Aura Reading At Magic Jewelry

If you're ever in the mood for some 1970s style new-age mysticism, and you're on the East Coast where those sorts of experiences can be harder to find, get yourself over to Magic Jewelry in New York's Chinatown for an Aura Reading.

We recently went to the small nondescript shop on Canal Street for some green tea and our own spiritual fix. Magic Jewelry specializes in reading Kirlian photographs- a photograph that responds to the electrical currents in a subject's hands to create a colorful image, named after the Scientist who discovered this technology in the late 1930s. In the 1980s, a groovy California engineer used contemporary photographic technology to create the first Aura Camera: a polaroid camera that instantly captures a subject's aura.  

When we get to Magic Jewelry, we are offered tea, then immediately get set up for our photos. Each of us goes in turn and sits down in front of a black backdrop, with each of our hands placed on a box set up with biofeedback receptors. According to adherents, these receptors measure the subject's electromagnetic energy. With an Aura Camera, there are two Polaroid exposures: the first exposure is the basic, standard, photo of the subject, while the second exposure is the biofeedback one, which creates the colorful clouds around the subject. Aura readers believe those colors explain the subject's past, present, and future feelings and moods.

After our photos are taken, we eagerly wait for our Polaroids to process; as the owners of Magic Jewelry stress forcefully, one should only get an aura read every three to four weeks, as our energy only fully moves in this amount of time. It is redundant and futile to try to go more often, which only adds to our anticipation. After a few minutes, our aura reader peels back each of the Polaroid films. 

Both David and my photos are very purple, though he is hard to see, while I can see myself hazily through my purple cloud. Aura photographs are read in a circle: the subject's right hand side indicates the past, and the energy

moves clockwise to the left side, which indicates the future. We learn that David needs to focus his energy; he has too many ideas right now, which is why we can barely see him in his picture. I, we learn, think too much, which is maybe not something I needed to pay to find out. As our reader explains, sometimes I need to just stop thinking, and just DO it. While my aura is far from perfect, I'm relieved that this time it's purple- the last time I was here, my aura was red with a lot of black space, which connoted that I was in bad health and had low energy.

After a few more insights, we feel satisfied that we have a sense of where we were, are, and have yet to be. While there's no real science behind aura reading, there's no question that our aura reader and her fellow owners of Magic Jewelry truly believe what they preach. They are sincere and genuine, and will spend as much time as you require discussing your Polaroid, and you can tell that they enjoy working with and helping their clients. We ask our reader a few personal questions: does she ever read her own aura? She laughs and explains that yes, she reads it all the time, and especially when they first started, she would check herself constantly. She says that depending on the time of day, she can pretty much guess her and her husband's aura. If it's the beginning of the day, they have a very giving, teaching color pattern because they are expending energy outward to help people. At the end of the day, they're headed out of the office and set for rest and relaxation. Her answer leaves me feeling a bit mystified; if we're only supposed to check our auras every four weeks, how come hers changes throughout the day? But these are the sorts of questions that lead down the dark path to non-believing, and I don't want to go there today.

We leave pondering our readings. David and I both feel that our auras were accurate, and that we both have some personal work to do. While it's true that every time we go to Magic Jewelry, we receive the same vague aphorisms that can probably be applied to just about anyone, they really do feel right. And for $20 and a stupid fun experience, does it really even matter if it holds up to scrutiny in the end?