Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
Advanced Search
ENCYCLOPEDIA
Glossary
What's New
Most Popular
List of Articles

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

July/August 2015 Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.


The Llewellyn Encyclopedia
Print this Term Print this Article

Seeing the Aura

This article was written by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke on November 30, -0001
posted under Aura

Mark Smith says that anyone can learn to see auras in only 60 seconds. In his book, Auras: See Them in Only 60 Seconds!, he breaks this instruction down into a few easy steps:

  1. Stand the subject eighteen inches to two feet in front of a bare white wall. Avoid walls with colors or patterns. (Joe Slate in his Aura Energy for Health, Healing & Balance suggests that you place a small shiny object such as a thumb tack or adhesive  dot on the wall a few inches to the upper left or right of the subject.)
  2. Use indirect lighting – natural ambient daylight, if possible. Avoid fluorescent light or direct sunlight.
  3. View the subject from at least ten feet away.
  4. Ask the subject to relax, breathe deeply, and rock gently from side to side with hands unclasped at his or her side.
  5. Look past the subject’s head and shoulders and focus on the wall behind.
  6. Avoid looking at the subject, concentrating instead on the texture of the wall or the shiny object behind him or her, using your peripheral rather than direct vision.
  7. As you look past the outline of the body, you will see a band of fuzzy light around the subject, about one-quarter inch to one-half inch in depth. This is the etheric aura.
  8. Continue to look past the outline of the body, and you should see the subject as if he or she is illuminated from behind, sometimes with a bright yellow or silver color. One side might glow more strongly or slowly pulsate. Auras rarely are uniform.
  9. As you progress you will soon see a second, larger band of light three inches to two feet around the body. This is the astral aura. It is usually darker and more diffuse than the etheric.
  10. Joe Slate says the once you see the aura you should shift your attention from the shiny object to the aura and observe its various characteristics. Should the aura begin to fade away, shift your focus back to the shiny object, and repeat the procedure.

Suggested Reading:


Wish bracelets are an opportunity to make a wish and watch it come true! The bracelet is tied around your wrist or ankle. Once the bracelet breaks off, your wish comes true. If you are very patient, you can make a longer bracelet and wear it as a necklace. If you mix your aspiration beads with beads of protection, then you should make the necklace... read this article
Coincidence, or Communication?
13 Hidden Traditions of Mabon
Hoarding to Fill Emptiness: How to Tell if Spiritual Lack is Causing Clutter Accumulation
Amaterasu: The Brilliant Sun Goddess
Why You're Not Good at Tarot

Most recent posts:
The Ghosts of Lincoln
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Adam Selzer, author of Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps, Ghosts of Chicago, and the new Ghosts of...

Creating Spreads
Creating spreads is fun. Even when you don’t have a particular question, but you feel like playing with your cards, you can create a spread inspired...

Tarot Cards as Journal Prompts
Last month I was asked to write about how to use tarot cards as journaling prompts. Five years ago, I wrote an article with some journaling basics...




Llewellyn's 2016 Witches' Datebook Llewellyn's 2016 Witches' Datebook
By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN
Llewellyn's 2016 Witches' Calendar Llewellyn's 2016 Witches' Calendar
By: Llewellyn
Price: $13.99 US,  $16.99 CAN
Llewellyn's 2016 Astrological Calendar Llewellyn's 2016 Astrological Calendar
83rd Edition of the World's Best Known, Most Trusted Astrology Calendar

By: Llewellyn
Price: $14.99 US,  $17.99 CAN
Llewellyn's 2016 Woodland Faeries Calendar Llewellyn's 2016 Woodland Faeries Calendar
By: Linda Ravenscroft
Price: $13.99 US,  $16.99 CAN
Fool Me Once Fool Me Once
By: Steve Hockensmith, Lisa Falco
Price: $14.99 US,  $17.50 CAN