RED. Red represents the physical phase of mentality. That is to say, it
stands for that part of the mental activities which are concerned with
physical life. It is manifested by the vitality of the body, and in
other hues, tints and shades, is manifested by passions, anger,
physical cravings, etc. I shall describe the various forms of Red
manifestation, a little later on.
BLUE. Blue represents the religious, or spiritual, phase of mentality.
That is to say, it stands for that part of the mental activities which
are concerned with high ideals, altruism, devotion, reverence,
veneration, etc. It is manifested, in its various hues, tints, and
shades, by all forms of religious feeling and emotion, high and low, as
we shall see as we proceed.
YELLOW. Yellow represents the intellectual phase of mentality. That is
to say, it stands for that part of the mental activities which are
concerned with reasoning, analysis, judgment, logical processes,
induction, deduction, synthesis, etc. In its various hues, tints and
shades, it is manifested by the various forms of intellectual activity,
high and low, as we shall see as we proceed.
WHITE. White stands for what occultists know as Pure Spirit, which is a
very different thing from the religious emotion of "spirituality," and
which really is the essence of the ALL that really is. Pure Spirit is
the positive pole of Being. We shall see the part played by it in the
astral colors, as we proceed.
BLACK. Black stands for the negative pole of Being--the very negation of
Pure Spirit, and opposing it in every way. We shall see the part played
by it in the astral colors as we proceed.
The various combinations of the three Astral Primary Colors are formed
in connection with Black and White as well as by the blending of the
three themselves. These combinations, of course, result from the shades
of mental and emotional activity manifested by the individuality, of
which they are the reflection and the key.
The combinations and blending of the astral colors, however, are
numberless, and present an almost infinite variety. Not only is the
blending caused by the mixing of the colors themselves, in connection
with black and white, but in many cases the body of one color is found
to be streaked, striped, dotted or clouded by other colors. At times
there is perceived the mixture of two antagonistic color streams
fighting against each other before blending. Again we see the effect of
one color neutralizing another.
In some cases great black clouds obscure the bright colors beneath, and
then darken the fierce glow of color, just as is often witnessed in the
case of a physical conflagration. Again, we find great flashes of bright
yellow, or red, flaring across the field of the aura, showing agitation
or the conflict of intellect and passion.
The average student, who has not developed the astral vision, is
inclined to imagine that the astral colors in the human aura present the
appearance of an egg-shaped rainbow, or spectrum, or something of that
sort. But this is a great mistake. In the first place, the astral colors
are seldom at rest, for all mental and emotional activity is the result
of vibration, change, and rhythmic motion. Consequently, the colors of
the aura present a kaleidoscopic appearance, of constant change of
color, shape and grouping--a great electrical display, so to speak,
constantly shifting, changing, and blending.
Great tongues of flamelike emanations project themselves beyond the
border of the aura, under strong feeling or excitement, and great
vibratory whirls and swirls are manifested. The sight is most
fascinating, although somewhat terrifying at first. Nature is wise in
bestowing the gift of astral vision only gradually and by almost
imperceptible stages of advance. There are many unpleasant, as well as
pleasant, sights on the Astral Plane.