What Do Different Colored Orbs Mean?

what do different colored orbs mean

If you’ve been capturing different colored orbs in your photographs, you might wonder if it has any particular meaning. What do different colored orbs mean?

Many people believe that some of these orbs are not just specks of dust or fingerprints on camera lenses, but spirits that come to visit us.

If you’ve never heard of orbs in photos before, you’ll want to read my blog about Spirit Orbs first. You may want to have a look at my Spirit Orb Gallery to see what other people have captured in their photos.

I recently had a client whose parents had passed. Ever since they had passed, she has been seeing two red orbs in her photos. “What do different colored orbs mean?” she asked me. “Are these my parents?”

Another medium told her that because the orbs were red, they were evil! Saying that red orbs are evil is like saying that all people less than 5 feet tall are demons. You just can’t make blanket statements like that.

I remember lying in bed one night. I noticed there was a red orb floating around the ceiling. It was something that I saw with my physical eyes. While it was there, I noticed that I didn’t get a feeling of intrusion, manipulation, or malice from it. Instead it felt curious and pretty neutral.

This red orb was a spirit that was just checking things out. It was probably attracted to the vibration of my energy or the energy of the house. Because I do a lot of energetic work for people through readings and reiki, and I work on myself through prayer and other spiritual practices, there tends to be a lot of energy built up in my space.

So what do different colored orbs mean? There is no typical categorization. The orb color may indicate how that spirit’s energy is expressed in our reality. The orb color is how we perceive its energetic frequency. A blue orb or white orb doesn’t mean that it’s an angel or spirit guide.

There are white orbs that are family. There are white orbs that are not family. There are white orbs that are beautiful, spiritual and loving presences. And there are white orbs that I’ve felt that are also not so high up on the spiritual ladder.

The best way to understand what different colored orbs mean is to start opening up your other psychic senses so you can perceive the personality and intention of it. You may feel the energy of the orb or maybe just know that it’s there for a particular reason.

How to do that? Start being aware of your body and emotions in different situations. Often your intuition speaks through your body and emotions. Start to meditate. Take a class or learn what you can through books. Learn when it’s fear and when it’s intuition. You do that through observation, awareness and practice.

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Selina Khan, Toronto Psychic Medium and Reiki Master
About the Author: Selina Khan

I'm a Psychic Medium and Reiki Master serving Toronto, Oakville, and worldwide. I help spiritual seekers & open-minded people get clarity, find meaning, and develop their own intuitive abilities so they can live up to their true spiritual potential and life purpose.

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  • Dawn December 5, 2015, 8:59 pm

    I am writing you because I am curious to know what green orbs mean. I am a very spiritual person, and I do get extremely strong feelings, I’ve had a few amazing situations where I know I have not been alone. I have 3 dogs and at times they bark looking up as if someone was right in front of them. One of my dogs always bites into the air, and licks the air as if she was licking something. I’ve noticed several green orbs at different times and have several pictures. At times I get intense chills that feel like they go through me, and a few occasions I thought someone was touching the top of my head. Also at times I feel like someone is in the same room as me I get very warm on my face and feel like I’m short of breath. My fiancé doesn’t believe me but is very curious about pictures but jokes about it. I’m just very curious to know if this could be possible. .

    Thank you for any time, and response you could offer..


  • Selina Khan December 7, 2015, 12:50 pm

    Hi Dawn,

    Green is the way that we perceive that particular vibrational frequency. In my experience, the colours denote more of the personality or qualtiy of that spirit and cannot necessarily be catagorized such as all green orbs are healing spirits. That would be like saying all people with mostly blue in their auras all have excellent listening skills. It’s too generalized and not always true. Although many times people with blue in their auras do tend to have good communication skills, but blue doesn’t always mean that. Plus, there are so many different shades and densities of blue that it would be limiting to only rely on a dictionary type of definition for blue in general.

    Seems like these spirits are kind and gentle. Sometimes when spirit gets too close to us it can be a little overwhelming and we may feel pressure or a difficulty in breathing as you experience. In that case, you can ask them to just back off a tiny bit so that you can breathe a little better.

    Animals are very sensitive and they are good barometers for the spirit world. As your dog likes to play with these orbs and spirits, I would take that as a sign that she is comfortable with their vibration and that they are non-threatening. But I have a feeling you already know that as you are also intuitive!

    All the best,

  • sandeep singh January 13, 2016, 10:17 pm

    Hi silena I also capture white light while zooming it I saw lots of colours with different mouth and eyes

  • Regeana mitchell February 18, 2016, 10:36 am

    I take a lot of pictures and I have a lot of huge white circle orbs,i lost my momma,could it be her,id like to show you some pictures

  • Selina Khan February 18, 2016, 2:48 pm

    Hi Regeana,

    Thanks for your comment. I offer interpretations of photos with orbs or other psychic phenomena as a service now. There is more information here:



  • Sandra March 26, 2016, 7:01 am

    Hi, i have enjoyed your article, I’ve couple of pics to send you, i think it’s my beautiful sister with me.
    What do you think?
    How can i send you the pictures?

  • Selina Khan March 29, 2016, 11:08 am

    Hi Sandra,

    I’m glad you enjoyed the article. I offer reading orbs and photos as a service. If you are interested in this, you can find more information under the mediumship tab.

