The Meaning of a Rainbow


The view of a new smoothly arcing rainbow in the sky, especially after a downpour, is a welcome one. The arc formation is both beautiful and infrequent, and the specific arrangement of the colors helps enhance its magic. As seeing a rainbow is an uncommon occurrence in the skies, we humans have created different definitions behind its meaning. Each generation in every culture takes the rainbow’s connotations from the past and develops them further using its societal standards, resulting in a wide range of beliefs behind what it signifies.

Moreover, adding in the element of religion, the rainbow indicates more than just a good luck charm to some. With each specific connotation behind a rainbow comes a different affiliation of what is to come. According to some; rainbows speak to our souls, lending a helping hand to the love that already surrounds us.

Interpreting a Rainbow
Interpreting the significance of a rainbow from a reasonable point of view tells us that it’s beauty only comes to light after the skies open to let out the rain, a dark and sometimes frightening elemental force that can come with the added emphasis of thunder and lightning. Also, we cannot precisely predict where it will form. When connecting this to the symbolism of human life, it demonstrates how the current phase we might be in may not be the best, but after the storm clears, a beautiful view will be revealed, and we cannot predict in what way it will present itself. As a Christian would say: “What sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” 

In a more in-depth interpretation, the rainbow depicts a future fulfillment that comes after a stormy season as that’s when the blessings that are for us can adequately present themselves. In a typical human lifespan, we are given different kinds of challenges to face, and each time a kernel of doubt will find its way into our minds. It’s on us to remember that there is a good to be found in every situation to which we put forth the effort, whether we see the rewards reaped in our current season or at a later time. The rainbow is a reminder of this, encouraging us to keep the faith, for our good fortunes are sure to come.

What a Double Rainbow Signifies

While even one rainbow is a good sign, seeing two after the rain is even more of a reason to be optimistic. It’s a positive sign from the universe of the good coming our way. Just as we look forward to a single rainbow, the double signifies that whatever blessing is about to come our way will be, well, doubled. It’s a great reminder that the universe is conspiring toward what is best for us, giving us another reason to trust that our efforts will pay off.

Rainbow’s Connection to Yoga

The connotation of a rainbow in the realm of yoga has each color representing a different chakra. A concept originating from Hinduism, a chakra is just an energy pool that can open and close at a certain point on our bodies. The seven colors connect to the chakras in the body because light particles travel in the form of waves, just like our energies. In yoga, the goal is to clear out the negative forces and open the chakras up to promote positive energy flow through the person’s mind, body, and spirit. When trying to find where we are out of alignment in yoga, using the colors can be of great aid. In this method, what each color of the rainbow signifies can be further analyzed to help us find the best position that will release unwanted energy and allow for a positive flow to enter, in both our yoga practice and in life.

Rainbow’s Connection to the Spiritual 

In the divine realm, a rainbow is a sign of a positive encounter with the spirits from the beyond. They are usually a reminder that we should remain on the current path, even if it’s difficult, as our blessings will soon manifest. This could reveal itself in a relationship, a secret desire coming to light, or just a moment of sheer luck; the situation will soon be showered with an abundance of good fortune. If the rainbow is seen after the death of a loved one, it’s a happy reminder that although not present in the physical state, we look forward to reconnecting with them in the great beyond when the time comes. 

As the rainbow carries different meanings to different people, it’s reassuring to know that it’s always positive. It’s also a great affirmation that the bad times are temporary. As long as we continue on the path that leads towards our highest good, it is inevitable we will see one day the beauty with all its blessings will come to light. 

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