Gemstones and the Chakras
   
  By Lady Katherina
Castle of The Wiccan Realm



Ok, now lets take a look at the Root Chakra:

1st Chakra/Root Chakra located between the anus and the genitals

Its' Sanskrit name is Muladhara, which means root and base or support

The element is Earth

The color is Red

A few deities associated with the root chakra are: Gaia, Demeter, Persephone, Erishkagel, Ana, Ceres, Ceridwen, Geb, Hades, Pwyll, Brahma and Dakini

***Note*** When working with any stones remember, Cleansing, personalizing. Also when you start working with a stone in meditation start off with short periods of time, so that you can get the feel of the stone. If at ever you feel uncomfortable with a stone then don't use it, select one other. Don't let others touch your stones.

A few stones that I find work well with this chakra: Clear quartz, Smoky quartz, Bismuth, Epidote, Fluorite, Hematite, Jasper Tan, Mugglestone, Obsidian, Tourmaline Black. These are all wonderful grounding crystals/stones.

The Root Chakra function is Survival, Stability and Grounding. The body parts associated with it are the legs, feet, bones and the large intestine. The gland associated is the Adrenals.

When this chakra is out of balance symptoms may arise such as physical: obesity, constipation, haemorrhoids and sciatica or psychological such as grief, depression and instability.

Working with this chakra has wonderful benefits such as Grounding, learning to let go, Integration of joy and sorrow, taking responsibility for your own life and trusting your own development on all levels, physical/emotional/spiritual.

The root chakra responds to earthy tribal music such as drumming and chanting.

When this chakra begins to awaken there may be sudden awareness, such as trapped or buried memories, the releasement of emotional issues that have been repressed. You may experience an on set of dreaming and visions during meditation.

This is the beginning of letting your energy flow as it is meant to flow. Work with this chakra by meditating on it, you can associate it to a earth deity. Remember to ground yourself, see the grounding coil coming from your Root chakra spiraling down to the very core of the earth and holding firmly.

This is also good for disbursing negative energies back to mother earth where she may absorb them and return them as positive energies to nature.
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Chakra 2/Sacral plexus or Sex/Navel Chakra located at the just below the naval and above the pubic

Sanskrit name Svadisthana meaning Sweetness, or one's own abode

Element: Water

Color: Orange

Deities: Vishnu, Rakini

Stones: Agate Botswana, Aqua/Beryl, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Bismuth, Jade, Lepidolite, Stuarolite, Zircon.

Inner state: Well being and Self confidence

Sacral plexus Chakra function: Sexuality, procreation, pleasure and creativity. The body parts is Womb, kidneys, reproductive system, circulation system and the bladder. The gland is Ovaries and Testicles. It affects the flow of fluids in the body.

When this chakra is out of balance the following may arise: on the physical...frigidity, impotence, uterine, bladder or kidney trouble.

Sacral plexus Chakra is located very close to the Root Chakra and some functions are shared.

The life energies that generate through the 2nd chakra move up into the higher chakras. Its bright color indicates the impulses, desires and ideas motivated are stimulating to the mind.

Water symbolizes purification, ritual bathing, sanctified water.

This 2nd chakra is assigned both water and lunar symbols. The moon is a powerful symbol of the collective unconscious and depths of the subconscious mind. It is also associated with the astral level. The moon is connected with all waters.

When this chakra awakens it increases powers of intuition and psychic abilities also awareness of the astral form.

Awaken this chakra can give temporary instability to the sex drive, either positively or negatively, it is only until the energies stabilize and settle down. When the chakra is balanced there will be a sense of self confidence and creativity. It is common for dreams with water to begin.

When meditating on this chakra you should focus on the element of water. See stones above.

If you have sensual flowing music such as belly dancing music...there is power in this music for this chakra to release the energies.
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3rd Chakra/ Solar Plexus located just below the ribs and above the naval

Sanskrit name Manipura, meaning city of jewels or lustrous gem

Element: Fire

Color: Yellow

Deities: Rudra, Lakini, Apollo, Agni

Stones: Clear crystal quartz, Agate Botswana, Angelite, Boji Stone, Danburite, Fuchsite, Jasper Tan and Jasper Celedine, Lepidolite, Obsidian, Snow Quartz, Rhyolite, Topaz Yellow/Gold

Inner state: Intense emotion: laughter, anger and joy

Solar plexus Chakra function: Will and power. Its body parts are the digestive system, spleen, stomach, liver and small intestine. Its gland is the Pancreas.

When the 3rd chakra is out of balance the following may arise: diabetes, eating disorders like bulimia or anorexia, ulcers and hypoglycemia.

A note about this chakra. This chakra is like the generator of the life force energies. It is the storage room of our raw emotions. If these emotions are repressed they block the flow of energy to rise. It is said that anger can remain trapped here for many years.

