The Color Red: It’s Meaning and Spiritual Symbolism

Colors shape the way we interact with the world around us. The psychological association with certain colors makes us feel and act a certain way. We associate negative and positive feelings with certain colors, which shapes how we view the world. So, it makes sense that the energetic and spiritual realm also associate meaning to colors according to its vibration. 

So, what does the color red mean spiritually? The spiritual representation of red is power, energy, vitality, dominance, action, assertion, creation, survival and passion. When a spiritual sign appears in your life that is red, it usually represents that you are ready to take action on a new goal or project that you have been putting off. The spiritual message is “have the courage to take action, and we’ll take care of the rest.”

Red is a very physical color, so if a lot of red is showing up in your life, it could be a sign that you need to focus on getting out of your head and start taking action to build the life of your dreams. There are many different ways to interpret red depending on the object it appears in, and this article will go over the most popular red spiritual symbols. 


The Spiritual Meaning of Red and How To Interpret It

The spiritual realm loves to give signs in the form of colors and symbols, and red is a color that they love to play with. 

Red emits a vibration that makes you want to take action or makes you feel powerful. It catches the eye and makes you pay attention. Spirit loves the color red because you notice it and are more likely to take action. 

The color red is the longest on the visible light spectrum, and because it is most visible to our eye that means it is strongest in the physical realm. Because it is so physical, it is actually the most difficult energy for the spiritual realm to rest. This is why Spirit will send symbols with red attached to objects with a high spiritual vibration. 

When you see a lot of red in your life, it is important to pay attention to what objects the red is appearing with, and how you feel when you see it. Often, you will see flashes of red when it is most important to get present with your life and pay attention to what is happening around you. 

The color red is trying to pull you into the present moment and get out of your head, where we are often thinking of the past or the future. We cannot take action on things that have happened in the past, and we cannot live in the future. The only time we have total control over our lives is when we are fully living in the present moment. 

Red is also a color that can give you the feeling of safety and security in your environment. It is the color of the root chakra, which makes us feel grounded in our current realities. If you are seeing a lot of red after a period of environmental change, it may be a sign that things are happening below the surface to build a secure foundation up once again. 


The Color Red In Dreams

We often forget our dreams, and this is especially true with colors. We can remember people and events, but the details like colors are the first to get shredded in our memory palace. 

But red is a color that stands out, and it is a color that we often remember when waking up. Such as, “I was wearing a beautiful red sequence dress.” Those details seem important, so we store them in our memory. 

If you see red in your dreams, pay attention to the message. Journal about it right when you wake up and make a note of how you feel emotionally after you received the dream. 

Red in dreams is a very revealing color. It is often communicating the things that we feel shameful of, and things that we are running away from due to fear or guilt. These shameful emotions make us feel insecure and not fully embodied in our waking lives. 

Using the example above, I once had a dream that I was wearing a red sequence dress at a large dinner event. Everyone was commenting on how ravishing I looked, and that they have never seen me look so good. I felt amazing. But as I walked, I kept noticing the pieces of sequence falling off. I began getting anxious that my dress was falling apart. I was picking up the pieces and trying to put it together, but it kept unraveling. I left in a rush, afraid that the whole dress would unravel before everyone. People kept stopping me, preventing me from leaving, but all I wanted to do was run and hide. 

I still remember this dream vividly, because it exposed a lot of emotions that I dealt with during the day that I was not consciously aware of. It communicated my insecurities and my fear of people seeing my flaws. The next day, my root chakra was activated, and I felt the raw emotional all day. 

Dreams with red make you feel a lot of emotion, which gives you a lot of information about your subconscious fears that are holding you back from taking action and showing your full self to the world. 


The Spiritual Meaning of a Red Bird

meaning of the color red: a red bird

Birds are the messengers for the spirit realm. They are acutely sensitive to energy and are guided by forces that we cannot see with our physical eye. 

Many people feel like they have been visited by a spiritual being if a bird lands near them. This is often because they have been visited by a spiritual being. 

Birds carry messages from the angelic realm, so pay attention to what the color is and what was happening when you saw or were visited by a bird. 

Red birds are connected to the direction North, which in shamanism or Native American tradition is seen as a connection to the home. They remind you to listen to your inner voice, and that will always guide you home. Your own inner wisdom is your North star. 

It can also be a sign to remember that Earth is your home, and to treat it with respect. It may be very healing for you to spend time reconnecting to the earth, such as gardening, hiking, walking on the beach, etc. A red bird can let you know that you need to reconnect with your home. 

If you don’t know how to tap into your own wisdom, or can’t seem to get clear messages from your higher self about the next steps, try to spend time in nature to see if that will give you clarity. 

For more information about the spiritual meaning of red cardinals appearing synchronistically in your life, you can check it out an article I wrote about here, and what a red cardinal means as your spirit animal here.


