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Seeing a Black Aura: Meaning in Energy Work

Normally when I meditate or receive acupuncture or massage healing, I see purple and yellow aura energy colors moving behind my closed eyes. However, since I’ve opened my own Reiki healing touch practice and started hands-on work with a variety of clients, I’ve had the opportunity to experience and explore very different chakra colors than I usually see alone. Today I’d like to discuss one of the most surprising and profound ones: the black aura meaning.

The first time I saw black, a client came in and lay on her back for a Reiki session. I centered myself as usual, then placed my hands at the top of her head for the first hand position. Instantly, I saw a rush of black, like the darkest ink pouring into a lighter-colored pool. I felt a sense of falling into expansive vastness — but not in a negative way… more like I was diving into a powerful ocean. The word that came to mind was “depth.” I’d never experienced this before, and wondered what it could mean.

Seeing black aura energy
My attempt at drawing what it looks like when I see black.

Each Chakra Has a Color, Except Black

When I returned from that session, I went into heavy research mode to figure out what black energy means in terms of chakras and healing. Why is black so much more confusing than other colors? Well, the reason is that most other colors of the rainbow clearly correlate with a certain chakra — but black does not, in any obvious way.

For example, seeing red is all about the First Chakra or Root Chakra, which is located at the base of the spine, and is connected with fear vs. safety. Meanwhile, seeing white aura light is connected the 7th or Crown Chakra, which links with spirituality and the highest universal energy. However, on any chart of chakra colors, black is nowhere to be found.

I picked up the phone and put in a call to one of my mentors, a Reiki Master and energy worker named Andrea, for further insight — and wow, did she help illuminate the mystery of seeing black! What follows is a combination of her teachings, and my own research and experiences.

(NOTE: What you are reading right now is not a medical article; it is an exploration of visualizing colors during the liminal space of energy work. If you are seeing black spots in any way besides a spiritual, energetic, or meditative one, or are seeing blotches of light with your eyes OPEN — as with seeing sparkles in vision — please consult your doctor or eye specialist instead of this post.)

Black Aura Meaning

The first and most important thing to know about seeing a black aura is that, despite our (problematic) societal bias that “darkness is negative,” someone with a black aura of energy does NOT indicate bad things! In fact, Reiki is non-duality, so it doesn’t even really fit to call anything “bad” with energy colors. Given this fact, then what IS seeing black connected with, energetically?

Let’s look at it as a logic puzzle: If white is the top chakra and is associated with very high energy (like outer space, cosmic, spiritual level of high), what would black — the opposite color — therefore be? Another clue: several times that I’ve seen black energy, it’s been tinged with red — the color of the “grounded” chakra — the chakra about having your feet firmly planted on the soil.

Did you guess it? Yes: black is fertile, deep subterranean Mother Earth energy that is even deeper than red! Black is that rich and magical soil which grows our most fruitful harvests. It symbolizes creation, as with a womb. It’s associated with Chakra Zero: the Earth Star Chakra.

In the words of Andrea, “I find black very exciting to encounter during energy work. I usually see it only with higher vibration people.” This fits with the client with whom I saw the color black. She is a successful and strong entrepreneur, and is in the process of greatly expanding her business as demand for her creative work soars.

Seeing black color mixed with red.
Red sometimes mixes with the black.

When Can Seeing Black be Bad?

Though Andrea emphasizes that nothing in Reiki is “bad,” she does note that there are times when seeing black can indicate an area where something is going on — a part of the body or life that is calling for extra attention.

For example, one day a client came in to my Boston Reiki studio, and during our session, no matter where I placed my hands, I couldn’t see a single color of energy coming from him. This is very unusual for me, and made me somewhat concerned. However, during the last quarter of our session, during which the client was on his stomach, I finally saw a color: BLACK, emerging from the Fourth, Heart Chakra… the area of the body connected with love and human bonds. There were very faint colors trying to push through (see my illustration below), but the overwhelming color I was present to was inky black — expansive and deep.

