The Enchantment of the Emerald Hue

14 Mar

St. Patrick's Day Souvenir

Karen’s Whimsy

I’m a classic emerald green sixties Jaguar that nobody can own, but my husband is allowed to drive. – Tori Amos, Musician

Being of Irish descent, St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I love the food, the drinks, the camaraderie, but mostly, I love all the green!  Everywhere one looks, various shades of olive, mint, and chartreuse spring up out of nowhere.  According to an early Irish-American legend, Leprechauns – mischievous dwarf-like creatures very popular in Irish folklore – are extremely fond of pinching people.  The wearing of the green on one’s person is said to hide your presence from any Leprechauns looking to nip or squeeze a human; thus rendering the wearer lucky and in good fortune.  (This pinching mythos is purely American in origin, though it has become a popular action in other parts of the world.)

Though it can’t always keep someone from getting nipped, the lively pigment of green can benefit one in a variety of ways.  Here are some suggestions to incorporate some lucky green energy into your world:

Lynne Rutter Green Dresser

Chinoiserie Chic

  • The Pot of Gold.  Shades of green are excellent for attracting wealth and prosperity.  In the United States, green is the color of paper money.  Placing green items in the Southeast corner of any room – the Area of Abundance – will attract financial and beneficial prosperity to an environment.   These green items should be considered luxurious to the occupant.

Green Hotel Regency Lamp and Room

PaperWood Vintage

  • Project Green Light.  Lighting or lamps in a brilliant, emerald hue are highly auspicious, especially when placed in any Eastern or Southern directions.  The light source should be functional and used on a regular basis. Either the base and/or the shade should be green, or have a lot of green in it.   Green candles are another option, too.

Green L.E. Smith Cannisters


  • An Eastern Thought.  Hues of lime and sage are also good in the East area of any room, the space devoted to Family and Health.  Placing green items here will help to harmonize family and friend relations.  Poor health will also be assisted by throwing in some hunter green in this part of the room.

Bamboo Houseplant

Evan Amos

  • The Wood Element.  Green is symbolic of the wood element, which is connected to the East and Southeast directions.  Nothing can provide better wood energy than a green, thriving plant.  There are several good plant options out there for anyone gardening expertise.  Bamboo is one of my favorites, and is extremely easy to take care of.  Immersing oneself in nature, such as a park or forest, will also bring more green energy

Machalite Box


  • Hope and New Beginnings.   A tincture of green can help to rejuvenate or launch a new area of one’s life.  This could be anything from a blossoming relationship, new job, or moving to another home.   A gift of the wood element (usually with green in its color scheme) is often given to people when they move into a new environment, or flowers are presented on a date.   Hope for a prosperous and auspicious outcome for all.

1930's Mint Green Retro Bathroom

Hanbury House

  • Seafoam in the Bath.  Jade and moss are excellent in any bathroom setting.  This hue represents freshness and tranquility, and can give a spa-esque quality to the space.  Healthy plants, green towels, and emerald bathroom accessories are just a few manners in which to tinge a room with this shade.

Organic Broccoli

Grow it Organically

  • Soylent Green?  Consuming more green vegetables can help bring the wood element (and green energy) into one’s body.  Spinach, kale, broccoli, snow peas, and cabbage are just a few of the options out there.  Perhaps some corned beef and cabbage should be on the menu shortly?

Spirit of the Night - Grimshaw

John Atkinson Grimshaw

  • Verdant Art.  Elegant and refined art using green tones is an easy way to quickly add more of this coloring to a room.  Explore museums, both in person and online, for artistic inspiration.  One could even create their own green masterpiece with paint or watercolors.   Whatever the choice or medium of art, it should be something that is meaningful to the occupant of the area.

Girl in Green - Leighton

Frederic Leighton

  • The Wearing of the Green.  Adornments of this Irish shade can help one feel more rejuvenated and healthy, as well as attracting prosperous energy and beneficial attention.  It will also instill a sense of calm and serenity to the wearer.   (I will be wearing my new green shamrock tie.)

Olive Velvet Sofa


As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, consider bringing a little Luck-of-the-Irish to your environment, with the resplendent shade of the Emerald Isle.  Feelings of tranquility and auspiciousness may soon follow …

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