What are Chakras?
Chakras are energy centres across the body and occasionally in close proximity around the auric-field. These energy centres are swirling vortexes of energy. The word chakra is Sanskrit for ‘wheel’. The knowledge of the chakra system has been passed down through many of thousands of years through ancient Hindu Traditions and scriptures in India. Spreading around the world as the interest and popularity of yoga, meditation and energy healing has increased.
Each energy centre has a different colour and crystals of the same colour can be used to work on that specific energy centre; crown chakra – clear or white, third – eye purple or indigo, throat – blue, heart – green or pink, solar plexus – yellow, sacral – orange, root – red.
To balance the chakras lay down and place a crystal on each of the chakras or to work on specific energy centres carry the specific stone with you or lay down and place the crystal on that energy centre and allow some minutes to ‘be’ with the energy. If you are short of time to spend a few minutes lying down with the crystals try a chakra crystal bath. Run a bath with the chakra stones placed in the water then relax in the bath in the balancing crystal water.
A crystal pendulum can be used to detect which chakra is blocked. Either move the pendulum along the body and ask it to show you the chakra(s) that require work, or ask the pendulum a series of questions or pass it over a chakra layout diagram. If you don’t have a pendulum available or are not comfortable using one then let your intuition guide you to the crystals and the chakras that need balancing.
To unblock a chakra, hold a crystal above the area and rotate anti-clockwise this will also calm, cleanse and soothe an overactive area. If the chakra requires energising then rotate the crystal in a clockwise direction.
Muladhara is a word made from ‘Mula’ meaning root and ‘Dhara’ which means support. The Root chakra is also sometimes referred to as the base chakra this is because it is located at the base of the spine. This connects you with the Earth, grounding you to the ‘earth plane’ and the here and now. It is the foundation of the physical body and the physical existence on this planet, connecting us to the earth itself as well as being the root of the self (vitality and existence).
It links energy, kundalini* energy, resilience, material comfort, and awareness of reality. It influences the bowels (includes the large intestines), legs, feet, and skeletal system (bones and teeth).
Red/Brown earthy colours 1st chakra
This chakra is associated with; stability, grounding, power, vitality, physical energy, security and will power.
Agate (red), Rasperbery Aventurine, Bloodstone, Bronzite, Calcite (red/brown), Carnelian (red), Garnet, Jasper (Red), Mookaite, Mahogany Obsidian, Ruby, Smokey Quartz, Shiva Lingham,
Tiger Iron, Black Tourmaline, Rubellite Tourmaline.
Svadhisthana translates to ‘dwelling or place of self and is linked to; nurture, change, sexuality and movement. The Sacral chakra is located in the centre of the sacrum or lower abdomen (approximately where the reproductive organs are located). As the place of the self, this is the root of self-identity as a human being and what you choose to do with it. It s sometimes also called the ‘naval’ chakra due to its positioning.
It connects to the element of water which connects to the bladder, circulatory system, sexual and reproductive organs.
Orange 2nd chakra
This chakra is associated with; Creativity, nurture, receptivity, cravings, healing, desire, emotion, intuition, sexuality and reproduction.
Peach Aventurine, Calcite (orange), Carnelian (orange), Honey Calcite, Moonstone (peach, perthite), Sunstone, Tangerine Quartz, Topaz (imperial, champagne), Vanadinite, Zincite
Solar Plexus Chakra
Manipura translates to ‘lustrous gem’ this is the birthplace of your self-confidence, identity and personal power. The Solar Plexus is located just above the navel approximately two finger lengths below the bottom of the sternum (the bone that runs down the front of the chest that the ribs connect to).
This is an area where emotions are often stored and links to will power, and independence. It influences the digestive system (all organs associated with digestion), liver, spleen and the gall bladder. The solar plexus works closely to the heart chakra to connect our energy bridge between the emotions (the heart) and self-awareness (the sacral chakra).
Yellow 3rd chakra
This chakra is associated with; emotions, intellect, ambition, personal power, and protection.
