7 Chakras & Their Meanings


Feb 28, 2023

7 Chakras & Their Meanings

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Following The Chakra Map to a New World of Healing 

Introduction to Chakras

Chakra Pronunciation

While it is often mispronounced as sha-kra, as in shake, The correct pronunciation of chakra is chuh-kruh, as in channel or change… And there is a wellspring of healing when you channel and harness the power of the chakra system!

Chakra Meaning in Sanskrit

In Sanskrit, chakra means wheel, relating to the spinning disks of subtle or nonphysical energy that often runs down the hara line. The hara is a current of energy, drawing higher frequencies through the crown of your head, down the center of your body, and into the earth's core.

How Do Chakras Get Their Colors?

Each chakra spins and vibrates at a unique frequency. Each frequency corresponds to a wavelength with a different color (as you may remember from science class). This is what gives each chakra a specific color. 

For instance, the violet of the crown chakra has the highest vibration and shortest wavelength. As we move down the hara line, the wavelengths become longer, and their frequencies lower, such as the red root chakra or brown earth star chakra. 

Can Chakras Open and Close?

Chakras can indeed be open and active or blocked and closed. Why is that important? Open, active chakras are essential to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being!

Signs of Blocked and Closed Chakras

Unfortunately, chakras can all too quickly become blocked. Everyday habits and challenges, like not drinking enough water, stress, illness, fatigue, unaddressed emotions, anxiety, depression, or repressing the shadow-self, can cause chakra imbalance and blockage. 

Leading to: Low energy, Chronic stress, Chronic pain, Financial struggles, Interpersonal/relational struggles, Emotional disconnection, Sexual repression, Digestion issues, Anxiety, Commitment-phobia, Lack of boundaries, Chronic allergies, Resentment, Self-denial, Shame, Chronic headache, Confusion, Indecisiveness, Emptiness, Hopelessness, and Feeling like life is meaningless.

Uh-oh, that sounds like a spiritual 9-1-1! Thankfully, we will explore how to open, activate, and balance your chakras because your best life is waiting!

Benefits of Open, Active Chakras

The benefits of active chakras are limitless! Try listing the advantages of a beating heart, breathing lungs, clean water, or sunlight.

Balanced, open chakras are to the subtle body what healthy organs are to the physical body. When we keep them free of dis-ease, we are our best selves, living our best lives, pursuing our greatest good and highest purpose. Sounds pretty awesome, doesn't it?

How Many Chakras Are There?

Are There 114 Chakras?

Through deep meditation and years of study, anywhere from 21 to 114 chakras have been identified. However, some spiritualists contest that if we were to activate all 114, we would shut down in a state of energetic overload, like an overheated hard drive!

The Soul Star & Earth Star Chakras


Not typically considered among the primary chakras because they are outside the physical body, the soul star and earth star are often overlooked. The soul star or soul chakra is the portal of divinity that hovers just above the crown. Through it, we channel the unconditional love of the universe and pure, altruistic compassion. It unifies our higher self with our earthly being.

Below the 1st chakra, the earth star chakra would be true 0 (like the true zero degrees of Kelvin, another flashback to science class!) Like the root, it connects us to Mother Earth. However, the earth star connects us to Her sacredness and the universality and divinity of being. It is the portal through which we commune with ancestors, crystals, herbs, and animal spirits. The earth star is essential to grounding our subtle body, including the chakra system, aura, and hara line. 

The 7 Primary Chakras

The seven primary chakras are considered the main attraction, from root to crown; they are the Taylor Swift or Beyonce of the chakra system! And, with good reason, they correspond to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. They are the most known and best understood. They allow chakra healing to be an accessible practice for everyone. No medical degree or Reiki lineage is required!

The chakra system is best approached from root to crown, establishing a firm foundation from which to ascend. As they say, it may be a lengthy climb, but the perspective gained is well worth it!

Root Chakra

Sanskrit: Muladhara, "Root of Existence"

Frequency: Red

Location: Base of the spine

Physical: Lower Back, Legs, Arthritic Complaints

Spiritual: Grounding, Survival, Basic Needs, Belonging & Purpose

Sacral Chakra 

Sanskrit: Svadhisthana, "Establishing the Self"

Frequency: Orange

Location: Below the navel

Physical: Elimination, Reproduction, Menstruation

Spiritual: Pleasure, Sexuality, Creativity, Emotional Expression

Solar Plexus Chakra

Sanskrit: Manipura, "City of Gems"

Frequency: Yellow

Location: Above the navel, just below the breastbone

Physical: Digestion, Metabolism, Vitality

Spiritual: Confidence, Self-Knowledge, Self-Worth, Empowerment

Heart Chakra

Sanskrit: Anahata, "Unbeaten or Unstruck."

Frequency: Green

Location: Center of the chest

Physical: Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Immune Systems

Spiritual: Love, Compassion, Empathy, Forgiveness, Divine Love, Self-Love

Throat Chakra

Sanskrit: Vishuddha, "Pure."

Location: Throat

Physical: Ear, Nose & Throat, Teeth

Spiritual: Truth, Integrity, Self-expression, Creativity, Communication

Third Eye Chakra

Sanskrit: Ajna, "beyond wisdom."

Location: Between the eyebrows

Physical: Head, Brain, Sinus, Vision, Sleep

Spiritual: Intuition, Decisiveness, Visualization, Manifestation, Meditation

Crown Chakra

Sanskrit: Sahasrara, "'thousand-petaled" (like a lotus).

Location: Crown of the head

Physical: Nervous systems, Brain

Spiritual: Divine Alignment, Higher Purpose, Spiritual Connection & Communication, Higher Consciousness

How To Unblock the Chakras

There are several ways to open and activate chakras; essential oils, healing frequencies, yoga asanas, crystals, affirmations, and chakra meditations. Here are a few healing stones and affirmative words to start your journey!      

Earth Star Chakra

             I am in loving alignment with all life forms.

             Moldavite, Petrified Wood, Obsidian

Root Chakra

             I am secure and safe in my being.

             Garnet, Bloodstone, Red Jasper

Sacral Chakra

             I embrace pleasure and abundance.

             Carnelian, Sunstone, Amber

Solar Plexus Chakra

             I am deserving; I am worthy, I and confident.

             Tigers Eye, Citrine, Yellow Calcite         

Heart Chakra

             I feel unconditional compassion for myself and others.

             Malachite, Amazonite, Rose Quartz

Throat Chakra

             My voice deserves to be heard.

             Blue Lace Agate, Aqua Marine, Turquoise

Third Eye Chakra

             I trust and honor my inner truth.

             Kyanite, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli

Crown Chakra

             I am an extension of the kind and loving universe. 

             Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Charoite

Soul Star Chakra

             I am in alignment with Divine wisdom.

             Selenite, Phantom Quartz, Rainbow Moonstone

Yet, that is just the beginning! Chakra wellness is a life-long practice of learning, self-discovery, growth, and spiritual enlightenment.

Every step you take along the journey will be profoundly gratifying and enriching.

The best part is that there are no mistakes; the chakras are your map!



Lisa is a Reiki Master, Certified Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, and trained in the Bengston Energy Healing Method. Lisa is also a Certified Life coach and currently in her second year of graduate school for a Master of Social Work to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

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