Friday, June 29, 2007

Friday, May 04, 2007


To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time for peace, I swear its not too late

The Byrds Words-adapted from Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
Music-pete seeger (

Sea DesertFlight (May 2007) for the Red Square Nebula that was the inspiRAtion for this image and the source 4 the stars of the 4 corners. i have not as yet located the photo used as the base for the TreeDala. i will post it when i do. Sea ProfundaPazRAflower, March 2007, 4 the Peace symbol info.
2Day, 05292007, was full of XterRAreal synchronicities. when i googled for chakRA animals, i came across many images to add to these blogs & 2 ongoing works not as yet posted. 1 of the 1st was this!!
•RED - Energizes, revitalizes, stimulates life force & cirrculation, aids constipation, stimulates red blood cell production, helps arthritis & other joint diseases.
•ORANGE - Energizes, revitalizes, stimulates life force & cirrculation, stimulates red blood cell production, helps arthritis & other joint diseases.
•YELLOW - Balances & aids appetite, pancreas & upper digestive system.
•GREEN - Cools, soothes, regenerates.
•DARK GREEN - Soothes anxiety, grounds & balances.
•BLUE - Soothes, cools, regenerates, reduces pain.
•PURPLE - Cleanses, balances lymphatics & glands, detoxifies.
(sea Pretty Koool eh?? AllWays Lead Home thru the Diamond Path. (sea DesertFlight-May2007-4th comment-4 mor info on the diamond)

Friday, April 20, 2007


(on the left) Perhaps the stars in the sky are but openings
where those that have gone before us
into that great unknown
shine down upon us
to let us know that they are

(on the right) I have left this world but I am always with you
I have left this world but I am forever remembered
I have left this world but don't cry for me honor me
I have left this world but I will see you again
~ Francine Castro

This memorial is a revision of the one i did for Sept. 11th in 2006. It is my sincerest wish that all of those at Virginia Tech find a bit of comfort and peace from this memorial, should it somehow find its way into their lives.

The star field is from

For Ginny's friend Cheryl with Francine's poem

Thursday, April 12, 2007

I Did Not Die

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
attributed to Mary Frye (

Mom's transformation led me 2 join these folks; GriefNet - A Community of Persons Dealing With Grief, Death, and Major ( It has been a blessing talking and sharing with these folks. Recently, one of them requested this poem, which i found very inspiRing, and as usual the synchronicities did abound as i put it together, and i did a commemoRAtive of it 4 the requestors.

Synchronicities Abound! One of the things i luv about these digital images is the ability to evolve them with ongoing synchronicities! i wanted to include the swan story, as it was chosen intuitively as usual. And as usual, SpyderWoman led me to this straight away.....Swan flew through the Dreamtime, looking for the future. She rested for a moment in the coolness of the pond, looking for a way to find the entry point to the future. Dragonfly came flying by, and Swan stopped him to ask about the black hole she saw above the mountains. Dragonfly said, "Swan, that is the doorway to the other planes of imagination. I have been guardian of the illusion for many, many moons. If you want to enter there, you must be willing to accept whatever the future holds." "I will surrender to the flow of the spiral and trust what I am shown." Swan answered.
Dragonfly was very happy with Swan's answer and began to spin the magic to break the pond's illusion. So it is that we learn to surrender to the grace of the rhythm of the universe, and slip from our physical bodies into the Dreamtime. Swan medicine teaches us to be at one with all planes of consciousness, and to trust in the Great Spirit's protection. (from the book: Medicine Cards-"The Discovery of Power Through The Ways of Animals"-Jamie Sams and David Carson published by Bear and Co./Santa Fe, New Mexico-All rights reserved. Thus, i have added Dragonfly to this image. (sea StarClouDragonfly-April 2007) Because of its pure white colour, the Swan is a symbol of light. In some regions it is considered a feminine symbol of the moon, but in most it is a masculine symbol of the sun. As a symbol in alchemy, the Swan was neither masculine nor feminine, but rather symbolised 'the marriage of the opposites', fire and water. As a dream symbol, the Swan can signify self transformation, intuition, sensitivity, and even the soul, the 'higher Self' within each person. In shamanism, the Swan totem is associated with love, inspiration, intuition, self-transformation, gracefulness and beauty, and traveling to the Otherworld. ( Thus, the deepest meaning of Swan medicine is Grace, not simply the ability to live harmoniously on the physical plane, but the gift of being at home in many planes of reality, to recognize that we are more than we appear to be, that we are simultaneously physical and spiritual beings. ( (sea all these stories at
Once again, the BeautyFull Blew clouds of CorraLess form the first of the background layers. (sea StarClouDragonfly-April 2007) Also used the swan comet again. (sea SweepingGatha-October 2006)
When i googled snowflakes falling, i found this image. ( When i bemoaned the fact that i had reached the end of my photaes for images, Miche offered to provide some for me to use if i wanted. The first one she sent was of the ceiling at York Minster, and i knew immediately where it was to go! Perhaps she will post a comment to tell us it's story. In a google search for jewels (the diamond glints on snow), i found this image which expresses both tears and autumn rain. ( when i googled 4 swans in flight, i found these 3. ( (
(below- Then i found this image of wheat, wich i used as a custom brush. (

