Chakra Symbols and Meanings

Chakra Symbol Meanings


Chakra Symbols and
Their Symbolic Correspondences


The word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel. Chakra symbols represent the circular centers of energy, and they correspond to the nerve plexuses and organs in the physical nervous system. By focusing on these energy centers, and understanding the function of each, we are able to balance our energies, augment areas in our lives, and even facilitate healing.

By referring to the chakra diagram on the left, and relating it to the table below, which describes the attributes for each energy center, you should get a clearer picture of what each chakra symbol represents and how each affects us differently.

The information given on this page is a basic summary. Chakra practitioners spend years learning about the healing arts relating to these intricate energy centers. If you wish to learn more about this unique realm of the human make-up, the author encourages you to begin an avid independent study.

Many individuals have chakra symbols embellished on clothing or keep these images near them in order to keep the attributes in their mind as they aspire to better balance and higher energy.

And, don't miss my page on Chakra Animal Symbols here!

Chakra Symbol Meanings and Correspondences

Muladhara
Common Name: Root Chakra
Located: Base of spine, the sacral plexus
Details and Governance: The root chakra governs the body's organs of excretion and the adrenals, it also influences the sense of smell. Emotionally, this chakra is the seat survival, and rules the primal instinct. Its element is earth, its color is red, and it's mantra is lam. Connect with this chakra to access your primal life-force.

Swadhisthana
Common Name: Sacram/Sacral Chakra
Located: Genitals
Details and Governance: The sacral chakra governs the body's reproductive organs and gonads, it also influences the sense of taste. Emotionally, this chakra is the seat self-acceptance, raw emotion and sexual energy. Its element is water, its color is orange, and it's mantra is vam. Connect with this chakra to access your creativity.

Manipura
Common Name: Solar Plexus Chakra
Located: Navel
Details and Governance: The solar plexus chakra governs the pancreas and abdominal organs, it also influences the sense of sight. Emotionally, this chakra is the seat self-will, mental acuity and sense of identity. Its element is fire, its color is yellow, and it's mantra is ram. Connect with this chakra to access your subconscious emotion, ego and will power.

Anahata
Common Name: Heart Chakra
Located: Heart Area
Details and Governance: The heart chakra governs the body's lungs and thymus, it also influences the sense of touch. Emotionally, this chakra is the seat compassion, love and healing. Its element is air, its color is green, and it's mantra is yam. Connect with this chakra to access love.

Vishudha
Common Name: Throat Chakra
Located: Laryngeal Plexus
Details and Governance: The throat chakra governs the body's thyroid, it also influences the sense of hearing. Emotionally, this chakra is the seat self-expression, and speech. Its element is ether, its color is blue, and it's mantra is ham. Connect with this chakra to access creative expression and communication.

Ajna
Common Name: Third-Eye Chakra
Located: Between the eyebrows, forhead
Details and Governance: The third-eye chakra governs the body's pituitary gland, it also influences the sixth sense - the higher mind. Emotionally, this chakra is the seat intuition, and extra-sensory perception. Its element is time, its color is indigo, and it's mantra is Aum. Connect with this chakra to access your primordial, super-natural power.

Sahasrara
Common Name: Crown Chakra
Located: Top/crown of head, brain
Details and Governance: The crown chakra governs the body's pineal gland, and its influence is beyond the sensory realm. Emotionally, this chakra is the seat divinity, peace and enlightenment. Its element is space, its color is violet, and it's mantra is silence. Connect with this chakra to access all-knowing, eternal bliss and liberation from all things corporeal/material.

Chakra Diagram

Chakra Diagram

I hope you enjoyed this information on chakra symbols. Be sure to check out the links at the end of this page for more information on chakra meanings.



An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings

Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.

This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."

Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happing to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive it! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)

As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!



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