The days might be gettin’ longer but the snow’s a’gettin higher. Updating you on the ongoing saga of the recliners on the lawn:
My world looks like the surface of the next planet out. A good time to write about Winter.
Not one word on this website, about personality or anything else, applies to every member of any group. Not even half, and character least of all.
As we know, I have tremendous respect for Bernice Kentner, founder of Color Me a Season. Back in the 80s, this is the person who I think had colour analysis well figured out, given the colour technology of the age. In her writing, she has apologized for sounding hard on Autumn personalities. Allow me to channel a hero and apologize for how I portray Winter.
Dark Season does not mean dark everything.
A Winter Overview
Let me tell you something about us Winters: We are more fragile than we look. Everyone else is as fragile as they look, or less.
The strategy that I learned from Summers about managing Winters and coming through intact: Let’em win. They calm right down.
Some beautiful neutral colours in this image.
Warmth is important in any cool-neutral Season. The image loses power if the beak is lemon or ice yellow. The greener yellow eyes and redder orange beak are fascinating.
Winter is said to be analytic because that’s how it comes out of their mouth. Where it begins is usually more intuitive. They are internally guided. As dissecting as they can be, this person often runs on instinct, which is why they don’t believe anybody as much as themselves. Their gut tells them not to.
They can be self-important, preferring a moment in the spotlight to discretion or the annoying distraction of what it feels like to be the other guy. Consequences? Who cares? Whether their behaviour causes others to get along with them, to go away, push back in exhaustion, or push back in anger, it doesn’t really matter. Take your pick. Flip a coin.
Summers are motivated to make the world better and facilitate interactions. They will listen and adapt in as many gray zones as it takes, if it means peace.
Critique a Winter. Watch the sound and lights. The world is Right and Wrong. Good and Evil. They attack because they feel they’ve been attacked.
Summer is usually calming to be around. They can be highly sensitive, even prickly, but in their behaviour, they stay near their emotional baseline. Spring will follow negativity with a joke. Autumn is biking or baking and you seldom feel a need to protect yourself, unless you got served the truth. A funny Autumn story I hear often is how surprised to hear that others see them as assertive.
When one thing means everything, you have entered the Winter realm. One colour. One shape. One reaction. One emotion. This is One Tree, not One Ferris Wheel.
Warmer and busier. More Autumn. The repetitive element of marching along and visual near/far feels like Autumn energy to me. The solid vertical lines feel like Winter, my association only.
Structured around a reader’s Q&A to keep me on track:
How does a Dark Winter energy differ from a Dark Autumn?
Autumn is more relaxing to be with, less absolute. Like Doberman dogs, they are smart, sensible, and calm. Armed, yes, dangerous, yes, and willing to deploy, but only with fair provocation. As the Seasons add red (Winter), the oppositions become more extreme. Red signifies both love and rage, bleeding and healing.
Bonus tip for Getting Along With Winter: Flatter them. Winter is a proud entity. Start every conversation in this way. It will be heard as respect. They will be on your side from the start. The outcome will bias in your favour. Others will wonder how you did it.
How does Dark Winter differ from what applies to every Winter?
Every Neutral Season is a mix of seemingly impossible opposites. The Light Seasons combine the energetic forward movement of Spring (yellow) with the introspective, receding contemplation of Summer (blue). Light Summer is in the world to share the rainbow of life in its most delicate earthly form. Light Spring somehow elevates this to a place of transcendence, as the feeling moves skyward.
Dark Winter is a mixture of earth and candy, of history and the future, Autumn and Winter, respectively. Dark Winter may intensify Autumn’s productivity gene or Winter’s perfectionism. She is getting it done, whatever it takes, or won’t take up running because she can’t run the marathon. Some are more caught up in their looks than others but when there’s a job they want done, it moves up to #1, never mind about the lipstick.
How would you feel in the presence of a Dark Winter?