Thursday, April 05, 2007


Deep in the
sun-searched growths
the dragonfly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from
the sky.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Silent Noon

The DragonFly symbolizes Illusion and dreams. DragonFly is the power of light. The DragonFly inhabits two realms: air and water. DragonFlies, or damselflies, were connected to Freya the Norse goddess of love, fertility and warfare. Freya was famous for her beauty and her knowledge as a magician. It was she who taught Odin the shamanic practices known as seidr. The paired bodies of mating DragonFlies form the shape of a heart, perhaps being the source for that modern symbol of love. In ancient lore, the DragonFly represents transformation, adaptation and insight. ( ( In North American Indian lore, the DragonFly is the essence of the winds of change, representing the messages of wisdom and enlightenment; and communication from the elemental world. The DragonFly possesses the ability to see through illusion. They bring prosperity and harmony.( DragonFly is associated with the nature angels, devas,and fairies. If one flies into your life it may be time to hike, camp, or play with some plants. Reconnect with your elemental nature by going outdoors and finding the divine all around you.
DragonFly's wings are clear but can appear colored in different lights. Similarly, our emotions color our reality. DragonFly urges you to look beyond illusions and see the truth that is right in front of you. (
(sea allsew I Did Not Die-April 2007 & InMemoria09112006 4Mor)

Just call me
'Creativity Gone Wild'
An after affect of this wretched knee recupeRAtion i'm going thru.
i think this poem was sent from one of my soul sisters to another, but alas i cannot remember the reason. Anywho, that sister and i both love dragonflies. (The consensus seems to be that Miche found it when Rita was trying to find a name for her line of stitchery-Dragonfly Threads-makes sense qué no?)

The background is yet amother shot of The Mountain Profile, a fave subject from my life in CorralLess. And,O, the specks are not glitches in the photae, they are hot air balloons. Wouldn't you like to ride? Oops, almost forgot the source 4 the DragonFly!

Sunday, April 01, 2007



This invocation:
May Peace RAin
Down on Earth
in Every Moment
thru Every Season

Was inspired by this haiku:
Time passes,
moments live;
seasons of peace.
Joe Cabaza

i found Joe thru our hospice volunteer. She gave me his photography website address ( because she knew i did digital collages with my photos and had spoken of my like of Ansel Adams as a photographer. i was amazed at the similarities!
The background is from my friend Michelle's house in the Jemez mountains of New Mexico, and is a sister to the backgrounds used for InMemoria09112006 and SuCasa.

Michelle had a beautiful home and i also took a picture of the peace dove suncatcher that hung in her sewing room window. For the Peace symbol story, sea ProfundaPazRAflower.
For the Earth symbol story, sea ShakRArose. (sea March 2007 4 both)


