General Colour Correspondences
The following colour summaries are from The Circle of the Dragon website. Much more detailed information about each colour and coloured dragon type can be found on that website at www.blackdrago.com/colors.htm
- Black Dragons – It is said that a black animal incarnates the absolute of their species, which is why many black animals are chosen for ceremonial sacrifice. Consider, then, the black dragon as the absolute of its species. In Western Europe, black dragons represent incarnated evil, stealing for their hoards and devouring for their meat. Any nocturnal creature with the additional camouflage of black complexion would undoubtedly make it far more dangerous to humans, who cannot see well at night. All the more so for a ferocious dragon. In China, black dragons cause lightning storms when they fight one another in the sky. A black dragon would have numerous advantages in the physical world, such as disappearing into a cave or being able to hide in shadow. A black dragon, then, would represent the lurking shadow of the psyche; an immensely powerful and creative creature, although equally destructive, that can remain unseen until ready to make its move.
- Blue Dragons ~ Blue is a common color for sea serpents. Light blue dragons represent the vastness of the sky and flight, while dark blue dragons represent still, deep waters. Blue dragons are highly protective creatures and magical. Blue Chinese dragons are of the purest azure colors. They are a symbol of the East and are pacifying.
- Bronze Dragons ~ Bronze dragons are powerful, solid dragons that possess especially hard scales. Since bronze was used in many weapons, bronze dragons are warriors.
- Brown Dragons ~ Few reptiles are brown, but some dinosaurs are believed to have brown pigmentation. Brown could be a common dragon color. Brown dragons would like associate with the mother goddess or a god of fertility. In some instances, a brown dragon may represent the autumn harvest, the reaping.
- Gray Dragons ~ Gray dragons possess great wisdom. An older dragon may be gray with age. Gray, as a symbol of travelers and helpers, makes the gray dragon likely to help a polite passerby. Since a gray dragon combines black and white characteristics, attributes associated with those colors apply to gray dragons.
- Green Dragons ~ Across the world, green is associated with the earth and its vegetation. Many reptiles and amphibians have green pigmentation (notably the crocodiles, komodo dragons, and alligators). As a natural color, many dragons across the world are green. The association with green with nature draws a symbolic link between a green dragon and the mother goddess, a symbol of life, death, and rebirth. The Green Dragon of the East, one of the Animals of the Four Directions in China, symbolizes the East and the spring. His element is wood, and the Green Dragon brings regenerating rains. The Green Dragon embodied the active Yang principle, a positive force of weather.
- Gold Dragons ~ Golden dragons correlate to powerful sun deities or deities of the harvest. Much like bronze dragons, they have sturdy, strong exteriors. Illumination and revelation lie at the heart of a gold dragon. Gold dragons symbolize prosperity and wealth.
- Purple Dragons ~ Purple dragons symbolize wealth and royalty. On the other hand, a purple dragons symbolize mourning and grief. Since Taoism sees violet as the marker of the transition between active (Yang) and passive (Yin) aspects, a violet dragon symbolizes a transitional or liminal creature. In modern artwork and cartooning, many cute or whimsical dragons are purple.
- Rainbow Dragons ~ A rainbow-colored dragon is quite uncommon. The exception is the Rainbow Serpent, or Rainbow Snake, found in traditions across the world. The Rainbow Serpent devours people and vomits them back up, symbolizing death and rebirth. Some dragons are associated with the rainbow in other ways. For example, the Aztecs said that the dragon god Quetzalcoatl could be seen flying across the sky in the form of a rainbow. Rainbow dragons are inherently connected to the weather, specifically the rain, since the natural manifestation of the rainbow is after a rainstorm.
- Red Dragons ~ Red dragons are notoriously passionate with a short fuse, tending towards ill-tempered. A red dragon is imbued with considerable prowess in battle. As a guardian, the red dragon is formidable. Red Eastern dragons symbolized autumn and the west. They cause storms when they battle in the sky.