    Thank you,


  • Melissa June 22, 2016, 12:19 am

    I’m 39 years old and for a couple of years different things have been happening to me. It seem to pick up more since my mom passed. I have caught orbs in my home and also in other places. At night i experience shadow figures almost like they’re observing me. Also I sence animal spirts too. When I was young I would always have dazavue. Even as I’m sitting here typing there are dark orbs zooming around trying to get my attention. I don’t know who to talk to about stuff like this cause i don’t want to be looked at as crazy. I’m afraid to entertain anything that is goin on cause I don’t know if it could turn evil on me. Usually things like this scares me but for some reason I’m at peace with it. Do I embrace it?Do I have to be careful? If you could give me some advice I would REALLY appreciate it. Thank you.

  • Selina Khan June 22, 2016, 8:02 pm

    Hi Melissa,

    It’s a good idea to learn to be discerning when it comes to spirits. That means that you take the time to understand more about the spirit world, your gifts, and ways to work with them. It also means that you work on yourself in your own spirituality to hold love, light and confidence as a spiritual being. There are ways to develop your psychic abilities through practice. Can you find a teacher near you that you could study with? If not, start reading books and start meditating. Learn as much as you can. There is knowledge in power. But also let your experiences teach you. There is wisdom in applying that knowledge to see if it stands to your own light of truth and understanding.

    Dark coloured orbs do not mean they are necessarily bad. You can learn to feel or intuit their vibration to see if they are of service to light or not. Same with the shadow figures.


  • Ariana September 25, 2016, 9:56 pm

    I have several pictures of blue orbs in pictures throughout our trip to NY. It was like something was following us, maybe protecting us. Not sure, but would love to gain some insight. Would you mind looking at the pictures?

  • kc johnson October 5, 2016, 1:28 pm

    I am curious to know what the orb in a picture I took meant. it seemed to only linger around my face and head and it was a goldish tint. i don’t know if my spiritual practices have anything to do with it. but i am currently practicing wicca prior to that i meditated and studied Buddhism for 5 years. my last chakra test was no lower than 84% for all 7 centers. i have a unique connection with nature and the energy around me and can always feel it radiating in my hands even when im not trying. i have a natural gift to use reiki with no initiation or training it like comes natural so if you could help me figure out i would be thankful. thank you.

  • Selina Khan October 28, 2016, 10:39 am

    Hi kc johnson,

    Thanks for your comment. I offer reading photos with orbs as a service. If you are interested in this, please email me and we can go from there.


  • Tina Loera January 15, 2017, 12:14 am

    I was video taping my daughter singing and alot of green things or spots where flying around her. What does that mean.

  • Selina Khan January 19, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Hi Tina,

    This is spirit activity around her. Sometimes spirits or other beings in the energetic form of an orb like to be around those they are connected to or those that have high vibrational energy – such as when your daughter sings.


  • Angela G Serevetas March 4, 2017, 11:48 am

    thankyou so much for your post. i was wondering if you can share your thoughts on something. i woke up in the morning , went to the bathroom and then sat down in the diningroom. i saw this beautifal multucolored round orb with purple green yellow and orange. i stared at it for a good minute and then decided to take a pic. as soon as i took the pic it dissappeared. any thoughts on why it appeared. im just in awe and am so appreciative i witnessed this. i have the pic but dont know how to attach it for you to see. thankyou so much

  • Selina Khan March 16, 2017, 2:19 pm

    Hi Angela,

    A spirit or a being that travels within the form of an orb wanted to make itself known to you. As it was multicoloured, it seems to have many different vibrations within its makeup. My feeling is that this is not a family member in spirit but a being that is very loving toward you and may help you as a guide would.


  • Maria Mendizabal May 15, 2017, 2:16 pm

    Hello Selina,

    I have always been an empathy, but never saw any manifestations. Since my mother passed away 3 years I tend capture orbs quite often when I photograph clients or even with my phone most are white, but they are different from each other some simple spheres and some that look like jelly fish. I get orange orbs or some that resemble a neon light…once I captured a face in an orange one…I am curious as to your thoughts on this. I do keep the photos and tell my clients or who ever is in the shot of the occurrence and tell them somebody wanted to share the moment with them. My gift is to convey that info and sometimes when meeting someone I feel compelled to sing a random song that I know and it almost always hits a chord with them and I explain that it’s my gift and duty to share it with them. I use my two greatest passions as gifts to my world and I believe God and the angels and spirits that may appointed to me use that as my medium of communication….I am too much a scaredy cat to want to see spirits while I’m conscious….yes my mother was gifted but suppressed it towards the end of her life due to religious beliefs but I have stories..hahaha have
    Thank you in advance for reading this and I hope you have a beautiful day!

  • Claudia Reyes June 6, 2017, 12:20 am

    There is always an orb in my pictures. White orbs or green? What these orbs means?

  • Selina Khan June 9, 2017, 10:26 am

    Hi Claudia,

    Orbs in your pictures are typically spirits in a form that they may prefer. The colours reflect their frequencies and one cannot state that all white orbs mean one thing, or all green orbs mean another.

    Take care,

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