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In the practice of Yoga there are certain recognized centers of energy within the human body. In today's realm of wholistic health, chakras are frequently mentioned and referred to as centers of subtle lifeforce energy, or chi. Usually this referral is meant to imply a unity of body, mind, and spirit. As an astrologer with more than 32 years of working experience, I have noticed that the planets of our solar system correspond to the body's chakra centers. Little Mercury, traditionally recognized as the 'ruler of communication', corresponds to the Fifth Chakra within the throat, for instance. Although there is a lack of consensus among astrologers as to the proper correspondences, I have chosen to utilize the following relationships: 1st Chakra Saturn 2nd Chakra Pluto 3rd Chakra Sun and Mars 4th Chakra Venus 5th Chakra Mercury and Jupiter 6th Chakra Neptune 7th Chakra Uranus. How Do Chakras Relate to the Energies of My Astrology Chart? Just as wholistic health counselors and practitioners recognize the balance and harmony of body, mind, and spirit with the chakras; I use astrology to recognize your balance with yourself, the earth, and the cosmos. Imagine, if you will, that each of the planets is like a receptor. Lines of energy flow from each chakra to each corresponding planet, and from there the energies flow outward to the surrounding community of stars. Not all of our chakra or planetary energies flow smoothly. Just like a dam blocking a rivers flow, our inner energies can become blocked. What I have observed is that challenging aspects between planets may indicate a corresponding blockage within that particular chakra. Why is this important to know, you may ask? Because each chakra/planet corresponds to how we interact on a daily basis with others, and the environment. For instance, if Mercury is 'square' or 'opposed' (astrological terms representing obstacles and blocks) to a planet, its ability to communicate will be colored by the energies of that planet. (NOTE: For the sake of convenience, I may sometimes refer to both the Sun and Moon as 'planets'.)
relax. Nervousness and anxiety are conditions that result from not feeling grounded. The Correspondence of Each Chakra to Your Environment: THE FIRST CHAKRA: Saturn represents "structures". Mercury square to Neptune may indicate an inability to put into words your imaginative visions. sleep. goal-setting. They know how to acquire what they need in order to comfortably survive. and you are now able to focus upon the more earthy.even if it is just one flower! Hiking in the mountains. for example. as you can see from these examples. THE SECOND CHAKRA: Pluto represents your ability to "change and transform". and when doing so. "Bones. different areas of your life are influenced depending upon which planets are being aspected. foundations. then you tend to live from paycheck-to-paycheck in a dog-eat-dog world. sensuous desires that life has to offer. and look around you.not predictability. Years ago I remember reading a yoga book that described the 2ND Chakra as "Her Special . which in turn disrupt your hormones. It represents the structures that you deal with in life in order to survive physically.) If not. if Mercury is square the Sun. So. Drink lots of "FRESH" water. you are being "creative". Being "indecisive" and depending upon others to take care of you is a 1ST Chakra weakness. HOW TO STRENGTHEN THE 1ST CHAKRA: Establish healthy routines. you may not be able to clearly deal with planning. and being organized. or plant a garden . Allow yourself to experience being in nature: go to a park and walk barefoot through the grass. and if Mercury were square to Saturn. eating late at night and drinking alcohol or doing drugs disrupts your sleep patterns. it acts as a foundation. You want to establish "stability" . 1ST Chakra awareness is a serious energy that requires you to make some tough choices and decisions. Without "desire" . eat. If you are not able to deal effectively with the outer social structures of your world. Frequent changes of address are also very de-stabilizing. which interfere with your daily activities. and work at regular times. your ego tends to interfere with effective communication skills. that's too boring. security and structure" are all keywords for the 1ST Chakra. Your skeleton is a structure that holds your body in place. eat healthy foods that are as natural as possible. Are you safe where you are at? (1ST Chakra awareness puts you in the primal mode of "fight or flight". For example. People who are "grounded" have a strong sense of who they are. Please do not confuse security and your ability to live comfortably with "lots of money". visit an arboretum. then you need to separate yourself from unsafe people and places. This seems to be a very common problem in our Western Culture because we have forgotten how to ground ourselves with the energies of the Earth.we can not "create"! At this point your everyday survival needs are being met. Psychologically. Take a deep breath. exercise. it indicates that you are operating too much from your head the ego. or just being around large rocks and stones is very grounding.To further elaborate.