Sunday, March 11, 2007


In Buddhist tradition, TaRA is much greater than a goddess -- she is a female Buddha, an enlightened one was has attained the highest wisdom, capability and compassion. The goddess TaRA is "one who can take human form and remain in oneness with the universe". TaRA embodies the feminine strengths of great caring and compassion, the ability to endure stressful and even terrifying moments, the acts of creation, and the source of sustenance and protection. (from We here on earth need this Compassion (which means "Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it." to Bee Here Now, or we will destroy everything in the wake of our dominion. Goddess Bless the World, No Exceptions! (sea the archive TaRA for more on this goddess-January 2006)
This image is a progression of ShakRArose, but with the use of my crystal heart lotus, as this is the flower associated with TaRA. (sea SuCasa-October 2006) i 'inadvertently' pasted a smaller version in2 the larger version, and thus the double lotus came into Beeing. TaRA is a RAinBow Goddess, as she is represented by many different colors, there4, i have used the chakRA colours to represent her multi-coloured aspects. (sea ShakRArose for explaNation of the chakRAs and the OM symbol of the butterfly of transformation, as well as the Hoag's galaxy story-March 2007) The goddess is from my photae of a Kwan Yin statue. Kwan Yin is the Chinese version of TaRA.
Red TaRA: also known as Kurukulla, may be called upon to exercise her powers of enchantment and bewitchment to bring under her power (dbang du bsdud) those evil spirits, demons, and humans who work against the welfare of humanity and its spiritual evolution. (from
ORAnge TaRA: the Liberator, as she is believed to be able to free prisoners and those confined in other ways. This "freeing" extends to her efficacy in helping with childbirth. (from
Yellow TaRA: or VasudhaRA, offers to all beings the gift of wealth and abundance. She helps us relax and trust in the sure abundance of both the physical and spiritual worlds. (from
Green TaRA: the "Mother Earth", a fierce goddess who overcomes obstacles, and saves us from physical and spiritual danger. (from
Azure TaRA: Rippling waves of healing balm spirit flow from your heart lotus. (from
Blue TaRA: associated with transmutation of anger. (from
Violet TaRA: the Heart of the Mother of compassion, particularly blessing you with her Mercy and Liberation (through the violet-purple light and fire which is compassion (Hrih) in action (Hum). (from
White TaRA: also known for compassion, long life, healing and serenity; also known as The Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra. As White Tara, she rose from a lotus blooming in the lake that formed from the first tear of compassion of great bodhisattva Avalokiteswara (whose human incarnation is the Dalai Lama), and is considered his consort. (from
Black TaRA: protects against all kinds of black magic, curses, spells, and epidemics, evil forces, material as well as immaterial. (from
No matter what her colour, all the TaRAs can be seen as expressions of the play of the energies of manifested form dancing out of vast emptiness. (from 'Your vishva-rupa is like a crystal which changes its color with the change of the things around it.' (from ~ Arya Tara Shragdhara stotra [Nitin Kumar's newsletter, Nov. 2000

Friday, March 02, 2007


We begin our spiRAl dance as a "Light seeking bud in the Dark of the Earth" (from Blodeuwedd on Inconstant Bard ~ We twirl and swirl thru our FLOWering until our Kundalini SpiRAl Dance reaches the place beyond desire, the 8th chakRA, BLISS, the OM of the white rose, "the Center of All Things" (from Sleipnir on Inconstant Bard, sea above) (sea ProfundaPazRAflower-March 2007- for explaNation of the Om symbol at the center of the white rose. The Other is the symbol 4 earth which is at the center of the light seeking rosebud.)

The inspiRAtion for RAinBowTaRA and ShakRaRose comes from the work of these folks. GaiaStarWorld
i discovered them thru my search for a 2007 calendar. i highly recommend exploRAtion of this site, especially their slide shows.

This image is the one that directly sparked the idea for ShakRaRose. God-Goddess Shiva Ardhanaisvara with King snake, cobras and red rose, white poppy halo, standing on orchid and parrot feather bridge, gate of Milky Way stars with seven flower discs, ocean and sky in Mendocino, red rose and Milky Way borders.
As usual, i immediately 'stumbLED' across the background image as i searched for the location of my rose photo. (sea InfinityRose-October 2006} 4 her story, and she is a PeaceRose by the way. The spiRAl peace rosebud is also from that same day.

The background is from Astronomy Picture of the Day
APOD: 2002 September 9 - Hoags Object: A Strange Ring Galaxy
Explanation: Is this one galaxy or two? This question came to light in 1950 when astronomer Art Hoag chanced upon this unusual extragalactic object. On the outside is a ring dominated by bright blue stars, while near the center lies a ball of much redder stars that are likely much older. Between the two is a gap that appears almost completely dark. How Hoag's Object formed remains unknown, although similar objects have now been identified and collectively labeled as a form of ring galaxy. Genesis hypotheses include a galaxy collision billions of years ago and perturbative gravitational interactions involving an unusually shaped core. The above photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in July 2001 reveals unprecedented details of Hoag's Object and may yield a better understanding. Hoag's Object spans about 100,000 light years and lies about 600 million light years away toward the constellation of Serpens. Coincidentally, visible in the gap (at about one o'clock) is yet another ring galaxy that likely lies far in the distance.
Then i 'stumbLED' across this golden spiRAl, (sea ProfundaPazRAflower-March 2007- 4 the Golden Mean explaNation), and this Kundalini image.

