Guide to Auras and Human Energy Fields

Learn about auras, including the different layers, colors, and ways to see them.

What is an Aura?

An aura is a transparent energy field that surrounds every living thing.

It has been described as “a magnetic field of vibration which surrounds every person, in the same way that light surrounds a lighted candle or perfume surrounds a flower.”

Esoterics and spiritual healers believe we cannot exist without our aura because it serves as an extension of our body. Our auric field contains our chakras, the invisible energy system through which we receive life force from the Universe.

In Latin and Ancient Greek, “aura” means wind, breeze, or breath. By the late 19th century, the term found its way into spiritualist circles, where it was used to describe a subtle emanation surrounding the body.

Can You See Auras?

The aura is normally invisible, and is composed of extremely fine electromagnetic energy, or biofield. However, it can be seen by clairvoyants as a halo of light and colour. You can even train yourself to see auras with a little bit of psychic development.

Mostly, however, you need someone with an aura camera to take a photo of you, to see it.

What Does an Aura Look Like?

Picture of an Aura | Karina's aura
Picture of my aura, taken with an aura camera.

Above is an aura photo of me, taken with an aura camera. The predominant color in my aura is blue, complemented by extensive areas of green, yellow and some purple.

You can usually find someone at a Mind, Body & Spirit Show who offers this service.

How Big is my Aura?

The average person’s aura is generally shaped like an egg and extends about eight to ten feet, or two to 3 metres, away from the body in all directions.

It is believed that some highly spiritual individuals have auras that extend over several miles, and their followers are attracted by their aura. Historical accounts from some of Buddha’s early followers even suggest that his aura extended an impressive 200 miles.

Your aura changes size based on how healthy and positive you feel. If you’re full of energy, fit, and happy, your aura is bigger. But if you’re frail and not feeling great, your aura may be smaller. Having a bigger aura can protect you from outside influences.

Your aura also interacts with the auras of people you meet. So, when you’re around positive people your aura can expand, and it can shrink around negative people. Your energy field is always adapting to your experiences and the people around you.

This is why you might feel tired and low on energy after hanging out with negative people. We all know someone who seems to leave us completely exhausted because it feels like they’ve taken all the energy from us, almost like a battery running low.

While most people do this subconsciously, there are some who intentionally try to make their own aura stronger by taking energy from others. These individuals are often referred to as psychic vampires. They make themselves feel better by robbing you of your time and emotions.

On the flip side, there are people you love being around because they uplift you. These people give you energy and, as a result, help to expand your aura.

What Are The Layers of an Aura?

When you first learn to see your aura you will probably only make out a small blue layer of energy next to your body. However, there is a lot more to your aura than that. There is some debate about the number of layers within a human aura, but it’s generally agreed there are seven.

Each layer is finer in energy, and vibrates at a higher frequency, than the previous one. Therefore the most dense layer of the aura, called the etheric body, is closest to the body, while the finest layer, called the ketheric template, is furthest away from the body. Although the layers might appear to be separate from one another, each one overlaps the layers beneath it.

Chart of the 7 layers of the aura |
Chart of the 7 layers of the aura

7 Layers of The Aura

There is no universally agreed-upon number of aura layers, although in New Age spirituality, the consensus seems to be seven.

  1. Etheric Body:
    • Color: Blue
    • Description: Closest to the body, reflects physical health, sensations, and physical experiences.
  2. Emotional Body:
    • Color: Green (often associated with the heart chakra)
    • Description: Contains the chakras and life force energy (chi or prana), reflects emotions and feelings.
  3. Mental Body:
    • Color: Yellow
    • Description: Associated with thoughts, intellect, and mental processes.
  4. Astral Layer:
    • Color: Violet or Purple
    • Description: Associated with astral travel and higher spiritual experiences.
  5. Etheric Template:
    • Color: Gold
    • Description: Considered a blueprint for the overall aura, associated with the soul’s plan for the current lifetime.
  6. Celestial Body:
    • Color: White or Pearl
    • Description: Linked to the spiritual or divine aspect of the aura, representing connection to higher spiritual realms.
  7. Ketheric Template:
    • Color: Transparent or beyond the spectrum
    • Description: The outermost layer, associated with the highest spiritual consciousness and connection to the divine.

Colors of The Auric Field

The colors in your aura can fluctuate and come and go according to the state of your health, what you think about and your emotions. In my aura photo, my main color is blue. It happened to be taken at the time, when I first started training in mediumship.

Here are some colors you can expect to see in someone’s aura, with brief descriptions of what these colors say about the person and the chakras to which they are connected. Feel free to use your intuition to expand these meanings.

Meaning: Energy, action, leadership, innovation
Chakra: Base

Meaning: Optimism, confidence, emotional warmth
Chakra: Sacral

Meaning: Communication, creativity, mental agility, gregariousness
Chakra: Solar-plexus

Meaning: Love, kindness, peacefulness, a love of nature, a need for harmony
Chakra: Heart

Meaning: Affection, compassion, strong spirituality
Chakra: Heart

Meaning: Consideration, idealism, ethical values, spiritual knowledge (particularly mediumship)
Chakra: Throat

Meaning: Love, psychic ability, intuition, spiritual purpose
Chakra: Brow

Colour: White
Meaning: Spiritual evolution, connection with the Divine, humanitarianism
Chakra: Crown

What is a Rare Aura Color?