they are afraid to express themselves because they have not learned how to set limits. Think of the symbolic energies of the Sun and Mars. When we fail to do so. and very appropriately. and being able to recieve expressions of love from . we waste too much personal energy blaming others for not being able to do what we would rather be doing. construct bird houses. or it enables us to enjoy its presence by honoring our own inner essence ("Wasn't it a beautiful day"?). Paint. This is a chakra of personal "power" and indicates your ability to be "sovereign". What did you dream about doing with your life's energy that would make you happy and fulfilled? THE THIRD CHAKRA: The Sun and Mars are co-rulers of this chakra. or responding to life's challenges with inner strength. draw. it corresponds to the "solar" plexus. If you are not sure what you want to do. THE FOURTH CHAKRA: This chakra is ruled by Venus. then think back to when you were about 10-12 years old. you crave and desire material and sensual pleasure. exercise your body. HOW TO STRENGTHEN THE 2ND CHAKRA: Honor your self by finding a hobby or activity that provides you with pleasure. others will recognize your individuality. be yourself! When you do so. When people get too focused on these sensual stimuli. or anything that you find to be pleasureable. Mars becomes the warrior principle that either enjoys shoving others around. The Sun radiates its essence: it either blinds us (a negative expression of self-dominance). sex. act. Here. Do what makes you happy. "This is who I am . whether it is to drugs.Place". IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO HAVE THESE CHAKRAS IN BALANCE BEFORE MOVING ON TO THE HIGHER SPIRITUAL REALMS OF AWARENESS. especially when dealing with our families? We don't want to be "I-sol-ated". people will express this creative energy through reproduction. do not allow yourself to be swayed by accusation of "selfishness". garden. and they will know what your limits are. Do it. something that expresses WHO YOU ARE to others. As long as you are allowing others to also be themselves. or do you hide your inner radiance? HOW TO STRENGTHEN THE 3RD CHAKRA: Practice acts of personal courage. They will respect you more because they will know what to expect of you. The artists of our cultures are the people who have found this inner creative-self and are outwardly expressing it through their mediums. dance. their perception of reality is limited by the so-called "5 senses".and you can take it or leave it"! How many of us have the courage to let others know where we stand. Remaining at this level invites "addiction". Where do you shine like the Sun. sing. NOTICE THAT THE FIRST THREE CHAKRAS HAVE TO DEAL WITH "SELFAWARENESS". Your ability to love (both loving to others. it corresponds to the "heart". People at this level believe that things are real only if they can sense them. People who lack courage to take a risk usually have a blocked 3RD Chakra. At the most basic level. not what makes everyone else happy.
