One of the new 2021 features of Spotify Wrapped is “Your Audio Aura,” a reading of your two most prominent moods as dictated by your favorite songs and artists of the year.
In order to create these user-specific auras, Spotify worked with celebrity psychic medium and aura reader Megan Michaela Forester, aka Mystic Michaela. Every song you hear on Spotify has been classified into a variety of moods on the streaming platform’s backend. This was followed by Firester assigning to each of these moods an aura color that corresponds with the music that a listener feels most at ease with (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or purple).
If you’re not familiar with the concept of an aura, don’t worry. To get the answers you need, Mashable spoke with Forester, an expert on auras and how they relate to music and social media.
What is an aura?
As defined by Megan Michaela Firester, an individual’s aura is their unique energy signature. It’s the vibe you put out there. It’s been dubbed a “vibe” by some. The sensation of an aura can be felt even if you can’t see it. Everyone is capable of sensing the energy emanating from those around them. It’s just a coincidence that the color catches my eye. Most people have a combination of two of the five main aura colors, which I see.
What is the best way to decipher the meaning of an aura?
There are a variety of hues that pop out at me when I look at someone else. It acts as a sort of life filter. Everywhere we go, a filter surrounds us. This is what an aura looks like. Your social environment influences how you communicate, what motivates you, what job you should have, and how you work out.
Because I’ve been doing this for so long, I can see the colors and shapes of someone’s aura when I look at them. A lot of the time, it’s a metaphor. If you see rips or tears in your aura, it could be a sign that you’re hiding some insecurities or issues. Aura colors represent the parts of yourself with which you’re not happy or secure.
There are a variety of hues that pop out at me when I look at someone else. It acts as a sort of life filter. Everywhere we go, a filter surrounds us.
As a result, I can usually tell a lot about someone’s inner life just by looking at their aura.
Are auras a kind of personality assessment?
They’re a lot like different types of people. Aura readings can provide insight into your true motivations and help you achieve greater levels of success in your life. Since you’ve been doing it the hard way, let’s just do it the way that comes naturally to you. That’s how I like to approach all of my readings.
An aura reading’s appeal can be summarized as follows:
The process of self-inquiry begins the moment you understand who you are. Who am I, really? What do you think about that? Is that something you can identify with? What areas of my life do I see that? An aura reading can be useful even if you disagree with it. This kind of self-talk is crucial, as we’re often too preoccupied with our daily activities to engage in it. When you have a context in which to look at yourself from a new perspective, both outside of yourself and inward, you open yourself up to new inspiration and motivation.
What are the five primary colors that make up an aura?
Each of the five primary colors of the aura is represented by a different hue of these primary colors. Turquoise, indigo, and pink are three of the aura colors that I won’t see as often.
Is it possible to discern a person’s aura based on the music they listen to?
Certainly. Some of us enjoy immersing ourselves in our emotions. When we are overwhelmed by our emotions, we turn to music for solace. We listen to music when we’re feeling low on energy and need a pick-me-up.
Does the aura of the artist shine through, or is it the song’s aura that shines through?
Exactly what I’m looking for. There is a yellow and purple aura around Taylor Swift when we think of her. Yellows are meticulous and inquisitive. Self-improvement is a constant goal for them. Like, “Hey! Guess what album I’m releasing next with all these clues,” she does a lot of those. Yellow people, in particular, enjoy solving puzzles. Little detectives, they are. Intuitive, outspoken, and impulsive, purples are known for their fiery temperaments. She has a lot of songs about going back and analyzing what happened. In addition to being inventive, which is yellow-purple in color. In addition to her lyrics, she sings with a straightforward style. I know exactly what she’s going through. It was like this for me. This is my story, and it’s all about me. That’s what makes her so appealing to others.
As listeners, we often don’t even realize that the music we’re listening to is infused with the auras of the artists who created it.
No, but it’s a little bit of both. If you’re looking for something specific, I think it depends on who you are. Many of us look to other artists for inspiration, but some of us are looking for something completely different.
What is the role of aura in the mood?
This is what you get when you’re in the mood. You can be wistful or nostalgic or reflective or introspective or anxious. Other people can sense your energy, just as you can when you meet someone anxious and say, “Oh, I feel that.”
Every song has a distinct mood, which is reflected in the way people’s auras appear. It’s impossible to convey an aura without music.
Because people are moods, every song creates a mood, which in turn explains how auras work. Music is the ideal medium for conveying a person’s personality. An artist’s aura, mood, and vibe were all factors in the creation of each song. Artists are speaking to you in their own unique way through their auras. That’s what you get from the audio aura.
If Spotify Wrapped Your Audio Aura inspires more people to get their auras read, then so be it.
In the past, if anyone thought there was too much aura-related content, it’s going to be all over the place now. I’m looking forward to hearing how people interpret this and having these discussions. It’s a great way to start a conversation. I believe that more people will connect and have fun conversations and create cool and creative art as a result of this. It’s doomed to fail.
On platforms like Spotify and TikTok, why are auras so popular?
Colors have a calming effect. They’re simpler to grasp than astrology. Colors are a universally appealing phenomenon. I’ve noticed that the color of a person’s aura is often their favorite color. It’s not uncommon for people to seek solace and inspiration in the hues of their own auras. I believe it is a part of our nature. In addition, it results in a stunning image. In addition to that, aura photography has become a hugely popular trend.
Aura readings have grown in popularity in recent years?
Yeah! It wasn’t until 2013 that anyone had heard of auras. Now, I’m pretty sure it’s TikTok. “Here’s your aura,” everyone says on the platform. I think it’s great that a lot of people now know what the word means, but it’s become diluted like any other word. And that’s fine, too! A little dilution is required for it to be transferable.
Auras can be viewed as the cool colors that surround me, or, as I prefer to see them, as a lens through which you can see yourself in a way that is both introspective and reflective, as well as awakening.