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Topics: Mind Control Methodologies, Religion, Chakras, Astrotheology, Islam, Judaism, Three Modalities of Thought, Temple Of Solomon
What is a Chakra ?
There are seven major chakras and hundreds of minor ones. In the aura the etheric, astral, and mental bodies are said to each have seven major chakras. The seven major etheric centers, which are most directly concerned with the physical heath, lie along the spinal column. Each is associated with an endocrine gland, a major nerve plexus, a physiological function, and a psychic function. The higher the position along the spinal column, the more complex is the chakra and the higher are its functions.
The chakras are connected to each other and to the body through the nadis, channels of subtle energy. Of the thousands of nadis, three are the most important. The sushumna, the central channel, originating at the base of the spine and rising to the medulla oblongata at the base of the brain; its processes energy coming in from the etheric field. The ida and pingala likewise extend from the base of the spine to the brow and end at the left and right nostrils. They crisscross the sushumna in a spiral that resembles the caduceus. They wrap around, but do not penetrate the chakras, and manage the outflow of energy.
The universal life force, or kundalini, is said to enter the aura through the chakra through the top of the head, and is filtered down to the other chakras, each of which transforms the energy into the precise usable form of energy for the function it controls. When this universal force is aroused, it rises up the chakra system through the sushumna.
When the person is in good heath, each chakra clearly shows its own coloration, the number of petal “spokes,” and its speed of vibration is even. In poor health their coloration becomes cloudy and their rotation becomes irregular and sluggish.
The seven basic etheric chakras are the root, the sacral, the solar plexus, the heart, the throat, the brow, and the crown.
Root Chakra (Lam)
Saturn – Capricorn and Aquarius
A gemstone for the root is garnet
Also known as : Security Center, Muladhara
Body/Mind Associations :
Location : The perineum, the point between the anus and the sex organs
Color : Red
Parts of the body : Lymph system, skeleton system (teeth and bones), the prostate gland in men, the sacral plexus, the bladder and elimination system, and the lower extremities (legs – feet, ankles , etc.). Also the nose, since it is the organ of the sense of smell, and associated with survival.
Endocrine gland : Adrenal glands
Sense : Smell
Consciousness: Security, survival, trust, the relationship with money, home, job. Ability to be grounded, to be present in the here and now. Ability to allow one’s self to be nourished, in the sense of allowing one’s Inner Being to be satisfied. This chakra also reflects a person’s connection with their mother, and with Mother Earth. How the person feels about being on the earth. Connection with the physical body.
Symptoms or tensions in the parts of the body controlled by this chakra indicate tensions in the parts of the person’s consciousness related to this chakra. Tension here is experienced as insecurity as a general perceptual filter. More tension is experienced as fear. More than that is experienced as terror, or a threat to survival.
Element : Earth
Musical Note : C, Do
Chakra 1, at the base of the spine, is called Muladhara. Its element is earth, and it is governed by the planet Saturn. Psychologically, it concerns one’s relationship with the material plane, and the principle of limitation in both its constructive and destructive aspects. In its more unbalanced expression, it governs the drive for survival, as well as such states as greed and fear, while its more balanced expression points to such qualities as practicality and worldly skillfulness (business, science, etc.).
The root- (muladhara) is located at the base of the spine and is the seat of the kundalini. It is concerned with self-preservation, one’s animal nature, taste, and smell. It is the least complex of all of the chakras, and is just divided by four spokes. Its color is orange-red.
Sacral Chakra (Vam)
Jupiter – Sagittarius and Pisces
A gemstone for the navel is carnelian
Also known as : Sensation Center, Spleen Chakra, Hara, Svadhisthana
Body Mind Associations :
Location : The center of the abdomen
Color : Orange
Parts of the body : Reproductive system, sexual organs, lumbar plexus
Endocrine gland : Gonads
Sense : Sense of taste, appetite
Consciousness : This chakra is associated with the parts of the consciousness concerned with food and sex. It is about the body’s communication to the Being inside, about what the body wants and needs, and what it finds pleasurable. The person’s ability to have children is also associated with this chakra. If there is not a clear relationship with the element of water, associated with this chakra, the person’s relationship with water is a reflection of their relationship with the parts of their consciousness associated with this chakra, i.e. food, sex, or having children.
This chakra is also associated with the emotional body, and the person’s willingness to feel their emotions.
Chakra 2 is called Svadisthana. Its element is water, and it is ruled by the planet Jupiter. Psychologically, it is one of the centers concerned with emotions. At its grosser levels of expression, it governs such states as escapism, excess, and dogmatism, while its more constructive expressions include enthusiasm and religious devotion.
