What colors make a silver color

The color silver - heraldically represented equally as white #

of Peter Diem

silver, the second metal in heraldry, corresponds to white and is therefore treated as an empty field in black and white drawings.

Silver is initially considered a symbol of purity. While the gold belongs to the male sun god, the brilliant white silver represents the moon and thus the female principle. This is how the Aztecs thought, who viewed gold as the separation of the sun and silver as the separation of the moon. In alchemy, too, silver is associated with the moon: the Femina Alba, the white lily, is also the woman, the mercury, the purity
of the undivided light and the second stage of the great work.

The moon again is the attribute of the "woman of women" in iconography:
Mary is considered "pulchra ut luna" - Song of Songs 6, 9; a woman standing on the moon - Apocalypse 12, 1.

In addition, the silver obtained through purification is also considered a purification of the soul and is associated with the pure Virgin Mary in Christian symbolism. Anna, the mother of Mary (of silver), is the patroness of silver mining.


An example of the possible congruence of myth and modern science could be found in the old popular belief that silver bullets shot into storm clouds could kill weather witches. Today, hail rockets with silver iodide are launched to ward off storms.

Silver was - and is - a symbol of civil prosperity. It is the material for countless utensils and votive objects, not least in traditional Judaism. In heraldry, silver is also considered a sign of wisdom, peace, sincerity and joy. A silver bar in the red field gives the Austrian shield.

The color white#

White is either "no color yet" or the perfect combination of all colors - i.e. paradise or the completion of history. A color top can demonstrate this phenomenon.

As a primordial symbol, the color white has a dualistic character: it signals life and love, but at the same time also death and burial. So she becomes the attribute of Aphrodite of Delphi and the Nordic Freya, the "beloved" goddess of death. The death meaning of white probably goes back to the pale of the dying. Thus the white horse signals death in the dream. The color of the ghosts is also the white - so to speak the inverted shadow. White - that is, the uncolored material - was in antiquity and is the color of mourning in China. As a wedding color, white means the death of the previous life and the beginning of a new life; as the color of mourning, white signals this End of earthly and the beginning of eternal life.

In alchemy, the lightening or whitening ("albedo") is the sign of the transition of the black primordial matter into the philosopher's stone. In Christianity, white means above all innocence, purity, virginity and chastity. White was the color of the saints, not one Martyrdom. White is therefore also the color of the baptismal robe and the color of the papal robes. The white lily is a symbol of chastity (Mary: "sicut lilium inter spinas" Hohelied 2, 1, lilies on the staff of St. Joseph) .
It stands for grace (lily from the mouth of the judge of the world) as well as for law and order (depiction on the scepter).
The Holy Spirit is represented as a white dove. The white dove is also the most famous symbol of peace.

For centuries, showing a white flag or wearing a white flag (parliamentary flag) has been regarded as a sign of willingness to surrender or negotiate (see the article on flags).

In politics, the white color primarily denoted the conservative forces struggling with the "reds" for supremacy in post-tsarist Russia. In Austria, the white shirt worn with trousers or short "leather" socks and white knee socks was the hallmark of the (illegal) Nazis -Move. In Germany, where a uniform ban was enacted in 1931/32, the NSDAP also exchanged the brown shirt for the white shirt, which was called the "Ban Shirt". The right-wing extremist "Hungarian Guard", founded in September 2007, wears a black vest White shirt.

The Nazis called "white Jews" who had a weakness for democracy, liberalism and human rights (communication from Franz Stoss to the author).

After the Second World War, the white shirt easily became the "uniform" of the Catholic youth - modestly adorned with the "Christ the King symbol", the cross with a three-pointed crown (in red for the KJ in general, in green for the Catholic rural youth and in blue for the Catholic middle school youth).

In Austria, schools hoist a white flag when all students in a class have passed the school leaving examination.