While seeing black in this context isn’t necessarily bad, given what I know about this client, the black color pool is likely sending a message. This man had been single and living alone during the isolating events of 2020-21, meaning it is very likely that his energy had been closed off with the heartbreak of lacking human connection. The black could therefore be proclaiming that the way forward for him is to do everything possible to foster friendships, love, family ties, and even romance in order to heal and open his 4th Chakra — and by extension, the rest of his stopped-up energy flow.

Sometimes I see other colors mixed with the black.
Sometimes I see other colors mixed with the black.

Seeing Black Mixed with Other Colors

When I see black, it is a very distinct onyx pool with a marked feeling of expansive space — different from the usual lighter and more closed-in darkness of having one’s eyes closed. However, sometimes I see different colors mixed in, and each of these can be a clue to the meaning of black, too, as can the place or chakra on the body where touch elicits the color.

When I see black with another color (for example, an orange aura, purple aura, or green aura) and the other color is strong, I focus on the meaning or chakra of the other color, and take the black as sort of an amplifier. For example, in the case of the first client, the red was quite clear over the black, meaning the black symbolized a fertile and expansive power with the red of the root chakra: fearlessness. (Again, a match for a woman expanding her own business.)

When, however, I see black with colors struggling to push through (as in the illustration above), I think more of the second client — the one who had a depth of yearning present in a specific chakra that seemed to have activity paired with blocked energy.

During Reiki, when I come to a patch like the drawing I created above — clear depth and activity indicated by black, but with colors struggling to come through — I pause to really focus, “look” (albeit with closed eyes), and listen. Ideally, at this moment, I have a conversation with the client to try to unearth what is happening there for them, and what the path forward might be. Thank you, black, for being our teacher, and being such a fertile space for discovery and growth!

Seeing Black, in Sum

My favorite part of talking with Andrea about the meaning of seeing black was when she explained, “To truly work with meditation colors and aura colors, you’ve got to go beyond the traditional chakras. Have conversations with clients about what they’re feeling, and their lives, and look inside your own intuition as well. Those are the elements that reveal the true meanings of each hue — not just a simple chakra chart.” Given all this, I’m so curious to hear from readers like YOU: what’s YOUR take on what seeing black aura energy means? Do share!

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Monday 12th of September 2022

Dear Lillie, something happened and I couldn't find anything about it besides your article which comes close to my question. I hope you can held me find some clarity or understanding. I've been with a man, he's quite educated in yoga/energies so on. He complained about his belly pain and didn't know what that was... In the night when he slept beside me I had a vision, I didn't feel like a dream. I saw his and mine solar plexus charka got activated. Yellow colour. And than I saw slowly black fog came out of his Solar Plexus Chakra and kinda infected mine. The next day I had stomach pain as well. The pain is gone now but I a bit worried that something has stick in my body. How can I find out or clean my Solar Charka? The vision was so clear but of course I'm wondering a bit if something like this is even possible? I really hope you can help me find some answers.


Wednesday 14th of September 2022

@Lillie Marshall, Dear Lillie, thank you so much. This is a wonderful way to see it and helps a lot, like you said in your article black is a colour where people tent to project dark energy and I caught myself doing that, so thank you for helping me find a way of eliminating that projection. The weird thing was he went to a doctor but they couldn't find anything. I believe with pain the body always shows the parts which need more attention. In his case I was sure that this is a energy thing. Cause he had troubles with a couple of topics linked to that area. Sadly after his Ayahuasca Ceremony the frequence, his energy and his openness towards me or he says towards everything has changed, we can't connect on that deep level anymore than before. So, we broke it off. I guess this is why I was a bit afraid too that something stuck, but with your kind words I feel everything is fine.

