Chakras and Magick
Chakra is a Sanskrit term, which means wheel or disk. Chakras are the energy vortices at a sub-atomic level of your spiritual body. They are the spiritual DNA holding the trace memories from past lives and act as the input centres for the cells of the body. The Chakras are the physical manifestation of the soul in the human body. Simply put, the Chakras are the Soul in a physical sense.
The Major Chakras are the most important energy centres of the body. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our Aura. They vitalize the physical body and bring about the development of our self-consciousness.
Chakras are spinning vortices that receive, assimilate and express our vital life energy. When the flow of energy in one or more of the Chakras becomes blocked, we may develop physical and mental illnesses.
The ancient seers perceived the Chakra system as a column of energy centres that extends form the base of the spine to the top of the head. The location of each Chakra loosely corresponds to an area of the body’s anatomy and is associated with a specific colour.
1st Chakra (Root) Muladhara
Relates to: Anus, Rectum Colon, Adrenals
Colors: Black, Red
Stones/Crystals: Black Tourmaline, Bloodstone, Obsidian, Blue Onyx, Rhodonite, Smokey Quartz, Garnet
Planetary Ruler : Saturn
Located at the base of the spine, at the cervix. The last and slowest spinning Chakra this centre governs security and the grounding of ones energies. This is the security of the soul in this embodiment for guarantee of physical health, well-being and survival.
The Root Chakra is about being physically there and feeling at home in situations. If it is open, you feel grounded, stable and secure. You don't unnecessarily distrust people. You feel present in the here and now and connected to your physical body. You feel you have sufficient territory.
If you tend to be fearful or nervous, your Root Chakra is probably under-active. You'd easily feel unwelcome.
If this Chakra is over-active, you may be very materialistic and greedy. You're probably obsessed with being secure and resist change.
2nd Chakra (Sacral) Svadhisthana
Relates to: Pelvic cavity/area, reproductive system, ovaries, prostate, testicles.
Colours Associated: Red Orange
Stones/Crystals: Ruby, Citrine, Wulfenite, Amber, Carnelian
Planetary Ruler: Mars
Located below and to the right of the solar plexus, the Sacral Chakra governs how we honor our physical kingdom. It helps us to maintain our physical nature in balance with our spiritual natures. Helping to ensure we are caring for both to live as a balanced healthy 'whole' individual. This centre vibrates with an orange glow, much like the colour of a pumpkin.
The Sacral Chakra is about feeling and sexuality. When it is open, your feelings flow freely, and are expressed without you being over-emotional. You are open to intimacy and you can be passionate and lively. You have no problems dealing with your sexuality.
If you tend to be stiff and unemotional or have a "poker face," the Sacral Chakra is under-active. You're not very open to people.
If this Chakra is over-active, you tend to be emotional all the time. You'll feel emotionally attached to people and you can be very sexual.
3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus) Manipura
Relates to: Abdominal area, spleen, navel, digestive system
Colours Associated: Orange, Yellow
Stones/Crystals: Citrine, Sulphur, Topaz, Calcite, Apatite
Planetary Ruler: Sun
Located where the rib cage meets at the bottom. It represents the creative center, where transition takes form and shape. This centre fosters the co-creation with the soul and helps the physical body manifest issues, situations and so on. It works with the Third Eye chakra to receive ethereal information and process it on a conscious level. Where the Third Eye "sees" ethereal energy, the solar plexus "feels" ethereal energy. This could be the source of the saying "gut feelings". This Chakra vibrates with a bright yellow glow.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is about asserting yourself in a group. When it is open, you feel in control and you have sufficient self esteem.
When the Solar Plexus Chakra is under-active, you tend to be passive and indecisive. You're probably timid and don't get what you want.
If this Chakra is over-active, you are domineering and probably even aggressive.
4th Chakra (Heart) Anahata
Relates to: Thorasic cavity, Heart,/ Rib Cage, Lungs, Thymus
Stones/Crystals:Adventurine, Rhodochrocite, Peridot, Rose Quartz, Malachite, Kunzite, Emerald, Morganite, Dioptase, Pink Tourmaline, Green Tourmaline
Planetary Ruler: Venus
Located in the centre of the chest, next to the heart. The Heart Chakra synthesizes the spiritual and physical natures in harmony, love and compassion. This is the centre of unconditional love both internal to the individual person and external to others and situations that occur in ones life. It is considered to be the center of Divine love or creation/expression of Divine love. This Chakra vibrates with a green glow.
The Heart Chakra is about love, kindness and affection. When it is open, you are compassionate and friendly, and you work at harmonious relationships.
When your Heart Chakra is under-active, you are cold and distant.
If this Chakra is over-active, you are suffocating people with your love and your love probably has quite selfish reasons.
5th Chakra (Throat) Vishuddha
Relates to: Throat, Voice, Neck, ,Thyroid, Para-thyroid
Colours Associated: Blue
Stones/Crystals: Blue Lace Agate, Turquoise, Amazonite, Gem Silica, Celestite, Aquamarine, Chrysocholla
Planetary Ruler: Mercury
Located in the throat. This Chakra represents the Will centre or the centre of choice. It is the coming together of the higher and lower Chakras creating the sound of choice, what you say or want to say, whither it's vocalized or not. It is the source where spiritual will blends with physical choices. This Chakra vibrates with a blue glow.
The Throat Chakra is about self-expression and talking. When it is open, you have no problems expressing yourself, and you might be doing so as an artist.
When this Chakra is under-active, you tend not to speak much, and you probably are introverted and shy. Not speaking the truth may block this Chakra.
If this Chakra is over-active, you tend to speak too much, usually to domineer and keep people at a distance. You're a bad listener if this is the case.
