Here you will learn everything you need to know about the seven Chakra symbols in order. The most eye-catching association and a common sight in meditation practice that originated in India, the meaning of the word ‘Chakra’ simply translates to ‘wheel’. This is because the chakra system spins and draws energy to keep the body’s spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health balanced which is believed to keep the body healthy and the mind young. To complete this practice you must open all of your seven primary Chakras.
- What Are Chakra Symbols?
- Chakra Animal Symbols
- The Downward-pointing Triangles
- What are the benefits of opening chakras?
What Are Chakra Symbols?
Chakra symbols are a type of sacred geometry that can be used to activate and balance the chakras, or energy centers, in the body. There are 7 main chakras, each associated with a different color and element. The chakra symbols can be used in meditation and visualization practices to help focus and direct life force energy flow throughout the body.
Chakra symbols are powerful tools that can be used to balance the chakras. By using these symbols, you can focus your intention and energy to cleanse, heal, and energize your chakras. Here is a guide on how to use chakra symbols:
- Select the right symbol for the chakra you wish to work on. Each chakra has a specific symbol associated with it. Do some research to find the symbol that resonates with you the most.
- Place the symbol on your body in the area of the corresponding chakra. You can either wear it as jewelry or place it directly on your skin.
- Visualize the symbol glowing and spinning in its corresponding color. See the symbol cleansing and balancing the chakra it is placed on.
- Repeat a mantra or affirmation related to the chakra you are working on. For example, if you are working on the root chakra, you could repeat the affirmation “I am safe” or “I am grounded”.
- Feel the energy of the symbol activating and balancing your chakra. Take some deep breaths and relax into the experience.
1. Muladhara – The Root Chakra Symbol
The Muladhara Chakra consists of a downward-facing triangle within a square within a circle. On the outside, there are four petals. Located near the tailbone on the base of the spine it’s responsible for our foundation and the feeling of being grounded and secure in life.
The circle within the downward-facing triangle represents the energy of the chakra, and the square within the circle is the connection to the physical world and the element of the earth. The four petals outside of the circle mean the four qualities associated with the root chakra: stability, security, a sense of belonging, and a connection to the earth and the physical body.
The color red is often associated with the root chakra, as it is a strong and vibrant color that is thought to help energize and stimulate this energy center. The element associated with the root chakra is earth, which is represented by the solid and grounded nature of the root chakra. The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is thought to be the center of our foundation and sense of security.
The benefits of awakening this Chakra are quite amazing as this Chakra is what motivates us to do even the simplest things such as sleeping, by activating this Chakra we are linking our energy with the inner world.
It is believed that chanting ‘the Seed Mantra of this hakra’ more than 100,000,000 times will trigger this Chakra, as well as stomping your bare feet onto the group, yoga meditation, and performing the Bridge yoga pose.
Consuming certain foods and hot spices such as apples, beets, carrots, potatoes, red cayenne peppers, and Tabasco sauce will also help to awaken this Chakra.
2. Svadhishthana – The Sacral Chakra Symbol
The Svadhishthana Chakra is an orange lotus flower with six petals, located roughly on the lower abdomen and it’s responsible for our ability to feel creative and sexual as well as be able to accept change, others, and new experiences.
This Chakra is what influences our sexual behaviors, activating it will help us to improve the relationships we have with others as well as ourselves.
Practicing Kundalini yoga will allow you to achieve this, as well as performing pelvic thrusts and the Cobra yoga pose. Consuming orange-colored foods as well as nuts will also allow you to awaken this Chakra.
Circles represent the cyclical nature of birth, death, and rebirth. The water element is associated with the sacral chakra, which is symbolized by the crescent moon. Water is thought to be a fluid and adaptable element that can help to bring about change and transformation, which are also qualities associated with the sacral chakra.
3. Manipura – The Solar Plexus Chakra Symbol
The Manipura Chakra is an inverted triangle within a circle of 10 petals, located roughly on the upper abdomen and it’s responsible to be confident and in control of our own lives.
This Chakra not only helps us to digest our food and turn it into energy for our body, but it’s also important as it drastically improves the way we see ourselves, improving things like our self-worth and self-esteem.
Doing yoga will awaken this Chakra. Other things you can do to trigger this Chakra include dancing, lying on your belly, consuming grains and fiber, yellow-colored foods such as corn, and drinking tea.
4. Anahata – The Heart Chakra Symbol
The Anahata Chakra is a green lotus flower with twelve petals, located in the center of the chest right above the heart and it’s responsible for our capacity to love. By activating this Chakra you are filling yourself up with a lot of love, forgiveness, and compassion.
