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What color is a person’s aura?

An aura is an energetic field that surrounds every living being. It is invisible to the naked eye but can be seen by some as a colored glow around a person’s body. The aura contains information about a person’s emotional, physical, mental and spiritual states. The aura is comprised of different layers, with each layer relating to a specific type of information. The colors and characteristics of a person’s aura can provide insight into their thoughts, feelings, strengths, weaknesses and more. Understanding aura colors and meanings can be useful for personal growth, relationships, holistic healing and exploring the human energy system. This article will explore what the different aura colors mean, how aura colors are determined and methods for reading a person’s aura.

What is an Aura?

An aura is a field of subtle, luminous radiation surrounding a person or object. The word aura comes from the Greek word for breath or breeze. In metaphysical terms, an aura is an electro-magnetic energy field emanating from the surface of a person or object. This aura is comprised of different colored frequency bands, which are said to reflect information about a person’s consciousness. Everything has an aura, including human beings, animals, plants, rocks, and objects. However, the aura is strongest and most vibrant around living things. The aura surrounds the body in egg-shaped layers extending from one to three feet outward. Some believe that the aura extends further than this and that we are all surrounded in interconnected energy fields.

Aura Layers

It is commonly believed that there are 7 main layers to the aura which extend around the body in descending vibrational frequency. Each layer relates to a particular type of information and emanates a different color. From the outermost layer inward, the aura layers are:

  • Causal – The outermost layer relating to a person’s karma or soul purpose. Its color is said to be gold.
  • Celestial – Information about spiritual awareness. Its color is violet, blue or deep purple.
  • Etheric – The physical vessel or body. Its color is blue or gray.
  • Emotional – Feelings. Its color is green.
  • Mental – Ideas, thoughts. Its color is yellow.
  • Astral – Sensations and desires. Its color is rose.
  • Physical – The physical body, a red aura color.

The colors in the aura blend together like a rainbow. The predominant color indicates something about the person’s state of mind and being at that time.

Determining Aura Colors

A person’s aura can comprise of many different colored bands representing the various aspects of the self on different vibrational frequencies. However, there is usually one or two predominant colors in a person’s aura at any given time. This indicates their primary energy, emotional state, thought patterns, and physical health during that moment. An aura can change colors frequently based on the person’s internal and external experiences. Some of the main factors that influence a person’s short-term aura colors include:

  • Mood – emotional state
  • Health – physical condition
  • Surroundings – environment, weather, company
  • Activity – relaxation, exercise, conversation
  • Food and drink – diet impacts energy
  • Stage of life – age, maturity, developmental phase

Although aura colors fluctuate frequently, most people tend to have a consistent predominant aura color that is present more than others. This reflects their soul ray or core energy. This consistent aura color usually reveals something about a person’s inherent strengths, qualities, purpose, and direction in life.

Core Aura Colors

While aura colors are ever-changing, these are some of the more common, consistent aura colors and their general meanings:

Red Aura

Red auras are associated with physical energy, passion, strength, and a drive for success and power.

Orange Aura

Orange auras represent creativity, optimism, confidence, entrepreneurialism.

Yellow Aura

Yellow auras denote intellectualism, logic, rationality, problem-solving ability, optimism.

Green Aura

Green auras relate to healing abilities, teachers, peacefulness, balance, compassion.

Blue Aura

Blue auras exhibit strong intuition, sensitivity, imagination, and a quest for spirituality and purpose.

Indigo & Violet Auras

Indigo and violet auras are highly intuitive, visionary, mystical, psychic, connected to all things divine.

Silver & Gold Auras

Silver and gold auras represent enlightenment, divine inspiration, unconditional love, grace.

Black Auras

Black auras can reflect stress, imbalance, uncertainty, trauma, energetic blocks.

White Auras

White auras often represent purity, truth, protection, new beginnings, connection to the divine or one’s Higher Self.

Reading the Aura

There are a variety of techniques and practices for reading the aura:


Those who have clairvoyant abilities may perceive the aura as a light around the body and interpret its meaning. The aura is visible to their subtle senses of perception. Clairvoyance simply means “clear seeing” in French. Some clairvoyants see the aura as a physical light, while others perceive the colors mentally with their third eye.

Kirlian Photography

With Kirlian photography, photographic film is placed on a metallic plate and connected to a source of high voltage. Images of items placed on the film show corona discharges revealing colored auras around living things. However, there is some question regarding how accurately Kirlian photography captures the auric field as opposed to electromagnetic interplays of gases and variables from the environment.

Color Meaning
Red Vitality, Physical Energy
Orange Creativity, Self-Expression
Yellow Intellect, Clarity
Green Harmony, Healing
Blue Spirituality, Intuition, Peace
Indigo Psychic Abilities, Visionary
Violet Spiritual Insight, Enlightenment
White Purity, Protection, New Beginnings
Silver Goddess Energy, Moon Energy
Gold Spiritual Enlightenment, Divine Protection
Black Stress, Energy Blocks

Aura Imaging Cameras

Special aura camera systems use biofeedback imaging to detect energy and light frequency variations extending from the body. The aura imaging system translates this data into pictures depicting the auric field. Colors are assigned to the different vibration frequencies detected visually representing the various aspects of a person’s aura.

Hand Scanning

Our hands have many energy centers or chakras that can indicate information about our energy field. Some intuitive energy readers scan the hands visually and energetically to tune into colors, sensations, patterns, changes in temperature or texture to determine the aura colors and energy status.

