Aura Colours and Meanings

The aura is part of the electromagnetic field that surrounds the human body – and every other organism and object in creation. When speaking specifically of humans, it is sometimes referred to as the Human Energy Field, or HEF, in order to avoid the mystical associations of the word ‘aura’.

The aura of a healthy person surrounds their body in an oval shaped field, or ‘auric egg’, which extends approximately 1 metre on average from the skin on all sides of the body, including above the head and into the ground.

Auric Variations

Once you have learned to perceive your own aura and those of other people, you need to start recognising the information packed in to each shade the aura can display. By recognising the significance of this and adjusting your own aura in turn, you can achieve truly spectacular effects throughout your life.


This is a very creative, life-enhancing auric colour which can vary from brilliant scarlet to deep ruby. It is also the colour of the instincts for basic survival and when the shade is harsh or murky, it can reflect anger, a desire to dominate, or a strong desire to change.

A paler red can suggest buried anger or resentment and repressed guilt at these feelings and needs a particularly careful response. Pale red can reveal the truth behind a seemingly calm, reasonable exterior and you ignore the underlying negativity at your peril.


This often appears as the predominant auric colour when a question of identity is at stake. In its clearest shades it represents optimism, joy, and good health. However, in a close relationship too much orange can suggest a lack of commitment.

Pale orange over any length of time in your own aura can suggest that your identity is perhaps being eroded by your desire to please others, and when seen in others it can suggest that they rely on you more than they admit.


This is the auric colour of communication and when it is a lovely, golden yellow, communication is clear and creative. The sun positively shines from every enthusiastic fibre. It can warm and enrich the auras of others. It is also the colour of a sharp intellect, so do not underestimate your opponent if their aura flares bright yellow.

However, when the yellow is a dull shade, it can suggest that there may be something being concealed, or some less than honest intent.


This is the auric colour of the heart and emotions and is especially dominant when relationships are the main issue. In matters of love, a clear green aura is a good sign of a faithful heart and in friendship it indicates trustworthiness. Often a bright green aura may be the first sign of an emotional commitment, and can be encouraging if you are unsure whether to reveal your own feelings.

A paler green can suggest emotional dependency. That is fine in children, and also in love and friendship when it alternates with a stronger shade. A dull, muddy green can conceal conflicting emotions or an emotional leech, and yellow-green is often a sign of possessiveness and unwarranted jealousy.


This is an aura colour concerned with principles and ideals. Bright blue is altruistic and the person will put principles before personal gain. The softer blues, often associated with healing, soften that idealism with compassion. Navy blue has an unworldliness about it which can be frustrating when financial or business matters must be resolved.

When the aura is ice blue, it can suggest a touch of heartlessness. A dull blue can suggest that concern for conventions and traditions is leading to rigidity.


This is the auric colour that deals with the spiritual and psychic side of human nature that can so easily get swamped by everyday living. Because it is a colour related to intuition, it can often provide an answer when logic and emotion fail. Deep, rich purple talks of deeply spiritual areas and a strong intuitive nature.

Paler purple relates to the inner world and suggests that its wearer considers inner happiness more vital than material success. Only when the auric purple is muddy or blurred does it imply that its owner is spending too long on daydreams and illusions.


In an aura pink is a good sign as those who display this colour are natural peacemakers or are in a re-conciliatory mood. If the pink is bright and clear, you know that the person in question will be open to your suggestions, feelings and fears.

A pale but clear pink reveals inner harmony and means that the person you are dealing with is likely to take a balanced view of whatever matter is at hand. If the pink is misty, it can mean that you are dealing with someone who sees other people’s points of view to such an extent that they are unlikely to reach any decisions without firm direction.


Some people assume that brown is a sign that something is wrong, but this is not instantly the case. A clear, shining brown, like fresh-ploughed fields in the sunlight, is a healthy sign that the person in question is practical, reliable, with a good sense of humour and a great deal of common sense. Pale, clear brown shows that practicality is tempered with enthusiasm and versatility.

Problems only arise if the shade of brown is constant and unvarying. Then, it suggests someone who is too focused on utter practicality and who may need to consider adding some fun into their life. A very dark brown can suggest feeling overloaded by responsibilities that may be masked as a lack of enthusiasm or inability.


This is the synthesis of all the other colours and suggests creativity, energy, and focused aims in an everyday context. It is a very exciting aura to develop on a personal level. Because it includes all of the other colours, it can help to clear stagnation  in any area and promote one of those inspirational leaps that take us from an unfulfilling but secure situation to the thrilling unknown.

However, a dirty whit aura or one with streaks of black hints at unfinished or unresolved issues which must be resolved before progress can be made.


This is the ultimate receptive colour of the aura and is not necessarily a negative colour. Black at its clearest represents the receptive, nurturing, accepting side of human nature. It is a very stabilising auric shade as long as it is not so heavy that the person seems to vanish beneath its weight.

Black also has a second aspect; in its softer or denser shades it can represent a natural fluidity that accepts people for what they are and not what they ‘should’ be. A dense, heavy black can suggest depression, a poor self-image and a low sense of personal worth.

Looking At Auras

Living things emanate light around their forms which can be detected by Kirlian photography. Plant auras fade when they are cut or when they are deprived of water. Humans, too, have auras. Around the heads and bodies of everyone you meet can be perceived a white energy source, several inches from and following our outlines. This white field of light is diffused into rainbow colours of varying brightness and intensity. The colours and clarity change according to the state of our health, our inner harmony and our current preoccupations.

In Your True Colours

Auras can be seen in the mind’s eye, although some people see them physically. Neither method is better than the other, and absolutely anyone can learn to tune in to their own and other people’s auric energies. Non-verbal signals are a useful clue in any interaction, but auras show the deeper emotions that can be masked on even a non-verbal level by someone who is very controlled.

Generally there are one or two predominant colours in the aura at any given time and if these are clear and bright, you know communication is going to be easy and you can be open. If the aura of the person you are with is dark or murky, you know it is not a time for confrontation or making demands. What is more, the predominant colour/colours can tell you their dominant concerns or insecurities

Studying Your Aura

It can be tricky to get into the right frame of mind to be able to see your aura, because we are trained to only ‘see’ the physical level of things from a very young age.

Look in the mirror in sunlight or with a candle or soft lighting behind you. Don’t worry if you don’t see anything except your reflection to begin with. Close your eyes and let the picture of the rainbow emerge around your head, as this is the easiest place to see it. Now open your eyes and see what colours are left in the after-image. That is your predominant aura at present.

Try at regular intervals and in different emotional states, such as after an argument, after a major success, when you are tired, happy, sad, etc. Note down the colours each time you do this. Try this for a few weeks to get an idea of your personal pattern.

We all tend to have a root aura colour that reflects how we deal with the world on a day-to-day basis. However, most people also have a secondary colour, and the relationships between these two can give a very clear overview of personality and outlook.