Double Rainbow Blessings

by LJ on June 7, 2009

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Double Rainbow outside Sushi Simon ~ Luna Jade

Double Rainbow outside Sushi Simon

The double rainbow is the symbol of transformation.

In the commonly seen single rainbow, we see red as the highest and violet as the lowest colour, this is opposite to the alignment of the chakras, and thus symbolizes the descent of man from the heavens.

In the more rarely seen double rainbow, the higher rainbow has red as the lowest and violet as the highest colours, this is in alignment with the ascent of Kundalini energy up through the seven chakras. This symbolizes the journey of transformation, from the material to the spiritual, the ascent of life energy.

~ The Symbol of the Double Rainbow – Osho Energy Transformation Institute

Yesterday evening was one of those blissfully perfect evenings (well the whole weekend has been pretty wonderful). Keith and I were on our way to Sushi Simon, our favorite restaurant. After an afternoon of torrential rain (a daily occurrence in recent weeks), we were treated to the sight of a rainbow arcing in the distance, over the horizon. As we drove, we could see different portions of the arc as they came into view, depending on what direction we were heading on that leg of the drive.

We were already in a happy mood in anticipation of a nice night out together, enjoying the wonderful meal we knew we were about to have and the warm friendly solicitous attention we’d receive (no special treatment, they’re like that with all their customers); this sight punctuated that mood. Witnessing a rainbow always evokes feelings of happiness and hope, portents of dreams realized. One can’t help but sense the magic in their beauty and feel blessed.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true

~ Somewhere Over The Rainbow
lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Over the Rainbow
Image via Wikipedia

Seeing a lovely single rainbow arc on our way to dinner heightened our sense of joyous well-being and set the tone for a perfect evening to come. Little did we know we’d be doubly blessed :)

Simple Perfection…
Everything about the evening was special in a subtle, “all is right with the world” way, as if expertly directed by a benevolent being, manifesting and placing each facet and piece deftly and blissfully in place. There doesn’t have to be grand fanfares and events for an evening to be perfect. Sometimes it’s all the little things adding up in a happy synergy. Like interesting new special items on the menu that we hadn’t had before, new taste adventures. Or our favorite waitress working that evening (we’ve missed her the past few times we’ve been there) so we could chat and catch up with her (she’s a budding singer and a computer techie, so we always have much to chat about). Or it being a good but not frenetically busy night for the restaurant so everything could move at a comfortable relaxed pace.

Special Encounters…
Then there are the extra special ‘magic’ touches to the evening. When we sat down, I noticed the people at the table next to us – two women, possibly a mother and daughter. My back was to the table so at first I didn’t see the little boy, I think he was around the other side of the table when I sat down. A few minutes later, I heard this adorable little voice in back of me. He was prattling on and it sounded so cute that I couldn’t help but turn around to see who it was coming from – a precious three-year old boy, sitting in the chair behind me. His back was to me and he was preoccupied with his pineapple slice, so I didn’t think he saw me. I watched him for a moment, smiled at the two women, then turned back to my conversation.

Moments later, I heard the little voice right next to me and turned to look down into an angelically cute face, staring up at me inquisitively, asking me if I had a dog. There is something so special and pure in the innocent open spirit of young children that is a blessing to experience. There is such magic in those interactions for me. He and I proceeded to have a lively discussion about his new dog, Chester, and the yummy pineapple he just ate, and the impressively big “diamond” ring with special powers that he was wearing on his index finger. I think there were some other topics thrown in there, too.

Showing he was a well-mannered conversationalist, aware not to leave anyone out, he went around to the other side of the table to Keith and asked him if he, too, had a dog (that seemed to be his signature opening line, one that worked well). Then he came back around and chatted with me again. The two ladies, his mom and grandma, tried apologetically to steer him back to the table but he was enjoying himself and I reassured them that it was OK. He did, however, make a hasty departure when dessert arrived, a birthday cake for his Grandma, leaving Keith and I smiling and happy to have been blessed by the brief encounter.

Double the Blessings…
Our delicious dinner items started appearing and I had my first experience with raw scallop sashimi. Such silky delicate sweetness, I had not experienced them before. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them on the menu previously; Lucy confirmed that they are rarely available. Keith was skeptical at first, but he loved them, as well. (I tend to have a more adventurous palate ;) I was happy that they were available this evening so we could be blessed with a new taste experience.

As if the evening wasn’t already rich enough, the blessings multiplied a short time later: A new patron arrived for dinner and told our waitress there was something going on outside that she wouldn’t want to miss. The sun was going down, but there was still enough light to create the lovely spectacle awaiting us when we went out to investigate – one I hadn’t seen before… a double rainbow.

The rainbow we saw on our way to the restaurant was a single arc. Somehow, in the time since we had arrived & started our meal, the second mirrored arc had appeared. I didn’t have my camera with me, so I captured the images you see above and below with my iPhone. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to preserve this rare occurrence. Things have been falling into place so amazingly well lately that I felt a joyful confirmation well up inside at the sight of this beautiful natural wonder. I took a few pictures, then just stood and gazed at it for a while, letting time slow, feeling the power and gift of the moment, allowing the blessing to wash over me.

