Appears to be 2 aspects or dimensions to any symbol, as you suggest. First, an abstract ideological dimension or pole, with the symbol –in this case the color symbol red- standing for certain abstract values. Then there is the sensory pole of the symbol. This references or evokes immediate feelings and associations, vivid physiological sensations. Red seems to map back to a host of sensory experiences: seeing a ripe red fruit like an apple or strawberry, signaling development, completeness ripeness the apogee of development. Also, to the experience of heat – red hot fire has the power to destroy or transform, slightly dangerous. Blood, life energy contained in our blood – an archetypal idea, common to many cultures.
Still – unsure about arguing for a universal meaning for the color red.