I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the years wishing I could see auras and spending money on videos, books, and really cheapo (but expensive) blue glasses so I could learn how to see the aura consistently, but I have not been able to see auras consistently as of yet. The one thing I did notice when studying all these materials was none of the resources really provided a full list of the colors and how to interpret them. That really bugged me, so I took a few days and gleaned the internet finding resources on the color combinations. I then compiled and consolidated the descriptions for this handout. I hope that it helps you as a resource. There are some great links at the bottom for further exploration.
Seeing the Aura:
This exercise is designed to see Aura for the first time and/or for practicing to see auras. Choosing good conditions is important. Not only will you see the aura better, but you will also gain confidence about what you see. So, let’s begin:
- Situate the person in front of a very softly illuminated plain white background without shadows. A colored background will change aura colors which complicates things, but you can practice looking at the auras of plants against the blue sky as a background.
- Choose one spot to look at. The middle of the forehead is very good. This is the location of the third eye or brow chakra. In some cultures (India) they put a mark on a forehead. Such a mark in ancient times could mean the invitation to look and see the aura. Other resources recommend looking a couple inches to the right of the head around the ear or shoulder area.
- Look at this spot for 30 to 60 seconds or longer
- After 30 seconds analyze surroundings with your peripheral vision, while still looking at the same spot. Continuing the concentration is most important. Resist temptation to look around. You should see that the background nearby the person is brighter and has a different color than the background further away. This is your own perception of the aura. The longer you concentrate, the better you will see it. Remember, concentration on one spot increases your sensitivity by accumulating the effect of the aura vibration reaching your eyes.
One resource recommended to let your eyes go slightly out of focus. Another resource recommended to slightly cross your eyes just a bit. Yet another source recommended looking at the throat or heart chakra (although women may feel a bit uncomfortable when their chest is stared at so you may not want to do this) but practice focusing on the different areas until you find one that works for you.
How to see your own Aura:
Stand about 4 feet in front of a good size mirror. In the beginning it is best if the background behind you is plain white and there are no shadows. Illumination should be VERY soft and uniform not bright. Follow instructions above for seeing Auras.
Practice for at least 10-15 minutes each day to increase your sensitivity and develop auric sight.
After-images: The memory of visual stimulation produces what is termed afterimage. Afterimages have the precisely the same shape as original images. The afterimage of an object surrounded by its aura is larger than the original image. The increase in size is due to the vibration of the aura and actually represents a “snapshot” of the aura. It is therefore essential to focus at one spot when watching the aura and resist temptation to change the point of focus, otherwise an image of the aura may become confused with the afterimage of an object.
Meaning of the Aura and its Colors:
Aura Reference Photo (lots of examples here): http://www.auraphoto.com/examples/
The Aura is a reflection of our being at any given moment. Our being, (essence or True Nature) is what is left when we recognize and discard all our habits, stereotypes, manners, and pretending, superficial behavior and become fully conscious, truly natural and spontaneous.
Some people are so attached to their manners and habits that it is very hard, if not impossible, to discover who they really are unless we look into their auric field.
In general, the more colorful, cleaner and brighter the aura, the better and more spiritually advanced the person. Also, the more uniform the energy distribution in the aura, the healthier and more balanced the person is.
With practice, we can use the distribution of the energy in the aura as a diagnostic tool. Some resources mentioned that it’s the aura around the head area that is most important for interpretation purposes. Usually, there will be one or two dominating colors (strong points) in the aura. These colors will be most likely their favorite colors.
In addition to dominant colors, the Aura reflects thoughts, feelings and desires, which appear like “flashes”, “clouds” or “flames”, usually further away from the head. For example a flash of orange in the Aura indicates a thought or desire to exercise power and control. Orange as a dominant color is a sign of power and general ability to control people. Quickly changing “flashes” indicate quickly changing thoughts.
So let’s get to those colors. . .Lots of room for interpretation here. In my practice I’d take the list of what the colors mean and muscle test the word or words that best interpreted the colors.