The rainbow itself is a symbol of hope and good fortune, a blessed bridge between heaven and earth, or as one site put it, “a bridge between the real and imaginary”…
but a double rainbow… blessings multiplied.

In searching for the symbolic meaning of a double rainbow, I have found different interpretations of the symbolism.

When double rainbows appear it means that whatever is coming to you has great meaning in your life and that one good thing will lead to another good thing. I really rejoice in your happiness and good fortune. The rainbows are a sign from the cosmic universe that you are about to have something great fall into your lap!
- Lillian Too of Feng Shui Malaysia

There were other interpretations found, all essentially variations on the idea of blessings and hope multiplied. But the interpretation that resonated for me the most was the one I included at the beginning of this article – a portent of transformation.

The double rainbow is the symbol of transformation.

In the first rainbow we see red is at the top and violet at the bottom. This represents the material world. We are a rainbow, but the red belongs at the feet and the first chakra area and the violet at the head. So when we see the red at the top and the violet at the bottom, it is as if we are seeing a person upside down or descending from heaven diving down to the earth.

In the upper second rainbow – and remember it is not such a common sight – the colours are the right way up, this symbolizes the journey back to heaven, the ascent of the kundalini, the journey of transformation, the spiritual world.

~ The Symbol of the Double Rainbow – Osho Energy Transformation Institute

Another view of the Double Rainbow outside Sushi Simon ~ Luna Jade

Another view of the Double Rainbow outside Sushi Simon

A note to all:

A double rainbow sighting is a very special occurrence. Judging by the number of hits this little article gets, it is an event that is very much on everyone’s minds these days. I’ve been asked by many readers of my post what their individual experience means. I believe that it holds a different meaning for each beholder. For me, it is a blessing and a portent of transformation.

We each can give our opinion on someone else’s experience. But just as with everything else in life, the most important question is… what does it mean to YOU?

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BellaNo Gravatar November 2, 2012 at 11:30 am

I never realised rainbows had such special meanings or seeing double rainbows was so rare, feel expecially blessed now since I’ve seen a double rainbow twice in one week just looking out my window!

EmilyNo Gravatar October 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

A friend I’ve known for nearly twenty years recently moved back home and after not seeing him eight years I spent some time with him over my vacation where he lives now, we were driving after a pleasant sightseeing day and the rain started falling and the sun broke free, it had been grey all day. The next moment I turn to look at the sky on my left drivers side and the most bold gorgeous rainbow I’ve ever seen is right beside us! I yell for him to look, and when we both look again, realize its a double rainbow! We pulled over excited and snapped a pic. We are both going through major life change right now, and it’s so interesting that this happened to us. We have always been buddies but now we have been brought together in friendship that I hope is much more close knit than in the past. It was an incredible experience I’ll never forget!

AnneNo Gravatar October 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I saw a double rainbow on Saturday while coming back from closing our trailer for the season. What a blessing! It was over in the Quebec country with the beautiful fall colours. Not too far away we saw another small end of a rainbow. Don’t know if there is any special meaning, but I was in awe… A true blessing on Thanksgiving weekend.

annetteNo Gravatar September 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I saw my very 1st double rainbow today.I just had to tell someone .so Icalled my mom to tell her ,and she tells me it a blessing coming your way.That goes with out saying because, every day that i get up is a blessing. I must say it was beauiful!

NinaNo Gravatar September 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a double rainbow, wild thing is was right over our house in the country. it was first time I had ever seen one. The sense of tranquility that came over me was overwhelming, I could not stop staring at it, I want to go and my iPad so I can capture such a beautiful sight, but could not move.

It was like I was in a total trance trapped in my own mind, and many emotions and past things kept coming, that I actually cried. call me me crazy, but I will never forget the image nor the feeling that came about.

I guess I was totally blessed to this this unusual event.

Further more, just about 15 days later, I had another single rainbow, above the house again, but this time was quite different, as it was a beautiful sunny, puffy cloudy day, as in the first event. this time I stood right under it and it began to mist the sweetest rain I had ever tasted. So I stayed and took it all in.

The truth is before these 2 occurrence, I can not recall the last time I had seen a rainbow!

K. PalmerNo Gravatar July 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I was riding with my platoon sergeant, a sergeant, and one of my comrades headed to Red River for AT. We saw the first rainbow n we all got really excited! Later, I looked up m there it was…one of the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen…I immediately thought about God n his promise! God is everything! I teared up just thinking of his promise to is for life of we follow him. I then became interested in what a double rainbow meant…this was the first website that was listed. After reading the page, I knew for sure that God was speaking to me. I’ve been trying n learning to pray more n worry less although sometimes its hard but I must and will trust in God! This was a testimony that was meant to be shared! I soon will have one and I hope to share it with you. God bless you. Thank you for sharing!