Reading Energy

Intuitive empaths attune to the subtle energy field or vibes of an individual to intuitively perceive their aura colors and discern insights about them. This can involve seeing colors or just sensing energetic frequencies intuitively.

Feeling the Aura

It is sometimes possible to feel the aura emanating from a person’s hands or body as subtle sensations. These include tingling, temperature changes, magnetic repulsion or attraction, and density or textural differences in the air near the aura.

Aura Color Meanings

Here is an overview of some common aura colors and their general meanings:

Red Aura

Attributes: Vitality, Physical Energy, Passion, Sexuality, Stimulation, Competence, Confidence, Ambition, Leadership, Motivation.

Negative attributes: Anger, Aggression, Intensity, Forcefulness, Obstinacy, Combativeness.

Lesson: How to properly use and channel their physical energy.

Orange Aura

Attributes: Creative, Charismatic, Confident, Extroverted, Optimistic, Adventurous, Outgoing, Sociable, Enthusiastic, Free-Spirited.

Negative attributes: Irresponsible, Self-Indulgent, Superficial, Impulsive, Show-off, Overly Proud.

Lesson: Using their gifts and talents wisely, and with integrity.

Yellow Aura

Attributes: Intellectual, Analytical, Logical, Rational, Objective, Practical, Organized, Scientific.

Negative attributes: Critical, Skeptical, Cynical, Sarcastic, Rigid Thinking, Overly Rational.

Lesson: Learning to integrate emotion and intuition with their reason and intellect.

Green Aura

Attributes: Loving, Soothing, Peaceful, Compassionate, Social, Nature-Loving, Nurturing, Healing.

Negative attributes: Self-Martyring, People-Pleasing, Clingy, Gossipy.

Lesson: Establishing healthy boundaries, and learning proper give and take.

Blue Aura

Attributes: Intuitive, Sensitive, Insightful, Spiritual, Sincere, Peaceful, Creative, Imaginative, Dreamy.

Negative attributes: Self-Isolating, Aloof, Melancholic, Sad, Moody, Depressed.

Lesson: Avoiding getting dragged down by negative thought patterns, grounding their insights into practical life.

Indigo & Violet Auras

Attributes: Intuitive, Mystical, Psychic, Perceptive, Wise, Prophetic, Solitary, Visionary, Magical, Artistic, Imaginative, Inventive.

Negative attributes: Escapist, Dreamy, Addiction-Prone, Depressive, Self-Deceptive.

Lesson: Finding constructive ways to integrate their magical gifts.

Pink Aura

Attributes: Loving, Gentle, Sensitive, Intimate, Sensual, Soothing, Compassionate, Unconditional Love.

Negative attributes: Emotionally Needy, Possessive, Clingy, Self-Pitying.

Lesson: Giving love freely while respecting boundaries.

Silver & White Auras

Attributes: Spiritual, Enlightened, Divine, Protective, Open Conduit to Spirit Guides and Angels.

Negative Attributes: Extremely Energetically Sensitive, Vulnerable, Isolated, Disconnected from Body and Emotions.

Lesson: Establishing grounding practices and healthy boundaries.

Black Auras

Attributes: In Protection or Shielding Mode, Strong Defense Mechanisms, Walled Off

Negative Attributes: Cut Off, Holding Trauma, Imbalanced, Stressed, Fatigued, Dangerous

Lesson: Learning to face, release and transform negative experiences.

How to Interpret Aura Colors

When interpreting aura colors, remember these key points:

– Aura colors change frequently based on mood, health, environment and activities. Core aura colors reflect inherent strengths and soul qualities.

– Look at the entire aura spectrum for an indication of the whole person – their thoughts, feelings, energy, health and spirituality.

– Notice any muddiness, gaps, cracks or holes which can indicate blocked energy and imbalances.

– No aura color has an absolute positive or negative meaning – it depends on the person’s character and stage of growth.

– Aura color meanings relate to the qualities and challenges associated with that color’s frequency.

– See how aura colors correspond to the 7 chakras or energy centers running up the body.

– An ideal aura is vibrant, full-spectrum, balanced and flowing. Dull, muted or isolated colors often reflect problems.

– The aura is constantly changing! Auras are dynamic, not fixed. Don’t get too attached to one color meaning.

Aura Clearing

It is possible to clear and revitalize the aura through intentional methods. This removes dense, stuck or chaotic energies to allow the aura to flow freely with vibrant color, harmony and balance. Some ways to clear the aura include:

  • Using protective white light to release negativity.
  • Smudging the aura with sacred smoke.
  • Visualizing a shower of light washing the aura.
  • Chakra clearing meditations.
  • Sunlight, salt baths and spending time in nature.
  • Getting proper rest to allow the aura to recharge.
  • Relaxation, releasing stress and negative emotions.
  • Positive music, laughter and raising your vibration.
  • Grounding to stabilize the aura.
  • Charging the aura with the colors you desire.
  • Working with spiritual healers and energy practitioners.

Keeping your thoughts, feelings, energy system and body balanced and healthy will naturally maintain a vibrant aura.


Our aura reflects our conscious and subconscious self – thoughts, feelings, experiences, soul qualities and life lessons. Aura colors have symbolic meanings relating to our authentic self and spiritual journey. By tuning into the nuances of your aura and energy field, you can gain insight into your inner world and consciously direct your growth. With awareness and intention, we can clear restrictive or negative patterns to reveal our innate inner light.