Red: Passion, strong feelings. Love, when mixed with rose. New birth, transmutation; affects the circulatory system, the reproductive system (sexual energy) an awakening of latent abilities and talents. Too much red (or muddiness) can indicate over-stimulation, inflammation, imbalance, nervousness, temper, aggression, impulsiveness, or excitement. Red relates to the physical body, heart or circulation. The densest color, it creates the most friction. Friction attracts or repels; money worries or obsessions; anger or unforgiveness; anxiety or nervousness.
Red- Clear Red: Moving anger, Powerful, energetic, competitive, sexual, passionate.
Red- Dark Red: Stagnated anger
Red-orange: Sexual passion, materialistic thoughts, thoughts about the physical body, strong energy, fire, primal, creative force, life-promoting energy, hot, strong passion, mind; will, dynamic color that can reflects love, anger, hate and unexpected change.
Red- Deep Red: Grounded, realistic, active, strong will-power, survival-oriented.
Red- Muddied Red: Anger (repelling)
Red- Maroon: Moving into one’s task.
Pink: To obtain a clean pink, you need to mix the purple (the highest frequency we perceive) with red (the lowest frequency). Pink Aura indicates that the person has achieved a perfect balance between spiritual awareness and material existence. The most advanced people have not only a yellow halo around the head (a permanent strong point in the aura) but also a large pink aura extending further away. The pink color in the aura is quite rare on Earth and appears only as a temporary thought, never as a strong point in the aura.
Pink- Bright Pink and Light Pink: Loving, tender, sensitive, sensual, artistic, affectionate, pure, compassionate, joyful, new or revived romantic relationship. Can indicate clairaudience, comfort, a strong sense of companionship, a quiet/modest type of individual, a love of art and beauty. Depending on the shade of pink it can also reflect immaturity, truthfulness (or a lack of), new love and new vision.
Pink- Dark and Murky Pink: Immature and/or dishonest nature
Orange: Ambition. Uplifting and absorbing. Inspiring. A sign of power. Ability and/or desire to control people. When orange becomes a strong point, it usually contributes to a yellow halo, which then becomes gold, indicating not only a spiritual teacher, but a powerful spiritual teacher, someone capable of demonstrating his/her unique abilities. Relates to reproductive organs and emotions. The color of vitality, vigor, good health and excitement. Lots of energy and stamina, productive, adventurous, courageous, outgoing social nature; currently experiencing stress related to appetites and addictions. Warmth, creativity, emotions, indication of courage, joy, socialness, opening of new awareness (especially to the subtle realms or astral planes of life.) Depending on the shade it can also mean emotional imbalances and agitation. Muddier shades can reflect pride, flamboyance, worry and vanity.
Orange Red: Confidence, creative power. Can be conflicted with bad intentions and romance.
Orange-Yellow: Creative, intelligent, detail oriented, perfectionist, scientific.
Yellow: Intellect, freedom, freeing or releasing vital forces. People who glow yellow are full of inner joy, very generous and not attached to anything. Yellow halo around the head: high spiritual development. A signature of a spiritual teacher. Buddha and Christ had yellow halos extending to their arms. Today it is rare on Earth to find a person with a halo larger than 1 inch. Yellow halo appears as a result of a highly active brow Relates to the spleen and life energy. It is the color of awakening, inspiration, intelligence and action shared, creative, playful, optimistic, easy-going. Pale yellow can indicate optimism. Yellow is the color of mental activity and new sunshine, reflects new learning, opportunities, lightness, wisdom, awakening of psychic abilities, clairsentience, and intellect. More pastel shades reflect an enthusiasm for something in life, the power of ideas and spiritual development. Muddier shades reflect excessive thinking, feelings of being deprived of recognition and being dogmatic.
Yellow- Light or Pale Yellow: Emerging psychic and spiritual awareness; optimism and hopefulness; positive excitement about new ideas.
Yellow- Bright Lemon Yellow: Struggling to maintain power and control in a personal or business relationship; fear of losing control, prestige, respect, and/or power.