A closed heart chakra is from too much self-absorption. like. is able to have more compassion for those who are suffering". self-focus. People with this chakra open are very persuasive and charismatic." When this chakra is not operating smoothly. "I am strong. "If you really want to know.others) acts as a "FULCRUM" between the lower 3 chakras of self-wareness. Think about it. and beaten-up. wealthy. or resonance" that you feel when you are around others.. magnetism. THE FIFTH CHAKRA: Jupiter and Mercury are the co-rulers of this chakra. The "reward" is that your action made yourself and others feel good. Get beyond yourself! Get involved with others. teachers. when you express acts of love. How many times have you listened to someone. and when someone asks you for a serious opinion. They are afraid to make themselves "vulnerable". loving. this chakra is noted as the "sound of one hand clapping". How often do you "bite your tongue"? Learn that it is OK to speak your mind. powerful. I have sat at my computer. then you are able to create your own reality through the power of your words. and writers. and allowed the words to simply flow out of me. HOW TO STRENGTHEN THE 5TH CHAKRA: Pay attention to all of the thoughts that you don't express. in writing this entire web-site. and we are able to perceive higher. quieted my mind. One of my favorite sayings is by Gandhi: "The person who has experienced great pain and sorrow. you do so without the thought of reward. . People who have suffered emotional hurts and woundings tend to block their 4TH Chakras. In yogic texts. speakers. Use "reaffirmations". and most people may lack the courage or conviction to express their innermost beliefs. they can be great orators. or within a social organization that needs help. Most people do not speak their truth because they don't want to appear foolish. we have ALL experienced the pain of being hurt.". This chakra of "balance" is the first place where we are able to recognize that there is more to life than meets the eye. socially. For instance. HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR 4TH CHAKRA: Sadly. trashed. This is exactly what the ancients referred to as "the power of the Word". spiritual realms. you may respond with. Spirit will begin to provide you with "synchronicities" that will attract or direct you to people or events that are beneficial for your evolution as a soul. and the upper 3 chakras of your awareness of yourself in response to others. and self-pity. and later realized that they were able to put into words ideas that you're only able to think about? When this chakra functions you are able to "speak your personal truth with conviction". They have a natural ability to sense what people are thinking. and can put it into words. you tend to limit your conversations to superficial concerns. etc. Once you are able to speak your own Truth.. This is a deliberate act of creating an "emotional wall" as a method of self-protection. At this chakra level you need to become aware of the "vibrations. Volunteer at your church. At this chakra you are able to speak words that come directly from the heart and Spirit.
everything you need to know is right there inside your mind. and confused. or however you choose to recognize this divine energy. but it will not scream at you! THE SEVENTH CHAKRA: The planet Uranus corresponds to this center of energy. sustaining. and the other 5 chakras must be in balance. Wholistic concepts are difficult for these people to understand. keep a journal of all your ideas. meditate or pray at regular times of the day. mental images. coming up with original and insightful ideas have an open 6TH Chakra. people trying to express this energy can become extremely depressed. People who are highly imaginative. How many times do you berate yourself by saying. musicians and inventors will frequently mention that the idea "just came to me". At this level of awareness you are able to see all events as a reflection of God's Will. Because they lack conscious control it just flows out as disturbing patterns and concepts. Usually. Artists. and listen to your unconsciousness.THE SIXTH CHAKRA: Commonly referred to as "The Third Eye". "If only I had listened to myself"? If nothing else. This small practice will help you to verify your own spiritual gifts and abilities. "intuitions and dreams". People on drugs who experience "visions" are getting these strange realizations from this higher dimension. Universal Force. Being intuitive is nothing more than paying attention to the subtle flows of energy . Attend to your dreams (keep a journal of your dreams). (If you are uncomfortable with the term 'God'. Hanging onto ego-awareness brings up images of bleakness and morbidness. Many spiritual writings refer to the body as an empty . and healthy routines. I was able to "know" a year in advance before both of my children were to be born.it is not the dramatic stuff that you see in Hollywood's special effects! Allow yourself quiet moments so you can hear Spirit's whispers . HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR 6TH CHAKRA: In order for this energy to smoothly function you must have an awareness of yourself as a spiritual being. and then they become driven in an effort to "share and express their message" to others. the whole concept appears suddenly. Live a life-style that has supportive. Great Spirit. "ah-ha" moments. this chakra is ruled by Neptune. then substitute Spirit. That's because they are allowing this chakra to "feel" incoming messages. otherwise the incoming "visions" creates a chaotic disturbance of images.) When out of balance. Even when provided with a visual image of an abstract concept (did you have problems with algebra or physics?) they may not be able to grasp the logic behind the idea. and intuitions. one must "become empty to become full". People with blocked 6TH Chakra's lack imagination. HOW TO STRENGTHEN THE 7TH CHAKRA: At this level. Because this energy/chakra operates at such a high vibrational frequency one must become selfless. During the Sixties there was nothing worse than a "hippy" who had "seen God" and rambled about snippets of Truth. hunches. By meditating and trusting my intuition. sadly. full of obsessive thoughts.
