Spirit Orb Size and Color

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spirit orb at night

Orbs are believed to be the true form of spirits or souls. This belief has evolved into a commonly accepted truism among many paranormal investigators. The framework of this theory includes meanings of various orb colors and in some circles, the size of orbs is considered significant, as well.

Orbs of Many Colors

Orbs may come in different colors. Many of the orbs people witness are only visible in digital photos. This type of orb raises the question of whether it's a dust particle or an actual energy sphere captured in a photo. There are, however, many orbs people have witnessed with the naked eye, and those are the most credible as far as potentially being orbs of energy, and possibly paranormal.

Colors and Meanings of Orbs

The colors of orbs are assigned various meanings that have become the accepted norm among some in the paranormal community. These include almost every color of the rainbow. The orb colors have been assigned an emotional attribute instead of a stage of life or some other characteristic driving the determination of color designation.

In fact, some have taken the color-emotion correlation to the extreme of creating variant degrees of a specific emotion. For example, if a red orb is clear, then it's an orb of great energy, but if it's a dark red color, the energy governing the orb is angry. A tomato red means the energy or the entity the orb represents is stressed.

Golden light orbs

Potential meanings of orb colors include, but aren't limited to:

  • Black: Malevolent
  • Blue (dark): Shy spirit
  • Blue (light): Tranquil, peace
  • Blue (medium): Protection
  • Brown: Danger or earthbound
  • Gold: Angelic, unconditional love
  • Green: Healing orb or spirit
  • Lavender: Messenger from God
  • Orange: Protection, forgiveness
  • Peach: Spirit sent to comfort you
  • Pink: Accepting spirit
  • Purple: Orb of information
  • Red: Anger or passion
  • Silver: Messenger
  • Violet: Guide for spiritual matters
  • White: Protection of holy light and power
  • Yellow: Warning

Influence of Auras and Chakras on Color

Some researchers theorize that if an orb is that of a deceased person, then the color is dictated by the aura of the person's soul in its disembodied form. Other paranormal and supernatural investigators espouse the idea angelic energy creates gold and purple orbs.

  • Hope from Beyond: Chakra orbs are described as energy emitted by a person's own chakra system, as well as spirit chakras that take on the color(s) of the spirit's chakra(s).
  • Aura Readings: The website reports orbs have shown up within a person's auras in Kirlian and regular photographs. It's believed the orbs are the spirits of loved ones attracted to the person.

Are Orb Colors Significant?

There is no scientific proof to validate the theories orbs are ghosts, spiritsm or spiritual in nature. Additionally, there's no proof the various definitions of what each color represents or signifies is true. The assigned colors and meanings of orbs are widely accepted by some in the paranormal community, even though it's unclear where these defining attributes originated. Some of the meanings can be traced to the same color significance given to the main chakras of the human body, and those associated with auras.

Meaning of Orb Size

The size of an orb is often believed to be significant. However, there is more research available on colors than size. The little information given about orb size mostly distinguishes between small and large sizes.

Spirit and Nature Orb Sizes

Kerrie Erwin, a professional psychic medium, author, and TV host, makes a distinction between spirit and ghost orbs. Spirits are people who have died but crossed over, while ghosts are spirits still in the earthly plane. According to Erwin, spirit orbs are lighter and can be as small as a pin prick up to the size of an orange. She also states they often intermingle with are nature orbs that contain elemental spirits. These are transparent orbs that shine and tend to bounce or bob over nature and along the surface of water. This type of orb usually travel in large groups.

Small Orbs

Reenactment of watching small orbs

Small orbs are often believed to contain a lower frequency or less energy. The elements are often the source of what many believe to be orbs captured in photos. Small orbs may aso be caused by water particles and not supernatural. According to Ethereal Thoughts, there are only two sizes of orbs that are caused by water particles. "One is a sphere and the other like the top of a hamburger bun." It's important to recognize some orbs may be caused by natural phenomena.

Possible Meanings for Large Orbs

There are many thoughts and theories about the meaning of large orbs. Ethereal Thoughts discusses the belief that a large orb harnesses tremendous energy. This type of orb usually radiates energy beyond its basic shape.

  • One theory states the size of an orb indicates the level of soul evolution. For example, the bigger the orb, the more spiritually evolved the spirit is or was at the time of death.
  • Some people believe the size of the orb indicates the power of emotion. A huge red orb would indicate a very angry spirit or even a demon, whereas a large gold or white orb would be a powerful angelic or divine energy.
  • Kerwin believes ghost orbs are bigger and denser than spirit orbs. She states these are lost souls and can have a negative effect on those living in a home where ghost orbs reside.

Photos of Orbs in Different Colors and Sizes

Some photos that show various sizes and colors of orbs include:

  • Great Dreams: A photo discussion of spirit orbs versus dust orbs
  • Miss Betty's Ghosts: Ghost orb photos taken in Gettysburg, PA
  • Celtic Gardens: This website features a wide variety of orbs, including very unusual diamond-shaped ones

Spirit Orbs or Simply Dust Particles

It's important to differentiate between known causes of orbs, such as dust, insects, and other environmental elements and what may be an actual spirit orb. There are several scientific explanations for many of the orbs people capture in photos and videos.

  • Many of the orbs that show up in photos are nothing more than dust particles reflecting light.
  • Other phenomena, such as bouncing orbs in swamps, have been identified as manifestations of methane gas or other gases created by plant life.
  • Flying insects captured while in motion creates a blur or an irregular orb, such as oblong or tube like. Even in videos, insects are sometimes mistakenly identified as spirit orbs. Upon examination, such as magnifying a photo, wings are often revealed.
  • According to the International Ghost Hunters Society, high-resolution cameras and good lighting can help minimize the misinterpretation when dust orbs show up. High-resolution pixels means there is less blurring when the photo is magnified.
  • TNT Paranormal Investigators, Inc explains how digital cameras have a higher UV and IF light sensitivity than 35mm cameras. The digital cameras are capable of capturing more dust orbs. A flash reflects off dust particle surfaces to create more dust orbs.

Deciding What You Believe

It is possible someday science will also be able to explain energy orbs dubbed as being paranormal. Until then, you must decide if you believe these orbs are natural phenomena that are not yet understood, or if they are the energy orbs of disembodied souls.

Spirit Orb Size and Color