The sacral- (svadhisthana) lies near the genitals and governs sexuality and reproduction. It has six spokes and is primary red. In some systems the root chakra is ascribed reproductive functions, and the sacral chakra is overlooked in favor of the spleen chakra, a rosy pink and yellow sun with six spokes located half way between the pubis and navel, It influences general health, and particularly governs digestion and the functions of the liver, pancreas, and spleen. In other systems the spleen chakra is seen as minor.
Solar Plexus Chakra (Ram)
Mars – Scorpio and Aries
Gemstones for the solar plexus are citrine, amber, and golden calcite
Also known as : Power Center, Manipura
Body Mind Associations :
Location : Solar plexus
Color : Yellow
Parts of the Body : The parts of the body associated with this chakra include the muscular system, the skin as a system, the solar plexus, the large intestine, stomach, liver, and other organs and glands in the region of the solar plexus. Also the eyes, as the organs of sight, and the face, representing figuratively the face one shows the world.
Endocrine Gland : The pancreas
Sense : Eyesight
Consciousness : Parts of the consciousness associated with this chakra include perceptions concerned with power, control, freedom, the ease with which one is able to be themselves – ease of being. Mental activity and the mental body is also associated with this chakra. The solar plexus chakra is also associated with the level of being we call the personality, or ego.
The relationship a person has with fire, or the sun, can be seen to have its parallels in the person’s relationship with the parts of their consciousness that this chakra represents. Someone sensitive about the sun, then, can be seen to have particular sensitivities about power, or control, or freedom.
Element : Fire, the sun.
Musical Note : E, Mi
Element : Water
Musical Note : D, Re
Chakra 3 is called Manipura. Its element is fire, and Mars is its governing planet. This chakra rules over emotions in their more dynamic and energetic forms. Thus, in its less refined state, it relates to anger and combativeness, and is more positively expressed as strength and assertiveness.
The solar plexus- (manipurna) rests just above the navel. It has ten spokes and is predominantly green and light red. It is associated with emotions and is the point where astral energy enters the etheric field. This chakra affects the adrenals, pancreas, liver, and stomach. Most trance mediums work through the solar plexus.
Heart Chakra (Yam)
Venus – Libra and Taurus
Gemstones for the heart are green aventurine, pink tourmaline, and rose quartz
Also known as : Living Love Center, Anahata
Body Mind Associations :
Location : Center of the chest
Color : Emerald Green
Parts of the body : This Chakra is associated with the heart and the blood circulatory system, and the cardiac plexus, as well as the lungs and the entire chest area.
Endocrine Gland : Thymus Gland, controlling the immune system.
Sense : Sense of touch, in its aspect of relating to the person inside the body, and distinct from the sensation of the Orange Chakra, which is more about the sensation one feels from their own body. Hugging, therefore, is a Heart Chakra activity. When one hugs, one is aware of what the person inside the other body feels, and they are aware of what you feel inside your body, and there is a sense of relating to the person inside the body. Sensitivity about being touched indicates heart chakra sensitivity.
Consciousness : Perceptions of love, relationships (relating) with people close to your heart, e.g. partner, siblings, parents, children. Difficulty with breathing, or with the lungs, the organs of air, indicates tension in the Heart Chakra. A person’s relationship with air reflects their relationship with love.
Chakra 4 is called Anahata. Its element is air, and its corresponding planet is Venus. The psychological focus is on love, beauty, and allurement, and it governs the capacity for harmony in all romantic and social interactions. In its unbalanced form, it produces a tendency toward hedonism, pleasure-seeking, and excessive “sweetness” of temperament, while, when in balance, it can give rise to an exceptional sense of aesthetics, and even unselfish love.
The heart- (anahata) has twelve glowing golden petals and is located midway between the shoulder blades, in the middle of the chest. It governs the thymus gland and influences immunity to disease. It is linked to higher consciousness and unconditional love.
Throat Chakra (Ham)
Mercury – Virgo and Gemini
Stones for the throat center are celestite, amazonite, and aquamarine
Also known as : Cornucopia Center, Visuddha
Body Mind Associations :
Location : Base of the throat
Color : Sky blue
Parts of the body : This chakra controls the throat and the neck, and the arms and the hands. It is associated with the brachial or cervical plexus.
