335 ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #993333

WordPress burnt orange ▇▇▇▇▇

“Chosen for its pizzazz and sophistication and its hint of ethnic taste.” (Pantone 2007)

2008 is Blue Iris (Pantone 18-3943)

Pantone Hex #281378 ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #330066

WordPress indigo ▇▇▇▇▇ or navy blue ▇▇▇▇▇ or dark azure ▇▇▇▇▇

“A mix of blue and purple that suggests dependability and magic.” (Pantone 2008)

“The balance of blue and purple and the color’s ability to influence a sense of mystery and excitement were among the reasons Blue Iris was chosen.” (Pantone Wiki)

2009 is Mimosa (Pantone 14-0848)

Pantone Hex #efc050 ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #ffcc66

WordPress gold ▇▇▇▇▇

“A warm, cheerful shade that sparks imagination and innovation and expressing hope and reassurance.” (Panton 2009)

2010 is Turquoise (Pantone 15-5519)

Pantone Hex #45b8ac ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #33cc99

WordPress turquoise ▇▇▇▇▇

“An inviting, luminous hue combining inspiring thoughts of soothing, tropical waters.” (Pantone 2010)

2011 is Honeysuckle (Pantone 18-2120)

Pantone Hex #d65076 ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #cc6666

WordPress burnt orange ▇▇▇▇▇

“A bright, sherberty pink shade, uplifting and optimistic, evoking nostalgic feelings of summertime.” (Pantone 2011)

2012 is Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463)

Pantone Hex #f2495f ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #cc3366

Wikipedia Hex #f0522b ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #ff6633

WordPress orange ▇▇▇▇▇

“A vivacious, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.” (Pantone 2012)

2013 is Emerald (Pantone 17-5641)

Pantone Hex #009b77 ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #009966

Wikipedia Hex #009874 ▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇ websafe #009966 (same)

WordPress sea green ▇▇▇▇▇ or teal ▇▇▇▇▇

“A luminous, magnificent hue, the color of beauty, new life and prosperity.” (Pantone 2013)

N.B. It isn’t — the colour traditionally means jealousy.



SOME people seem to think I’m into horoscopes and maniac zodiac signs because I’ve written more than one or two posts about them. Fact is, I don’t give a flying eff (or any other kind of eff) about them. That stuff just DOESN’T dovetail at all with ANY traits of ANYBODY (or any ‘thing’) I know whose zodiac signs are known to me.

The fact that we’re back to eight planets (instead of nine since only 1931) has caused the horoscope makers to go (as Brit-speak says) pear-shaped right and quick. The zodiac stuff hasn’t altered in tone or meaning one bit regardless of eight, nine or ten planets. Whatev, it’s hilarious entertainment just to look on and wait for people to spazz out on stuff like that.

Aries the ram, bam, thankie you, Ma’am

aries the ram thenakedlistener

Aries the Ram (Mar 21 – Apr 19, Fire sign, Cardinal sign, ruling planet Mars, birthstone garnet) is:—

▇▇▇▇▇ all shades of red, wear every Tuesday

Expert advice: A pair of red drainpipes (skinny jeans) is a must-have item in the Aries closet. For guys who’re too gormless to wear red clothes in public, try a pair of red sneakers instead.

Taurus the bull in a china shop

taurus the bull thenakedlistenerTaurus the Bull (Apr 20–May 20, Earth, Fixed, Venus, rose quartz) is:—

all shades of blue

▇▇▇▇▇ deep green (ruling colour)

▇▇▇▇▇ pink (power colour), wear every Friday

Expert remark: That’s kinda funny, because I’ve never known a Western or Westernised Taurean who’s got the balls to wear pink in public.

Gemini the twin-headed schizo storyteller

gemini the twins girls thenakedlistenerGemini the Twins (May 21–Jun 20, Air, Mutable, Mercury, agate) is:—

▇▇▇▇▇ yellow (power and ruling colour)

▇▇▇▇▇ light green: wear green every Wednesday

Expert advice: Tell galloping tall tales in yellow for maximum plausibility.