Lillie Marshall

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Hi Juila, Thank you for writing and sharing your experience. It sounds like it was a disturbing experience for you, but I urge you to also look at other possible interpretations. If we take the interpretation of seeing black energy as indicating the Earth Star Chakra, this is actually a good thing which indicates creating new ventures (almost like birthing). In this interpretation, belly pain could be symbolic of creating this new, forward-moving (yellow for Solar Plexus Chakra) project or thing in your lives together.

In general, I don't subscribe to interpretations of taking on other people's negative energy, because in Reiki energy work, the energy can only be moved for good. I hope this helps ease your mind. If there is a physical belly issue, a doctor is the best next step for him (or both of you), but if it is a question of energy, I'd urge being open to more hopeful interpretations. Best of luck and keep us posted!


Saturday 6th of August 2022

What is your interpretation of having chakras outside the physical form such as a black one 6ish inches above your head; which when concentrated on there is a ring around it and a Gold one about 6ish inches above that?


Friday 30th of September 2022

@Will, that’s so crazy I came here looking for answers about the same thing only thing is all I seen was black and it was coming towards me fast it was kind of scary.

Lillie Marshall

Sunday 7th of August 2022

Great question! I'm still in the process of studying and learning about the beyond-body chakras, but aim to be able to answer more soon. Curious if you have thoughts on them!


Friday 29th of July 2022

Thank you so much for this article. It's the only one I found that could help provide me some insight on my own particular situation. I was meditating earlier and saw a vision of this large black mass in my chest and torso, taking up so much space in my tiny body. I saw streams of white, glittery energy tethered to my body, going outwards into the world however it could but there was only so much space it could move and finagle around this huge black mass in my chest and torso. Instinctively, I reached my hands up to my chest and "pulled" and "pushed" the black mass out of my body, and immediately began to breathe so much better again. I had noticed I've been struggling to breathe properly for a long time now, as my breathing has been shallow for about a year.

Today is the one year anniversary of me escaping human traffickers that had drugged me against my will, and the first time I've committed fully to healing myself from it beyond physically. The devastation of the event really set me back immensely, that it took me forever (7 months) to be able to sleep properly again. Now I'm finally able to work on my mental. Thank you for this insight on what the "black" that I saw could possibly mean.

Lillie Marshall

Sunday 31st of July 2022

Thank you so much for powerfully sharing your experience. You seem like such a strong person, and your story helps inspire us!

Meghan Bosma

Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Ok hi im so glad I just found your article. I was just doing a combo of EFT with reiki turned on:) to my husband, who lost his mother a couple months ago. Now, when I tap him, I typically "pull out" black "smoke", exactly as your pictures look! This time, for the first time ever, there was red too! He has had a tough life and im having trouble understanding what these colors mean, as I feel that I'm getting rid of them while doing his treatment. Any thoughts on what this may mean? THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WRITING THIS ARTICLE! ❤️❤️❤️

Lillie Marshall

Tuesday 5th of July 2022

Hi Meghan, Thank you for taking the time to comment. Both black and red can be interpreted as "grounding" colors: colors which are associated with reconnecting with a strong foundation and Mother Earth. What this suggests is that the work you are doing together is healing and positive. Here is more about red: and here is more about the black of the Earth Star Chakra: . I hope this helps ease your mind to know you're on the right path. Sending good energy to your family!

Karie Potter

Sunday 8th of May 2022

Wow! I often pray but am learning about meditation. Today I closed my eyes in a dark room just sitting on the side of the bed. I began to prayerfully speak my thoughts desires goals & intentions. I noticed black/grey white colors left and right then swirling together at the edges. I continued and began to see blue/green like teal from the right and yellow at the top. Then violet on the left yellow and white. Also during this very short 5min meditation I experienced pain at the top of my head. About two inches behind my hair line. I felt this meditation I felt energy I felt good. And I instantly started looking for information on what I just saw. Thank you for this blog! So amazing to experience and learn these things.

Lillie Marshall

Sunday 8th of May 2022

Karie, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! Sending you the best.