To me the simplified understanding of chakras is that they are the main energy centers in our bodies. They relate to different aspects of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually; and the seven main chakras reside along a straight line from the base of our spine to the crown. Each has its own specific function and significance.
I did a “Chakra Series” of my interpretation of the seven main chakra centers and thought to share a little of what I know and what I could find in the Internet about them! The website ChakraEnergy.com has a lot of information on the chakras and the tables and information I’ll be using here will be from that site.
Here’s something I got off this website: ChakraEnergy.com
A chakra is a wheel-like spinning vortex that whirls in a circular motion forming a vacuum in the center that draws in anything it encounters on its particular vibratory level.
It is said that our body contains hundred of chakras that are the key to the operation of our being. These “spinning wheels” draw-in coded information from our surroundings. Coded information can be anything from a color vibration to ultra-violet ray to a radio or micro wave to another person’s aura. In essence our chakras receive the health of our environment, including the people we are in contact with (that’s why other people’s moods have an effect on us!). As well our chakras also radiate an energy of vibration.
It is also believed that we have seven main chakra centers and that each main center is connected to our being on several different levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. On the physical level each chakra governs a main organ or gland, which is then connected to other body parts that resonate the same frequency. – Chakra Energy.com – Introduction
The Root Chakra
Surely a man needs a closed place wherein he may strike root and, like the seed, become. But also he needs the great Milky Way above him and the vast sea spaces, though neither stars nor ocean serve his daily needs. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert
|Root or Base Chakra|
|Location||Base of spine, coccyx|
|Lesson||Survival–The right to exist. Deals with tasks related to the material and physical world. Ability to stand up for oneself and security issues.|
|Imbalances||Anemia, fatigue, lower back pain, sciatica, depression. Frequent colds or cold hands and cold feet.|
|Root Stimulants||Physical exercise and restful sleeps, gardening, pottery and clay. Red food & drink. Red gemstones, red clothing, bathing in red, etc. Using red oils such as ylang ylang or sandalwood essential oils.|
For me the Base or Root chakra symbolizes the physical plane. It involves our sense of security “without” which in turns reflects the state we are in within. It also relates to our past lives such as contracts that we have carried with us or energy cords that need to be broken; basically karmic issues that need to be settled.
I used to not like having anything to do with the Root Chakra. When I first started out, I had SO MANY past life issues it got tiring. I still am not comfortable with this chakra because to me it gives me this sense of needing to take care of my insecurities. The thing is however there really is no good or bad about this or any other chakra. As long as we work towards getting ourselves balanced, working on our issues from within , stop blaming the external environment and people…then the chakras don’t seem too scary (well scary to me anyway).
Like the root of a tree it can signify two sides. On one hand the root of a tree helps it to stay grounded. It prevents the tree from flying off when the winds blow against it. It gives the tree its strength and it is where sustenance for growth seeps in. Just as for us the significance of this chakra is to keep us grounded on this earthly plane. It signifies our drive to take of our physical needs, to do the things that we do as human beings on this earth. To be responsible for ourselves and our family. I mean, we can’t all be flighty and living in LA LA Land, we’d starve!
On the other hand, the roots of a tree can get unruly. Then it destroys the things around it. One of the ways to describe someone or something unmovable and stubborn is to picture it or them deeply rooting themselves and not budging! For me, I feel that when our root chakra is not in balance then we have fear driving us. This is when insecurities in ourselves drives us to want more and more things, when we get addicted to making money or to controlling other people through basal desires. The fear in us brings out the “animal” in us.
The major arcana cards of a traditional tarot deck which can or may be related to the Root Chakra are:
The Dark Lord : aka The Devil / Temptation
Please note that all the above tarot card pictures are from Fiona Beck’s blog. She has links to the original artists in her posts. The links attached to each of the cards takes you to the relevant post where you can learn more about the cards , if you are interested. Thanks!! 🙂
- Clarity of Soul – Chakra Clearing Exercise – 27December2012 (thegoldenagedaily.wordpress.com)
- The Seven Human Energy Chakras (wakingtimes.com)