Amber, Aventurine (yellow), Copal, Golden Beryl (Heliodore), Calcite (honey, yellow), Citrine, Jade (yellow), Jasper (yellow), Golden Labradorite, Mookaite, Opal (yellow), Sunstone, Tigers Eye, Imperial Topaz, Wulfenite, Zincite.
Anahata translates to ‘unhurt’ thus is where love, compassion and kindness are empowered. The Heart chakra is located in the centre of the chest at heart level (at the centre of the sternum/ breast bone). It has strong connections to love, emotions, and compassion and has influence over the heart, upper back, breasts, arms, shoulders, hands and lungs. The heart centre is the main centre of the main chakras and is a balance point for the system, it governs how we interact with others.
Green/Pink / sometimes Red 4th chakra
This chakra is associated with; the heart, emotions (love), compassion, universal consciousness and emotional balance
Aventurine (Green), Chrysophrase, Dioptase, Emerald, Hiddenite, Jade, Kunzite, Malachite, Morganite, Cherry Opal, Peridot, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, Rose Quartz, Pink Tourmaline, Watermelon Tourmaline
Vishuddha translates to ‘very pure’, connects to giving a voice to your personal truths. The Throat chakra is fairly self-explanatory as it is located in the throat area (centre of the neck close to the position of Adam’s apple). It is linked to communication on all levels, creativity and influences the neck, shoulders, thyroid and parathyroid gland.
Blue 5th chakra
This chakra is associated with; communication, expression, divine guidance and creativity.
Blue Lace Agate, Angelite, Blue Calcite, Celestite, Hemimorphite, Kyanite, Larimar, Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Blue Topaz, Turquoise
Third Eye Chakra
Anja translates to ‘beyond wisdom’ this chakra opens the mind to information beyond the earth plane and the 5 senses. The Third Eye is located along the line of the nose in between the eyebrows. It links to the wisdom that enables seeing the intellectual and understanding both sides of an event or story. To higher guidance, higher communication (angels, devas*, ascended masters*), intuition and influences the eyes, ears, sinus and both hemispheres of the brain.
The third eye chakra connects deeply to our mystical selves, the realms of deeper vision and intuition. A place where shamans and mystics (wisdom keepers) are able to use introspection to explore past lives and identify subconscious patterns, also for vision quests and astral travel.
Indigo/Purple 6th Chakra
This chakra is associated with; spiritual awareness, intuition, psychic powers/abilities and light.
Amethyst, Angelite, Azeztulite, Azurite, Celestite, Charoite, Lapis Lazuli, Iolite, Phenacite, Purpurite, Sapphire (blue)Sodalite, Sugilite, Tourmaline (blue)
*Kundalini Energy – Sanskrit word meaning ’coiled snake’ in Hinduism it is a form of divine energy (shakti) located in the base of the spine.
Devas – In Hinduism, these are celestial beings that control natural forces and elements such as air, fire, wind, etc.
Ascended Masters – Ascended masters are believed to be spiritually enlightened beings who in previous incarnations had been humans. Who, have then gone through several spiritual transformations.
Sahasrara translates to ‘thousand-petaled’ / ‘thousandfold’ it is pure conscious energy. It refers to the thousand-petaled lotus flower which in Hindu thought represents human consciousness, eternity, purity and divinity. The Crown chakra is located at the top of the head (crown of the head where the skull bones meet). This chakra extends to approximately 2 inches above the head. This chakra links to the divine and has influence over the brain and the whole body. It is the main centre for coordination and also ensures connection to universal energy.
The crown chakra is also associated with spiritual connections, consciousness, divine inspiration, claircognizance and divine connections (oneness, source energy, angelic realms, ascended masters, etc). Transcendence from our limitations whether it be personal, space or time. The crown chakra is often seen as the gateway to the divine self (or cosmic self).
White/ Violet 7th chakra.
This chakra is associated with; the divine, unity, enlightenment, cosmic consciousness, energy, and perfection.
Agate (clear, white and violet), Amethyst (lavender), Ametrine, Apophyllite, Azeztulite, Calcite (Iceland spar/ optical) Celestite, Diamond, Herkimer Diamonds, Fluorite (clear, violet) Lepidolite, Phenacite Purpurite, Clear Quartz, Selenite, Spodumene