The Spiritual Meaning of Red Roses

Roses are the highest vibrational living plant and are almost the same vibration as a living human being. They are powerfully symbolic in the spirit realm and can be used as a psychic energetic tool to clear energy. 

Visualizing a rose is a quick way to bring your vibrational energy to its natural frequency. 

If the symbol of a red rose keeps appearing in your life, this is a sign from your higher self, or Holy Spirit, that you are not alone. You always have a connection to spirit, and you are always co-creating your life with forces beyond what you can see. 

The message is to trust that you can take risks and take action, and the spirit realm will meet you halfway to complete your desire. 

But the keyword is “action.” Roses are meant to be a very loving symbol, and often the reason why we don’t take action is because we don’t feel confident enough that we have the support from our loved ones to see it through. Roses are meant to make you feel unconditionally loved so that you have the confidence to take action. 


The Spiritual Meaning of A Red Dragonfly

meaning of the color red: a red dragonfly

Dragonflies are symbolic of transformation and honoring the stages of life. 

I often associate dragonflies with Buddhist teachings of the law of impermanence, nothing lasts forever. When we free ourselves from the attachment of keeping things the same, there is unbelievable freedom from the fear of change. 

Red dragonflies are a powerful symbol of this impermanence. It is a reminder that everything in the physical world will one day be destroyed, even you and me. Red is the color of the physical world and the color of the root chakra. 

If you see a red dragonfly when you are going through a health crisis, the message is to remind you that we will all suffer from illness and eventually cease to exist. Celebrate the life that was healthy, but doesn’t get overly attached to it. 

This seems morbid or pessimistic, but it is actually deeply profound and a wise way to live. Fearing death and illness will only lead to suffering because it is inevitable that we will all go through it at some point in our lives. 

Interestingly, often when someone loses their attachment or expectation of things being a certain way, they go through miraculous healing. Accepting and allowing things to happen gives Spirit the green light to transform your life without resistance. 

Many times people that have gone through a terrible illness have the greatest impact to help others. You never know the reasons why you are going through something until later. That is how Spirit works. 

The message from a red dragonfly is to surrender to the law of nature and allow things to happen how they naturally happen. 

For more information about the spiritual meaning of dragonflies appearing synchronistically in your life, you can check out an article I wrote about it here.


The Spiritual Meaning of A Red Sun

Seeing a red sun isn’t necessarily spiritually symbolic, but it does carry a very high spiritual vibration. 

The sun is the most powerful source of life that we experience here on Earth. Exposure to the sun is what gives everything on this planet life. Without vitamin D from the sun, our health declines. 

Similarly, red is the most vibrant and powerful color on the visible light spectrum. It gives us the psychological feeling of power, action, passion, confidence, and embodiment of self. 

Therefore, staring at a red sunset is one of the most centering and grounding activities you can do. 

Places near the ocean that have access to seeing the sunset with vibrant reds are seen as high vibrational areas. Oceans themselves have a high vibration, but seeing the sunset adds a layer of a deep energetic reset. 

When I visited Hawaii, I would watch the sunset every night. Some nights I would cry because I was so overwhelmed by the high energetic vibration my body was feeling. 

If you are feeling depleted, depressed, out of your body, or overwhelmed by life, it might be a restorative activity to take a vacation somewhere on the coastal shores or Hawaiian islands and watch the red sunset each night. If you can’t get to a beach, wake up early and see if you can spot a red sunrise. 

If you dream of a red sun, it could be a sign that you need to rebuild the foundation of your life. 


The Spiritual Meaning of a Red Fox

meaning of the color red: a red fox

A fox is another animal that is very spiritual sensitive, so seeing a red fox could be a spiritual message that is being delivered to you. 

Foxes are very cunning and observant animals. They are smart and will figure their way out of most tricky situations. They are focused and have a lot of determination. 

If you are seeing a fox, such as seeing it in nature or seeing symbols of it all around you, it could be a sign to pay attention to the little details. Something is trying to get through to your reality, but you are too distracted to take advantage of the opportunities. 

It could be that you are too focused on things that don’t matter, such as social media, side projects at work, new shows on Netflix, etc. If could be beneficial for you to set those aside and start focusing on the things that will move your reality forward. 

If you are in a tricky situation and don’t see a way out, the fox is a reminder that there is always a way out. You just have to listen to your inner wisdom. Maybe take some time to meditate on your issue, or ask your higher self to reveal the answer as you sleep. You may wake up with a solution in mind. 

For more information about the spiritual meaning of foxes appearing synchronistically in your life, you can check out an article I wrote about it here.



Interpreting the signs and color symbolism Spirit is sending you is a fun way to develop your intuition and gain clarity on situations that seem confusing or overwhelming. 

The spirit realm communicates in vibrations, and when you are seeing certain colors appearing again and again, it is often spiritual communication of things happening behind the veal. 

Red is a powerful and active color, and we would not be able to create the world in the same way without it. 

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