Reapers See Dead People: Reaper Reiki & Aura Chart

How do reapers know when a soul has passed or is about to?

Reapers are adeptly tuned in to human auras. While reading the emotional state of the humans they deal with on a regular basis can be helpful, the white aura is the most important color for reapers. White is the death aura.

A few hours, or sometimes even days, before a human passes, his aura will become void of color and radiate a bright white glow around his body.  For reapers on regular rounds, this is very helpful. Most reapers cover basic circuits of death, searching for their next soul: graveyards, funeral homes, hospitals, and accident scenes etc. They collect souls as they pass and ferry them to Purgatory for processing by Rashnu, an angel so arrogant he duplicated himself to maintain complete control of Purgatory.

Not only are the colors of auras important, but the manipulation of those auras through Reiki gives reapers a distinct advantage in their jobs. Reaper Reiki is the manipulation of a person’s life-force energy to either heal or alter another’s injury or emotional state. The result of such efforts is visible to reapers but not most humans. It can be used on humans to push their minds or heal but too much can fry their fragile psyches and is utilized on the masses with extreme caution. Reapers routinely practice energy sharing at full force.

Interestingly, reapers do not manifest an aura themselves unless under extreme circumstances or agitation. Otherwise, any aura manifestation is temporary and dependent upon the Reiki being shared or administered.

The following guide was adapted from and credited to if you’re interested in non-fiction study of auras.

For the purposes of The Reaper Series, they are as follows:

Aura Color Quick Glossary: credit to

Meaning of Clean Colors of the Aura

White: Serious disease, impending death. Increases in intensity and brightness the nearer to death.

Blue: Sustaining life, transmitting forces and energy. Electric blue can override any other color.

Turquoise: Dynamic, highly energized, capable of projection and influence.

Green: Restful, modifying energy, natural healing ability.

Excerpt & Example from Reap & Repent:

Ruth could see the glow from Deacon before she felt it. His entire body lit up, and he placed a warm hand over her forehead and another across her stomach. As his hands hovered over her body, a warm gush of green energy flowed through her entire body before settling inside her injured leg.

Deacon’s light radiated so bright and clear that it stung her eyes to look at him. A tear slid down her cheek.

In an instant, the pain began to fade. A mantra played through her mind: Thank God, thank God, thank God.

Deacon held her in his light energy for what seemed like hours, letting it massage its way through her. It was so blissful and intimate that she didn’t want it to end. Her leg began to itch and cool, and when she opened her eyes and glanced down at it, the swelling had dissipated and the color was back to normal.


Yellow: Joy, freedom, non-attachment, freeing or releasing vital forces.

Orange: Ability or desire to control others, exercising power.

Excerpt & Example from Reap & Repent:

A soft orange glow radiated from Deacon’s hands. It shimmered and rose from him in waves like the heat off an amusement park’s asphalt in August. But instead of heat, a cold, edgy blast built around them, increasing until the ground trembled and shifted. The next thing she knew, she was looking at a husk of gray light glistening and forming into something that looked remarkably like her father. The apparition hovered over the grave before them. Deacon had somehow wrenched her father from his grave—or at least a part of him.

His soul?                                            


Gold: Indicates a spiritual teacher.

Red: Materialistic thoughts or thoughts about the physical body.

Pink: Love, perfect balance of spiritual and materialistic awareness.

Meaning of Dirty Colors of the Aura

Brown: Unsettling, distracting, materialistic, negating spirituality.

Gray: Dark thoughts, depressing thoughts, unclear intentions, presence of a dark side of personality.

Sulfur (color of mustard): Pain or lack of ease, anger.

Excerpt & Example from Reap & Repent:

Nate was sitting in his wing chair drinking coffee, which smelled like a piece of heaven in a cup. He was clearly waiting for them, and his aura radiated from him in spicy mustard waves. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to guess that he was pissed. She couldn’t blame him. She wondered for a moment if he was angry because they’d been making out in his bed, or if the whole strange situation had gotten to him. It didn’t take long to find out.

Want to read more? You can buy Reap & Repent available now from all ebook retailers. Don’t fear the reapers. My reapers are hot, hot, hot. You may not be that sad to meet one someday.




7 Responses to Reapers See Dead People: Reaper Reiki & Aura Chart

  1. Love this post and how you worked the auras into the reaper stories. I never thought about like this until you started writing!

  2. Wish you could have heard Rose’s talk at Sleuths’ meeting in February. She is a Reiki master.

  3. I love the world you created. So much great detail!

  4. Avatar Chris Cannon
    Chris Cannon says:

    Love your glossary. Great world building.