How to Work With Chakras & Astrology
Metaphysical tools act like treasure maps from the Universe, leading us on a journey towards ourselves and our true center.
One of the reasons that working with metaphysical tools can be so enlightening is the fact that they often blend beautifully with one another, enhancing each other’s properties. For instance, while astrology is a wonderful and extremely useful tool on its own, it can provide even more illumination into life’s mysteries when paired with another metaphysical tool or element, such as chakra work.
Chakras are energy points that radiate within our bodies, with seven main chakra points being of primary focus: The Root chakra, the Sacral chakra, the Solar Plexus, the Heart chakra, the Throat chakra, the Third Eye chakra, and the Crown chakra. Each chakra occupies a different region of your body, as well as a different aspect of your life; but did you know that the chakras also correspond to the signs of the zodiac?
Learning about how astrology and the chakras work together can help you not only understand each practice more thoroughly - a misaligned Sacral chakra may indicate that the areas of your chart containing Sagittarius and Pisces need special attention - but it can help you synthesize your work with the chakras and the zodiac to better understand yourself, your unique personality, and your path in this world.
Working With Chakras & Astrology
The Root Chakra
The Root chakra is also known as Muladhara, and it is associated with Saturn - linking it to both Capricorn and Aquarius.
This chakra is located at the base of the spine, and it deals with our sense of security and stability within our own small worlds and the big world around us. If Capricorn or Aquarius are prominent signs within your natal chart, you may need to focus more energy on Root chakra work than others.
Conversely, a misaligned Root chakra may indicate that the areas within your chart that contain Capricorn and Aquarius need a little more attention than usual. In either case, if you are feeling notably more insecure or unstable than you typically do, you may want to take a look at the connection between the Root chakra and these zodiac signs.
Grounding exercises, like visualization and meditation, are especially useful for reviving and rebalancing the Root chakra. Because this chakra is associated with the color red, you may also want to incorporate more crimson shades and maroon foods into your everyday life.
The Sacral Chakra
Svadhishthana, the Sacral chakra, is connected to Jupiter, the planet that rules Sagittarius and co-rules Pisces.
This chakra is located in the lower region of the abdomen and focuses on creativity and sensuality. When Pisces or Sagittarius are in an important position in your chart, you may need to spend more time cleansing this chakra than your other chakras - when the Sacral chakra is out-of-whack, you may feel uninspired and disconnected from your expressive side.
An unbalanced Sacral chakra may also be a signal to take a closer look at these signs in your chart - the houses they fall in may represent an area of your life that needs your focus right now. Focusing on and surrounding yourself by bright orange colors can help balance the Sacral chakra, as can participating in forms of self-expression, such as painting. Exploring potential problem-areas in the realm of your sexual expression may also clear blockages within this chakra - be open with your sensuality.
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The Solar Plexus Chakra
This chakra is located behind the navel and is also referred to as Manipura. The Solar Plexus Chakra is connected to Mars, the planet that rules Aries and co-rules Scorpio, alongside Pluto.
This chakra is concerned with confidence, willpower, self-assurance, and motivation. If these areas of your life feel lackluster lately, you may need to get a better idea of where Aries and Scorpio are located within your birth chart.
If either of these signs is placed in a prominent position in your chart, you may need to focus more on the Solar Plexus chakra than other chakras, as it may require more attention to remain balanced. When this chakra is aligned, we feel more capable and ready to face any challenges that may arise. Yellow is the color associated with this chakra and surrounding yourself by it will work to subtly improve function and balance in the Solar Plexus.
Mental and physical stimulation are excellent ways to get this chakra flowing, such as philosophical studies, a day at the gym, or spontaneous adventure. Any activity associated with motivation and willpower will further heal the Solar Plexus, so be responsible!
The Heart Chakra
The Heart chakra is connected to Venus, the planet that rules both Taurus and Libra—two signs that are very loyal to their friends and family.
