Isn’t There a White Knight Upon a Fiery Steed?

Greetings, dear reader, it’s been a while. Almost a year, in fact. Shocking, I know, but I haven’t been resting on my laurels, twiddling my thumbs or any other cliché you can come up with. I have, in fact, been flat out, at your request, writing BROKEN BONDS – the second book in the four book series centred on the unusual relationship between Becca Martin and Antony Cardover. Watch this space, as there will be more on BROKEN BONDS very soon.

So, back to the subject of this blog. A white knight on a fiery steed, I hear you say. Isn’t that a Bonnie Tyler line? Indeed it is and if Bonnie is to be believed then every girl’s saviour, her hero, her white knight, will arrive on said fiery steed to ravish her and take her places she’s never known, but always dreamed of, if you catch my drift…..

And why shouldn’t they? The term ‘fiery’ is associated with the colour red, a colour that seems to be everywhere in the month of February, as we are bribed, sorry, encouraged to present the ones we love with red roses, red foil chocolate covered hearts and entice them with red lingerie, as tokens of our affection. Red is, after all, the colour of love and passion.

Red is also the colour of warmth and cosiness. What? Yes, it’s true, as far as I am concerned at least. I challenge you to walk into a room with deep red painted walls, wooden bookcases laden with volumes and an open fire roaring in the hearth and not feel relaxed and wanting to curl up on the deep leather sofa with a good book.

If a whole red room is a bit too much for you, then I encourage you to try just one wall, say the fireplace wall. I promise you it will draw you in like open arms.

But love and warmth aren’t the only things the colour red is associated with.

At the other end of the spectrum is anger and hate. The clichéd terms ‘flushed red with anger’ and ‘red faced with anger’ indicate a far different meaning to this wonderful colour.

Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, is also known as the red planet, due to the iron oxide at its surface. Mars was also the name of the Roman God of War. So, does this mean that red is the colour of war?

‘When he broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying. “Come”. And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take the peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him’ (Revelations 6:3-4)

It would seem so, according to the good book. The Second Horseman of the Apocalypse is represented on a red horse and is pictured holding his sword upwards, a position signifying war or entering into battle.

The red horse is said to signify the blood that is to be spilled in battle, the blood from a fatally wounded heart, a red heart, a heart full of love and adoration for someone far away from the battlefield.

The lesson therefore, dear reader, is to choose your reds wisely, as your fiery steed may not bear the type of knight you are dreaming of…..

May fear protect you when the darkness comes.

Til next time.