The Spiritual Meaning Of Black Smoke
What Does It Mean When You See It?
amanda linette meder
Black smoke can have a spiritual meaning and it can be understandably alarming when you see it. Whether wispy or condensed, there could be meaning as to why you see a dark smoke.
To begin this post, to cool things down, I first want to talk about a different type of smoke you can see.
When you start to see white wisps of air or white smoke beginning to form in a space, this is a common sign there’s a Spirit apparition beginning to form in the space near you.
Generally, when you see white smoke, white wisps of air or a whitish apparition, you’re dealing with a Light Spirit.
Light Spirits are often seen as white smoke and they are:
Crossed-over deceased people
All of these types of Spirits, people are usually fine with and enjoy having them in their space, so people don’t really have questions about this except to implore more about how apparitions form.
So now, what about black smoke?
When you start to see black smoke, black shadows or grey/black apparitions, this is a possible sign you have a Lower Energy mass present in the space around you.
A Lower Energy is often black smoke and it could be:
An uncrossed-over deceased person (also known as an earthbound or ghost)
A non-human dark entity
A lingering negative energy (non-intelligent spirit)
Black smoke, as is white smoke, is often the physical manifestation of a spiritual or energetic situation, they just tend to have different spiritual associations.
So black smoke can be a sign of lower energy in the space around you, except in these two cases:
- Light Spirits, when passing between a physical light source, can appear as a shadow on a wall, simply due to the physical circumstances of a denser mass, passing through a light, creating a shadow.
In this case, a Light Spirit could be seen as a ‘black’ mass.
- When people are going through a spiritual or emotional growth phase, they release negative behavioral aspects, thoughtforms and emotions from their life and being.
It is possible for a clairvoyant person, to actually see negative energy being released from their own system as it happens.
Negative energy is often seen as black smoke.
Seeing this physical manifestation of negative energy being released occurs so frequently in the processes of spiritual growth, I call this ‘off-gassing.’ It’s completely normal as part of the awakening process.
In the book, Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, a similar concept is discussed and the black smoke appears as the dark man with the hat.
The dark hat figure is discussed all over the internet, and one theory is that these dark masses are a mirror of your soul releasing energy.
what is the significance of seeing black smoke?
1. It is a sign you have the spiritual gift of clairvoyance.
It means you also can see other spiritual entities with your physical eyes. In some cases, the seeing of black smoke is simply serving the purpose to make you aware of your gifts.
2. To awaken you to realize that something is going on in your space that needs your attention.
Perhaps you have a Spirit present you have to learn to deal with or manage. Perhaps you have an emotional or energetic situation in your life, that needs your attention.
Perhaps, you simply need to be made aware that the negative things you were working on getting out of your life, are now being released from you.
I had a friend once who worked as a therapist, and she saw these dark figures. Her interpretation was that their presence was awakening her to dark influences that were ready to leave her life.
3. It does not necessarily mean you have a Dark Entity on your hands that you need to get rid of.
Before you act, take a moment to consider all of the possibilities and just to be safe, you may want to start by clearing your space while you figure out what’s going on and why.
What is the significance for seeing white smoke, as we discussed in the beginning?
Now that we talked about the darkness, let’s talk about something light.
Usually, this is a Light Spirit apparition, such as a Spirit Guide, Angel or crossed-over Family Member attempting to appear and make themselves known to you.
It could be a sign your Spirits are near for support, and it’s also a sign of you having clairvoyance.
You may also get a positive feeling about this energy, and if you wish to communicate with it, I talk about a bunch of different ways in these blogs:
A meditation series, The Spiritual Gateway Series, also goes through the process of connecting you to these lighter and more loving energies.
symbolism of seeing any color smoke in a dream
If you see smoke in a dream, regardless of color, this could mean that something in your life is still cloudy, such as a situation where the answers aren’t available or clear yet.
Smoke in a dream could also be a sign that something in your life is being healed, cleared, or purified, as smoke is used in many cultures and traditions for these purposes.
So to recap:
Black smoke could be dark energy either from an entity or residual energy from you, it could also be a Light Spirit casting a shadow.
White smoke is usually a Light Spirit such as a guide, angel or a loved one.
Smoke in a dream, any color, could be a sign of cleansing, purification, or a time when things are becoming more clear.
If you ultimately think the black smoke is an entity that needs to be released, check out these resources:
Whatever your specific circumstance, remember: You are never given a situation to deal with that is more than you can handle.
So to end, if no one has already, welcome to the wonderful world of spiritual enigmas,
It’s interesting, isn’t it?
Amanda Linette Meder
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