So, we are spreading hope and staying safe and putting rainbows everywhere. I actually like rainbows and it makes me smile to see them appearing in people’s windows as they attempt to keep the children amused as well as to give them a purpose such as putting forth a positive message.
Rainbows, the multicoloured band of joy that makes a bridge in the sky when it rains and the sun is still out. The sun rays pass through the raindrops causing a meterological phenomenon; due to refraction and reflection a band of colour forms creating the rainbows.
That’s the technical explanation. I like the mystical. In the Bible God created a rainbow as a sign for the people when the rain that brought the flood stopped and the waters began to recede. It was the sign that a covenant had been made between God and the people and all living beings on the earth, the covenant that God made promising not to send a flood again. (Genesis 9).
So maybe putting our paper rainbows in the window is our way of saying we won’t harm the planet anymore if the virus doesn’t come to our house… the rainbow is our symbol of hope of a new way ahead. As many of you know, the rainbow has many mystical meanings some of which I write below.
In the New Testament’s Book of Revelation, a rainbow passes round the throne of God (Rev 4) who is sat in heaven surrounded by the heavenly host. So God likes to be draped in the bright colours of the rainbow as He looks down on us from Above.
In the Aboriginal stories the world was created by the rainbow serpent and this all happened in the dreaming time. The rainbow serpent is genderless and as it moves through the dreaming it creates our world and can add to it beneficial or maleficent themes including plagues!
There is a native American Indian prophecy that a rainbow will unite all peoples of all lands. It is called the Whirling Rainbow Prophecy, and the prophecy says that there will be a day when all the people will come together and recognize that they live on a beautiful earth and with that realization the people will put down their differences and unite together in a mission to heal the planet Earth. During this mission extinct beasts will reappear and all plant life will flourish again, even plants that were thought to have died out a long time ago. The old wise teachers will return to guide the people of the world into a harmonious relationship with each other and the world around them. Peace will have come to earth.
In Buddhism the rainbow is the highest state achievable before attaining Nirvana. For anybody attaining towards this crossing the rainbow bridge means one’s individual desire and consciousness had been extinguished.
So, rainbows are positive symbols full of Hope, which is much needed in this time of isolation and worry, where people are unsure as to what is happening, that rainbow is a colourful bridge that takes us to the other side.