White tends to be the rarest aura color as it associated with the most divine connection to the spiritual world.

Moods and Emotions

Auras can also briefly change color to mirror your moods and emotions. You’ve heard expressions such as:

  • ‘Tickled pink’ when someone is happy
  • ‘Feeing blue’ when sad
  • ‘Red’ with rage
  • ‘Green’ with envy
  • ‘Yellow’ as a coward.

These sayings originated because people noticed these colors in auras and found them to consistently correspond to certain emotions or characteristics.

Shapes Of The Aura

Usually auras are egg-shaped, surrounding the whole body fairly eveningly.

When you learn to view or sense an aura, however, you will soon notice that not every aura has a perfect egg shape. Here are some of the different aura shapes that you can expect to find, as well as suggestions concerning what they might mean.

Aura Shapes and What They Mean |

Shape: Lopsided aura
Meaning: Wariness; fear; lack of trust

Shape: Flattened over crown chakra
Meaning: Depression

Shape: Aura stops at knees
Meaning: Lack of grounding; fear; lack of connection with surroundings and base chakra

Shape: Jagged edge to aura
Meaning: Lack of boundaries; physical damage to body

How Illness Begins in Your Aura

The aura layer closest to the body called the etheric body, appears to be associated with physical illnesses. It is here that any illnesses that we develop first appear in our auras as blocks of mental or emotional energy. If we are unable to shift these blocks, whether consciously or unconsciously, they eventually begin to affect our physical bodies. If you are willing to do the mental work to release ‘bad’ thoughts, then healing can happen and illness prevented.

Although you might imagine that your physical body influences your aura, in fact the reverse is true. Clairvoyants who have observed human fetuses developing in their mothers’ wombs have described how the layers of the aura are formed first, thereby creating a template for the physical cells to copy.

How To See Auras

Your aura has an electromagnetic field, and you can train yourself to become sensitive to this field and therefore aware when someone or something penetrates it. This is essential in psychic work, when you are continually tuning into your aura to gain impressions and sensations about what is happening around you.

1. Learn To See Your Aura

Start by looking at the aura around your hands, and then you can use the same process to view your aura around other parts of your body. At first you will only see your etheric body, which is the aura nearest your physical body, but with practice you will see more layers of your aura.

  1. Sit in a comfortable chair, facing a pale, plain wall. Don’t sit in direct sunlight or with an artificial light shining on you. Ground and balance yourself.
  2. Stretch out your right arm, with the back of your hand facing you. Now look at the space between your splayed fingers and the wall, without looking directly at either of them. Allow your eyes to relax.
  3. You will start to see a fuzzy white or grey outline around your fingers. This is your aura. Continue to look at the space between your fingers and the wall. The grey or white outline will start to change color, and will usually turn blue.

Once you can see the aura around your hands, turn your attention to viewing the aura around your head.

  1. Stand in front of a mirror, with a plain, pale wall behind you.
  2. Look at the space above your head, letting your eyes relax. You will soon start to see a fuzzy grey or white outline around your head, which will then change into a shade of blue. This is your etheric body.

3. Sense Your Aura

Another way to work with your aura is to sense it with your hands. This is good fun and the quick results are encouraging. You can use this exercise as a way of preparing yourself to carry out energy healing.

  1. Set aside some time when you won’t be disturbed, then ground and balance yourself.
  2. Hold the palms of your hands close together without letting them touch. Now move your palms apart and then bring them together again, always taking note of how the energy between your hands feels. Continue to move them backwards and forwards, taking them slightly further apart each time.
  3. As you work, you will notice a sensation building up in the palms of your hands. For instance, they may tingle or feel hot. You will also feel the energy building up in the space between your hands; it will feel elastic and bouncy, and as you move your hands close together, you will sense a slight resistance between them. This is your aura!

Auras in Religious Art

In religious art iconography and symbolism, auras are often depicted around the heads of holy figures to convey spiritual significance or divine presence. These depictions are more symbolic and artistic than direct references to auras as described in esoteric or New Age beliefs. Here are some examples:

Halo or Nimbus

In Christian art, saints, angels, and divine figures are often portrayed with a halo or nimbus around their heads. This radiant circle of light represents spiritual illumination, divine favor, or holiness. Arthur Waite drew on this history when creating the Hanged Man in the Rider Waite Tarot deck.

Radiant Light

Religious figures, especially those associated with moments of spiritual significance, may be surrounded by a radiant light. This light is symbolic of divine presence, enlightenment, and the transcendent nature of the depicted scene.


Similar to a halo, an aureola is a radiant light surrounding the entire body of a divine figure. It is a common element in religious iconography, especially in depictions of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and other revered figures.


A mandorla is an almond-shaped halo or aura that surrounds the entire body of a central figure in religious art. It is often used to represent the divine nature of the person or event being depicted.

Golden Light

In Eastern religious art, such as depictions of Buddhas or enlightened beings, a golden light or aura may symbolize enlightenment, spiritual awakening, and the transcendent nature of the depicted figure.

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