Meditate one this chakra by focusing on the element fire. you may wish to visualize a radiate sun above you and its rays beaming down upon your solar plexus chakra, absorbing the suns life fire.

Balancing this chakra one may expect to achieve the abilities to Overcome fears, achieve personal goals, act from joy and experience self awareness, balance within and acquire patience.

This chakra responds well to music that expresses emotional release.
Perhaps a soft instrumental that builds to a climax or just the reverse.
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4th Chakra/Heart Chakra located in the center of the chest between the breast.

Sanskrit name is Anahata, meaning "unstruck" or "unbeaten"

Element is Air

Function is Love

Inner State is Compassion, love

Body parts are the Lungs, heart, arms and hands. The gland is the Thymus

When out of balance one may experience Asthma, heart disease, lung disease or blood pressure problems.

Color is Green

Stones: Clear quartz, Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Prehnite, Rhodocrosite

Deities are Isa and Kakini

The process for awakening this chakra is to empty the heart of selfish desires and prepare for transformation into a abundance of selfless love (unconditional love). A constant flow of divine love.

The heart chakra is not easily fully awaked. To awaken this chakra one must rid them self of limited views of reality. These limited views obstruct the flow of love. Once the chakra is awakened one will notice changes which are all related to this chakra.

1. an increased sense of touch
2. an increased sensitivity to energies of others.
3. an awareness of others areas of disruption or disease
4. Being drawn towards healing of self and others. When this chakra is open and balanced there is the wondrous ability to give and receive.
5. One will be aware of increased sense of compassion that becomes a natural state of being.

Meditation on the element of air, free flow, no limits, no restrictions. I recommend using the Rose Quartz stone for this chakra. Music that evokes the power to melt the heart like the natural sounds of Whales and dolphins.
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5th Chakra/Throat Chakra located at throat

Sanskrit mane is Vishuddi meaning " to purify "

Element is Akasa (spirit) (the 5th element)

Function is creativity and communication

Inner state is intuition

Body parts are then neck and shoulders, the glands are the thyroid and the parathyroid

When out of balance the following may occur: thyroid problems, swollen glands, colds and sore throats.

Color is Bright blue

Stones: Clear quartz, Aquamarine, Calcite Blue, Celestite, Chrysoprase, Jade, Kyanite, Labradorite, Lepidolite, Topaz Blue, Vegosite

Deities are Sadasiva, Sakini

This chakra represents our power of verbal communication, our voice transmits emotions, information and subtle meanings. Sound is vibrational energy.

The awakening of this chakra also attunes our inner hearing and brings telepathy into consciousness.

When this chakra is opened and balanced one experiences the power of creativity and communication leading to an awareness of new dimension of comprehension.

Meditate on this chakra , focus on spirit. Music for this chakra is sacred chanting or choirs.
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6th Chakra/Brow Chakra located at just above the bridge of the nose

Sanskrit mane is Ajna meaning " to know, to perceive or to command "

Element: there is no element

Function is Direct perception

Inner state is Self-mastery

Body parts are the Eyes, two hemispheres of the brain, the gland is the Pituitary

When out of balance the following may occur: Headaches, nightmares, defects of vision.

Color is Indigo

Stones: Clear quartz, Blue Agate, Agate Leopard Skin, Amethyst, Azurite, Bismuth, Hematite, Jade, Lepidolite.

Deities are Paramasiva and Sakti Hakini

This chakra represents or may be known as the "command centre of the whole being".

The awakening of this chakra acts as a third eye in the aspects of telepathy that bypasses the ordinary senses.

The activation of this chakra increases the powers of visualization or to see with the "minds eye".

When this chakra is opened and balanced one experiences the power of the awareness of the teacher within or the wisdom within, immediate abilities of perception and a point of return for manifestation. This is a marker step into the journey of self awareness.

Meditate on this chakra. Music for this chakra are pieces that would allow scenes and images to appear in the mind's eye.
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7th Chakra/Crown Chakra located at the crown of the head

Sanskrit mane is Sahasrara meaning " thousandfold "

Element: there is no element

Function is Union

Inner state is Bliss

Body parts are the Cerebral cortex, brain, the whole body.

When out of balance the following may occur: Alienation.

Color is Violet

Animal is the rising serpent

Stones: Clear quartz, Topaz Gold/yellow, Hematite

Deities are Shiva

This chakra represents or may be known as the "thousandfold" which represents the totality of creation, wholeness. The explanation or description of this chakra is really beyond the use of words. Words in this state a merely an attempt to give an idea for greater thought and awareness into ones one knowingness of this chakra.
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Chakras

If you would like to share what your favorite stones are and how you use them to work with the chakras please e-mail your piece to:

ladykatherina@hotmail.com



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