Monday, May 01, 2017


In Alice Walker's novel, purple could have been the color of the physical and mental bruises inflicted by a violent fate upon Celie.

Tyrian purple in ancient Rome denoted royalty and is worn by magistrates, emperors and eventually the bishops of the Roman Catholic church.

American soldiers who are wounded in action are awarded the Purple Heart.

And the Black Nazarene in Quiapo is clad in a purple vestment.  

Purple also symbolized the women's suffrage movement and eventually today's gender inclusion movement.

Purple in Freemasonry symbolizes the union of a Master Mason's Lodge [blue] and the Chapter of the Royal Arch Companions [red].

And on Saturday on the 29th of April 2017, eight years and 25 days after being raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason, the "purple of our Fraternity" was rested upon my shoulders and wrapped around my waist. 

The day after, I got too drunk and thought of a black bra and red panty afternoon and ended up mixing amber beer with black wine to produce the color purple.

I failed and went home purple-faced... 

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