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Better Than a Horoscope: What Your Colorstrology Profile Says About You

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Intuitive, astrologer, and numerologist Michele Bernhardt put her broad metaphysical wisdom together to develop a remarkable system that ascribes a different (Pantone) color to every day—and month—of the year. It takes into account your sun signs, ruling planets, and the numerological significance of different dates to interpret and analyze a given individual or event—and it’s pretty cool. Mapped out in Bernhardt’s book, Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says about You, the system is both insightful and entertaining. Figuring out which color represents your birthday and what attributes are associated with that shade, as well as what colors represent the birthdays of friends/lovers, or other big days in your life is intriguing; so is understanding why you might be drawn to particular colors.

Also interesting is the way, as Bernhardt explains, anyone can use the energy of any color to their benefit. Looking for a boost in the bedroom (for example)? You could try adding a splash of Claret Red—which Bernhardt says is a libido-awakening color of intensity and passion—to your outfit, home décor, or even something as subtle as a picture frame.

Below, Bernhardt explains why colors have power, which ones we could all use a little more of, and easy ways to incorporate them in your world. Plus, she analyzes the birthday colors of three goop staffers. (Note: Even if all black is your daily uniform—Bernhardt says there’s merit to it—she’s got subtle ways you can draw on the energy of brighter colors when you might need them, too.)

A Q&A with Michele Bernhardt

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How do you understand the power of color?

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Color affects us subconsciously and consciously. Everything that exists—including color—is energy, and we’re picking up vibrations all the time. While colors are subtle energies, we can see and often feel their effects. For instance, red: When you see red, you get stimulated, it can increase your metabolism—it excites. Red can give you energy, power, drive, courage. It’s a color of action.

Have you ever walked into restaurant and immediately felt agitated but not known why? Sometimes the color schemes of places throw us off. Or you might meet someone, and the color they’re wearing makes you feel happy, or puts you at ease.

As we become more aware of the power of color, its effect often intensifies. You could compare it to your palate for food: As your tastes become more refined and conscious, you become more aware of the subtle seasoning within dishes. Or, think of the difference between a high-quality car and an old clunker: In the former, you move the steering wheel just a little bit, and you can feel the effect. The more we become attuned to color, the more we feel it. Like with music, or dance, or even style, too—once you really tune in, you hear all the variations, you feel it and sense it more intensely.

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Can you talk about how you connect astrology with color, and how you ascribe different shades for each day and month of the year?

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I came up with a formula based on astrology, numerology, and intuition, and integrated these different modalities to create a color system. Here’s the basics: I look at your sun sign (i.e. Aries), your ruling planet (i.e. Mars), and what particular element you belong to (i.e. fire). Your birthdate (i.e. the 5th of the month) also carries a numerological vibration with a specific meaning. All of these components shape your personality and experiences, and can be expressed through color.

For example, red is the color of the month of April because Aries is a fire sign, and because Mars (which is all about action) is the ruling planet of Aries.

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Can any color benefit anyone, or is the idea to stick to your birthdate/month color?

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You can use any color. You don’t have to be born in a month to receive the benefits of its color. If you’re looking for help in a certain arena, you can see what color might provide the boost you need in that moment—think of it like a color prescription.

Let’s say you’re looking for help with, or more cooperation, in your relationships. You might go to October’s color, which is a light blue that is very peaceful and gentle; it helps bring harmony and balance.

Or February—high vibration purple—is a great color for people who are intense, and trying to learn how to be more detached and collaborative. Lilac and lavender can help us love without being too clingy.

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How do you suggest using our birth, or any other, color—wear it, decorate with it, etc.?

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You can add color to your life in so many ways—however you’d like. And you don’t have to use a lot of a particular color to benefit from it, especially if you don’t love it. For example, say you need to be more joyous, which the color orange can help with, but you don’t really like the color orange: You don’t need a head-to-toe orange outfit. You could do a pretty burst of orange in a scarf, you could have a few orange flowers in an arrangement, you could paint with the color orange, or eat an orange.