6th Chakra (Third Eye/Psychic Center) Ajna
Relates to: Third Eye, Pituitary, Higher Brain Centers
Colours Associated: Indigo, Violet
Stones/Crystals: Sodalite, Flourite, Azurite, Sugelite, Lapis, Amethyst, Sapphire
Planetary Ruler: Moon
Located between the brows, in the centre of the forehead. Also known as the location of the "third eye", this Chakra is considered to be the gateway to the higher self. It reflects the oneness of the individual spirit with the oneness of the Universal Divine Spirit. This is also where you receive spiritual communications through vision or ethereal sight. This is where you "see" from a psychic perspective, much like the solar plexus "feels" from a psychic perspective. This Chakra vibrates with a violet glow.
The Third Eye Chakra is about insight and visualization. When it is open, you have a good intuition. You may tend to fantasize.
If it is under-active, you're not very good at thinking for yourself, and you may tend to rely on authorities. You may be rigid in your thinking, relying on beliefs too much. You might even get confused easily.
If this Chakra is over-active, you may live in a world of fantasy too much. In excessive cases hallucinations are possible.
7th Chakra (Crown) Sahasrata
Relates to: Crown, Pineal, Highest brain centers
Colours Associated: Gold, White, Purple
Stones/Crystals: Heloidor, Clear Quartz, Gold Topaz, Diamond, Selenite
Planetary Ruler: Jupiter
Located at the top of the head. The "Crown Chakra" represents the beginning. This is a person's connection to the cosmic consciousness and their conscious connection to their super conscious or Divine Self mind. The fastest spinning centre, this Chakra vibrates the brightest light. The colour that most describes this energy level is pure white
The Crown Chakra is about wisdom and being one with the world. When this Chakra is open, you are unprejudiced and quite aware of the world and yourself.
If it is under-active, you're not very aware of spirituality. You're probably quite rigid in your thinking.
If this Chakra is over-active, you are probably intellectualizing things too much. You may be addicted to spirituality and are probably ignoring your bodily needs.
Because our Chakra System is the physical manifestation of the soul in the body, it is also part of our connection to the Divine. By repeatedly opening, expanding, and closing the Chakras you are make them stronger, just as you would strengthen a physical muscle by exercising it. This will increase your psychic and magical abilities.
Exercise to Open and Close the Chakras
Begin by finding a comfortable position and releasing all tension and anxiety.
Imagine a ball of red light in the Root Chakra, at the centre of your lower pelvic region. The ball of light should be clear and bright. If the light is muddy or clouded, or if it is dull, take a moment and will it to become clear and bright.
When you have the image of the ball of red light at the Root Chakra clear in your mind, move to the 2nd Chakra. For women this will be the mid-abdominal region, for men it will be at or just above the testicles. Imagine a ball of orange light here, and again if the light is muddy or dull, take a moment and make it clear and bright.
As you make the ball of orange light in the 2nd Chakra, continue to hold the image of the red ball of light in the Root Chakra too. You may not be able to do this at first, but as you practice it will become easier. As you move to each successive Chakra, try to hold the image of the balls of light in the previous Chakras, so that at the end of the exercise you will be visualizing seven balls of light all at once.
Now move on to the Solar Chakra. Imagine a ball of clear yellow light in the Solar Chakra, in the centre of your trunk, behind your navel. Again, make sure the light is as clear and bright as possible. Try to hold the image of the orange and red balls of light you have already opened in the previous Chakras as you create this ball of yellow light.
When the image of the ball of yellow light is clear in your Solar Chakra, move up to the Heart Chakra. Create a ball of clear green light in the Heart Chakra, at the centre of your chest, behind your sternum. Make sure the light is clear and bright. Try to hold the image of the previous three balls of coloured light as you do this.
Hold the image of this ball of green light and the three which preceded it as you move on to the Throat Chakra. Imagine a ball of light blue light in the centre of your throat. Make the light as clear and bright as possible.
Now move on to the Third Eye. Behind the centre of your forehead imagine a ball of deep blue light. Make that deep blue light as clear and bright as you can, forcing out any muddiness or occlusion. Try to hold the image of all of the balls of light you have already opened, as you create the ball of deep blue light at the Third Eye.
When the ball of deep blue light is clear in your mind, move on to the Crown Chakra. Just above the top of your head, imagine a ball of violet light, beautiful, clear, and bright. Try to hold the image of all seven balls of light at once. Hold this image for a few moments.
You have now “opened” each of the seven Major Chakras.
Now you are ready to go back down. It is extremely important to close the Chakras back down after you have finished working with them, and you must make sure you always do this. If you do not, you may find yourself extremely un-grounded. If that should happen, you only need to close the Chakra and clear and release the energy, but it is much better to avoid the problem in the first place.
Begin with the Crown Chakra. Imagine the ball of violet light you have made begin to shrink. See the ball of light grow smaller and smaller until it disappears. Now imagine a tiny open door, and close it.
Now do the same with the ball of deep blue light you have created at the Third Eye. See it grow smaller and smaller until it disappears. Then see a small open door where the ball of light was, and close it.
Repeat this for each of the Chakras as you go down: Throat, Heart, Solar, 2nd, Base.
Now clear and release all excess energy as you know to do.
When you first try to do this exercise you may find it difficult to hold the image of all seven balls of light at once. Do your best. It doesn’t matter if you can’t do it at first -just go from one to the next. As you keep trying, you will find it easier.
Sources: The Chopra Center
Spring Wolf Spiritual Education Network
The Seven Chakras And Associated Aspects
Damon Pike (AstralWizard@cup.portal.com)
From Astral Pathways -- Guidance to spiritual growth.
Ewald Berkers 2003 - 2009
Corellian Witchcraft First Degree Lesson 4