The Aura: What it is and the Meanings of its Colors.

Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker.

auras and thier coloursThe prana that comprises the aura is colorless—like clear water or glass—but becomes colored by our thoughts and emotions. Mediums with a well-developed spiritual vision will be aware of these colors and how they change. As these colors require clairvoyance to be seen, they are known as astral colors.  The aura is painted from a palette of astral colors made from the three primary colors: red, blue, and yellow. From a mixture of these all the other colors are formed. The primary color red represents the physical world, blue the spiritual, and yellow the mental; while white stands for purity and black for negativity. (Black is not a color but is the absence of light and white is the harmonious blending of the astral colors.)

As a general rule the bright colors seen in an aura have a positive diagnosis, as they show a happy disposition. The duller tones show moodiness, illness, and depression.

VIDEO: In this next video I talk about the aura and explain what it is. I describe the layers of the human spirit – called the Koshas and relate these to the Lokas – the layers of existence –  as well as explaining how the aura moved through Nadi channels and sustains our physical body. I also explain how to move the aura to become healthy. If you have any questions about issues raised in the video, please leave a comment and I will answer your questions. 

The following list explains some of the colors you will see in the aura, but remember when working with and interpreting the aura that your own intuition will tell you most about the person. The colors of the aura are affected by thoughts and emotions—try to look beyond the colors to the thoughts and feelings that also bathe in the aura’s light. The colors you see may trigger a gut feeling in you that is likely to correspond with the thoughts and emotions of the person you are observing.

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Aira Colour RedRed (primary color) Red is the color of physical energy and the activities associated with the vitality of the body, such as athletic or sexual activity. A clear, clean shade of red indicates friendship, vitality, determination, and vigor, but if it is tainted with darker shades this shows selfishness and coarse passion. Anger may cause a red light to flash through the aura, whereas sensitivity and kindness manifests as a gentle pink tone. The aura of a pregnant woman is usually pink but that does not necessarily mean the baby will be a girl.

Aura Colour OrangeOrange The color orange combines the power of red with the intellect of yellow and can show intellectual ambition, mastery of will, and pride. It may show a desire for change and breaking from the past. Balls of orange light in the aura show that the person has concentrated on a number of issues.Orange is also linked to the spleen area and shows healing though spiritual cleansing.

Aura Colour YellowYellow (primary color) Yellow is an energetic color associated with intellectual activities and creative self-expression. If these aspirations are inspired then the aura around the head will become a nimbus of golden-yellow, sometimes edged with a blue tint. If seen as many fine moving lines, it shows the subject’s mental activities are many and varied. This fibrous effect may show a worrier even though yellow generally is an optimistic color.

Aura Colour GreenGreen Often found in the auras of spiritual healers, green lies in the center of the astral spectrum and indicates balance. It is nature’s color and is associated with renewal and recovery. Green combines the intellectual creativity of yellow with the spirituality of blue. Bright spring green will show someone who actively likes to help others, whereas a sickly lemon-green reveals deceit and envy. Rich emerald tones show reliability, strength of character, and a well-balanced personality.

Aura Colour BlueBlue (primary color) Blues are the spiritual colors of the astral palette. Blue stands for high ideals, altruism, devotion, reverence, and religious aspirations. It is considered to be the healing color, as blue calms and brings peace. Blue is associated with the sky and feelings of freedom and escape from restriction. An aura dominated by blue indicates that the person is healthy and at peace.

Aura Colour violetIndigo and Violet Indigo and violet are a continuation of the spiritual aspects of the colour blue. Although sometimes associated with depression, indigo is also a sign of clairvoyant ability and an intuitive person who may be inspired by their dreams. Purple will show love of ceremony and deep religious conviction. Violet is the highest of the spiritual blues, showing a person who has integrated their higher nature.

aura colour goldBlack, White, Silver, and Gold Black is not a color but the absence of light. Nonetheless, sometimes the aura does show dark clouds. These usually show depression, negativity, and lack of energy. A heavy overshadowing of black stands for hatred, malice, and a vengeful disposition. White indicates the opposite and is a sign of purity of heart, good character, and a positive attitude. When white is seen as rays within any of the auric colors it adds opulence to the aura and shows a high degree of spiritual attainment. Silver expresses spiritual sincerity as well as quick thinking, mental agility, and, to a lesser extent, humor. Gold is considered by some to be the color of protection.


When we meditate for mediumistic development our physical and spiritual bodies go through a number of important changes that enable us to become sensitive to the spirit world. At first these changes may be a little uncomfortable, and sometimes you may be a little over-sensitive. You may respond to the anxieties and fears of other people and pick up their stress and general mental condition. As you progress it will get easier and you will discover how to regulate your sensitivity. This is one of the primary reasons we work with the aura during meditation, for the aura is a spiritual doorway that we can open or close at will.