let us begin by exploring some of the core ideas of chakric philosophy. In order for this chakra to function most effectively. Although there are literally thousands of chakras situated throughout the subtle body. one must have a clear understanding of their purpose for having incarnated upon this planet Earth. In yogic philosophy. etc. and it is governed by the planet Saturn. developed over more than a decade of working with these basic correspondences. this term refers to the psychospiritual centers located along the length of the spine. these two systems are but two sides of the same coin. and the principle of limitation in both its constructive and destructive aspects.). With that said. Its element is earth. What Are the Chakras? In Sanskrit. Many people on a personal crusade will say that they had no need of sleep or food they were driven by Spirit to perform a selfless act that was beneficial to others. yogic philosophy normally stresses only seven or eight of these.vessel that best expresses its spiritual potentials when it allows itself to be moved by Spirit. or microcosm. Let us briefly review these primary points and their planetary associations. each of which is associated with a different archetypal principle of consciousness. Conventionally. there are all kinds of anecdotes by athletes who claim they suddenly entered a quiet space. these two systems have been seen as having little or nothing to do with each other. In its more unbalanced expression. as we shall soon see. it concerns one's relationship with the material plane. the former primarily concerning the outer world. Chakra 1. . science. it governs the drive for survival. each one complementing the other and thus enhancing our understanding of both. The basic system of correspondences I will be using here is drawn from teachers I have studied with in the Kriya Yoga lineage. is called Muladhara. as well as such states as greed and fear. the word chakra (sometimes spelled "cakra") literally means "wheel". at the base of the spine. or macrocosm. and they were able to perform physical feats that they were not otherwise capable of doing. and the latter involving the inner world. Psychologically. while its more balanced expression points to such qualities as practicality and worldly skillfulness (business.1 The general system of "chakric horoscopes" and their guidelines for interpretation are my own. In this article I would like to explore the exciting possibility of bridging two of history's greatest psychological systems -astrology and the chakras. In fact. Even in the world of sports.
and even unselfish love. excess. and is more positively expressed as strength and assertiveness. it governs such states as escapism. and self-expression. while in unbalanced form it can manifest as egoism. and dogmatism. This chakra rules over emotions in their more dynamic and energetic forms. Its emphasis is upon awareness in its most reflective or introspective mode. and is ruled by the Moon. it relates to anger and combativeness. Its corresponding planet is the Sun. spiritual energy. as well as the higher will. beauty. Though overlooked in most published discussions of the chakras. When unbalanced. Its element is water. also known as the "third eye".Chakra 2 is called Svadisthana. Chakra 5 is called Vishudda. Chakra 3 is called Manipura. it rules creativity. In its unbalanced form. Psychologically. when in balance. . it produces chaotic thoughts and/or communications. emotional dependency. At its grosser levels of expression. while its more constructive expressions include enthusiasm and religious devotion. and its corresponding planet is Venus. and it governs the capacity for harmony in all romantic and social interactions. it produces a tendency toward hedonism. and it governs the principle of pure consciousness in its most active. Its element is fire. Thus. Its more destructive expressions include the experience of fearfulness. and it is governed by the planet Mercury. and allurement. it can give rise to an exceptional sense of aesthetics. it is one of the centers concerned with emotions. Paramahansa Yogananda described this as the feminine polarity of the Ajna chakra. In its balanced state. and the drive for attention. and a preoccupation with the past. while. in its less refined state. Its element is air. and Mars is its governing planet. willfulness. Chakra 6 is called Chandra. and it governs such qualities as nurturing compassion and psychic sensitivity. pleasure-seeking. Chakra 7 is called Ajna and is located in the center of the forehead. visionary. and it is ruled by the planet Jupiter. and excessive "sweetness" of temperament. "dry" awareness without compassion. The psychological focus is on love. This chakra's psychological focus is upon mental self-expression and one's ability to formulate or verbalize thoughts. Its element is ether. Chakra 4 is called Anahata. while its constructive expression tends toward creative spiritual thinking and refined communication skills. and expressive form. or "third eye" (to be considered next).
