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Chakra Animal Symbols

Chakra Animal Symbols And Their Meanings

There is a symbolic chakra animal living within each of the prime power centers, and this totally jazzes me.

As readers of this site know, I often refer to animal symbols and chakra symbols when doing symbolic/interpretive work. These two symbolic languages (chakras and animals) offer outstanding translations in meaning and energy. 

Why?  Because…

1) Animals are endlessly generous in offering their messages, personalities and meanings with us.

2) Chakras serve as a phenomenal reference for the circuitry, or pattern of human energy.

So, the idea of each energetic chakra hosting a featured animal symbol (personality/attribute) is enormously appealing to me. It’s like Oreo cookies: the combining the best parts into one delightful sweet treat.

This page on chakra animal symbols is an expression of my passion about both (animal and chakra) systems of energetic communication.

You can use this system (animal chakra chart below) in your own life too.

For example, if an aspect of you (or someone you love) requires attention …let’s say your intent is to enhance your abdominal/digestive health. We’d look to ignite the energy of the solar plexus chakra.

Continuing this illustration, the Manipura chakra’s animal is the ram: Proud, strong, determined, willful and able to push through obstacles. In our example we could visualize the ram “pushing through” digestive blockages.

See how these animalistic attributes combined with chakra properties can serve us?

Using the symbolism of the chakras combined with their animals (and their colors) puts astoundingly effective tools in our hands for growth and healing.

The following chakra animal symbol chart is a result of my thoughts on these great systems of energetic communication. ( click here on a note about the 7th, Sahasrara chakra animal designation )


Chakra Animal Symbols And Their Energetic Correspondences

Chakra: Root – Muladhara
Animal Symbol:  Elephant
Animal Attributes:  Charges through blockages. Protects. Remembers. Loves closeness, affection and togetherness. Social. Effective.
Chakra Animal Motto: “I Provide.”

Chakra: Sacral – Swadhisthana
Animal Symbol:  Crocodile
Animal Attributes:  Encourages creativity. Balancing. Goes deep within for guidance and resurfaces with answers. Changeable.
Chakra Animal Motto: “I Develop.”

Chakra: Solar Plexus – Manipura
Animal Symbol:  Ram
Animal Attributes:  Motivates. Strong will. Determination. Lives by instinct and ‘gut feelings.’ Will not move on a decision unless 100% sure about it. Expansive power.
Chakra Animal Motto: “I Recharge.”

Chakra: Heart – Anahata
Animal Symbol:  Antelope
Animal Attributes: Inspires. Tenderness. Leaps over pettiness. Grace. Sensitive and empathic. Often feels solutions rather than rely on pure logic to solve problems.
Chakra Animal Motto: “I Share.

Chakra: Throat – Vishuddha
Animal Symbol:  White elephant
Animal Attributes: Purifies. Communicates. Imagines. Harmonizes. Strives to share and develop harmony. Seeks creative, imaginative ways to convey thoughts, feelings and ideas.
Chakra Animal Motto: “I Express.”

Chakra: Third Eye – Ajna
Animal Symbol:  Black Antelope
Animal Attributes:  Explores inner realms. Enjoys all kinds of travel – inner journeying and physical journeys. Trusting. Guided by inner vision. Truthful.
Chakra Animal Motto: “I Guide.”

Chakra: Crown – Sahasrara
Animal Symbol:  Egg
Animal Attributes:  Expresses potential. Follows purity. Unlimited potential. Realization of ultimate truth. Able to create universal change. Always expanding and ascending.
Chakra Animal Motto: “I Reveal.”

A note about the Sahasrara chakra animal (Crown Chakra): I’ve research various theories on the sacred chakra animal symbol for the 7th chakra. Ancient Hindu texts don’t exclusively reference a chakra animal for the Sahasrara, 7th chakra. I took some liberties here by assigning the egg to this chakra.

I suggest you take even further liberties by imagining your own animal of illumination and power curled up inside that 7th chakra egg. In unfolding the lotus petals of this vital chakra, picture the cosmic egg cracking open to liberate your power animal – the animal of your choosing that represents all the potential Sahasrara represents.

I hope you have enjoyed this page on chakra animal symbols. But don’t stop here in your exploration. Dive deeper into the implications of the chakras and their animal inhabitants. Do your own exploratory meditations and research. The more we seek, the more we find!

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An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings

Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time, and 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 happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! 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!