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The definition of a aura, a compiled list of aura color meanings, and tips on learning to view auras.

What is an aura?

An aura is an electromagnetic field of energy surrounding living things that consists of a blend of colors reflecting aspects of a persons personality and emotional state. A persons aura is constantly changing as your life is always changing. Researchers have traced a belief in auras dating back to biblical times and can be seen depicted in Christian art. Light surrounding celestial beings can be seen throughout the centuries in multiple cultures around the world. The concept of an aura is not just held within religious and occult beliefs but is believed to have some scientific basis. Some consider the most important experimental investigations into the subject to have been conducted by Dr. Walter J. Kilner (1847-1920) of St. Thomas Hospital in London and he published a book titled The Human Atmosphere in 1911.

The 5 Divisions

There are said to be 5 parts or divisions of an aura: health, vital, karmic, character, and spiritual nature

  • Health aura : The health aura is known as being almost colorless, but becomes more radiant. It is composed of many straight lines radiating evenly in all directions from the body.
  • Vital aura : Vital auras are said to be controlled by the will. It is seen first as a rosy tint which then grows into a bluish tint once it reaches the outer astral body.
  • Karmic aura : This is the mirror in which every feeling and every desire is reflected. This is seen represented by many colors constantly changing. An outburst of anger will charge the aura with deep red flashes on a dark background. Sudden terror with change the aura's color to a ghastly grey.
  • Character aura : This aura is said to hold all of the keys to past lives and to your own personality.
  • Spiritual Nature aura : Most of the time this aura is not seen, even by those whom can usually see auras. It is said that only those who hold the power of nature can see it. It outshines all of the other auras with a startling brilliancy.

Aura Color Meanings

  • RED AURA COLOR MEANING : 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.
  • Deep Red : Grounded, realistic, active, strong will-power, survival-oriented.
  • Muddied red : Anger (repelling)
  • Clear red : Powerful, energetic, competitive, sexual, passionate
  • Pink-bright and light : Loving, tender, sensitive, sensual, artistic, affection, purity, compassion, new or revived romantic relationship. Can indicate clairaudience.
  • Dark and murky pink : Immature and/or dishonest nature
  • Orange Red : Confidence, creative power
  • In a good, bright and pure state, red energy can serve as a healthy ego.
  • ORANGE AURA COLOR : Relates to reproductive organs and emotions. The color of vitality, vigor, good health and excitement. Lots of energy and stamina, creative, productive, adventurous, courageous, outgoing social nature; currently experiencing stress related to appetites and addictions.
  • Orange-Yellow : Creative, intelligent, detail oriented, perfectionist, scientific.
  • YELLOW AURA COLOR MEANING : Relates to the spleen and life energy. It is the color of awakening, inspiration, intelligence and action shared, creative, playful, optimistic, easy-going.
  • Light or pale yellow : Emerging psychic and spiritual awareness; optimism and hopefulness; positive excitement about new ideas.
  • Bright lemon-yellow : Struggling to maintain power and control in a personal or business relationship; fear of losing control, prestige, respect, and/or power.
  • Clear gold metallic, shiny and bright : Spiritual energy and power activated and awakened; an inspired person.
  • Dark brownish yellow or gold : 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.
  • GREEN AURA COLOR MEANING : 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
  • Bright emerald green : A healer, also a love-centered person
  • Yellow-Green : Creative with heart, communicative
  • 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 personal responsibility; sensitive to perceived criticism
  • Turquoise : Relates to the immune system. Sensitive, compassionate, healer, therapist.
  • BLUE AURA COLOR MEANING : Relates to the throat, thyroid. Cool, calm, and collected. Caring, loving, love to help others, sensitive, intuitive.
  • Soft blue : Peacefulness, clarity and communication, truthful; intuitive
  • Bright royal blue : Clairvoyant; highly spiritual nature; generous; on the right path; new opportunities are coming
  • Dark or muddy blue : Fear of the future; fear of self-expression; fear of facing or speaking the truth
  • INDIGO AURA COLOR MEANING : Relates to the third eye, visual and pituitary gland. Intuitive, sensitive, deep feeling.
  • VIOLET AURA COLOR MEANING : 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.
  • LAVENDER AURA COLOR MEANING : Imagination, visionary, daydreamer, etheric.
  • SILVER AURA COLOR MEANING : 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.
  • Bright metallic silver : Receptive to new ideas; intuitive; nurturing
  • 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
  • GOLD AURA COLOR MEANING : 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.
  • BLACK AURA COLOR MEANING : 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, entities within a person's aura, chakras, or body; past life hurts; unreleased grief from abortions if it appears in the ovaries
  • WHITE AURA COLOR MEANING : Reflects other energy. A pure state of light. Often represents a new, not yet designated energy in the aura. Spiritual, etheric and non-physical qualities, transcendent, higher dimensions. Purity and truth; angelic qualities.
  • White sparkles or flashes of white light can indicate that the person is pregnant or will be soon.
  • 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, 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 star person (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.
  • DIRTY BROWN OVERLAY : Holding on to energies. Insecurity.
  • DIRTY GRAY OVERLY : Blocking energies. Guardedness.