TJ AndersonNo Gravatar June 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

My brother just passed away unexpectedly, he was 46, also a medicine man of the Kiowa tribe, he was 3 years younger than me. When I heard the news I went outside to cry and then a double rainbow appeared, the brightest rainbow I had ever seen and the first time I have ever seen a double rainbow, the bottom of which looked like it was coming from the family Indian burial ground, we had his services the next day at that spot

Adele PerryNo Gravatar May 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm

My niece Molly passed away at age 2 never met her the day she died there was a double rainbow in the sky i never knew this till a few weeks ago when i seen a double rainbow i was so excited i called one of my sisters and she told me just likie the day molly died what do you think that means

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jasonNo Gravatar July 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm

i saw a beautiful double rainbow in the sky over las vegas on friday. it’s rare enough to get rain in vegas, even rarer to see a rainbow, but at the time i was skating with a few new friends and having the time of my life learning new tricks in the middle of a rainstorm while we were all sliding around like madmen. i looked up and saw it, full of color, stretched from north las vegas to the strip and moments later another arc came into focus. it was amazing because up until that day, i’d been extremely depressed over a breakup and life’s 1-2 punches that kept on rolling. all day i felt a strange feeling of peace, and then when i saw the rainbow i knew it had to mean something. thanks for posting and gathering all this information about it. ever since friday i’ve been enjoying this new feeling of peace of mind. really hoping it lasts!

JohkemanNo Gravatar November 28, 2010 at 5:03 am

I saw my first on the way to hospital on a Thursday to see my brother for the last time his name was also Keith, my middle name is Keith. The lady I was with on the bus who shared my surprise has the initials LJ.

My brother passed away on the following Saturday, on the following Sunday my brothers X-wife and his step daughter both saw double rainbows at the same time but they were over 50 miles apart at the time and as one of second rainbows faded in one location the second in the other location grew brighter.

We all said a private thank you to Keith for his gift.

LisaNo Gravatar November 21, 2010 at 10:56 am

while never seeing double rainbows my entire life, suddenly within the past year, i see them constantly….there has to been some reason why….your article is wonderful, wonderful news….they ARE breathtaking!

ChrisNo Gravatar October 14, 2010 at 11:50 am

Here is a good double rainbow video…

BarbaraNo Gravatar August 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Double Rainbow on my Birthday. I usually go to our outdoor concerts in the Park on the Lake and it was scheduled to rain, but the clouds rolled by, the sun came out and hit the tops of the trees and a beautiful double rainbow came out. It was so vivid, red, yellow and blue’s. Just Beautiful and it made my day a happy one as it was my Birthday.

HopeNo Gravatar July 26, 2010 at 9:38 pm

I have seen two double rainbows in three days, I really hope this means something good will be coming my way! Thanks for the information on the meaning of a double rainbows.

rainbow richesNo Gravatar July 26, 2010 at 7:28 am

Now i knew what is double rainbow mean i was looking through out if what is really meant for it thanks for posting! Love it.

Shanna FerroNo Gravatar July 25, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Saw a double rainbow today…WoW! I Hope you’re right!!! Thanks!!! <3 Shan~

Theresa OzunaNo Gravatar July 8, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Thank you for providing the meaning of double rainbows. ~ This past January our family lost our sister’s husband, his daughter’s father, his sister’s brother, our brother-in-law, etc. He fought a six-month battle with blood cancer. As his daughter, his sister, his wife (our sister), and I left Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, the entrance doors opened to reveal a beautiful, double rainbow. I knew that it was a sign … Kent’s sign to those he loved that he was happy and that we should not hold on to our sadness. We learned later from my sister that years earlier he wanted to have Izzy’s “Over the Rainbow” played at his services! How this double rainbow brought so much peace to our saddened hearts … now learning the meaning of double rainbows confirms that it was Kent who made sure that we left the hospital with the knowledge that he was with us … making us smile like he usually did.

LJNo Gravatar December 4, 2009 at 10:22 am

Kathy, that is such a beautiful story… so full of hope. You were so totally embracing the gift of that present moment… a true blessing. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Kathy DeanNo Gravatar December 2, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Love your blog. Now I have something to share. I was at my daughter’s house this evening, in Hurricane, WV and as the sun was setting all the tops of the trees had a bright yellowesh hue. When I went out side to look, I turned my head and saw the most beautiful full-double rainbow I had ever seen. I hollered at my daughter to come outside and bring a camera to take pictures. I noticed one by one all the neighbors on her street came out and was taking pictures. It was so beautiful and serene. I felt at peace and tranquil. Not worring for once what evil was going on around the country. I thought to myself, if this meant that god was coming to take us away, I couldn’t be at a better place than I was, with my daughter and my granddaughters. I could feel it’s true powers!!!

sandra407No Gravatar September 9, 2009 at 10:22 am

Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

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