Me myself? Kind of like when people from the same town meet in faraway airports. There’s recognition for sure. I get where their head is, what is likely to motivate them, and what I don’t have to pretend to be. The conversation starts up as between people who have met a few times.
How do others feel in the presence of Dark Winter? I couldn’t say :)
Imposing sometimes. A woman I know, E, is around 65. Swirling, thick, shoulder-length, iron gray hair pinned back, striking facial geometry, cherry wine lips, and the most refined character. Even silent, she might as well be the only person in the room, so magnetic is her personal power. Hand her a scepter, balance a big crown on her head, and the picture is ready to take.
Easy and undemanding at times. Another woman I love, L. An optimistic Winter, she doesn’t think of every reason why something won’t work. She loves to laugh, is socially relaxed, and is not married to a Winter.
Kindness personified in some people. M. is a Winter who acts like a Summer. Her soul radiates faith, love, patience, and empathy.
Are there certain facial features unique to, or commonly seen in Dark Winters?
No, facial features are variable in shape in all Seasons.
Does Dark Winter come at the beginning of the winter season or the end?
At the beginning. It is the transition from Autumn. Seasons don’t flow from Winter to Autumn in Nature.
If we detach the symbolic associations, which I can hardly deny are strong for me, the illumination of objects by light and the portion of colour space occupied by Dark Winter are continuums that flow in both directions.
Colour is simply a relationship. No, colour is a wavelength. Our perception of the wavelength is via relationships. Our perception of anything visual is simply a relationship called contrast. Humans do not see white writing on white backgrounds.
What is Dark Winter’s gift? What is it here to contribute to the world?
Focus. Once she locks on to a target, spacetime folds a little tighter.
A Soft Autumn can have a strength of purpose that beats anybody. What Dark Winter tends to have more is the ability to exclude everything else from her radar. It’s like asking any member of the staff at Sephora to match a lipstick colour for you. Off they go, like heat-seeking missiles, till they have it. Don’t interrupt them while they search. Their aim is not to nurture, it is to achieve.
Is a Dark Winter just darkness personified or is that darkness a safe place to nurture and bring forth the light within others, within the self and from within the earth?
Wow, now that’s my kind of question.
Defining what darkness is in the first place is not so easy. Media, folklore, and even art, have attached all sorts of myths to darkness, as has the history of PCA. Children instinctively seem to make the bad guy dark, or is that learned?
All that the Dark Seasons do at the end of the day is make darkness visually normal, appearing as it really is, not blacker or duller. The associations that made darkness into something more fall away. Darkness is just darkness, a normal variant of pigment on this planet, of light and life on Earth.
Small shifts towards darkness are absorbed, not amplified, with no particular upper limit. The reverse is true of the Light Seasons, where small shifts towards darkness are magnified into something that needs managing. With a Soft, small shifts towards higher saturation looks bigger than they would on anybody else, which is why their muted colour can appear so full of life and energy on them. With a True cool colouring, the smallest movement towards more heat and they appear totally altered, distorted, and slightly insane. True cool colouring deals with warmth differently.
What kind of clothing does a Dark Winter tend to favor? I know there could be any variety of archetypes within the season, but for instance, you mentioned that True Autumns prefer simple, practical clothing so they can focus on what needs to be done. Is there a similar generality about Dark Winters?
Simplicity is true of many Winters. They hate to be wrong with a capital H. Since they can be sure of black, it becomes the uniform.
If she is not aware of her innate shapes and lines, Dark Winter is no different from anyone else. Her clothing choices will be influenced by what is in her life.
What kind of flower, bird, animal, tree has Dark Winter energy?
The eagle or hawk. Locked on to a target.
The wolf. The panther. Is there such a thing as a friendly Grim? From my veterinary days, people are far more afraid of black dogs than any other, even taking precedence over breed (except perhaps Newfoundland dogs that are judged by all to be much more friendly than they necessarily are). The mythology of black.
A Christmas tree. An evergreen, nighttime, jeweled ornaments, a resinous scent.