Chakras can help you feel one with your inner self, and chakra charts can help you understand your chakras in depth!
Have chakras and their properties been a confusing concept for you to wrap your head around?
If yes, this is just the article you need!
Chakra charts explain chakras and their meanings, and in this article, we shall discuss these charts and their usage in the most comprehensive manner.
What is a chakra?
The word chakra is as old as time and has been around since 1500 BC. It was first used in the Sanskrit language and is a part of the Tantrik Traditions.
The literal translation of this word is “wheel” or “spinning disk”; however when used in a spiritual context, chakras mean wheels of energy. It is considered a wheel since our nāḍīs, or in layman’s terms, our channels of energy converge at these points.
These chakras are ideally located along our spine; from the base of our tailbone to the top of our skull.
According to ancient texts, chakras are free-flowing and not stable.
To understand this, let’s imagine that you have been told to sit down, meditate, and visualize a particular symbol significant to what you are trying to achieve in a specific part of your body with the highest sense of energy. However, when you try to do so, you may not find this point in one particular place or a place that you might have been told you would encounter this energy.
These energy points might largely vary from person to person.
When the energy centers themselves are not stable and are constantly flowing, then who is to say that we may not have over 100 centers in one body?
However, with the modernization and the various interpretations of these ancient Sanskrit texts, we have concluded that our body has only seven chakras. Now whether this is true or not is a mystery best left unsolved, for we would have to decipher thousands of pages from various books to find substantial evidence.
Now, these seven chakras are represented by certain symbols, colors, animals, etc. This is ideal for the ease of understanding and to make explaining the chakras easier, but these symbols can also mean various things and be associated with different entities.
How Many Chakras Are There?
As mentioned, there are seven chakras in total, or so we believe.
- The Root Chakra (Muladhara Chakra)
- The Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana Chakra)
- The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura Chakra)
- The Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra)
- The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra)
- The Third Eye Chakra (Ajna Chakra)
- The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra)
The English names often correspond to their location in the body, and their Sanskrit names speak more of the particular chakra’s properties.
1. The Root Chakra (Muladhara Chakra)
The Root Chakra is found at the base of the spine in the tailbone area.
The word Muladhara, from the Sanskrit language, means the “Root of Existence.” Mula means root, and Dhara means flux.
This chakra is represented by the color red and signifies the birth of consciousness and is the perfect foundation or stable structure for the adjoining chakras to rest upon.
2. The Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana Chakra)
The Sacral Chakra is located in the lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel.
The word Svadhisthana means “where your being is established.” Sva means self, and adhisthana means established.
This chakra is represented by the color orange, is associated with the element of water, and represents the fluidity and constant movement we require in our lives. It is considered our body’s creative and sexual energy center and houses our emotions, passions, and pleasures.
3. The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura Chakra)
The Solar Plexus Chakra is found in the upper abdomen in the stomach area.
The Sanskrit word Manipura translates to “city of jewels” or “resplendent or lustrous gem.”
This chakra is represented by the color yellow, is associated with the element of fire, and is representative of energy, commitment, and determination. This chakra is said to be our source of individual power and self-esteem.
4. The Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra)
The Heart Chakra is located in the center of the chest, just above the heart.
Anahata in Sanskrit translates to “unhurt” or “unstruck.”
This chakra is represented by the colors green and pink, is associated with the air element, and represents the quality of love, relation, connection, and compassion. It helps us awaken our spiritual awareness, forgiveness, and service.
It is a unique chakra since it connects the energies of your lower three chakras with your upper three chakras.
5. The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra)
The Throat Chakra is located in the throat near the neck region.
In Sanskrit, the word Vishuddha means “especially pure” or the “purest.”
This chakra is represented by the color blue, is associated with the element ether, and houses our ability to communicate and speak freely. It helps us express and communicate our inner truths.
Unlike the four chakras below the throat chakra that manifest themselves physically, this chakra is the first of the three spiritual chakras; they speak and heal our inner and higher selves spiritually.
6. The Third Eye Chakra (Ajna Chakra)
The Third Eye Chakra, also known as the Throat Chakra is located in the forehead between the eyes.