- Silver Dragons ~ Silver dragons possess powerful healing abilities. They have a strong connection to the moon and live by the lunar cycle. A silver dragon can be connected to the mother goddess or a female warrior. In modern and contemporary art, metallic dragons can have cyborg-themed styles, such as bionic eyes, mechanical limbs and wings, etc. These are often represented in silver.
- White Dragons ~ White dragons can be split into two symbolic groups: lunar-white and solar-white. Solar-white dragons are imbued with the power the sun, a symbol of holiness and purity. A solar-white dragon is associated with a sun god or a powerful god of creation. A lunar-white dragon symbolizes death and rebirth. It embodies a dangerous and ferocious supernatural power, likely associated with a moon god or a mother goddess. In China, a white dragon is an omen of death, a warning. White dragons are associated with the direction south.
- Yellow Dragons ~ Pale-yellow dragons symbolize envy and cowardice. They are an omen of coming illness or the turn of the seasons. Golden-yellow dragons symbolize the sun, wealth, prosperity, and good fortune. They have strong associations with the earth or a solar deity. In China, the Yellow Dragon is associated with the Fifth Direction, the direction of the center, or the center of the world. The Yellow Dragon is the symbol of this Fifth and heavenly direction. This is why yellow dragons are revered in China. Yellow dragons are connected with the earth’s regenerative powers, and they represent the power of the emperor.
(From Circle of the Dragon ~ blackdrago.com/colors.htm)
Dragon Colours & Meanings (Eastern Mythology)
Dragons and the accompanying colours have different meanings in Eastern mythology. These are the common colours:
- Yellow is superior, imperial, a symbol of the centre of the Earth, linked to the spleen and stomach. A yellow dragon robe was reserved for the Emperor (the Son of Heaven) and his family alone.
- Gold coloured dragons are also special. They have special attributes such as wealth, wisdom, kindness and the ability to face challenges head on.
- Blue and Green are symbols of the East, the chief spirits of the spring. The blues are pure azure. Green represents good fortune, good health, or luck.
- Red is associated with storms, the South, Summer, the heart and large intestine, fire, passion, activity, and good fortune.
- Black is associated with storms, the North, winter, vengeance, and worry.
- White represents the West, autumn, mourning, and death. This is different from the association of the colour white with purity.
Types of Dragons
- Black Dragons – often misconceived as evil, these dragon believe in justice and vengeance. They value truth and freedom. These Dragon will most often times appear when you are in need of a protector. Black Dragons will tend to spend many years with you, even a lifetime. They tend to hail from caves and caverns. Offer them incense or a nice athame to imbue.
- Crystal (clear) Dragons – an odd species. Crystal dragons tend to come from the dream world. They thrive on imaginations and wishes. They are often muses for creation. Offer them a story or art.
- Gold Dragons – a larger species of Dragon, golds seem to be jaded a bit. Often they can aid you in areas of knowledge and money. Gold Dragons tend to show up when you need to be more careful or more protective over something. Or at times when you are seeking hidden knowledge. They tend to require gifts of money or shining objects. They originate from mines or forgotten places.
- Green Dragons – these tend to be earth elemental based dragons. Often dwelling in forests they can aid you when you feel the need to grow or to return to your primal self. These dragons are often pleased with gifts of flowers, plants, or pure soil from a forest. These Dragons usually spend 10-15 years with you.
- Red Dragons – the lords of the Mountains and element of Fire. Reds are swift on the wind and often seen for glimpses flying over mountains. Red dragons excel at healing, both physically and emotionally. Offer them a bit or rock or resin.
- Skeletal Dragons – often misconceived as signs of death or evil, these dragons are completion in all of its forms. They are predominantly deep space dragons. They are the largest of the Dragons commonly known. They will aid you on any closures and ending you must do. The appearance of one often means that you need to end something that is not in your best interest. Offer them a preserved flower, or image of a star or other space object.
- Water Dragons – the beings of the deep waters. Water dragons are often associated with emotions. The appearance of one usually means it is time to look deep within yourself. Offer them water or seaweed.
- White Dragons – often seen as gifts from a divine being, white dragons make excellent friends in troubled times. Some possess two or three heads. The appearance of one means a gift from the divine and a shoulder to cry on. Offer them praise or shining objects.