their astrological correlates). and can.Sun Active Awareness.Mars Force. the level of "Godconsciousness". for purposes of clarity. because this chakra represents a transcendental point beyond the more personal chakras (and. Memory (5) Vishudda . Whereas the previous Ajna chakra represents the supreme realization of personal divinity (perceived in meditation as a fivepointed star). However. Love (3) Manipura . and exists at the top of the head above the other chakras. the Sahasrara rules our point of contact with the transpersonal divine. Control . Chakra Planet Keywords (8) Sahasrara The Transcendent. the "crown chakra" or "thousandpetaled lotus". Strength. Inspiration (7) Ajna . be left out of our subsequent discussion.Mercury Thinking.Moon Reflective Awareness.Venus Harmony.Chakra 8 is called Sahasrara. it is largely dormant for most individuals. Communication (4) Anahata . by inference. Higher Will (6) Chandra .
expressed much the same idea in the following way: Saturn rules Aquarius by day and Capricorn by night. that aspect of mentality which truly communes with spirit. In other words. Mars rules Aries by day and Scorpio by night.and left-hand aspects. Mercury rules the mystical mind. most of the chakras possess at least three different aspects. and spiritual (balanced). In each of these three aspects. Leo and Cancer. however.(2) Svadisthana . Mercury rules Gemini by day and Virgo by night. masculine (extroverted). chakra will generally manifest as interpersonal communications in the waking world. or perhaps even appear within the dream state. Some traditional esoteric sources. Yet it is only in the very center of each chakric level that the energy of that chakra truly manifests in a spiritually-balanced fashion. the psychological energy of any given chakra will manifest in uniquely different ways. each chakra can be diverted over to either its right side or its left side. while the Sun and Moon hold rulership over one sign each. beyond the dualistic qualities of the zodiacal wheel. In fact. or faces: feminine (introverted). In their right. or it can be experienced in a perfectly balanced fashion in the very center of the spine. the chakras are associated with the twelve signs of the zodiac. Limitation The Twelve Secondary Chakric States Thus far we have been looking at the chakras only in their simplest possible description. . while its more feminine side (Virgo) will tend toward more internalized thought processes. or Mercury. the fifth.Jupiter Expansiveness. In its balanced state within the central channel. For example. Jupiter rules Sagittarius by day and Pisces by night. such as Cornelius Agrippa.Saturn Structure. when experienced in its more masculine mode (Gemini). Emotionality (1) Muladhara . Venus rules Libra by day and Taurus by night.
One simply spins the zodiac around until they fall into line with these chakric placements. and experience is logged into the energy fields of the spinal column.In its broadest sense. whatever we feel. habit patterns (or samskaras. each of these peripheral chakric centers represents a kind of memory tract or "storage bin" for karmas and life impressions.2 . this shows us that the seven classical planets relate to the twelve signs in a startlingly precise way. in yogic terminology) are built up over time. and Uranus to the masculine side of the Saturn chakra (Aquarius). What to do with the three outer planets? Note how they fall into line with the first three chakras. Neptune to the feminine side of the Jupiter chakra (Pisces). In yogic philosophy. Hence. and etched into the subconscious psyche. where they continue to compel us toward particular behaviors from lifetime to lifetime. Pluto equates to the feminine side of the Mars chakra (Scorpio). In this way. think. in accordance with the zodiacal signs they are commonly associated with by rulership.
