1. Root

Root Chakra

22. Root Chakra – Musculokeletal System – Energy Center

Our root chakra directly connects us to Earth through a dynamic and reciprocal relationship. The Earth nourishes and challenges us, from the moment we take our first breath until our physical body is no longer needed.

The root chakra helps us trust, feel grounded and safe within the physical world. This is the place where the soul manifests itself as a human. By embracing our humanness, we begin the journey of reconnection where the self and the soul become one. To live in harmony with ourselves is to live in harmony with the earth and to honor all of its resources.

Basic information about the Root Chakra

Color: Red.

Body System: Base of Spine – Musculoskeletal System.

Goals: To feel grounded, safe, loved & nourished. To trust.

Practice: Non-judgment, non-attachment, non-suffering. Walk with beauty and grace. Ground and love yourself.

Issues: Abandonment, abuse, neglect, adoption, loss.

Symptoms of imbalance: Obesity, hemorrhoids, sciatica, constipation and musculoskeletal disorders.  Night terrors and panic attacks, inability to trust or feel safe.

Plant Ally: Sage for cleansing and grounding.

Essential Oils: Ginger, Sandalwood, Clove, Sage, Cinnamon.

Foods: Root Vegetables, Ginger, Turmeric, Clove, Protein.

Stones and Crystals: Iron, Basalt, Granite, Petrified Wood, Ruby, Garnet, Bloodstone, Red Jasper, Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, Black Tourmaline, Hematite.

Archetype: Serpent.

Sacred Geometry: Container of Life, Circle.

Platonic Solid: Hexahedron.

Element: Earth.

Sacred Belief: Indigenous. (Our roots based in nature)

Consciousness: Intention of Self.

Message: Spend more time in nature feeling grounded and connected to the earth. Create a ceremonial fire pit or sacred garden where you can set intentions and meditate. Deepen your relationship with earth and feel it within your soul. Trust that you are supported by earth regardless of the situation.

“I think we may safely trust a good deal more than we do.” – Henry David Thoreau 


8. Serpent

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1. Serpent – Root Chakra – Base of Spine – Nature’s Archetype

The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is connected to the muscular skeletal system. This is a place of groundedness, safety and trust within the physical world. It represents the archetype of the serpent or ouroboros that sheds it skin in an ongoing process of releasing knowledge to receive wisdom.

Serpents and humans have been intertwined since the beginning of time. The Ouroboros, as pictured in this mandala, is an ancient symbol of a serpent swallowing its tail thus creating a circular and infinite world. By shedding its skin, it receives nourishment from the wisdom of what was shed over and over again.

Carl Jung saw the Ouroboros as the archetype for inner alchemy and transformation. The Yogic concept of Kundalini (coiled serpent) energy is located at the base of the spine in root chakra representing the beginning point of awakening our life force energy.

The Greek god of medicine, Asclepius, held a staff with a single serpent coiled around a knotty tree limb. The gods Mercury and Hermes held a Caduceus, a wooden rod entwined by two serpents topped with a pair of wings as a symbol for carrying the soul from earth to the sky. The Caduceus is a symbol for modern medicine. The central rod is our spinal column, the intertwining serpents, are our DNA, and the wings are the infinite soul. The serpent is the archetype of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. The ouroboros is a symbol of eternity and the renewal of life.

By embracing our humanness, we can begin the journey of reconnection to see the self and the soul as one.

Message: Just as the serpent sheds its skin, you are being encouraged to shed any limiting beliefs, bad habits or clutter in your life. This will allow you to move forward and receive new insights and wisdom. Feel safe in your own skin as you practice moving through life with more wisdom and trust.

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell 

13. Trunk

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6. Trunk – Third Eye Chakra – Sensory System – Natures Archetype

The third eye chakra is located in the middle of the forehead connecting us to our sensory system. This is the place of intuition, inner knowing and conscious dreaming. It represents the middle world of the tree trunk standing fully present in the moment.

A tree trunk is seen at eye level; it is not buried like the roots or out of reach like branches. The trunk is symbolic of the present moment, our awakened or conscious state, what some call the middle world.

In native cultures, trees are referred to as “The Standing People.”

Trees paved the way for humans to live on earth by purifying the air we breathe. Trees provide shelter, tools, food, medicine, fire and spiritual connection. The Celtic culture of Germania saw trees as families. They named a family of trees (oak, beech and chestnut) “duir” meaning door. A person who could open the door of an oak was considered “oakwise” and became known as a Druid. Druids were able to merge with the spirit of the tree to gather information in the middle world, lower world or upper world. Trees inspired many of the great mystery teachings throughout the world in multiple cultures.

