Tribal Characteristics in a Nutshell

Simeon was the second son. His mother was Leah.
His stone, the pitdah, may have been an emerald. His color was green though sometimes this is expressed as yellow. In Rabbinical Terminology yellow is considered a hue of green. Esther for instance is described as "yerakraket" which literally could be translated as "greenish" but may mean simply that she was blond, or it may mean something else.

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A Midrash indicates that amongst both Simeon and Levi were many "bohakanim" meaning light-skinned blonde almost albinoid types.
In painting to obtain green one combines yellow with blue.
Simeon inclined to extremism and violence. He could be profligate. A prince of Simeon was killed by Phinehas for coupling in public with a Midianite princess.
Simeon was the instigator of the plot against Joseph. That was why Joseph had him imprisoned when the brothers came down to Egypt. This indicates the Simeon had tendencies of jealousy and resentment and fraternal treachery. Levi and Simeon were responsible for wiping out the city of Schechem after the prince of  Schechem with the knowledge of the other citizens defiled and kidnapped their sister. Jacob was angry with the way Simeon and Levi took revenge. They had given the Israelites a bad name in the eyes of the surrounding peoples and placed the whole family in danger.
The actions of Simeon and Levi at Schechem indicate concern for members of the family, willingness to risk their own life on behalf of a family member, family loyalty and honor, as well as a certain degree of deviousness (when they deceived the citizens of Schechem),  disregard  for convention,  and irresponsibility.
Unkind tongues could also say they may been a little bloodthirsty as well.
Simeon was a disruptive element. Jacob predicted that Simeon would be scattered through the other tribes.
At one stage Simeon was encompassed by Judah but King Saul later distanced them from Judah.
Simeon is associated with teachers of reading and Scripture to little children.
This traditionally requires both strictness and compassion along with pedantic exactness.
On the negative side Simeon has a tendency to petty-mindedness and superstition.
This may also take the form of  being irreligious for paltry reasons.
[One sometimes encounters people who give the impression of disbelieving for "scientific" reasons.
When talking to them however one may find that they hold the craziest of notions in other areas.
If and when such people "repent and return" to religion they then take up with "wayout" fanatics.]
Simeon can be fanatical. 
Simeon has a tendency to miserliness. Many beggars also come from Simeon.
The two can sometimes go together. We all know stories of the indigent mendicant who has a fortune stashed away in his mattress. This could indicate a tendency to rely on others even when it may not be necessary to do so. It shows social and psychological dependence.
Many scribes also traditionally came from Simeon.
This profession requires exactness, some artistic ability, intelligence, patience, and determination, along with a good knowledge of complicated laws and their practical application.].
[Yair Davidiy once worked for many years as a professional scribe so he is speaking from experience.
It is not an easy profession.]
The Tribe of Simon though located in the south was politically connected to the Tribes in the north and was part of the Ten Tribes who were taken into Exile.
Simeon (in accordance with the Prophecy of Jacob) is found scattered in different groups throughout both Judah and the Ten Tribes. Many of the Khazars returned to Judah. They included a portion of the Tribe of Simeon. Simeon was also found in East England, in Wales, Ireland, and Brittany (France) as well as amongst those Germans of Israelite descent who migrated to America.
He was a minority everywhere though in Wales,  Ireland, and Brittany Simeon may have been present in significant numbers.

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