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What Do Chakra Symbols Really Mean?

What Do Chakra Symbols Really Mean?

Did you know that a chakra symbol is way more than just a captivating color and shape? 

You regularly see chakra symbols in yoga classrooms and traditional healing clinics, but how do we interpret a chakra symbol’s meaning?

In this guide, we’ll break down each chakra symbol meaning based on its color and shape, as well as its significance for chakra healing.

What is a Chakra Symbol?

A chakra symbol is a colorful motif which reflects the characteristics of the respective chakra. The chakras are all symbolized by lotus flowers but the number of petals differ depending on the chakra. 

Each of the seven major chakras also has a particular chakra color which symbolizes the characteristics of that energy center. 

Why Are Chakra Symbols Important?

Chakra symbols are important because they help us tap into the powerful traits connected to each chakra. For example the Root Chakra is symbolized by a red, four petaled lotus – red is the color of power and strength and four is an important number in foundational physics – this reminds us of what the Root Chakra is all about – strength, stability and security.

Chakras symbols are often used in visual chakra meditation practices, for example you could focus all your attention on the symbol for the chakra you want to work on in order to clear your mind. You can also use colored chakra candles and crystals to tap into a particular chakra – for example burning blue chakra candles can be really beneficial when working on the Throat Chakra. 

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What Are the Meanings of the Seven Chakra Symbols?

Root Chakra Symbol (Muladhara Chakra)

Color: Red

Symbol: Square and inverted triangle within a four-petaled lotus

Located at the base of your spine, the Root Chakra (also known as the Muladhara Chakra or Red Chakra) serves as the foundation of the seven chakra system.

Its red color of the Root Chakra is a symbol for earth. It is essential for keeping a stable physical and mental disposition. Red also symbolizes the elements that threaten your life’s balance like rage and violence.

The square’s equal edges, on the other hand, signify stability. It’s also linked to the number four, which represents order in the universe. The number four crops up again and again in nature and physics – think of the seasons, elements, and compass directions.

The four-petaled lotus surrounding the other symbols symbolize the four key areas of the human psyche: mind, intellect, human consciousness, and ego.

Learn more about the Root Chakra symbol.

root chakra symbol
Root Chakra Symbol

Sacral Chakra Symbol (Svadhishtana Chakra)

Color: Orange

Symbol: Moon and concentric circles within a six-petaled lotus

The Sacral Chakra (also known as the Svadhishthana Chakra or the Orange Chakra) is found below our bellies. It is near our sexual organs, which is why it’s linked to sexual energy. The color orange represents action, creative power, and the desire for self-expression and individuality.

Within the Sacral Chakra symbol you will find a crescent moon shape and circular icons. These represent the patterns of behavior, and recurring events which make up the cyclical nature of life. They project an image of fluidity, calling on us to enjoy life’s events as they come.

As a spiritual symbol of rebirth or awakening, the Sacral Chakra can only be unlocked if you overcome the six negative emotions or qualities symbolized by the six-petal lotus. These six emotional hazards include jealousy, pride, desire, anger, hatred, and cruelty.

Learn more about the Sacral Chakra symbol.

sacral chakra symbol
Sacral Chakra Symbol

Solar Plexus Chakra Symbol (Manipura Chakra)

Color: Yellow

Symbol: Inverted triangle within a ten-petaled lotus

Located above our belly buttons, the Solar Plexus Chakra (also known as the Manipura Chakra or Yellow Chakra) is considered the seat of personal power among the other chakra points.

The color yellow mirrors the sun, which is a symbol of energy, will, and determination. This chakra symbol’s downward facing triangle shows the connection between a strong core, rooted in a firm foundation.

The geometric shape can be thought of as an inverted funnel where the source of potent energy from below is channeled and dispersed around your physical body. The more stable the base is (Root Chakra), the stronger the Solar Plexus.

Its ten surrounding yellow lotus petals are often interpreted in two different ways. They can represent ten different types of subtle energies that operate within the human body or those major roadblocks one needs to overcome to unlock this chakra. Common roadblocks include ignorance, fear, and delusion.

solar plexus chakra symbol
Solar Plexus Chakra Symbol

Heart Chakra Symbol (Anahata Chakra)

Color: Green

Symbol: Hexagram within a 12-petaled lotus

The Heart Chakra (also known as the Anahata Chakra or Green Chakra) is the intersection point between the lower (physical) and upper (spiritual) chakras. As such, it’s linked to balance and a sense of peace.

The color green represents tranquility and healing, two ever-present qualities of a balanced physical and mental state, free of negativity.

The hexagram, which shows two intersecting triangles pointing at the top and bottom, signifies harmony among the other elements in your being. This state of harmony manifests as feelings of compassion, love, and unity directed to yourself and those around you.

The 12 surrounding green lotus petals can be interpreted as the 12 divine qualities of the heart or 12 negative emotions that cancel out or prevent a person from unlocking the Heart Chakra.

Heart Chakra symbol
Heart Chakra Symbol

Throat Chakra Symbol (Vishuddha Chakra)

Color: Blue

Symbol: Circle in an inverted triangle within another circle, all wrapped in a 16-petaled lotus

The Throat Chakra (also known as the Blue Chakra) is found at the center of your throat and is associated with the sound expression of your thoughts and opinions through open communication.

The blue color signifies purity, wisdom, and vocal expression, which all come into play when you’ve fully opened your Throat Chakra. Its element is air and is related to a calming feeling.

The correlation between the circles and upside down triangle in its symbol represents the seamless channeling of your inner consciousness into the physical realm through the spoken word.

Its 16 lotus flower petals have different meanings, though the most common is its representation of the 16 Sanskrit vowels.