The centres seem to unfold as a flower opens to the Sun, and Kundalini glows throughout the body. And this unfoldment and glow make contact between the lower and higher bodies, bringing into the lower the influences of the higher. The heart of the Earth is one pole of Kundalini, the heart of the Sun is the other. To awaken Kundalini is to fan the Fire into a consuming Flame, burning, purifying, energizing, making conscious contact with the Universal Fire. To awaken Kundalini is to draw the Fire " from Earth beneath," " from Heaven above," so that the bodies, including the physical, become as a Rod between the two great centres. The individual, as it were, steps consciously into the space between the centres and becomes charged with the interplay of force, with Kundalini. (from

The triskele, or triple spiral, a symbol closely related to the triquetra, is a tripartite symbol composed of three interlocked spirals. The spiral is an ancient Celtic symbol related to the sun, afterlife and reincarnation. The example above comes from the Neolithic "tomb" at Newgrange, where it is supposed by some to be a symbol of pregnancy (the sun describes a spiral in its movements every three months; a triple spiral represents nine months), an idea reinforced by the womb like nature of the structure. The symbol also suggests reincarnation- it is drawn in one continuous line, suggesting a continuous movement of time. Triskeles are one of the most common elements of Celtic art; they are found in a variety of styles in both ancient and modern Celtic art, especially in relation to depictions of the Mother Goddess. They also evoke the Celtic concept of the domains of material existence- earth, water, and sky, and their interrelations.(from In the basic Celtic triskel designs, the circles represent the three domains of ancient Celtic belief: the underworld for the past, the earth world for the present, and the sky world for the divine. (from Spirals - usually reflects personal spirit, and an individual's attainment of balance in the inner consciousness and outer self. May also represent the cosmos, heavens, and water (waves). A common spiral type pattern would be the Triskele, thought to represent the Holy Trinity or the Triple Gods/Goddesses of the ancient Celts like the Trinity Knot. (from
As i searched for ChakRA symbols, i 'stumbLED' across this, A Brief Study of the Rose Cross Symbol, which equated each of the ChakRAs to a planet, whose symbols form the center of the ShakRaRoses on the left arch. Then i 'stumbLED' this site that equated each ChakRA to an astrlogical sign, which form the center of the ShakRaRoses on the right arch. The planetary and astrological symbols are filled with the Helianthus whorl. (sea ProfundaPazRAflower-March 2007)
Chakra in Hindu means "wheel." In Buddhist, Jainist, and Hindu beliefs, Chakras are vital energy centers in the body. Located in the nerve ganglia along the spine, they are conceived as spinning vortices channeling cosmic energy. Blockages or interruptions of the flow of this energy is believed to cause illness, confusion, and emotional difficulty. Traditions differ about the total number of chakras, but most agree that seven are the most potent. (from
ChakRA=MuladhaRA=Planet=Saturn=Metal=lead=Angel=Tsaphkiel=Location=sacral plexus
Muladhara, (Mooladhara),
1st Chakra
Root, or Base Chakra
Location - Kundalini Center, Base of spine (Tailbone, pelvic Floor), cohesion
Color - Red or red orange (secondary color is black)
Element - Earth
Symbol - Square
Energy - Life promoting
Frequency - 523-3 cps
Note- High C
Sense - Smell
Statement - "I want stuff"
Astrological Sign - Scorpio
Spinal Contact - 4th Sacral Vertebra
Interrelating Organ - Gonads
Functions - Gives vitality to the physical body. Life-force, survival, self-preservation, instincts
Glands/Organs - Adrenals, kidneys, spinal column, colon, legs, bones
Gems/Minerals - Ruby, garnet, bloodstone, red jasper, black tourmaline, obsidian, smoky quartz
Foods - Proteins (meant and dairy products no recommended), red fruits and vegetables
Qualities/Lessons - Matters relating to the material world, success. The physical body, mastery of the body, grounding, individuality, stability, security, stillness, health, courage, patience
Negative Qualities - Self-centered, insecurity, violence, greed, anger, overly concerned with one's physical survival, tension in the spine, constipation
The first chakra is called Mooladhara (Muladhara) the support chakra. It is the root, or base chakra. It is the seat of primal energy, kundalini shakti. In philosophical terms, the concept of mooladhara is understood as moola prakriti, the transcendental basis of physical nature. The symbol for the first chakra is a square (yantra), symbolizing the Earth, the foundation. Within the square is a downward pointing triangle, the symbol for female sexuality. Within the triangle is a linga, the symbol for male sexuality. A snake, the symbol for kundalini, coils three-and-a-half times around the linga. On the outside are four lotus petals. The first chakra concerns your connection with the earth, your birthplace, your culture, your foundation. This is the center of physical energy, and vitality. It's grounded in material reality, so this is the center of manifestation. The color red-orange is the color of vital, physical energy. The feelings most associated with the root chakra are: Fear, grief, desire, anger, and attachments. Meditation practices for this chakra are walking, touching, deep relaxation, and concentrating on the color red, spinning in the area of the root chakra. The objects and forms in this Universe must have some basis from which they evolve, and to which they return after dissolution. And, this basis, the original source of all evolution, is called moola prakriti. Mooladhara, as the basis of moola prakriti, is therefore responsible for everything that manifests in the world of name, and form. In prana vidya, mooladhara is very important because it is the generating station for prana. The awakening of prana starts from mooladhara, and ascends the spinal cord via pingala nadi. Pingala is merely the channel. The energy comes from mooladhara. Mooladhara is also the direct switch for awakening ajna chakra. Without the awakening of prana in mooladhara, there can be no corresponding awakening in ajna. Hence, in prana vidya, the relationship between mooladhara, and ajna is very important. Mooladhara is the generator, and ajna is the distributor. The location of the mooladhara in men is at the perineum, midway between the genital organ, and the anus. In women, it is located at the posterior side of the cervix, midway between the vagina, and the uterus. Here there is a point which in Sanskrit is known as Brahma granthi, the know of Brahma. As long as this knot remains intact, the energy located in this area is blocked. The moment the knot is undone, prana shakti awakens. Infinite energy, and spiritual experience emanate from mooladhara. Mooladhara is associated with the earth element, and annamaya kosha. In the pranic field it is related to apana vayu, the downward flowing force which is responsible for the excretion of urine, feces, wind, the ejaculation of semen, the force which pushes the baby out of the womb, and so on. In psychological terms, mooladhara is associated with the unconscious mind where the most primitive, and deep-rooted instincts, and fears lie. It is therefore, the gateway to heaven as well as to hell. To the lower, as well as the higher life. The beeja mantra, or master key to mooladhara is Lam. (from
Svadisthana, Swadisthana)
2nd Chakra
Abode of the Vital Force

