Colors often have a symbolic meaning in mysticism.
In ancient Egypt, the color red (desher) was the color of life and of victory, as well as the symbol for anger and fire. Red paint was created by Egyptian artisans by using naturally oxidized iron and red ocher.
- Red was commonly used to symbolize the fiery nature of the radiant sun and serpent amulets representing the "Eye of Re" (the fiery, protective, and possibly malevolent aspect of the sun) were made of red stones.
- During celebrations, ancient Egyptians would paint their bodies with red ochre and would wear amulets made of cornelian, a deep red stone.
- The normal skin tone of Egyptian men was depicted as red, without any negative connotation.
- A person who acted "with a red heart" was filled with rage.
- "To redden" meant "to die".
- Seth, the god who stood at the prow of the sun's barque and slew the serpent Apep daily, had red eyes and red hair. Seth while the god of victory over Apep, was also the evil murderer of his brother Osiris. His red coloration could take on the meaning of evil or victory depending on the context in which he is portrayed.