19. Octahedron – Air – Throat Chakra – Platonic Solid
An octahedron has eight equal triangular faces. It is made up of two four-sided triangles (pyramids) of equal proportion that meet at the base. The dual pyramids represent cosmic balance. The octahedron is symbolic of air. Greek philosophers saw two levels of air. “Aer” is the atmosphere that we breathe, which surrounds our earth. “Aether” is the air above the clouds associated with the divine or sky. Air is the creative essence of life; breath creates life through vibration. In Chinese philosophy air is chi or breath, the eternal source of life force energy.
In Hindu tradition, Prana is the act of breathing in life. In Christianity, breath in the form of a word was the creation essence of God. The air we breathe is in fact made up of nitrogen, oxygen, argon and carbon dioxide. Trees are often called the lungs of earth because they breathe in carbon dioxide and release life giving oxygen. Air and breathing is a reciprocal process as we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. To become mindful of breathing is to be present.
Message: You are being asked to become more conscious of the air you breathe and how you breathe. Use your breath to exhale any heavy energy and inhale life-giving energy. As you find your inner balance, allow yourself to rest and recharge. You are entering a period of renewed creativity in your life. Be conscious how your words and your voice create your reality.
“Breath is the bridge, which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
The throat chakra is located in the throat and is connected to the vocal system. This is the place of communication, resonance and truth. It represents the lower world and the storied roots deep within the psyche of mankind. In sacred geometry, it is the fruit of life that reveals the story of time itself. Its element is air and its belief is based in Judaism where the roots of monotheism, the belief in one God, were born. The sound of wind in the trees became associated with the sound of God. These stories were passed on in the oral tradition of storytelling. They gave the story of one God a voice. The throat chakra carries these stories as archetypes held within the collective unconscious. The throat chakra reminds us to use our words and our silence wisely.