The aura has a number of focuses of spinning energy called charkas, a Sanskrit word meaning wheel. The seven main charkas correspond to the endocrine glands of the body and run up along the spinal chord. They connect the physical body to the etheric body, which is said to be the psycho-physical bridge between the earthly and ethereal worlds. Some see the chakras as swirling vortexes of light, while others describe them as lotuses with varying numbers of petals or like a spiral galaxy of stars.

Chakras are focal points for the flow of prana energy through the body and help to keep up our health. Each chakra is associated with different functions of the body and is linked to the channels called nadis (a Sanskrit word meaning movement) that carry the prana energy through the physical body and, particularly for our purposes, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Each chakra on the front of the body is paired with its counterpart on the spine; together they are considered the front and rear aspects of one chakra.

The seven charkas also have qualities that come into play when the centre is vitalized through meditation. The lower centers are linked with the body and the higher centers with spiritual qualities. As the energy rises up the spine and through the different charkas it transmutes into spiritual energy, eventually reaching its perfection at the crown chakra at the top of the head. When we raise the energy from the base of the spine to the top of the head we trigger the spiritual energies required to enter states of higher consciousness. Simultaneously the aura expands and enables our inner world to resonate with the higher vibrations of the spirit world. For our immediate purpose, what is most important is the meditation that begins the journey of the prana light from the base center to the top of the head.

As with meditation, spirituality cannot be attained simply by applying a method. The chakras activate when the practitioner realign his thinking, stops hurting people, stops being selfish, and so on. Working with the chakras will prepare your body for the coming of spiritual powers so long as the appropriate work has also been done on the self.

The Meaning of the Chakras

Base/Root Center (red light)

Sanskrit name: Muladhara (root/support)

This is the seat of the spiritual energy at the base of the spine and is the source of our physical strength and vitality. It is the powerhouse that provides the cosmic energy to drive the other charkas. It is associated with the survival drive and instincts and has the element earth. The root chakra identifies with the adrenal glands.

Sacral Center (orange light)

Sanskrit name: Svadhisthana (sweetness)

This center is situated below the navel and refines and filters the cosmic energy. It is associated with emotions and has the element water. The sacral chakra identifies with the gonads.

Solar Plexus Center (yellow light)
Sanskrit name: Manipura (lustrous jewel)

Situated below the rib cage, the solar plexus is the storehouse of psychic energy. It is associated with the ego and has the element fire. The solar plexus chakra identifies with the pancreas.

Heart Centre (green light)

Sanskrit name: Anahata (unstruck)

The heart center is located in the center of the chest and close to the heart. This is the highest of the emotional centers and is associated with relationships. It has control of the chakra centers below and converts instinct into feeling. The heart chakra identifies with the thymus gland. Its element is air.

Throat Centre (blue light)

Sanskrit name: Visshudha (purification)

Located at the top of the throat, this is the first of the three main spiritual centers. This center is creative and is used by mediums during clairaudience (spiritual hearing). The throat chakra identifies with the thyroid gland. Its element is ether.

Forehead/Brow Center (indigo light)

Sanskrit name: Ajan (to perceive)

Also known as the “third eye,” this chakra is located in the center of the forehead. Through this center clairvoyance is received. The forehead center works in tandem with the throat and crown chakras to provide psychic insights. The forehead center identifies with the pituitary gland. Its element is sound.

Crown Center (violet light)

Sanskrit name: Sahasrara (thousandfold)

In the East this center at the top of the head is know as the “thousand-pedaled lotus” and although associated with the color violet is a kaleidoscope of colors. Thoughts and projected thought forms radiate from this center, taking on astral colors. For example, an angry thought will be colored red, a creative thought yellow, a spiritual thought blue, and so on. Thoughts also have form, which can be seen by people with advanced celestial vision as intricate geometrical patterns. The crown chakra of a spiritually advanced person will be seen to form into an astonishing maṇḍala of lights with patterns, shapes, and colors reminiscent of a peacock’s fanned tail. The crown center is the center of our awareness and connects us to the divine. It is identified with the pineal gland and has the element of Light.

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3 comments… add one
  • phoenix red Mar 8, 2017, 11:24 pm

    At a psychic reading I was told (& a friend shown) that my heart chakra is bright rainbow coloured – I can’t find any info on what it means, could you shed any light on why?

  • Valda Brooks Dec 21, 2016, 12:40 pm

    I need to understand more about Aura sometimes it changes

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