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Term: Root Chakra


Root Chakra: One of the power centers found in spiritual traditions with a source in the Indian subcontinent. The Root Chakra (Muladhara in Sanskrit) or Base Chakra is physically associated with the coccyx, although some say it is associated with the area between the genitals and the anus. When this chakra is overcharged or undercharged with spiritual energy, it implies that you are dealing with issues concerning security, survival, and potential. It is said that the kundalini energy begins here, and is symbolized by a lotus flower that has four petals.Donald Michael Kraig

Root Chakra:

Also called Muladhara, it is the chakra located at the base of spine—color red, associated planet Saturn, associated with the Sephirah Malkuth. It is home to Kundalini and sexual energy.

For each of the seven major chakras there are established correspondences (associated energies and symbols) that expand our understanding of the chakra.

Root, or Base Chakra (Muladhara) Correspondences

Alchemical Planet: Saturn               
Alchemical Element: Lead      
Tattva: Prithivi (Earth)
Tattva Color: Yellow
Tattva Form: Square
Tattva Sense: Smell
Animal: Bull, elephant, ox                
Basic Drive: Security                              
Body Function: Elimination             
Chakra Color: Red                  
Element: Earth                               
Gemstone: Ruby, garnet, lodestone 
Gland: Adrenals                             
God-form—Egyptian: Geb                 
                   Hindu: Bala Brahma 1
                   Greek: Gaia, Demeter               
Goddess-form—Hindu: Dakini 2
Incense: Cedar                       
Location: Base of spine                           
Order of chakra unfoldment: 1st            
Yogic Planet: Saturn
Part of Body: Between anus & genitals     
Psychological attribute: Solidarity    
Bija Mantra: LuNG, LuM (3)   
Psychic Power: pain control, psychometry, dowsing, telekinesis               
Sense: Smell        
Spinal Joint: 1st, 2nd, 3rd                   
Spinal Location: 4th Sacral
Tarot Key: XXI, World                      
Tarot Suit: Pentacles
Tree of Life Sephiroth: Malkuth        
Yantra (internal): Blue Square

1 Child-God
2 Security 

source: The Llewellyn Complete Book of Psychic Empowerment, by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke & Joe H. Slate, Ph.D.(Llewellyn Publications) - Carl Llewellyn Weschcke


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