What's a Chakra?
Chakras are energy centers that run up the center of the body (normally shown up the spine) to the top of the head or what is called the 'crown chakra'. The chakra link the subtle, electromagnetic inner bodies to the physical body. There are seven major chakras. There is also an Earth chakra below the feet, a higher heart chakra just above the heart and the higher crown chakra just above the head.
VIOLET: Thought : "I understand"
Crown chakra, Seventh chakra - located at the top of the head. Purity, sincerity, clarity, truth, perfection, enlightenment, understanding
Qualities: Perfection, integration / unity with the omnipresent, divine wisdom and purpose, universal consciousness, bliss, understanding, enlightenment.
- Musical Keynote: B (Ohm)
- Glands: PINEAL : controls cerebrum, right brain, central nervous system, right eye.
- Gemstones: Alexandrite, Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Diamond, Selenite
- Aromas: Lotus, Olibanum, Rose, Spruse
INDIGO: Light : "I see"
Forehead or 'third eye' chakra, Sixth chakra - lies above the top of the nose, center of the forehead. Insight, spirituality, transformation, determination, peace and devotion.
Qualities: Inner vision, intuition, insight, clairvoyance, imagination, extrasensory perception, idealism, concentration, peace of mind, projection of will, manifestation.
- Musical Keynote: A, Ee
- Glands: PITUITARY : endocrine system, left brain, left eye, nose, ears, sinuses, areas of the nervous system.
- Gemstones: Azurite, Calcite, Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Quartz
- Aromas: Jasmine, Mint, Mugwort, Star anise
BLUE: Ether / Sound : "I speak"
Throat chakra, Fifth chakra - lies at the base of the throat. Faithfulness, loyalty, openness, freedom (light blues), responsibility and respect for others (dark blues)
Qualities: Free / creative self expression, communication, inspiration, confidence, integrity, wisdom, truth, freedom, Independence, access to subtler levels of being.
- Musical Keynote: G, Eh
- Glands: THYROID : controls jaw, neck, throat, voice, airways, upper lungs, nape of neck, arms.
- Gemstones: Aquamarine, Blue Sapphire, Chalcedony, Turquoise
- Aromas: Benzoin, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Sage
Heart chakra, Fourth chakra - lies in the middle of the chest. Warmheartedness, friendship, openness, freedom, harmony, peace, empathy, self renewal.
Qualities: Unconditional / divine love and harmony, forgiveness, healing, compassion, understanding, transformation, warmth, sharing, sincerity, devotion, selflessness.
- Musical Keynote: F, Ah
- Glands: THYMUS : heart, blood circulation, immune system, lower lungs, rib cage, skin, upper back, hands.
- Gemstones: Emerald, Green Jade, Kunzite, Rose Quartz, Tourmaline.
- Aromas: Majoram, Orris root, Rose oil, Yarrow
YELLOW: Fire / Sight : "I do"
Navel or Solar Plexus chakra, Third chakra - lies above the navel below the chest.
Optimism, cheerfulness, success, generosity, satisfaction
Qualities: Personal power, social identity, influence, authority, self-control, energy, will, peace, radiance, joy, inner harmony, acceptance of self, strength, action, vitality.
- Musical Keystone: E, O(top)
- Glands: PANCREAS: Liver, digestive system, stomach, spleen, gall bladder, autonomic nervous system, lower back and muscles.
- Gemstones: Amber, Citrine, Tiger's eye, Topaz, Yellow Sapphire
- Aromas: Bergamot, Carnation, Lavendar, Rosemary.
ORANGE: Water / Taste : "I feel"
Sacral chakra, Second chakra - lies above the pubic bone, between the navel and genitals. Vitality, ambition, fertility, erotic feelings
Qualities: Primal feelings, sexuality, desire, sensuality, procreation, pleasure, awe, enthusiasm, relationships, union with nature, openness to others, personal creativity.
- Musical Keystone: D, O(home)
- Glands:REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS: Pelvic area, sex organs, potency, fluid functions, kidneys, bladder.
- Gemstones: Carnelian, Coral, Gold Calcite, Moonstone.
- Aromas: Damiana, Gardenia, Sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang.
RED: Earth / Smell : "I am"
Root chakra, First chakra - lies between the rectum and the genital area. Activity, energy, stamina, joy in living, sexuality, love
Qualities: Full acceptance of life on earth, survival, power to achieve goals, vitality, grounding, satisfaction, material security, stability, primal trust, stillness, courage.
- Musical Keystone: C, U(ooh)
- Glands: ADRENAL : solid parts spinal column, bones, teeth, nails. Anus, rectum, colon, prostrate gland, blood and building of cells.
- Gemstones: Agate, Bloodstone, Hematite, Red Coral, Red Garnet, Ruby
- Aromas: Cedar, Clove, Pepper