Sense : Sense of Hearing
Endocrine Gland : Thyroid Gland
Consciousness : The aspects of expressing and receiving. Expressing can be in the form of communicating what one wants and what one feels, or it can be an artistic expression, as an artist painting, a dancer dancing, a musician playing music, using a form for expressing and bringing to the outside what was within. Expressing is related to receiving, as in “Ask, and ye shall receive.”
This chakra is associated with listening to one’s intuition, which guides one in an optimal flow, in which one sees one’s goals manifest, and it seems that the Universe provides all their needs with no effort on their part at all. It’s a state of Grace. Abundance, therefore, is associated with this chakra, as is the aspect of unconditional receiving necessary to accept the abundance of the Universe.
This is the first level of consciousness in which one perceives directly another level of Intelligence, and experiences one’s interaction with this other Intelligence.
Metaphysically, this chakra is related to creativity, creating, manifesting in the physical world the fulfillment of one’s goals.
Element : Ether, as the crossover between the physical world and the world of Spirit. On the physical level, it corresponds to deep space as the most subtle physical element. From the point of view of the Spiritual, it represents the matrix on which physical reality manifests.
Metaphorically, it represents a person’s relationship with their space, the movie that is playing around them.
Chakra 5 is called Vishudda. Its element is ether, and it is governed by the planet Mercury. This chakra’s psychological focus is upon mental self-expression and one’s ability to formulate or verbalize thoughts. When unbalanced, it produces chaotic thoughts and/or communications, while its constructive expression tends toward creative spiritual thinking and refined communication skills.
The throat- (visuddha) is a sixteen-spoke wheel of silvery blue that is associated creativity, self-expression and the search for truth. It is predominant in musicians, singers, composers, and public speakers. This chakra influences the thyroid and parathyroid glands, metabolism, and is associated with certain states of expanded consciousness.
Third Eye Chakra
Moon – Cancer
A stone for the third eye is lapis lazuli
Also known as: Consciousness Awareness Center, Third Eye, Ajna
Body Mind Associations :
Location : Center of the forehead
Color : Indigo, Midnight Blue
Parts of the body : This Chakra is associated with the forehead and temples, with the carotid plexus
Endocrine Gland : Pituitary Gland
Sense : Extra Sensory Perception, all of the inner senses corresponding to the outer senses, which together are considered spirit-to-spirit communication. These include, for example, clairvoyance (inner sense of vision), clairaudience (inner sense of hearing), clairsentience (inner sense of touch), etc.
Consciousness : This Chakra is associated with the deep inner level of Being we call the Spirit, and with what we consider spirituality and the spiritual perspective, the point of view from that deeper part of our being that western traditions consider the subconscious or unconscious. It is the place where our true motivations are found, and is the level of consciousness that directs our actions and, in fact, our lives.
It is also from this point of view that one sees events in the physical world as the manifestation of co-creation among the Beings involved in those events.
Element : Inner Sound, the sound one hears inside that does not depend upon events outside. Often considered a pathological condition by traditional medicine, it is also seen by eastern traditions as a necessary prerequisite to further spiritual growth.
Chakra 6 is called Chandra, and is ruled by the Moon. Though overlooked in most published discussions of the chakras, Paramahansa Yogananda described this as the feminine polarity of the Ajna chakra, or “third eye” (to be considered next). Its emphasis is upon awareness in its most reflective or introspective mode, and it governs such qualities as nurturing compassion and psychic sensitivity. Its more destructive expressions include the experience of fearfulness, emotional dependency, and a preoccupation with the past.
The brow- (ajna) located between the eyebrows and sometimes called the third eye because of its influence over psychic sense and spiritual enlightenment. Half of its 96 spokes are radiated in yellow-rose color while the other half are radiated in blue and purple. The chakra is associated with pituitary gland, the pineal gland, intelligence, intuition, and psychic powers called siddhis in Hindu yoga.
Crown Chakra (Om)
Sun – Leo
Some gemstones for the crown chakra are selenite, amethyst, and clear quartz
Also known as: Cosmic Consciousness Center, “I AM” Center, Sahasrara
Body Mind Associations :
Location : Top of the head
Color : Violet
This Chakra is associated with the top of the head, the brain, and the entire nervous system
Endocrine Gland : Pineal Gland
Sense : Sense of empathy, unity, experiencing another person’s experience as if you were inside them, being them.
Consciousness : The Crown Chakra represents that part of our consciousness concerned with perceptions of unity or separation. Just as the Root Chakra showed our connection with Mother Earth, this chakra shows our relationship with Our Father in Heaven. It represents our connection with our biological father, which becomes the model for our relationship with authority, and ultimately, with God. It’s the level of the soul.