Technique to see auras provided by HannaJaide

  1. The first step is to locate a white object to use as a background.
  2. Second place your finger against the white background and stare at your nail.
  3. It may take time but soon you should begin to see colors surrounding your finger or nail.

A similar technique consists of holding your hands in front of your eyes, in dim light, until a white aura/outline becomes visible. With practice you should become aware of other colors over time and some people practice with inanimate objects, such as fruit.

Sources: (Article by RainCaller about aura color meanings) (Article by HannaJaide about learning to see auras)

Added to on Dec 13, 2013
Last edited on Nov 03, 2022
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Nov 13, 2019
This was really helpful!

Feb 08, 2020
Thank you. This was a really helpful article.

Apr 16, 2020
This was really helpful! Thanks a lot!

Sep 05, 2020
This article helped a lot of people so I was wondering if someone could answer my question too? Whenever I try to look at my aura (no matter the background) it's always white. But I'm not sure how I could possibly have a white aura, do I have to practice and fine-tune some abilities to reach my full potential? Please help, thank you :)

Dec 13, 2020
Well, white is a very good aura color. It’s means that you as a person are pure and stable. It means that you are feeling good and all your chakras are balanced. You definitely don’t need to change it, white is a color aura that not many people have but many people want to have

Jan 11, 2021
Thank you very much! I've always been into these kinds of things and I did a little bit of research on other sites before this one and they were all talking about how a white aura is ''rare'' and I was just surprised that I have one. Thank you for your help! :)

Jun 18, 2022
While the specific color of white as a visible medium is often deemed as 'good', it is not necessarily the same in an energetic/spiritual context.

White as associated with 'good' comes from its association with the idea of purity, cleanliness/sterility, and the Christian divine. And though such a sentiment is accurate, the idea is. ... simplistic. Or at least incomplete.

White light is not a color, it is an expression of all colors- all visible wavelengths combined together equally. So in that way it can be representative of divinity under the context of ''the summ of all''. But the spectrum of color itself is defined by the wavelength it expresses. This is more closely compared to the common idea of spiritual energies (such as the aura) and vibration. Just as visible light expresses different colors from infra-red through 'roygbiv' to ultra-violet, the perception of energy shifts association in the same manner as it progresses higher. From reds (inexperience, passion, activity) through yellows and greens (engaging intellect, growing/expanding awareness) and into indigo and violet (Healing and ascension). This is where terms like ''indigo children'' come from; old-soul and aware people who appear to have spiritual attunement belong their years despite physical youth. Side-note, we call sunlight White but it actually isn't. It is a yellow tint. You can even split the colors from sunlight with a prism, letting you see a broader yellow band of influence over the rest.

Seeing white when viewing auras and energy can be a sign of relative spiritual youth. As in Open and undefined in possibilities. Everything at once in potential, but with none chosen. The wide-eyed child filled with wonder, yet to choose a journey.

Now, bear in mind also that seeing white doesn't mean there is no color, or that you are 'white'. Just like with sunlight, the color is in there. it just may be that what's there is as yet subtle or buried among the 'potential' and does not stand out to you. More practice and narrowing focus, while reducing effort may bring more precise clarity. Basically, give it focused attention but don't try to force something to happen.

Or, it may be that your ability to visualize the energy of auras is less literal. Not everyone can do an exercise or two and then literally see these things in a physical way. Sometimes (like with myself) connecting with energy is intuitive rather than visual. No ideas of colors or shapes but instead spontaneous information and feelings. Such as interpreting heat, or cold. Or certain emotions or just a sense of 'really strong here'... 'weakened or darker there', or 'There's an underlying stress carrying tension and defensiveness, making you feel prickly and standoffish.'

Jun 17, 2022
Do I have to unfocus my eyes to see the colors? And if I blink, does it reset?

Jun 18, 2022
I suppose in a manner yes, letting your eyes unfocus slightly can help as the 'fuzzy edges' of what you are looking at can create some noise for the mind to work with and impose an image over what you may be connecting with/sensing. And blinking can reset that because a blink causes the eye to lose contact (even if it is for a fraction of a second) so as soon as what you are looking at is back in vire, the eye instinctively tries to reset the image. IE: find focus. Sort of like the idea between those 3-D posters that used to be everywhere. ... I never did manage to figure out how to see images in those darn things...

* anyways* one method to help is to look at something just behind the person or object you are wanting to 'read'. Give the eye some sort of dominant object to be drawn to like a dit or mark on the wall directly behind your subject. Something subtle enough to not really influence your efforts, but 'there' enough to lock onto and focus on.

Sep 01, 2022
Um... I have a question, um so when I try to see my aura with my glasses on I can't, but I can see without my glasses on. Could anyone tell me why cause I'm confused?

Sep 04, 2022
I imagine it is because of the loss of visual focus. Some methods of learning to see auras involves purposefully relaxing the focus of your eyes. ... usually by putting your attention on something just behind the subject you intend to 'read'. The blurr and soft edges gives the mind something to work with visually.

Basically, you have the 'blur your vision' part of the technique built in.

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