Throat chakra symbol
Throat Chakra Symbol

Third Eye Chakra Symbol (Ajna Chakra)

Color: Indigo

Symbol: ‘Om’ symbol and inverted triangle within a two-petaled lotus

Situated between our eyebrows, the Third Eye Chakra is considered the gateway of intuition and our higher being. It’s associated with the color indigo (it is sometimes referred to as the Indigo Chakra), which is tied to wisdom.

The ‘Om’ symbol represents universal knowledge or enlightenment, which is only possible once you have control over your emotions and desires.

‘Om’ is known as a sacred sound in Hinduism embodying supreme consciousness. You will often hear it being used in mantras and yoga exercises. Having this symbol enclosed in an inverted triangle shows us that achieving divine consciousness is only possible when we unlock the lower chakra points.

The two lotus petals in the Anja Chakra symbol represent our duality. The first petal is for our human self, tied to the physical world and susceptible to daily temptations of life. The other petal represents our spiritual self. In some traditional interpretations, the second petal is seen as the life stage after leaving the material world.

Learn more about the Third Eye Chakra symbol.

Third Eye chakra symbol
Third Eye Chakra Symbol

Crown Chakra Symbol (Sahasrara Chakra)

Color: Purple or white

Symbol: Thousand-petaled lotus

Your Crown Chakra appears as a floating ball or crown just above your head. It symbolizes the highest form of consciousness and represents our connection to divine energy. 

In Hinduism, the combined elements of the divine circle surrounded by a thousand petals symbolizes our connection to the Hindu God of Creation, Brahma. This can also signal rebirth and infinity.

The Crown Chakra can be represented in either white or purple (it is sometimes referred to as the Purple Chakra). White is the color of purity, and purple is related to royalty and the divine.

Learn more about the Crown Chakra symbol.

Crown chakra symbol
Crown Chakra Symbol

What is my Chakra Symbol?

Our subtle body encompasses the whole chakra map, but there are often certain chakras which resonate with you more than others. By carrying out chakra healing practices you can learn which center you are particularly drawn to – try body scanning meditation or using different chakra healing crystals to see which area of the body or particular colors you are most drawn to – this will give you an idea of your dominant chakras and their symbols.

Alternatively you could try our chakra test to work out which of your chakras might need more attention.

Chakra Symbols and the Corresponding Crystals

As we’ve mentioned, color has a huge impact on the psyche which is why the chakra symbol color is so revealing. 

Each of the chakras have corresponding crystals and precious stones – these chakra crystals often share the same color as the chakra symbol and have certain characteristics which are particularly healing for the chakra. 

For example:

Hematite for the Root Chakra

Hematite has an intense black color with a metallic sheen. It’s believed to improve circulation, which makes it a favorite gem for people who suffer from high blood pressure.

On the spiritual side, hematite is tied to one’s ability to stay strong amidst life’s hurdles. It symbolizes courage and willpower which is linked to the Root Chakra (also known as the Base Chakra).

Tiger’s Eye for the Sacral Chakra

Tiger’s eye comes in a range of orange tones from gold to amber brown. It’s a beautiful stone, often carried as an amulet for warding off evil spirits and negative energy.

Tiger’s eye is seen as a symbol of detoxification, bringing good luck and positive life force energy. You can use it when you’re feeling sluggish or lethargic as it’s known to induce high levels of motivation.

Amber for the Solar Plexus Chakra

Amber comes in an array of rich golden hues – making it the perfect stone for chakra jewelry and pendants.

Amber has been used since ancient times as a symbol of power and splendor. It’s also associated with healing energy and a healthy mind.

Rose Quartz for the Heart Chakra

This is a pale pink form of quartz with a glass-like feel. It’s a symbol of universal love and is associated with the human heart.

Rose quartz is tied to emotional healing and maturity, and is often used by people who want to boost emotional healing and promote self-love.

Blue Lace Agate for the Throat Chakra

Blue lace agate is a flattering shade of light blue with a mix of white and brown highlights. It’s associated with freedom and harmony, which becomes possible when you gain confidence to share your thoughts and views authentically. 

Its metaphysical attributes can allow you to calm your mind, eliminate anger and maintain rationality, so you can communicate more clearly. 

Lapis Lazuli for the Third Eye Chakra

Lapis lazuli is a deep blue stone associated with the Third Eye Chakra (also known as the Vishuddha Chakra). It’s known as the ‘Wisdom Stone’ and is a symbol of honesty and compassion, which are crucial attributes for self-expression.

It’s also said to help reduce insomnia and soothe thyroid issues. Lapis lazuli is tied to authenticity and is said to boost self-awareness and open-mindedness.

Clear Quartz and Amethyst for the Crown Chakra

Clear quartz is a colorless, transparent mineral often linked to spiritual growth and mental clarity. It is said to emit high-energy vibrations and believed to help bearers achieve their highest potential and develop spiritual connection.

Clear quartz is one of the most versatile healing crystals. It’s believed to nurture stability, connect us with divine spiritual energy, amplify positive energy, and increase self-awareness.

Amethyst is a deep purple stone also connected to the Crown Chakra. It is a powerful protective crystal, associated with royalty, holy traditions and divine connection.

Final Thoughts

The meaning of a chakra symbol is open to interpretation, but essentially it will represent the core characteristics of the respective chakra. 

Whether you’ve just started exploring your chakras or you have been practicing chakra meditation and healing for some time, understanding what each chakra symbol represents reminds us of which areas to focus on.

It also gives us a better perspective on the factors that might lead to blockages and imbalances in our energy anatomy. 

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  • Clare Smith

    Hi, I’m Clare – writer and publisher of Chakra Practice. I’m a certified chakra energy healer and a philosophy major. I love researching and writing about everything to do with chakras, including trying out new crystals, candles, essential oils – anything that can help me in my practice.

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