A heretofore untapped supernatural element of our crazy world has been auras – what do they mean? How do they affect us? What do they reveal about our true natures?
Leave it to the Supernatural YA novelists to put auras to use.
Psychics believe an aura reflects not only someone’s personality but also what he or she is thinking or feeling at any given moment. YA novelists Alyson Noël and Michael Scott utilize auras similarly, much to the delight of this particular reader.
In Noël’s Evermore, Ever can read thoughts, but she can also see a person’s aura. Or lack thereof. This allows her to get a grasp on what her friends are REALLY feeling.
Scott, however, styles auras as the source of magic users’ power. A person with a pure one-color aura is rare, and therefore more powerful. The color of an aura in Scott’s The Alchemyst also indicates the “smell” of a magic-user’s spell, tipping off other magicians. For instance, Nicolas Flamel’s aura is green and his spells smell of mint. Cool, huh?
In celebration of auras in YA lit, I have compiled, based on the meaning of a particular aura color, the YA AURA SPECTRUM. Enjoy.
YA Aura Spectrum
Red: Passion of newfound love or annoyance at an arrogant love interest (the best ones, IMO)
Orange: Courage to face whatever trouble or challenge is in-store or finding the strength to survive
Yellow: Joy of a new meeting (boy in a bookstore perhaps? mysterious new kid?)
Blue: Emotion that arises upon viewing the face of your beloved or perhaps the death or change of a loved one
Purple: Intuition that leads you to discover powers/abilities you never knew you had. (Catalyst of most supernatural YA novels)
Pink: Delight when he calls you “beautiful”
Gray: Doubting yourself or others (can I trust myself to use my powers correctly?)
Black: Fighting with the antagonist in your life (fairies/vampires/weres)
White: Resolution, a new day, a new title in the YA series