The Astral Colors 2

Remembering, always, the significance of the three primary colors on the

astral plane, let us consider the meaning of the combinations, shades,

hues, and tints of these colors.

THE RED GROUP. In this group of astral colors seen in the human aura, we

find strongly in evidence the clear bright red shade, similar to that of

fresh, pure arterial blood as it leaves the heart, filled with pure

material freshly oxygenated. This shade, in the aura, indicates health,

life-force, vigor, virility, etc., in pure and untainted form. The aura

of a healthy, strong child shows this shade of color very plainly and


Strong, pure natural emotions, such as friendship, love of

companionship, love of physical exercise, healthy clean sports, etc.,

are manifested by a clear clean shade of red. When these feelings become

tainted with selfishness, low motives, etc., the shade grows darker and

duller. Love of low companionship, unclean sports, or selfish games,

etc., produce an unpleasant muddy red shade.

A shade of red, very near to crimson, is the astral color of Love, but

the tint and shade varies greatly according to the nature of this form

of emotional feeling. A very high form of love, which seeks the good of

the loved one, rather than the satisfaction of oneself, manifests as a

beautiful rose tint--one of the most pleasing of the astral tints, by

the way. Descending in the scale, we find the crimson shade becoming

darker and duller, until we descend to the plane of impure, sensual,

coarse passion, which is manifested by an ugly, dull, muddy crimson of a

repulsive appearance, suggesting blood mixed with dirty earth or

barnyard soil.

A peculiar series of red shades are those manifesting anger in its

various forms, from the vivid scarlet flashes of anger color, arising

from what may be called "righteous indignation," down the scale to the

ugly flashes of deep, dull red, betokening rage and uncontrolled

passion. The red of anger generally shows itself in flashes, or great

leaping flames, often accompanied by a black background, in the case of

malicious hate, or by a dirty, greenish background when the rage arises

from jealousy, or envy. The color of avarice is a very ugly combination

of dull, dark red, and a dirty ugly green. If persons could see their

own astral colors accompanying these undesirable mental states, the

sight would perhaps so disgust them with such states as to work a cure.

At any rate, they are most disgusting and repulsive to the occultist who

beholds them in the human aura, and he often wonders why they do not

sicken the person manifesting them--they often do just this thing, to

tell the truth.

THE YELLOW GROUP. In this group of astral colors seen in the human aura

we find as many varieties as we do in the red group. Yellow, denoting

intellect, has many degrees of shade and tint, and many degrees of


An interesting shade in this group is that of Orange, which represents

different forms of "pride of intellect," intellectual ambition, love of

mastery by will, etc. The greater degree of red in the astral orange

color, the greater the connection with the physical or animal nature.

Pride and love of power over others, has much red in its astral color,

while love of intellectual mastery has much less red in its composition.

Pure intellectual attainment, and the love of the same, is manifested by

a beautiful clear golden yellow. Great teachers often have this so

strongly in evidence, that at times their students have glimpses of a

golden "halo" around the head of the teacher. Teachers of great

spirituality have this "nimbus" of golden yellow, with a border of

beautiful blue tint, strongly in evidence.

The paintings of the great spiritual teachers of the race usually have

this radiance pictured as a "halo," showing a recognition of the

phenomenon on the part of the great artists. Hoffman's celebrated

painting of the Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane shows this nimbus so

accurately depicted that the occultist is convinced that this artist

must have actually witnessed a similar scene in the astral light, so

true to the astral facts are its details. The images of the Buddha also

show this radiance.

The rich golden shades of intellectual yellow are comparatively rare, a

sickly lemon color being the only indication of intellectual power and

found in the aura of the great run of persons. To the sight of the

occultist, employing his power of astral vision, a crowd of persons will

manifest here and there, at widely separated points, the bright golden

yellow of the true intellect, appearing like scattered lighted candles

among a multitude of faintly burning matches.

