How to Spot Spirit Orbs in Photos

spirit orbs in photos

One of the places that Spirit likes to show up is in photos. This is because the camera is able to capture things that most of us cannot see with our naked eye.

Spirit orbs can appear in photos as balls of light, however sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether it is a Spirit or just a dust particle.

In this article I am going to take you through the basics of Spirit Orbs, how to identify them and what they may mean.

What is a Spirit Orb?

Orbs appear as balls of light that are captured through your camera. Orbs can be Spirit Guides, Angels, nature Spirits, people who have passed on and even just psychic energy. Orbs can be a variety of colours and shapes.

Are all Orbs Spirits?

No, sometimes orbs can be dust particles, pollen, static and other airborne particles, however many people believe that any orb appearing in a photo is a Divine message.

How Can I tell the Difference Between Dust and Spirit Orbs?

In order to determine whether it is simply some dust or a Spirit, here are some tools you can use-


  1. Your intuitive senses– often our intuition is best at determining whether Spirit energy is present.
  2. The density of the orb– the brighter and more dense the orb appears, the more likely it is to be Spirit, the lighter and fuzzier the orb, the more likely it is to be a dust particle.
  3. Outer ring– Spirit orbs may have an outer ring or several rings within the orb.
  4. The colour– dust particles are usually just one colour, whereas Spirit orbs can appear as many colours.
  5. Use of flash– flash photography commonly captures dust particles that look like orbs.

There is no exact science to this, which is why your intuitive senses are going to be the most important when it comes to determining the nature of your orb.

What Does the Colour of my Orb Mean?

Lighter Coloured Orbs

Orbs that appear to be white, silver, yellowish or translucent in colour are generally considered to be Spirits that are trying to communicate with you. This could be Angel communication or even communication from a loved one who has crossed over. These orbs could also be a sign of protection from your deceased loved one. Lighter coloured orbs are generally considered very positive and a positive message from Spirit.

Green Orbs

Green orbs may indicate nature spirits or even Angels or Spirit Guides that are very connected to nature. Green coloured orbs may also indicate healing- either a need to heal or that healing energy is present in that space or in your life.

Blue Orbs

Blue orbs are angelic and indicate the presence of powerful Archangels and Spirit Guides. Blue orbs are also very protective, and could also indicate a Guardian Angel. Sometimes these orbs appear in photos as a sign you are on the right track or as a confirmation.

Red/Orange Orbs

Red or orange coloured orbs can indicate the presence of a Spirit that feels protective of the land or space where the photo has been taken. It may also be that the Spirit is watching over that land or that space because it feels attached to it or the people there in some way.

Darker Coloured Orbs

Darker coloured orbs can be harder to spot, but orbs that appear blackish or brown generally indicate a stuck soul or a lower vibrational soul. Stuck souls can sometimes have a lower energy due to the fact that they have been stuck and are not able to move onto the next part of their journey.

Again, there is no exact science to this so your intuition will be your best guide in determining the true nature of your Spirit orb.

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Tanaaz

Creator of Forever Conscious and other things.

  • ilda

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    These are three pics taken lately….the first one is shot in my room, the second one with the purple light on top of the tree at this place in nature i usually go, the third one the pinky one is taken in my kitchen one morning when i was alone at home….I once in a while see these kinds of lights, shades or auras aorund me at home or around persons….what do they all mean….? Thank you Ilda

    • thanks so much for sharing your pics here Ilda! I got your email too and just replied! I love that pinky one on the wall, very interesting!!!

  • Marlene Besso
    • WOW!!! I love this! That looks amazing 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing. This feels to be a very powerful guide or angel you have captured here. Love it!! <3

      • What is also interesting about the photo is the greenish blueish orb on the left…it looks like a being to me 🙂

        • Marlene Besso

          Bell Rock is my favorite Sedona VORTEX area…..I am drawn there only a few times per year…..and I feel refreshed and nurtured after a visit along the trail. I always take my journal and also a sketch pad with markers and enjoy a creative session out in nature. Glad you enjoyed the photos! Sometimes I think the orbs are just dust or reflections from the sunlight….but this photo has much more than just that!!! I have another photo I took a few years ago….I will post it. I did enhance the saturation of the colors, but that’s all.This was taken at Crescent Moon Ranch, by Cathedral Rock and it was in and around the Cairns that people construct out of red rocks as memories and honoring loved ones. These ORBS were mind blowing. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f8f579ed8994bc2d36128a4d58249f9b8ab3fe55202b4b269a3e938f27739575.jpg

          • Wow!!! this is mind-blowing, so amazing! Cathedral Rock is actually one of my fav spots in Sedona! Had a life changing experience on those rocks up there <3 Thank you so much for sharing this image. Truly has warmed my heart today and has synchronistic timing for me too 🙂

          • Marlene Besso

            Happy to share! How often do you visit Sedona? I have many special places that only locals know about…..I call it my “Mars Sedona Tour”! Maybe we will meet one day here in this glorious landscape. (My nickname as a kid was Mars, so it fits me perfectly living in Sedona!!) 🙂

          • ooo sounds fun!! i have actually only been once, last year. i made it my mission to visit all the main known vortexes, but i am sure there is more! i am planning to go back in 2017….so much magic to be explored!

          • Marlene Besso

            Maybe we shall meet up in 2017. Feel free to contact me via Facebook. Happy Holiday! Mars

          • yes!!! 🙂 happy holidays to you too 🙂

  • Katy B

    So, my brother passed away 7 months ago from an accidental overdose. 2 months ago, my parents decided to re-do the walls and paint in three rooms of the house I grew up in. My parents hired a contractor to do the work. A couple of months ago, the contractor and his son was taking photos of the work to post on his webpage portfolio. I have to empathize that a third party took this picture, not my parents. His son was so upset and creeped out that he had to leave. Not at all sure what to make of this, but it no doubt looks like a face, and not just any face…my brother’s face. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2ea31de227c071db4cb4f2d14bae46a69cf0fd25d41be125a935692b40254612.jpg

  • Little Flower

    Hi there! I am hoping that someone can provide me with feedback for this photo. It was taken in a home that my family and I were contemplating on renting. My 14 year old son had taken this picture of me in the master bathroom. If you look towards the right and at the mirror, you will see a mist around my son that was not visually present when the photo was taken. Additionally, the light source from the reflection of my hand was not visible either when the picture was shot. There are no cracks in the mirror. I had taken a couple of video clips where an orb can be seen. The home feels warm and inviting. No negative feelings at all. In a family of 4, there are 3 going through puberty. If anyone can offer advice regarding this matter, it would be appreciated. Thank you for reading.

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    • thanks for sharing the image! mmmm…it’s hard to say, I would suggest going with your gut, if you get a positive vibe i am sure it’s ok. if it’s any help, i took pictures of a place that i was interested in renting and saw an orb. i felt wary at first but intuitively i felt really good about the place. i ended up renting it. I of course saged and cleansed my space on the first day and it was perfect! i never saw the orb again and i loved that apartment 🙂