When one experiences a sense of separation from their father, they close the crown chakra, and experience a sense of isolation and aloneness, as if they are in a shell, and having difficulty with feeling contact with those around them. Thought processes tend to justify and maintain the sense of aloneness.
The view from this chakra includes seeing one’s Self as the single consciousness creating all, and paradoxically, thus connected to all, like a dreamer dreaming a dream and realizing that all that is perceived is just an extension of their own consciousness.
Element : Inner Light, which is what one experiences when they are in the deepest part of their being, as a point of consciousness glowing with intelligence.
Also called White Light. Metaphysically, this is considered the most subtle element of which the entire physical universe is created.
Musical Note : B, Si
Musical Note : A, La
Musical Note : G, Sol
Element : Air
Musical Note : F, Fa
Chakra 7 is called Ajna and is located in the center of the forehead, also known as the “third eye”. Its corresponding planet is the Sun, and it governs the principle of pure consciousness in its most active, visionary, and expressive form, as well as the higher will. In its balanced state, it rules creativity, spiritual energy, and self-expression, while in unbalanced form it can manifest as egoism, willfulness, “dry” awareness without compassion, and the drive for attention.
The crown- (sahasrara) whirls above the top of the head. Its 972 spokes radiate a glowing purple, the most spiritual of all the colors. It is not associated with any glands, but reveals the person’s conscious evolution. The crown cannot be activated until all of the other chakras are refined and balanced; when activated it brings supreme enlightenment and cosmic consciousness. While other chakras rotate in slight depressions, the crown chakra whirls in a dome. At times, in religious art, crown chakras have been portrayed as halos surrounding the heads of deities, saints, and mystics. A.G.H.
Chakra 8 is called Sahasrara, the “crown chakra” or “thousand-petaled lotus”, and exists at the top of the head above the other chakras. Whereas the previous Ajna chakra represents the supreme realization of personal divinity (perceived in meditation as a fivepointed star), the Sahasrara rules our point of contact with the transpersonal divine, the level of “Godconsciousness”. However, because this chakra represents a transcendental point beyond the more personal chakras (and, by inference, their astrological correlates), it is largely dormant for most individuals, and can, for purposes of clarity, be left out of our subsequent discussion.
Chakra Planet Keywords
(8) Sahasrara: The Transcendent, Inspiration
(7) Ajna – Sun: Active Awareness, Higher Will
(6) Chandra – Moon: Reflective Awareness, Memory
(5) Vishudda – Mercury: Thinking, Communication
(4) Anahata – Venus: Harmony, Love
(3) Manipura – Mars: Force, Strength, Control
(2) Svadisthana – Jupiter: Expansiveness, Emotionality
(1) Muladhara – Saturn: Structure, Limitation
The Twelve Secondary Chakric States
Thus far we have been looking at the chakras only in their simplest possible description. In fact, most of the chakras possess at least three different aspects, or faces: feminine (introverted), masculine (extroverted), and spiritual (balanced). In other words, each chakra can be diverted over to either its right side or its left side, or it can be experienced in a perfectly balanced fashion in the very center of the spine. In their right- and left-hand aspects, the chakras are associated with the twelve signs of the zodiac.
In each of these three aspects, the psychological energy of any given chakra will manifest in uniquely different ways. For example, when experienced in its more masculine mode (Gemini), the fifth, or Mercury, chakra will generally manifest as interpersonal communications in the waking world, while its more feminine side (Virgo) will tend toward more internalized thought processes, or perhaps even appear within the dream state. In its balanced state within the central channel, however, Mercury rules the mystical mind, that aspect of mentality which truly communes with spirit.
Some traditional esoteric sources, such as Cornelius Agrippa, expressed much the same idea in the following way: Saturn rules Aquarius by day and Capricorn by night; Jupiter rules Sagittarius by day and Pisces by night; Mars rules Aries by day and Scorpio by night; Venus rules Libra by day and Taurus by night; Mercury rules Gemini by day and Virgo by night; while the Sun and Moon hold rulership over one sign each, Leo and Cancer. 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, beyond the dualistic qualities of the zodiacal wheel.
Chakra WheelIn its broadest sense, this shows us that the seven classical planets relate to the twelve signs in a startlingly precise way. One simply spins the zodiac around until they fall into line with these chakric placements.
