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Aura Reading & Interpretation

This article was written by Joe H. Slate and Carl Llewellyn Weschcke on March 30, 2011
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Introduction. Seeing the Aura is one step, but without the ability to read and Interpret is an “empty” skill. To analyze and interpret observations is a key step to success in nearly any endeavor. Always we start by organizing the details.

Colors have meaning. They are vibrations in the visible spectrum. And their locations are in direct relation to the major chakras while their vibrancy, shades, and extent is in relation to the activity of the particular chakra. The following table shows the approximate location on the physical body, the generally accepted name from the Hindu system, and the primary color of the chakra. 


Chakra Names, Colors, Associated Planets & Tattwas

Crown, Sahasrara, color violet

Brow, Ajna, color indigo

Throat, Vishuddha, color blue

Heart, Anahata, color green

Solar plexus , or “Navel Chakra,” located below the navel, Manipura, color yellow

Genital area, or “Sacral Chakra,” Svadhisthana, color orange

Base of spine, or “Root Chakra,” Muladhara, color red


Aura Colors, Locations and Meanings 

Blue—Throat Chakra—Religious (but not limited by doctrine). Light blue is associated with balance, tranquility, self-insight, flexibility, optimism, and empathy for others. Deep blue is associated with mental alertness, sharp-wittedness, and emotional control. Dullness of blue anywhere in the aura is associated with negative stress, pessimism, despondency, and insecurity (feeling blue), whereas dark, dingy blue may indicate suicidal tendencies.

Brown—Strong interests in the earth and natural resources, along with personality traits of practicality, stability and independence. Brown is also characteristic of such professionals as geologists, ecologists, archaeologists, landscape and construction workers. Brown in the aura is commonly indicative of outdoor interests such as hiking, skiing, mountain climbing, and hunting, as well as physical fitness.

Gold—Advanced spirituality. People with gold in the aura are charismatic and able to handle large-scale projects, but they usually attain their successes later in life.

Gray—Usually a transient color that can foreshadow illness, adversity and even death. Small areas of gray can signify health problems in relation to their location.

Green—Heart Chakra—Love, affinity with Nature, often a natural healer. Bright green signifies healing energy, self-actualization, and raised consciousness particularly concerning global conditions. Bright green is typical for health care professionals and environmentalists. The auras of psychic healers are usually iridescent, a feature not often found in the auras of other health care professionals. Dull green is associated with envy (green with envy), inner conflict, personal unfulfillment, and resistance to change. A very dull green with shades of gray is often a precursor of serious adversity, personal catastrophe, or physical illness. Associated with healing energy.

Indigo—Brow Chakra—Intuition, nurturing. See also purple as indigo and purple are sometimes difficult to distinguish from one another. Associated with spiritual awareness.

Orange—Genital or Sacral Chakra—Social extraverts who typically pursue careers requiring considerable social interaction, such as politics and sales. They are independent, competitive, and possess strong persuasive skills. Discoloration in the orange aura is associated with impatience, egotism, emotional instability, and a low tolerance for frustration. Associated with emotional energy.

Pink—The color of youth, longevity, rejuvenation, sensitivity, humanitarians, idealism, and talent. Typically, older people with an abundance of pink in their auras have achieved prominence in their careers through hard work, have moderate political views, and are interested in the arts and such matters as historical preservation. Associated with affection.

Purple—Associated with philosophy and abstract interests, purple is often predominant in the auras of ministers, philosophers and theoreticians. People with purple in their auras value intuitive knowledge, often possess superior verbal skills, and command respect from their peers. Wealth often comes easily to them and they settle into comfortable careers in which they can pursue personal interests.

Red—Base of Spine or Root Chakra—Vitality, sensuality, physical energy, impulsive behavior, strong emotion, outbursts of anger (seeing red), the need for excitement, adventure, and risk-taking. While flashes of red in the aura (anger) are usually transient, more permanent strands of red woven into the aura may be indicative of violent and uncontrolled aggressive impulses. Areas of red are not uncommon among male college students active in contact sports and similarly in professional athletes in competitive sports. Red can also relate to leadership, responsibility, drive, and charisma. Associated with sexual energy.

Silver—While rarely seen, people with silver in their auras are often full of grand, but impractical ideas, more characteristic of dreamers than doers.

Violet—Crown Chakra—Advanced spirituality and psychic skills. People with a lot of violet in their auras sometime exhibit an off-putting air of superiority and are often involved in metaphysical pursuits.

White—Not commonly seen but indicative of “purity,” self-effacement, peace-loving.

Yellow—Solar Plexus—Intellect, mental power, creativity, strong personality. The brightness of the yellow is associated with intelligence, while the expansiveness of the color is associated with social competence and dependability. Bright yellow around the head is associated with abstract thinking, problem solving, and verbal skills, while bright yellow around the shoulders and chest is associated with superior eye-hand coordination and mechanical skills. Dullness and constriction in the predominantly yellow aura may indicate stressful conditions and difficulties in social interactions. Associated with mental energy.

Since the aura is directly perceived only through our psychic vision, or clairvoyance, the interpretation of it is more subjective than objective and builds upon the personal experience of the observer.


Main Factors in Interpreting the Aura

  1. The various fields about the body reflecting the etheric, astral, mental, and spiritual bodies or sheaths.
  2. The levels of the body corresponding to the location of the chakras.
  3. The colors, and their clarity, brightness and intensity.
  4. The presence of irregularities and patterns: such as blockages, holes, depressions or bulges, blotches, streaks, fluctuations, fissures, points of light or darkness, streams and clusters of energy, tentacles, arcs, agitation, symmetry and balance
  5. In some auras, there will be geometric figures.
  6. The size of each of the fields as distance out from the physical body.
  7. The overall structure, which Dr. Slate refers to as the unique signature of the individual.
  8. The observer’s feeling or psychic impressions.

While some specific observations can be augmented with the use of dowsing rods and pendulums as well as the hands in sensing the aura, the aura visionary, or reader, should attempt to start with basic observations of the above factors, and then slowly perceive the complexity of the overall aura in which the following elements are important considerations.


Shapes & Elements to be Seen in the Aura

Interpretation of the aura should not be based on strict rules following these listings of colors, brightness, size, shapes, etc., but rather a holistic synthesis characterize by the aura visionary’s empathy with the subject—even when viewing one’s own aura. While details count towards the whole, we must never let the details overwhelm the whole in our interpretation.

Summary of Purpose & Benefit: Interpretation is precedent to understanding, and with understanding comes the ability to employ knowledge for practical benefit. Those benefits include health diagnosis and healing, character judgment, chakra development, etc.

In his most comprehensive book, Aura Energy for Health, Healing & Balance, Dr. Slate outlined the multiple roles of the aura system:

Functions of the Aura System

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