THE GREEN GROUP. This is a peculiar group, consisting as of course it

does of various combinations of blues and yellows, tinted and shaded by

white or black. Even skilled occultists find it very difficult to

account for the fact of certain green shades arising from the spiritual

blue and the intellectual yellow--this is one of the most obscure points

in the whole subject of the astral colors, and none but the most

advanced occultists are able to explain the "why" in some instances. To

those who are fond of analysis of this kind, I will drop the following

hint, which may help them out in the matter, viz. The key is found in

the fact that Green lies in the centre of the astral spectrum, and is a

balance between the two extremes, and is also influenced by these two

extremes in a startling manner.

A certain restful green denotes love of nature, out of door life, travel

in the country, etc., and also, slightly differing in tint, the love of

home scenes, etc. Again, a clear beautiful lighter tint of green

indicates what may be called sympathy, altruistic emotion, charity, etc.

Again, illustrating variety in this group of astral colors, another

shade of green shows intellectual tolerance of the views of others.

Growing duller, this indicates tact, diplomacy, ability to handle human

nature, and descending another degree or so blends into insincerity,

shiftiness, untruth, etc. There is an ugly slate-colored green

indicating low, tricky deceit--this is a very common shade in the colors

of the average aura, I am sorry to say. Finally, a particularly ugly,

muddy, murky green indicates jealousy and kindred feelings, envious

malice, etc.

THE BLUE GROUP. This interesting group of astral colors represents the

varying forms and degrees of religious emotion, "spirituality," etc. The

highest form of spiritual, religious feeling and thought is represented

by a beautiful, rich, clear violet tint, while the lower and more gross

phases of religious emotion and thought are represented by the darker

and duller hues, tints, and shades until a deep, dark indigo is reached,

so dark that it can scarcely be distinguished from a bluish black. This

latter color, as might be expected, indicates a low superstitious form

of religion, scarcely worthy of the latter name. Religion, we must

remember, has its low places as well as its heights--its garden grows

the rarest flowers, and at the same time the vilest weeds.

High spiritual feelings--true spiritual unfoldment--is indicated by a

wonderfully clear light blue, of an unusual tint, something akin to the

clear light blue of the sky on a cool autumn afternoon, just before

sunset. Even when we witness an approach to this color in Nature, we are

inspired by an uplifting feeling as if we were in the presence of higher

things, so true is the intuition regarding these things.

Morality, of a high degree, is indicated by a series of beautiful shades

of blue, always of a clear inspiring tint. Religious feeling ruled by

fear, is indicated by a shade of bluish gray. Purple denotes a love of

form and ceremony, particularly those connected with religious offices

or regal grandeur of a solemn kind. Purple, naturally, was chosen as the

royal color in the olden days.

THE BROWN GROUP. The brown group of astral colors represents desire for

gain and accumulation, ranging from the clear brown of industrious

accumulation, to the murky dull browns of miserliness, greed and

avarice. There is a great range in this group of brown shades, as may be


THE GRAY GROUP. The group of grays represents a negative group of

thought and emotions. Gray represents fear, depression, lack of

courage, negativity, etc. This is an undesirable and unpleasant group.

BLACK. Black, in the astral colors, stands for hatred, malice, revenge,

and "devilishness" generally. It shades the brighter colors into their

lower aspects, and robs them of their beauty. It stands for hate--also

for gloom, depression, pessimism, etc.

WHITE. White is the astral color of Pure Spirit, as we have seen, and

its presence raises the degree of the other colors, and renders them

clearer. In fact, the perception of the highest degree of Being known to

the most advanced occultist is manifested to the highest adepts and

masters in the form of "The Great White Light," which transcends any

light ever witnessed by the sight of man on either physical or astral

plane--for it belongs to a plane higher than either, and is absolute,

rather than a relative, white. The presence of white among the astral

colors of the human aura, betokens a high degree of spiritual attainment

and unfoldment, and when seen permeating the entire aura it is one of

the Signs of the Master--the token of Adeptship.