Cancer the sourpuss lunatic hermit

cancer the crab thenakedlistenerCancer the Crab (Jun 21–Jul 21, Water, Cardinal, Moon, emerald) is:—

▇▇▇▇▇ pale colors, cream, white

▇▇▇▇▇ silver, pale grey (power and ruling colours)

▇▇▇▇▇ wear white or ▇▇▇▇▇ sea-green or ▇▇▇▇▇ light blue every Monday

Expert advice: Stylise yourself with a pair of white jeans and a silky silver top for full moon effect (full moon, geddit?).

Leo the promises-too-soon kingmaker

leo the lion thenakedlistenerLeo the Lion (Jul 23–Aug 22, Fire, Fixed, Sun, tiger’s eye) is:—

▇▇▇▇▇ golden hues (power colour), wear gold every Sunday

▇▇▇▇▇ orange (power colour), wear every Sunday

Expert advice: Leos love foreign cultures — especially the ‘ethnic’ kind, because it makes them feel special and ‘advanced’ — so play up the bronze hues (and play off detractors against each other) with out-of-place Middle Eastern statues, rugs and pillows. But I wouldn’t go as far as wearing a brown suit, especially if you’re of English stock.

Virgo the nearly naïve slut-for-hire

virgo the maiden thenakedlistenerVirgo the Maiden (Aug 23–Sep 22, Earth, Mutable, Mercury, cornelian) is:—

▇▇▇▇▇ silver

▇▇▇▇▇ indigo

▇▇▇▇▇ dark violet

▇▇▇▇▇ browns, tans (ruling colours)

▇▇▇▇▇ deep green (power colour), wear your shade of green every Wednesday

Trivia: Bury Surround yourself in earth with earthy hues. Redo your living room in tans with brown or beige accents. Eat chocolate on a chocolatey-coloured sofa for the perfect disguise that you’re a fussy, messy eater.

Libra the walking balance sheet from hell

libra the scales thenakedlistenerLibra the Scales (Sep 23–Oct 22, Air, Cardinal, Venus, aventurine) is:—

▇▇▇▇▇▇ primary colors

▇▇▇▇▇ shocking pink

▇▇▇▇▇ night blue


▇▇▇▇▇ cream, off-white: wear every Friday

blues (ruling colours)

▇▇▇▇ violets (power colours)

Expert advice: Look ‘clever’ and self-righteous (that you are) with a pair of navy blue flares and a sapphire-toned scarf.

Scorpio the materialistic occult weirdo

scorpio the scorpion thenakedlistenerScorpio the Scorpion (Oct 23–Nov 21, Water, Fixed, Mars or Pluto, topaz) is:—

▇▇▇▇▇ black

▇▇▇▇▇ blood red, dark red (power colours) — wear maroon or deep red on Tuesdays

▇▇▇▇▇ charcoal gray

Expert advice: Since most people will have long sussed you out for a Twilight-mesmerised vampire wannabe, paint your face in creepy white makeup with blood-red lipstick for that oh-so-hypnotising sexy effect.

Sagittarius the shoot-from-the-hip moody milquetoast

sagittarius the centaur shot thenakedlistenerSagittarius the Archer (Nov 22–Dec 21, Fire, Mutable, Jupiter, citrine or sodalite) is:—

▇▇▇▇▇ denim blue

▇▇▇▇▇ beige

▇▇▇▇▇ bronze

▇▇▇▇▇ purple (ruling colour)

▇▇▇▇▇ wear yellow every Thursday

▇▇▇▇▇ lilac or ▇▇▇▇▇ mauve (power colours)

Expert advice: Draw more attention to yourself as an outspoken drama queen (whatever your sex) with rich purples and over-bright ‘Argos bling.’