I go through phases. I like to wear a lot of cream colors, nudes, and whites: I’m an intuitive so I pick up a lot of feelings and information. These colors reflect things, so I’m less inclined to absorb the emotions around me.

You might add in certain colors by being more intentional about something like your nail polish or eyeliner color. Say you’re trying to be more discerning—you might opt for September’s color, which is like a navy, or Baja blue. This is a color that encourages concise thought and action; it can help us feel more organized.

You can also imagine a color and meditate on it. Or incorporate more colors into your cooking/meals. When you eat a variety of colors, you feel more satiated. Even just seeing colors on your plate can help you feel more fulfilled.

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What do you say to people who just don’t like their birth colors?

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The birthday colors are not about your favorite colors—they don’t need to be one in the same. Favorite colors can come and go; your birth color is a constant. Some people happen to love their birthday color and their month color, but if you don’t, that’s not a problem. The birthday colors are meant to be colors that will help you feel more balanced. Of course, if you really don’t like your color, and your life is perfect…don’t even try it. But if you don’t like your color and could use a bit of help, try a drop of the color somewhere—a border on a doorway, a frame of a picture—it could be anything.

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Do you think there’s any meaning to the colors we’re attracted to?

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Yes: It’s fun to see what colors you’re attracted to, what they represent, and how your color preferences change, all of which can tell you more about yourself. The colors I was attracted to twenty years ago are different from the ones I like now. When you’re drawn to a color, you’re saying I need it—you’re pulling it in.

For instance, I’m not big on wearing pink, but in the winter, I find myself craving a little pink, like a peony, orange-y coral shade—a color you can maybe sneak in on your toes, underneath your boots.

Also, it’s interesting to see who is born on the birthdays of the colors you’re drawn to. For example, I love a particular green, which I didn’t even realize was my husband’s birthday color.

Another way you can use Colorstrology is to look up the colors associated with various dates and milestones—be it the day you met someone significant, a wedding date or other ceremony—to see what the color energy for that day reflects.

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Can colors have a negative effect?

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Yes—in a sense. Think of somber earth tones. They can give you structure, but too much of them can make you feel heavy, or even repressed. Most of January (earth tones) is ruled by Saturn. On the positive end, Saturn involves structure, responsibility, grounding, boundaries—it represents our walls and limits, which we need. But too much Saturn, or too many dark earth colors, can translate to heaviness, bondage, too much duty, and pressure.

The planets activate energy, which can manifest in different ways, positive or negative. What’s important is how we channel that energy. Mars is power, drive, and courage—but it also rules anger, war, and battle. (From a spiritual point of view, nothing is good or bad—it’s all about balance.)

Here’s another example: Neptune, the ruling planet of most of March, is the planet of meditation. It’s characterized by the intangible, and encourages imagination—but it’s also the planet that rules drugs and alcohol. In general, Neptune encourages us to transcend the mundane: We want magic in our life; how do we find it? Some people might drink and/or do drugs to make the world feel more magical, or mystical. Other people might meditate, and/or tune into the intuitive arts. All of these pursuits are Neptunian. The aqua color of March can help you tune into the more intuitive/magical realm, in a positive, balanced way.

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So, we can we have too much of certain colors? What about the all-black wardrobe?

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It’s possible to overload on a particular color. Many people in New York City (elsewhere, too) wear a lot of black. It’s like a uniform—black is a sort of shield that can make you feel a bit protected. There’s nothing wrong with this, but I don’t recommend wearing exclusively all black if you’re feeling down. When you’re feeling low, it’s natural to gravitate toward dark colors, to want to hide. Black absorbs, though, so if you’re feeling down, it’s harder to get rid of that feeling if you’re dressed completely in black. At the least, wear a lighter color shirt with your dark jeans, or try to keep your neck open, or add a scarf with color.

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