Green: Healing, healer, nurturer. Relates to heart and lungs. It is a very comfortable, healthy color of nature. When seen in the aura this usually represents growth and balance, and most of all, something that leads to change. Love of people, animals, nature; teacher; social. Sensitivity, growing compassion, abundance, strength, friendliness, reflects growth, sympathy, calmness; a person who is reliable, dependable and open-minded.
Green- Bright blue-greens indicate healing ability.
Green- Bright Emerald Green: A healer, also a love-centered person.
Green- Yellow-Green: Creative with heart, communicative.
Green- Dark or Muddy Forest Green: Jealousy, resentment, feeling like a victim of the world; blaming self or others; insecurity and low self-esteem; lack of understanding or personal responsibility, sensitive to perceived criticism, uncertainty, possessiveness, self-doubt, mistrust and miserliness.
Blue: Teacher, balanced existence, sustaining life, eased nerve system, transmitting forces and energy. People with blue strong point in their aura are relaxed, balanced and feel ready to live in a cave and survive. They are born survivors. Calm, quietness, reflects devotion, truth, seriousness, sometimes indicates the ability of clairaudience and development of telepathy. Relates to the throat, thyroid. Cool and collected. Caring, loving, loves to help others, sensitive, intuitive.
Blue- Lighter shades: Peacefulness, clarity and communication; truthful; intuitive, active imagination.
Blue- Electric blue can override any other color in the aura, when the person is receiving and/or transmitting information in a telepathic communication.
Blue- Deeper shades: Sense of loneliness, life-long quest for the Divine, and levels of devotion.
Blue- Royal blue: honesty, good judgment, indicates that the person has found or about to find his or her chosen work (the work they must finish in this lifetime).
Blue- Muddier shades: blocked perceptions, melancholy, rushing, worrying, domineering, fearfulness, forgetfulness, and oversensitivity.
Blue- Bright Royal Blue: Clairvoyant; highly spiritual nature; generous; on the right path; new opportunities are coming.
Blue- Dark or Muddy Blue: Fear of the future; fear of self-expression; fear of facing or speaking the truth.
Turquoise: Indicates dynamic quality of being, highly energized personality, capable of projection, influencing other people. People with turquoise strong point in their aura can do many things simultaneously and are good organizers. They feel bored when forced to concentrate on one thing. People love bosses with turquoise auras, because such bosses explain their goals and influence their team rather than demand executing their commands. Turquoise thought is a thought about organizing and influencing others. Relates to the immune system. Sensitive, compassionate, healer, therapist.
Purple: Deeper connection to spirit indicates spiritual thoughts. Purple is never a strong point in the aura. It appears only as temporary “clouds” and “flames”, indicating truly spiritual thoughts. Ability to handle affairs with practicality (and worldliness).
Purple- Paler shades: Humility and spirituality.
Purple- Red-purple shades: Great passion, or strength of will, and a need for greater individual effort.
Purple- Muddier shades: Need to overcome something, intense erotic imaginations, tendencies to be overbearing, needing sympathy, and feeling misunderstood.
Indigo: Moving toward a deeper connection to spirit. Relates to the third eye, visual and pituitary gland. Intuitive, sensitive, deep feeling.
Violet: Relates to crown, pineal gland and nervous system. The most sensitive and wisest of colors. This is the intuitive color in the aura, and reveals psychic power of attunement with self. Intuitive, visionary, futuristic, idealistic, artistic, magical. Warmth, transmutation, the blending of the heart and the mind, the physical with the spiritual, independence, intuition, dynamic (and important) dream activity, and can reflect one who is searching.
Violet- Paler shades: Humility, and spirituality.
Lavender: Spirit, imagination, visionary, daydreamer, etheric.
White: Purity and truth; angelic qualities, an awakening of greater creativity. Serious disease, artificial stimulation (drugs). Why does the white color in the Aura indicate problems? White color is like a noise, rather than a set of harmonious tones (monochromatic colors). The white aura indicates a lack of harmony in the body and mind.