What to do with the three outer planets? Note how they fall into line with the first three chakras,astrology and the chakras in accordance with the zodiacal signs they are commonly associated with by rulership. Hence, Pluto equates to the feminine side of the Mars chakra (Scorpio), Neptune to the feminine side of the Jupiter chakra (Pisces), and Uranus to the masculine side of the Saturn chakra (Aquarius).
In yogic philosophy, each of these peripheral chakric centers represents a kind of memory tract or “storage bin” for karmas and life impressions; whatever we feel, think, and experience is logged into the energy fields of the spinal column. In this way, habit patterns (or samskaras, in yogic terminology) are built up over time, and etched into the subconscious psyche, where they continue to compel us toward particular behaviors from lifetime to lifetime two.
The Chakric Science of Personality
Every personality is comprised of these basic archetypal elements, although in widely varying combinations. Depending on an individual’s karmic patterns, subtle energies concentrate themselves in different areas of the chakric system, where they are then employed toward either constructive or destructive ends. In this manner, complex patterns are constellated throughout an individual’s chakric centers. Although every person experiences all of these centers to one degree or another, certain chakras will tend to be more dominant for some than for others. Hence, a more artistic person may have the fourth chakra emphasized, whereas an intellectual type may have the fifth chakra emphasized, and so forth.
One useful way to illustrate this point is through the notion of sub personalities, since each chakra has its own unique traits or “personifications”. Utilizing this system of correspondences, we can describe the different chakras in the following way: the first, or Saturn, chakra can be metaphorically described as the “Inner Politician” or the “Inner Architect”; the second, or Jupiter, chakra is the “Inner Optimist” or the “Inner Preacher”; the third, or Mars, chakra is, plain and simple, the “Inner Warrior”; the fourth, or Venus, chakra is the “Inner Lover,” or the “Inner Artist”; the fifth, or Mercury, chakra is the “Inner Communicator” or the “Inner Thinker”; the sixth, or lunar, chakra is the “Inner Mother” or the “Inner Queen”; the seventh, or solar, chakra is the “Inner Father” or the “Inner King”. Certain chakric levels will be emphasized in any given horoscope, and this will determine an individual’s most dominant sub-personalities.
Chakric interpretation using the signs
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. The placement of a person’s planets within these different signs will therefore provide important clues as to which chakric levels are emphasized. For example, any large constellation of planets in Libra or Taurus would indicate a heavy focus of attention, karmically speaking, on the lessons of the heart, or fourth, chakra, while planets in Scorpio or Aries would indicate a focus of energies on the naval, or third, chakra, and so forth. In theory, these chakric emphases would manifest as energy patterns within those corresponding areas of the person’s aura, which would in turn be perceptible to sufficiently clairvoyant individuals.
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. For example, Saturn located in one chakra has a dramatically different effect than when Jupiter is found in that same chakric center. Specifically, wherever Saturn is placed shows in what area of experience one may feel especially challenged to grow, or, in its most frustrating form, where one may feel denied in some way. In a subtler sense, of course, the placement of Saturn indicates the chakric level at which one may also find the greatest depth of wisdom carried over from past lives. In any event, one would probably have to work very hard for desired results in the chakric level inhabited by Saturn, although for that very reason one might also have a much greater appreciation for the rewards of that chakra, just as a man stranded in the desert would have greater appreciation for a glass of water than a man swimming in a river. By contrast, in whatever chakra Jupiter is placed indicates where one experiences more obvious blessings and good fortune, where there is a more fluid opening and expression of life energies — possibly to excess.
Arguably, the most important significators to look for, chakrically, are the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant. Simply by studying these basic points, one can, I believe, learn a great deal about an individual’s chakric focus in this life. For instance, 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, recognition, or simply balance on this level. As most astrologers know, these primary indicators (Sun, Moon, and Ascendant) have their own unique and subtly different shades of meaning — a source of lively debate among astrologers over the years. My own feeling on this matter is that the Moon indicates the chakric level one is coming from both emotionally and karmically; the Ascendant shows where the everyday personality in this life is presently at, in terms of visible, habitual ways of thinking and relating; and the Sun indicates the chakric direction one is aspiring toward in this life, and which one is attempting to bring into creative manifestation.
This, then, has been only the briefest introduction to yogic chakric philosophy, and some of the ways it can illuminate our understanding of the conventional, or Western horoscope. 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,” one that more fully unlocks astrology’s spiritual potentials.
I compiled the above information by way of selecting and merging information from the following sites, though I have also included links to sites from which I have included nothing, yet remain to be informative should wish to study further.