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An Aura Reading Can Tell You Exactly What Vibes You're Giving Off

Do you exude good vibes?
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You’ve probably heard of auras already (don’t worry, we’ll define them in a sec just in case you haven’t). And you probs also know there are actual people out there who can read your aura for you and tell you all about it (again, we’ll explain). You might have even gotten an aura reading yourself and been told your aura was blue, or red, or green—or you might just have seen one of those cool aura photos on the 'gram.

Okay, you know what an aura is, but do you know how it all works?! Keep reading. Basically, it’s like an IRL personality test that you don’t actually have to take(!): Huge win for everyone. Allow us to change your life with everything you need to know about aura readings and how they work.

Let's start with the basics: What TF is an aura?

An aura is described as an electromagnetic field that surrounds a person’s body and is associated with their energy—and while it can actually be *seen* by certain people, it can be *felt* by everyone. (Getting your aura read is basically the OG version of a vibe check.) Auras can be contagious, which is why you start to feel extra happy if you’re around someone who’s a positive, optimistic person and why you feel super freaking drained when you’re around someone who’s a total bummer. Bleh.

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Each person is predominantly one color and every color means something different

While there are different layers and colors to each person’s aura that all mean different things, every person likely has one predominant aura color. Your aura can change, though, depending on your state of mind. But it'll probably return to its original color once you're all ~leveled out~.

Like, if you’re experiencing a drastic mood change due to your horrible boss or even-more-horrible boyfriend, your aura will likely reflect that. And other things like physical and emotional trauma or illnesses can also change your aura.

So what are the colors and what do they mean?

Each aura color is associated with a different type of energy and/or personality. Let's get into it:


A red aura means you’re confident, strong, and aggressive. You're passionate, goal-oriented, and you love to take charge. You're ambitious, brave, and never shy away from a challenge. You're also just a teeny tiny bit dramatic. Basically, no one wants to cross you, and they shouldn't, bc you'll win.

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Aw, you're such a sweetie. A pink aura indicates that you have a romantic, gentle soul. Unlike people with red auras, you're all about peace and harmony. You're a diplomat who ends fights before they even begin. Everyone loves to be around you and your kind, calming energy.


If your aura is more of a hot pink, you're a very independent kinda person. You're creative and funny, the type of person to have a casual million followers on TikTok. You don't follow trends—you make them. People might think you're a little weird, but deep down, they admire your individuality. You're one of a kind.


You are likely in good health and have lots of energy! You're that person who's always trying a new workout challenge and actually sticking with it. You're optimistic and sociable, and you make friends easily. You're one of those people who will strike up a chat with the person next to you in the grocery store line and come away with a BFF for life—you just get along with others and are usually in a good mood!

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Yellows are optimistic, intelligent, and free. They are very full of life. Communication is your thing—you might be talkative, a prolific writer, or just go live on Clubhouse a lot. You love to have fun and you tend not to take life too seriously. You're witty, smart, and confident. People want to be like you!


Greens love nature. A lot of the time, they’re associated with growth or healing—think developing self-love, overcoming obstacles, and forgiving those who've wronged you. You're compassionate and open, and you tend to have a practical worldview. You're particularly influenced by your surroundings, which is why it's so important for you to make time to get out in nature, whether you're turning your phone off and going camping for a week or just taking a stroll in the park.


Blues are caring, empathetic, and definitely sensitive. You take life a little more seriously than some of the colors above you on this page. You're expressive and creative, and you place a lot of value on your close personal relationships—think your family and your BFFs, not your colleague from three years ago. You value truth and honesty, so people better not lie to you!

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Indigo auras indicate that you're both super creative and super introverted. You're often off at the corners of a party, silently composing your next song or plotting out your next novel in your head. You have a strong intuition, and you're just a curious person—you always want to learn more and find out the truth.


You are spiritual, wise, and artistic! You probably went to a liberal arts school. You kinda live with your head in the clouds—you're always lost in a daydream or fantasy. You're also very intuitive—you might be very spiritual or just have strong gut feelings (trust them!). Your loved ones value your empathy and wisdom, even if they don't always ~get~ you.


The tans and browns of the aura color spectrum are grounded (makes sense). They are also career-driven and love working with their hands. Unlike purples, you're very logical and practical—you're that friend with a strict budget and a detailed ten-year-plan. You know that hard work and strategy can get you where you want to go.

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Are there "good" and "bad" auras?

Well, yes. There’s good and bad of everything, amirite? Each aura color by itself is generally positive, but the different shades of a color can indicate negative energy. Like, dark green can indicate jealousy, but emerald green can indicate that a person centers their life around love.

A “bad” aura can also be sensed when someone is simply just having a hard time, e.g., they just got in a fight with their roommate or they’re currently being forced to be around people they don’t like. (We’ve all been there.) Once you take some time to calm down and find balance, your aura will likely go back to normal.

Aura readers can see auras in their own unique way

Serena Nicole Maio, a 48-year-old aura reader and psychic medium from Ontario, sees colors and shades of auras but she also sees textures, which can mean dents, holes, and scratches within a person’s aura. And according to her, these are symbolic.

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“If I see deep red with a hole, it could symbolize this person has been abandoned in some way and has not yet forgiven that person,” she explains over the phone. “Or that there has been a close death and the hole resembles an empty space.”

Serena (who charges $120 for a full aura reading) has been reading auras for seven years. And she didn’t even need to meet me in person in order to see my aura—she described it to me after just a few minutes on the phone. (I’m bright yellow, btw.)

So how does an aura reading work?

Before calling or meeting with a client, Serena meditates for 15 to 30 minutes and asks “spirit” to show her the client’s aura. She then connects with the client either in person or over the phone (Serena says she can “tap into” a person’s energy simply through their voice), which is when she discovers the shades and textures of their aura.

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“We start with the overall color and I give them the meaning,” she says. “At the end, I give them methods to keep their aura clean and answer any questions.”

Along with aura readers, there’s also aura photography—which is basically a vibe-ier version of a Polaroid camera that’s supposed to capture your aura in a blurred image of various colors—but Serena sticks to the old-fashioned way.

Okay, but what are the benefits?

Aura readings can help you keep your own ~*feels*~ in check. There may be a negative energy you’re giving off that you weren’t even aware of—or you could be allowing others’ energies to affect you more than you even realize.

And who knows, you might have to start specifying your aura color on dating apps. These electromagnetic fields may just be the new zodiac signs.


This article originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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