Several hours before the death, the Aura becomes white, and greatly increases in intensity. For this reason in most cultures “death” is depicted in WHITE (not black), because in the past, people could actually see a white aura before death. Reflects other energy. Often represents a new, not yet designated energy in the aura. Spiritual, etheric and non-physical qualities, transcendent, higher dimensions.
White sparkles or flashes of white light: Angels are nearby; can indicate that the person is pregnant or will be soon.
Gold: Connection to God. In the service of humankind, Godlike love. The color of enlightenment and divine protection. When seen within the aura, it says that the person is being guided by their highest good. It is divine guidance. Protection, wisdom, inner knowledge, spiritual mind, intuitive thinker. Reflects dynamic spiritual energy, coming into one’s own power, higher energies of devotion, restoration of harmony, strong enthusiasm, great inspiration, and a time of revitalizing.
Gold- Muddier shades: Indicates that the person is still in the process of awakening higher inspiration, not yet clarified it within their life, and indicates alchemical process is still active (the person is still working to turn the lead of their life into gold.
Gold- Clear Metallic, Shiny and Bright: Spiritual energy and power activated and awakened; an inspired person.
Gold- Dark Brownish Yellow: A student or one who is straining at studying; overly analytical to the point of feeling fatigued or stressed; trying to make up for “lost time” by learning everything all at once.
Silver: Communication. This is the color of abundance, both spiritual and physical. Lots of bright silver can reflect to plenty of money, and/or awakening of the cosmic mind.
Silver- Bright Metallic: Receptive to new ideas; intuitive; nurturing.
Black: Absence of light or profound forgetting, thwarted ambition (cancer). Draws or pulls energy to it and in so doing, transforms it. It captures light and consumes it. Usually indicates long-term unforgiveness (toward others or another) collected in a specific area of the body, which can lead to health problems; also, entitities within a person’s aura, chakras, or body; past life hurts; unreleased grief from abortions if it appears in the ovaries. Color of protection, a color that can shield individuals from outside energies, reflects that the person is protecting themselves, indicates secrets, a new understanding of burdens and sacrifices will manifest. Can also indicate imbalances (physical imbalances usually show up black or darkened in those areas around the body) can indicate holes in the auric field (substance abusers or abuse victims, usually). This is a difficult color to interpret, so don’t jump to conclusions.
Black Velvet: Like black holes in space, doorways to other realities.
Earth Aura Colors: Soil, wood, mineral, plant. These colors display a love of the Earth, of being grounded and is seen in those who live and work on the outdoors….construction, farming, etc. These colors are important and are a good sign.
Rainbows: Rainbow-colored stripes, sticking out like sunbeams from the hand, head or body: A Reiki healer, or a starperson (someone who is in the first incarnation on Earth)
Pastels: A sensitive blend of light and color, more so than basic colors. Shows sensitivity and a need for serenity.
Brown: Unsettling, distracting, materialistic, negating spirituality. Holding onto energies. Insecurity. Color of the earth, reflects new growth (especially above the head and around the feet), establishing new roots, a desire to accomplish, reflects industry, organization, a lack of and need for discrimination (across face or touching the head), if seen in chakra areas can mean those chakras need to be cleansed. This color can be difficult to interpret, so don’t jump to any conclusions.
Gray: Dark thoughts, depressing thoughts, unclear intentions, presence of a dark side of personality. Color of initiation, and indicates movement toward unveiling innate abilities.
Gray-Silver shades: Reflects an awakening of the feminine energies (energies of illumination, intuition and creative imagination.)
Gray-Darker shades: Physical imbalances, indicates a need to leave no task undone, secretive, the lone-wolf type.
Gray-Dark and Muddy Gray: Residue of fear is accumulating in the body, with a potential for health problems, especially if gray clusters seen in specific areas of the body. Blocking energies. Guardedness.
Sulfur (color of mustard): pain or lack of ease, anger.
Meaning of Dirty colors: Colors appearing darker than background more like a smoke than a glow.
Helpful Links and references for the Aura: