What is an aura and how can you read those of others?

Learn more about auras in our short guide.

If you have an interest in spirituality and holistic practices, you may have heard about auras in passing but not really be aware of exactly what they are and how to interpret them.

Here, we'll put together a brief guide to auras to help you out, whether you're planning to use psychic services or just want more information to use in your day-to-day life.

What is an aura?

An aura is a subtle, luminous field of radiation that surrounds a person or object like a halo, only around their entire body. It is made up of electromagnetic particles and spiritualists believe all living things manifest an aura.

Sometimes, it is perceptible to the naked eye and this ability is usually linked with a sixth sense or psychic ability, although it can occasionally become visible to the layman at certain times or during experiences of particular emotions.

The aura will appear as a particular colour of combination of colours and these are associated with various traits. Using a person's aura, a picture of their personality, thoughts and feelings – whether transient or more permanent – can be built up by onlookers.

A measure of the state of their physical health can also be established; for example, if a person is sick, this may show up as interruptions in their underlying colours.

Belief in the aura and its interpretations can be traced back thousands of years. It is well-represented in Buddhism, but the symbolism of light in the Christian Bible can also be linked to the aura.

Today, holistic healers and psychics use a person's aura as a way of linking up with them spiritually. However, you can also train yourself to become more receptive to seeing auras, which is useful if you want to be more intuitive about people before speaking to them.

Seeing auras yourself

The truth is, though, that you have probably experienced perception of auras without even realising. Have you ever had a sudden 'feeling' about a person, good or bad? For example, you might have received a flash that someone might be untrustworthy, or get an inkling that you are set to be good friends with another.

This might well have been your subconscious getting a glimpse of their aura before you let your usual senses build up a typical picture of them.

If you want to train yourself to see auras, then it's best to ask for some assistance from a willing and patient friend or family member.

Sit them in front of a softly illuminated plain white background – it mustn't be too bright, or it will just dazzle you. Then, pick a spot in the middle of their forehead so you are connecting with their brow chakra.

Look at this spot for 30 to 60 seconds. Next, without looking away from the spot, begin to examine what's in your peripheral field of vision. You should see that the area directly around your subject is showing up as a particular colour. This means you are perceiving their aura.

If you can't find someone to sit still and want to practise more, you can also look for your own aura. Do this by sitting or standing around a metre away from a full-length mirror, preferably in front of a plain and uncluttered background.

Carry out the same steps as detailed above and you should get a glimpse of your own electromagnetic field. If you can, try this for ten minutes a day, as this will improve your sensitivity and help you to see other people's auras even when you're not concentrating specifically on them.

Interpreting colours

To interpret what you see, you'll need to become familiar with what the different colours mean. Each hue corresponds to a feeling or emotion, but shades of particular colours can also have different meanings.

For example, red auras relate to the physical body. However, while a muddied red can suggest anger, a clear red could mean power, energy and passion.

Meanwhile, yellow is the colour of inspiration and easy-going intelligence, but it may also indicate a fear of losing control. Finally, green is usually a very healthy, balanced hue, but darker shades might suggest the person is feeling resentful or having issues with their self-esteem.

You should read up on each individual colour before starting to interpret auras, so it may be useful to get hold of a good spiritualist guidebook from any bookshop or a specialist internet site.

However, if you're still having trouble, it may be best to seek help from an experienced psychic such as those at PsychicsOnline. People like Aurora have been dealing with auras for some time and will be able to tell you more about your own and others you could have seen.

They can also read more deeply into auras – for instance, they could see flashes of a colour outside the wider aura, which would indicate sudden and fleeting emotions like jealousy or desire for power. A psychic will also be able to tell from a photograph if a person has passed on, as their aura will be black.

Cleansing your aura

If you've been feeling a little under the weather, something you can do yourself is try cleansing your aura. Stand in a calm place with your arms down by your sides and focus on the base of your spine, which is your root chakra.

Imagine a red light extending below it down to the earth and a beam of golden light shining from the sun into the top of your head, penetrating your body and aura. Stay this way for a few moments, then imagine a violet light extending from the soles of your feet, around your body and up to the top of your head.

This closes your aura off to any negative energy and allows positive feelings to flow more freely, resulting in deep cleansing.

Give it a try and see if you can have fun spotting auras and seeing what your are projecting from your own.

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