Recently, while giving a Reiki treatment, I was struck with the profound energies surrounding the chakras, and some of the associations that have been formed over time. Specifically in the Western mystery tradition, planets and metals have been associated with these seven, prime energy centers of the human body. They are located at (common name and planet in parentheses):
- the perineum (Root chakra; Saturn)
- just below the navel (Sacral chakra; Mars)
- at the solar plexus (Solar Plexus chakra; Jupiter)
- at the heart (Heart chakra; Sun)
- at the throat (Throat chakra; Venus)
- at the brow (Third Eye chakra; Moon)
- at the crown of the head (Crown chakra; Mercury)
Notice that these assignments were made before the discovery of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (and I still think Pluto is a planet, dadgumit!)
These associations weren’t made will-nilly. For instance, Saturn (associated with Binah on the Tree of Life — see my post on the Tree of Life here.) is seen as a limiting force, but it also allows things to come into concrete existence. The Root chakra is our connection with the Earth, so that correspondence makes sense. Mars, the action-driven force that pushes us to create is linked to our Sacral, generative chakra. Jupiter, with its expansiveness is link with the chakra of Will, which pushes us forward in the world. The Sun is linked with the Heart center, which aligns with the Tree of Life sphere of Tiphareth, our connection to the Son (this is explained a bit in my post on the Holy Family). Venus, the expresser of beauty is linked to our expressive Throat center. The Moon, that mystical, feminine, intuitive planetary body is set into the Third Eye, our intuitive center. Finally, Mercury is at the crown. Mercury, messenger of the gods, linked to the point where we receive messages from the gods. Good fit.
Try this exercise: Visualize the planets or their mythological human representations at each of the seven centers. If you have a problem with visualizing more than one at a time, that’s no biggie; do one at a time. Concentrating on each center, feel the energy of it. Just let it come, don’t force it. See how the center feels to you. See if it makes sense to place that planet there. How does it fit? How does it not? Let it rumble around in your consciousness for a while. Nestle into it and let it flow. See where it takes you.
There are colors associated with the chakras too. I don’t want to get into that now, since there are several systems, and the one I favor doesn’t match the most popular one. Sigh, always the outlier, this guy.
Take time to have fun with your chakras, because they have fun with you.