I thought I’d go through the planets associated with each of the chakras. This is important not only from the perspectives of personal development and astrology, but also so you don’t look like a fool at your next esoteric cocktail party when the topic comes up.
The planet associated with the first chakra (located in the perineum) is Saturn.
This planet is paired with Key 21 (The World) of the Tarot’s major arcana. Astrologically speaking, Saturn has often gotten something of a bad rap. You know, terms like “the great malefic” have been offered to describe it. This misses the point. Admittedly, Saturn is a limiter, and tends to slow or obstruct whatever it touches in one’s chart. However, it’s also the planet that allows form to take place. Without the Saturnine influence, nothing could exist materially.
Lead is the metal that correlates with Saturn. Traditionally, nothing is more solid than that, or more grounding. Tethering us to the planet – that’s what Saturn does.
Interestingly, Key 21 and Saturn resonate to the note of A natural. Think it’s a coincidence that A natural is the note that orchestras tune to before they begin a concert (make their music come into existence)? Maybe, but I doubt it. These forces work at an unconscious level and we respond to their call.
Take a moment to thank your Saturn. You wouldn’t be here without it.
Today, let’s really get down to earth. There’s no better way to do this than to spend a little meditation time with Tarot Key 21, The World. This card is associated with the Root chakra, our intimate connection with physical reality.
Aligned with Saturn, the planet of limitation and materialization, Key 21 has plenty of symbols that indicate limits. This is good because, without limitation, energy would be unregulated and never get organized enough to become anything material.
Look at the card. The World Dancer in the center, not unlike Shiva – as Nataraja – dancing to prepare the world for a new existence, is confined within the wreath of actuality. Her legs are in the shape of the number 4, the number of the material world. The dancer has in her hands the two great currents (yin and yang, lunar and solar) that balance to bring fulfillment. She has all the ancient elements at her command as well. These are represented by the symbols of the fixed signs of the zodiac: Taurus (bull), Aquarius (man), Scorpio (eagle), and Leo (lion), which are also the four creatures drawing the chariot of God in the book of Ezekiel.
Her color is blue-violet, the color of the Central Channel of esoteric Buddhism. The Central Channel is the place from which each of us arises. Face it, she has what it takes to make things happen in the world. Meditate on the card to bring yourself a feeling of groundedness and connection to the everyday.
Thank her too, because without her solidifying energies, there wouldn’t be, well, us or anything else.