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October 3, 2012

The History of the Aura in Art and Photography


The rainbow around our body.

The aura is a protective energy field that emanates around us and connects to the
chakras. That is why the aura is sometimes called the eighth chakra. This shifting shield of light is as unique as we are. The aura can change size, shape and colour depending on mood, sound, frequencies, environment, and reflects physical, mental and spiritual health.

The word aura originated from the Latin word
aurea which means golden. It represents a
symbol of transcendental divinity, holiness and has a long history
of being depicted in art, particularly around religious figures.
Earlier depictions of the aura were known as the halo or corona.
The corona is the halo around the sun, and its rays of light
represented Gods like the Greek Sun God Apollo.

Ancient Egyptians
wore headdresses to show this corona in the physical material
sense. This is where the crown symbol has come from, designated for
royalty. The crown which symbolizes figureheads or god-like humans
is the halo aura power symbol of divine nature, and means
transcendence from ordinary existence.

In religious paintings of the aura, called aureole, early depictions display rays of white light or had rainbow shadings. The coloured auras gold or blue indicated
celestial glory  during the Renaissance Era.

The Italian Aura version called the Mandorla, meaning almond-shaped, indicates the in-between middle shape of the Vesica piscis symbol, that happens when two circles overlap. It represents the Virgin Mary and the birth of Christ. The painted auras had multi-layers of colours encased around the person. Rare occasions showed 7 doves, indicating the 7 gifts of the Holy Ghost, in 7 coloured layers.

A square halo around the head in art indicated an earth element, and
usually distinguished the living from the saints.

A triangle halo represented the trinity, used to represent God the father, as well
as the son and the Holy Ghost, which is the feminine mother.

A cruciform nimbus is three rays of light that form a nimbus halo, which is a cross within a circle referring to the redemption through the cross of Christ. This is an ancient symbol of a compass for travellers.

Hexagonal nimbus represented the persons having allegorical virtues.

The circular halo is the most popular, which reflects the circle of sun rays. All halo shapes express exalted states of divinity, holiness and transcendental power.

The rainbow and auras are more common in Eastern art than in
Western art. In Eastern art it is not mandatory that spiritual
beings have an aura, and everyone had an aura.

In the Sacred Art of Tibet the aura and people are inseparable, and the outermost layer usually has the 7 colours of the rainbow.

The first known photograph of the aura is from the 1890’s by electrical engineer
and pioneer inventor Nikola Tesla. Tesla used a device that
attached to the body that was able to photograph the bio-electric
energy field around the body and fingertips.

Soviet studies of documenting energy fields around living things date back to 1939,
when Semyon Kirlian, an electrician, who was working at a hospital
in Krasnodar discovered that the energy flowing between the
physiotherapy machine he had repaired and the patients skin could
be photographed. He fixed his hand to a photographic plate with an
electrode and pulled the switch. He burned his hand but managed to
capture on film the aura energy imprint around his hand. Along with
the help of his wife Valentina, he developed Kirlian photography
devices to capture this mysterious energy field. Kirlian
photography has 14 Soviet patents, and is based on directing a high
frequency electrical field that oscillates 75000-200 000 times a
second, which then captures the bio-plasma field that surrounds our
body and puts it on photography paper. There were now patterns and
correlations of auric energy captured through this electric body

Auras are for protection and communication. The size depends on personal vitality. Just like the rainbow in the sky, the rainbow around our body is a mysterious natural phenomenon, and one that we can tune into, if we are only conscious of it.

Activities that promote a healthy aura are:

meditation, a healthy diet, yoga, chakra clearing, visualization,
scanning the aura, and achieving moderation in all activities.


My aura captured by First Star which is a form of
Kirlian photography. Symbols and spirit lights sometime show up but
not for everyone.  Right before this picture was taken I
called to the angels to protect me in the four corners and four
spirit lights showed up. Thank you angels.

Although auras have every colour of the rainbow, Kirlian aura
photography acts as a biofeedback mechanism with colours and
symbols acting as guidance and feedback for us, like a reflection
in the mirror.

Bibliography: The
Rainbow Book, edited by F. Lanier Graham, Vintage Books, 1975
Viktor Adamenko, Human Control of the Bioelectric Field,
March 1973, A.R.E. journal Alexander David-Neal, Magic and Mystery
in Tibet, Dover Press, 1971 Martin Ebon, Psychic Discoveries by the
Russians, Signet books, 1971 Sheila Ostrander and Lynn schroeder,
Psychic Discoveries behind the Iron curtain, Prentice-hall, New
York Bantam 1970 Stanley Krippner and Daniel Rubin, Galaxies
of Life: Human Aura in Acupuncture and Kirlian Photography,
Gordon and Breach, 1973 Kirlian Aura: Photographing the
Galaxies of Life, Doubleday, 1974 Lowell Ponte, A Personal defense
of Parapsychology, Popular Psychology 1973 C.W. Leadbeater, Man
invisible and Invisible, Quest Books, 1969 Kilner, The Human Aura,
University Books, 1965 The Aura, Samuel Weiser 1973 Lama Govinda,
Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism, 1960

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