The word Ajna in the Sanskrit language has quite a few translations, but the most popular being “command” or “authority.”
This chakra is represented by the color indigo, is associated with the element of light, and is our seat of intuition. It represents wisdom, the center of gravity, and the awakening of your pineal gland. This chakra serves as the bridge between the outside world and your inner self; it holds you responsible for actions that might affect you and the world outside.
7. The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra)
The Crown Chakra is located at the very top of the head.
The word Sahasrara, in the Sanskrit language, means “thousand-petalled.” It can also mean “infinite.”
This chakra is represented by the color violet, is associated with space, and represents the qualities of self-transcendence, oneness, and the merging of the energies of the infinite sources of creation. It is also the center of enlightenment and can help awaken your pure consciousness that is undivided and expansive.
|Name||Root Chakra||Sacral Chakra||Solar PLexus Chakra||Heart Chakra||Throat Chakra||Third Eye Chakra||Crown
|Sanskrit Name||Muladhara Chakra||Svadhisthana Chakra||Manipura Chakra||Anahata Chakra||Vishuddha Chakra||Ajna Chakra||Sahasrara
|Meaning||Root of Existence||Where
your being is established
|City of jewels||Unhurt or Unstruck||Especially pure or purest||Command or authority||Thousand-petalled or Infinite|
|Symbol||Four-petalled lotus, a square, and an inverted triangle||Six-petalled lotus, circles, and a crescent moon.||Ten-petalled lotus and an inverted triangle.||Twelve-petalled lotus and a hexagram.||Sixteen-petalled lotus, an inverted triangle, and a circle.||Two-petalled lotus and an inverted triangle.||Thousand-petalled lotus and a circle.|
|Location||The base of the spine, in the tailbone.||Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel.||Upper abdomen in the stomach area.||Center of the chest, just above the heart.||Throat.||Forehead between the eyes.||At the very top of the head.|
|Function||To feel grounded and secure, both physically and emotionally.||To house our emotions, passions, pleasures, and feelings of self-worth.||To be our source of individual power and self-esteem.||To awaken our spiritual awareness, forgiveness, and service.||To help us express and communicate our inner truths.||To hold you responsible for your actions and to connect you to the outside world.||To awaken your consciousness that is undivided and expansive, and to bring enlightenment.|
|Hematite||Tiger’s Eye||Amber||Rose Quartz||Aquamarine||Amethyst||Clear Quartz|
|Affirmation||– I am grounded
– I have everything I need
– I am at peace
|I am sensual
– I trust
– I am open to feeling joyous
|– I am powerful
– I am glowing
– I am motivated
|– I am loved
– I am compassionate
– I practice loving kindness
|– I communicate
– I listen to the sound of my breath
– My song rises
|– I am limitless
– I am focused
– My mind is steady
|– I am awake
– I am aware
– I am connected to the divine
Often, our chakras get blocked due to the energies we surround ourselves with. It could also happen if you’re going through emotional upheavals. A blocked chakra can lead to an imbalance in your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
To align your chakras, get in touch with a yoga guru or a healer who will help you create a clear and pure channel for your energies to flow.
If you’d like to give it a shot at home, try to connect to the chakra that you believe is blocked and the various elements and symbols it is represented by.
For instance, if you feel as though your root chakra is blocked, try and wear the color red, use the Hematite crystal during your meditation, practice the affirmations mentioned in the chart and mantras that follow up with the LAM sound.
Use this same method for all your other chakras.
Chakras are energy centers that can help you advance spiritually and mentally if one ensures to stay in touch with them.
Although they may appear to be complicated and overwhelming, once you understand what each one stands for and what they are represented by, you will find it easy to traverse down this path of spirituality.
To understand them, Chakra Charts are often used.
Inculcate certain practices in your life, get in touch with your inner self and your body and enjoy the benefits of feeling at peace with yourself.
If you would like to read up more on Chakras, head over to our blog on Chakra Symbols and find answers to all your questions!
You can also read up on crystals and their healing for more insight on how they work hand in hand with chakras.