Practicing Bikram yoga and giving out some of your love by opening up your heart to others, is a great way to awaken this Chakra as well as repeating positive affirmations to yourself that are related to love, consuming green foods, and drinking green tea.
5. Vishuddha – The Throat Chakra Symbol
The Vishuddha Chakra is a blue lotus flower with sixteen petals, located on the throat and it’s responsible to communicate and express ourselves. This Chakra is important as it not only improves our power to hear and communicate but it also creates a connection between our body and mind, increasing our self-expression.
- The inner circle represents the full moon, the lunar phase of resting, releasing, and letting go.
- The inverted triangle that contains the full moon represents a channel to our consciousness and soul. As the throat chakra is one of the upper chakras, the energy starts to move upwards, closer to the spiritual realm.
Singing, chanting, standing up for yourself and others, and performing the shoulder stand when doing yoga. Drinking lots of juice and tea as well as eating any type of fruit will also help you to achieve awaken this Chakra.
6. Ajna – The Third Eye Chakra Symbol
The Ajna Chakra is an indigo lotus flower with only two petals. Representing the two subtle energy channels, Ida and Pingala, which move up and down between the root chakra and the top of the head. This chakra is located on the forehead between both eyes and it’s responsible for our ability to focus and be able to see the bigger picture.
Awakening this Chakra will allow us to use our third eye, giving us the chance to see what most can’t. It’s believed that this Chakra increases our intuition and allows us to hear others’ inner thoughts, making us somewhat psychic.
Performing gazing candle meditation and visualization meditation is believed to awake this Chakra, you can also do the Child’s yoga pose or any yoga pose that involves forward bending. Make sure to also eat purple-colored fruits and chocolate and drink lavender tea.
7. Sahasrara – The Crown Chakra Symbol
This Chakra is located on the very top of the head and it’s responsible for our ability to be fully connected spiritually. Awakening this Chakra will help you to embrace the gratitude for your life and not allow our limitations to stop you. The mystical purple color stands for knowledge, purity, new life, and unity.
There are many ways you can awake this Chakra, which include: just simply being quiet, reading, meditating, practicing gratitude, running, and doing cardio as well as breathing clean and fresh air, and getting some intake of the beautiful sunshine.
Chakra Animal Symbols
There are many different interpretations of chakra symbols, but one common thread is that each chakra is associated with a different animal. Here are some of the most common chakra animal symbols and their meanings:
- Root Chakra (Muladhara) – Elephant: Associated with the elephant, which symbolizes strength, stability, and grounding.
- Sacral Chakra (Svadhishthana) – Crocodile: Associated with the crocodile, which symbolizes primal energy, sexuality, and creativity.
- Solar Plexus Chakra – Lion: associated with the lion, which symbolizes courage, confidence, and willpower.
- Heart Chakra (Anahata) – Bird: Associated with the bird, which symbolizes love, joy, and peace.
- Throat Chakra – Snake: Associated with the snake, which symbolizes communication and expression.
- Third Eye Chakra (Ajna) – Deer: Associated with the deer, which symbolizes intuition, imagination, and wisdom.
- Crown Chakra – Dragon: Associated with the dragon, which symbolizes spiritual connection and enlightenment.
The Downward-pointing Triangles
If you’ve seen the Chakra Symbols, you may have noticed the numerous inverted triangles. But why?
You may have noticed that not all of the Chakra symbols include inverted triangles, this is of course due to each Chakra symbol having a different meaning. Only four out of the seven primary Chakras have inverted triangles on them, which are:
- Root Chakra – The inverted triangle on this Chakra inside a circle is there to represent its elemental symbol, which is Earth. It’s also there to remind us of its grounding energy.
- Solar Plexus Chakra – The inverted triangle on this Chakra symbolizes how the three Chakras below are spinning and concentrating toward the higher Chakras.
- Throat Chakra – The inverted triangle on this Chakra is there to represent the connection between our soul and consciousness and a better version of ourselves.
- Third Eye Chakra – The inverted triangle on this Chakra represents our spiritual connection and awareness.
What are the benefits of opening chakras?
Now that you know about the Chakras and how to unblock them, why should you?
Our Chakras may be blocked due to stress, a bad diet, a lack of exercise, and other negative factors. Unblocking them will allow us to change our lives for the better and become the best version of ourselves.
wearing a chakra bracelet can also help you in balancing your body’s energy.
Improving our mind and body’s health, as well as awakening up to possibilities we may not have been aware of, where possible, as time passes more and more people are starting to take part in activating all of their Chakras, what’s stopping you?
Now that you know all about the chakra symbols and their meanings, you can start to incorporate them into your own life. Use them as a reminder to stay balanced and connected to your own energy. Chakra symbols are a powerful way to help you connect with your own energy and keep your chakras in balance.