plain and simple. the fourth. certain chakras will tend to be more dominant for some than for others. the second. Utilizing this system of correspondences. and this will determine an individual's most dominant sub-personalities. the third. Depending on an individual's karmic patterns. chakra is the "Inner Mother" or the "Inner Queen". or Venus. although in widely varying combinations. complex patterns are constellated throughout an individual's chakric centers. whereas an intellectual type may have the fifth chakra emphasized. subtle energies concentrate themselves in different areas of the chakric system. chakra is the "Inner Communicator" or the "Inner Thinker". One useful way to illustrate this point is through the notion of sub personalities. the "Inner Warrior". where they are then employed toward either constructive or destructive ends. a more artistic person may have the fourth chakra emphasized. Although every person experiences all of these centers to one degree or another. chakra is the "Inner Lover. Chakric interpretation using the signs . and so forth. the sixth. or Saturn. Certain chakric levels will be emphasized in any given horoscope. chakra can be metaphorically described as the "Inner Politician" or the "Inner Architect". or Mars. or Mercury. or Jupiter. since each chakra has its own unique traits or "personifications". In this manner. chakra is. or solar. chakra is the "Inner Father" or the "Inner King". or lunar. the fifth.The Chakric Science of Personality Every personality is comprised of these basic archetypal elements. chakra is the "Inner Optimist" or the "Inner Preacher"." or the "Inner Artist". the seventh. Hence. we can describe the different chakras in the following way: the first.
possibly to excess. As most astrologers know. By contrast. In any event.a source of lively debate among astrologers over the years.We have seen how the twelve signs closely correspond to the different chakras by spinning the zodiac around until Cancer and Leo are positioned at the top of the wheel. Arguably. while planets in Scorpio or Aries would indicate a focus of energies on the naval. are the Sun. on the lessons of the heart. the placement of Saturn indicates the chakric level at which one may also find the greatest depth of wisdom carried over from past lives. these primary indicators (Sun. Simply by studying these basic points. Saturn located in one chakra has a dramatically different effect than when Jupiter is found in that same chakric center. where one may feel denied in some way. My own feeling on this matter is that . I believe. chakrically. or third. these chakric emphases would manifest as energy patterns within those corresponding areas of the person's aura. chakra. although for that very reason one might also have a much greater appreciation for the rewards of that chakra. of course. Moon. where there is a more fluid opening and expression of life energies -. chakra. For example. one can. recognition. and Ascendant. Specifically. wherever Saturn is placed shows in what area of experience one may feel especially challenged to grow. and so forth. Sun in Gemini would strongly suggest a heightened focus upon the throat chakra of mentality and communication. whereas Sun in Capricorn would point to an intense direction of energies toward the earth plane and the establishment of success. Moon. or simply balance on this level. karmically speaking. The placement of a person's planets within these different signs will therefore provide important clues as to which chakric levels are emphasized. In theory. and Ascendant) have their own unique and subtly different shades of meaning -. This kind of interpretation can be refined to a considerable degree since each planet is subtly different in the way it amplifies any given chakric level. any large constellation of planets in Libra or Taurus would indicate a heavy focus of attention. just as a man stranded in the desert would have greater appreciation for a glass of water than a man swimming in a river. In a subtler sense. the most important significators to look for. learn a great deal about an individual's chakric focus in this life. For example. one would probably have to work very hard for desired results in the chakric level inhabited by Saturn. or fourth. in whatever chakra Jupiter is placed indicates where one experiences more obvious blessings and good fortune. which would in turn be perceptible to sufficiently clairvoyant individuals. in its most frustrating form. For instance. or.
and some of the ways it can illuminate our understanding of the conventional. has been only the briefest introduction to yogic chakric philosophy. then. habitual ways of thinking and relating. the Ascendant shows where the everyday personality in this life is presently at." one that more fully unlocks astrology's spiritual potentials. and the Sun indicates the chakric direction one is aspiring toward in this life. It is my hope that in the years to come the further exploration of this synthesis will provide us with the foundation for a true "sacred psychology. This. .the Moon indicates the chakric level one is coming from both emotionally and karmically. or Western horoscope. in terms of visible. and which one is attempting to bring into creative manifestation.
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