This chakra is located in the center of your chest and deals with our sense of connection, compassion, and ability to be vulnerable with loved ones. A strong Venus or Taurus placement may indicate a greater need to address and balance this chakra, while a misaligned Heart chakra may signify the need to look deeper within the birth chart and address the areas containing these signs. When this chakra is misaligned, you may have a hard time connecting to your loved ones or letting them in on how you’re feeling.
The Heart chakra is one of the most important to maintain to feel connected to the world around us - fortunately, there are many ways to balance this chakra. This chakra is associated with green - the color that is most easily absorbed by the human eye, and therefore exudes the most shades.
Green is all around us and an easy color to incorporate into our lives, especially if you’re eating your daily vegetables. Practicing loving actions, such as volunteer work, is another excellent way to open up the heart chakra. Think love and be love, and this chakra will naturally unfold.
The Throat Chakra
The Throat chakra is connected to the planet of communication, Mercury, who rules Gemini and Virgo.
Both the Throat chakra and the Mercurian planets are concerned with properly getting their point across and open communication. This chakra is located in the throat, and when it’s untended and becomes unbalanced, we can have a very difficult time expressing ourselves to others.
A prominent Taurus or Libra location may be a sign that this chakra needs more love than others.
The Throat chakra is associated with blue, and ample use of this color in your life will certainly contribute to the proper flow of this chakra. When this chakra is impaired, it may feel difficult to share your feelings with others, but you must practice doing so; opening up and communicating honestly helps soothe the Throat chakra.
Be sure to explore the location of Taurus and Libra within your chart - an unbalanced Throat chakra may be trying to tell you to do work in the areas of your life that these houses represent.
The Third Eye Chakra
This chakra represents our spiritual knowledge - the wisdom that exists beyond our physical self. The Third Eye chakra is also called Ajna, and it’s connected to both the Sun and the Moon, the planets that rule Leo and Cancer respectively.
These are two signs within your chart that you are likely very familiar with, but that doesn’t mean they’re getting as much focus as they need - a misaligned Third Eye chakra may be an indication that the houses that these signs represent in your chart need more personal focus and exploration. When this chakra is unbalanced, we may feel lost in the world and unsure of anything.
Balancing the Third Eye chakra requires a willingness to journey into your spiritual center; practices like meditation and tarot are especially useful because they ask you to explore yourself deeply. This chakra is associated with the color indigo, so you may choose to eat indigo foods - such as dark blueberries - and surround yourself with the deep blue-violet hue to help this chakra heal.
Spiritual practices and exploration are excellent ways to help this chakra open up and blossom, such as journaling, yoga, dream work, and religious studies.
The Crown Chakra
- Zodiac Signs: All/None
- Planet: All planets/the Universe
This chakra, also called Sahasrara, is associated with the Universe, and therefore encompasses both none and all of the zodiac signs.
The Crown chakra is located at the top of your head and is connected to the color violet - a color known for its deeply spiritual qualities. This chakra is concerned with our higher consciousness, freedom from self-sabotaging habits and patterns, self-awareness, and our ability to live in the present moment.
While the Crown chakra isn’t technically associated with any certain sign, because of its nature it is associated with every sign, and reminds us that astrology is a valid and useful manner of self-exploration. The Crown chakra encourages us to use astrology as a means of discovering more about ourselves and our paths, where we come from and where we’re going. This chakra and astrology itself both ask us to transcend the limitations of this world and dig deeper to find our spiritual truth.
Balancing this chakra is necessary for the health of our autonomy - when this chakra is unbalanced, we can feel trapped within the confines of this reality. Working with the color violet is an excellent start, even if that means simply painting a picture with lots of lavender flowers or a magenta sky. But one of the most intriguing ways that you can balance this chakra, and the manner which highlights the divine connection between the zodiac and the chakras, is working with astrology.
Astrology enhances your basic understanding of the world, your knowledge of yourself, and your conscious comprehension of your path. Taking the time to dive into your natal chart is mentally stimulating, which directly reaches out to the Crown chakra and signals healing.
As you can see, the zodiac and our chakras work hand-in-hand to enhance our experience and understanding of life and learning how to marry the two within your metaphysical work brings you back to your spiritual center. Focus on the energy, the stars, and the energy within the stars.
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