As I apply information regarding color theory and color symbolism while reviewing sandtrays of my clients, I begin to notice use of color in the tray in a new way. Some trays show color themes, balance of color, range of color, color harmony, only neutral tones, and/or a riot of color.
Since color perception and color associations are subjective and individual, what does the use of color mean in the tray? As I relate this information to the particulars of each client’s background and experience, can I discern any meaning? Any clues? In relation to the use of color, what is being revealed in the tray? The color that stands out the most in my recollection of trays is red: the red-themed tray of a prepubescent female client, the use of multiple red emergency vehicles of an adolescent in a crisis situation, the use of candles to surround and "burn down the school" to avoid going to school of a preteen client with acute separation anxiety.
As with many topics I research for myth, symbol, sandplay, I usually end up with more questions than answers. I believe this ongoing occurrence is what makes my research and quest to understand sandplay a humbling and heuristic experience.