The third eye chakra has the ability to awaken the collective unconscious to become conscious.  By bringing the logical and intuitive self together we can see our world through the singular eye of the soul.

Message: Trust in your knowing by being aware and present in the moment. Feel what is happening around you and within you. As your intuition develops anchor it within your heart to learn what feels right to your soul. This will help you sort out what is true. Life is filled with insights. Begin to see with your heart instead of your eyes.

“One is wise to cultivate the tree that bears fruit in our soul” – Henry David Thoreau 


22. Hexahedron

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15. Hexahedron – Earth – Root Chakra – Platonic solids

The hexahedron or cube has six equal square faces. It is symbolic of Earth and is related to the root chakra that grounds us into the physical body. Earth is the archetype of being nurturing and receptive, strong and resourceful. Earth provides us with everything we need including air, food, water, shelter and clothing, as well as beauty and awe. When ancient asteroids and space particles collided with Earth, they planted seeds that carried all the elements necessary to create a vast variety of life forms. Each of these life forms is interconnected and interdependent with earth.

Earth is the third planet from the Sun and is the only known object in the universe known to sustain life. It was formed over 4 billion years ago. 71% of the earth’s surface is water making it appear blue from outer space. Earth’s atmosphere was a mixture of gases and carbon dioxide. As plant forms grew they absorbed the carbon dioxide and converted it to oxygen. Trees being the largest plant forms on earth were able to create an atmosphere that could support human life. Humans first appeared around 200,000 years ago. Over 7.4 billion people live on Earth and share in its resources. It is critical that we learn to live in harmony with earth and with each other. Earth provides everything we need to sustain us if we live in balance. By connecting with nature, we can sense the footsteps and lessons of our ancestors and prepare the earth for generations to come

Message: Get outside in nature and connect with the mothering intelligence of Earth. Become more conscious of all she gives you as you eat, breathe, sleep and walk through life. It is imperative that you honor the beauty and diversity around you as you reconnect to your roots and feel safe.

“The earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry 

The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is connected to the muscular skeletal/elimination system. This is a place of groundedness, safety and trust within the physical world. It represents the archetype of the serpent or ouroboros that sheds it skin in an ongoing process of releasing knowledge to receive wisdom. This cycle forms the sacred circle or container of life. Its element is earth and its belief is rooted in the indigenous traditions of the world.  This is the place where the soul sets its intention to become human. By embracing our humanness, we can begin the journey of reconnection to see the self and the soul as one.

36. Intention of Self

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36. Intention of Self – Root Chakra – Container of Life – Consciousness

The intention of self, represents the beginning point of life, when the unmanifested soul plants its intention to become manifest. The soul chooses its parents and decides where to plant its roots. The sacred circle or container of life is symbolic of the root chakra. Many ancient sages saw the circle as the place of ultimate creation, your soul sees it as pure potential. The root chakra is the place that represents the archetype of life. The eternal seed of life impregnates the eternal womb of life to give birth to all life.

The root chakra is an intentional place for creating a safe and nurturing place for the soul to manifest and become human. It’s only by becoming human that a soul can experience itself in all levels of consciousness. The human body allows the soul to explore and feel life in multiple dimensions.

Message: You have learned a great deal from the past, which has given you the ability to sense your soul’s intention. Work with your root chakra as you visualize a container filled with rich fertile soil. It is time to heal and make peace with the wounded stories of your ancest0rs. The container of life has the ability to transform these stories into life-giving energy that recharges your soul for the journey ahead. Be open to new beginnings as you reconnect with your soul’s purpose.

“Your inner purpose is to awaken. It is as simple as that. You share that purpose with every other person on the planet-because that is the purpose of humanity.” – Eckhart Tolle 

The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is connected to the muscular skeletal/elimination system. This is a place of groundedness, safety and trust within the physical world. It represents the archetype of the serpent or ouroboros that sheds it skin in an ongoing process of releasing knowledge to receive wisdom. This cycle forms the sacred circle or container of life. Its element is earth and its belief is rooted in the indigenous traditions of the world.  This is the place where the soul sets its intention to become human. By embracing our humanness, we can begin the journey of reconnection to see the self and the soul as one.