Capricorn the megalomaniacal master villain

capricorn the goat thenakedlistenerCapricorn the Goat (Dec 22–Jan 19, Earth, Cardinal, Saturn, obsidian/onyx) is:—

▇▇▇▇▇ all shades of brown (ruling colours)

▇▇▇▇▇ orange

▇▇▇▇▇ black (power colour) — wear black every Saturday

▇▇ greys (power colour)

greens (ruling colours)

Expert advice: You’re such an ingrained rebel that you HAD to wear traditional clothes just to make a point. If that’s what you need to do, do it with expensive earthy greens and browns. But don’t match blacks with browns

Aquarius the sadistic humanitarian

Aquarius is the only sign with its own Pantone colours, and that says a lot about this sign.

aquarius the waterbearer chick thenakedlistenerAquarius the Waterbearer (an 20–Feb 18, Air, Fixed, Saturn/Uranus, blue tiger’s eye) is:—

▇▇▇▇▇ Aquarius Pantone 16-4530 (Hex #36b0d8) (official colour)

▇▇▇▇▇ electric blue

▇▇▇▇▇ Ultramarine Pantone 17-4037 (Hex #5a7cc2) (power colour) (note)

▇▇▇▇▇ Deep Ultramarine Pantone 19-3950 (Hex #3b4b87) (power colour) (note)

▇▇▇▇▇ Violet Pantone 0631U (Hex #ba93df) (note)

▇▇▇▇▇ Vintage Violet Pantone 18-3410 (Hex #5b485c) (note)

▇▇▇▇▇ Wood Violet Pantone 19-3325 (Hex #764672) (note)

▇▇▇▇▇ turquoise

▇▇▇▇▇ silver grey

▇▇▇▇▇ florescent colors

Note: Wear violet or navy blue every Saturday.

Expert advice: You’re a watery sign, so you should look the part of a ‘drip.’ Go for chunky shimmy accessories so heavy you’d have to hunch, especially with designer hippie white tee and jeans.

Pisces the hapless fair-weather visionary

pisces the fish thenakedlistenerPisces the Fish (Feb 19–Mar 20, Water, Mutable, Jupiter/Neptune, amethyst) is:—

▇▇▇▇▇ mauve

▇▇▇▇▇ purple (power colour)

▇▇▇▇▇ aquamarine

▇▇▇▇▇ sea green (means jealousy)

▇▇▇▇▇ wear pale yellow on every Thursday

Expert advice: Since you’re so imaginative (read: head up cloud nine), go the whole hog looking like a neurotic clown with no underwear with soft marine greens, mauvey liliacs and lighter shades of blues — plus luminous or fluorescent eye makeup. The colours don’t match, of course, but what the heck, you’re imaginative, right?


SHOUTZ and hat tips to the following for input (and ‘outgo’):—

“General Franco” ♥ “John Farter” (younger brother of John Carter) ♥ LLA ♥ Tamara Dixon (it’s her real name!) ♥ Ashley T. ♥ “Red More” ♥ “Pontoon Bridge”



© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2013. (B13105)

Additional info via: Pantone WikiZodiac Signs and their colors, Fanpop • Color and the Zodiac, Spring’s Greeting Cards, Oct 2003 • Cosmic Colors based on your Zodiac Signs, Astrogle • Do You Know Your Zodiac Sign Gemstone and Power Colors?, Blogher, 04 Apr 2012.

IMAGES (other than those already bylined in the main article): LEMUR via c4c • PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE via Wikipedia (French) • PANTONE OFFICIAL COLORS OF THE YEAR MATRIX screencap by author via Wikipedia • ZODIAC SIGNS (all) by thenakedlistener.

2 Responses to “From the colours of my eye”

  1. Ed Hurst said

    What, no jade? In the Yukon Valley between the two primary mountain ranges in Alaska one finds vast quantities of jade pebbles on just about any river bank, but all too tiny to be of any great value.


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