Location - Lower abdomen, 1-2 inches below the navel, contaction
Color - Orange (depending on the school of thought)
Element - Water
Symbol - Triangle
Energy and Frequency - Unknown
Note - D
Sense - Taste
Statement - "I desire" (Anything from money to God, sex, etc.)
Astrological Sign - Libra
Spinal Contact - 1st Lumbar Vertebra
Interrelating Organ - Spleen
Functions - Procreation, assimilation of food, physical force and vitality, sexuality
Glands/Organs - Ovaries, testicles, prostate, genitals, spleen, womb, bladder
Gems/Minerals - Carnelian, coral, gold calcite, amber, citrine, gold topaz, peach aventurine
Foods - Liquids, orange fruits and vegetables
Qualities/Lessons - Giving and receiving, emotions, desire, pleasure, sexual/passionate love, change, movement, assimilation of new ideas, health, family, tolerance, surrender, working harmoniously and creatively with others
Negative Qualities - Over-indulgence in food or sex, sexual difficulties, confusion, purposelessness, jealousy, envy, desire to possess, impotence, uterine and/or bladder problems
Swadhisthana, which means 'one's own dwelling place, or 'abode', is the second chakra. It is located very near to mooladhara, and is also involved in, and responsible for, the awakening of prana shakti. The crescent moon symbolizes receptivity, and the womb. It is the symbol of femininity. On the outside are six lotus petals. Swadhisthana is considered to be the substrata for individual existence as it is the storehouse of all the latent samskaras, and impressions. Therefore, it initially forms a kind of karmic block which makes it difficult for the awakened prana to pass through this area. As the vital energy of the root chakra moves up to the spleen chakra, and is expressed at a higher level, it undergoes changes that are reflected in the colors evident in the emotional aura. The spleen also functions as a reserve battery for the body. This chakra is about friendliness, creativity, sexuality, emotions, and intuition. The second chakra also governs people's sense of self-worth, their confidence in their own creativity, and their ability to relate to others in an open, and friendly way. The color orange is considered a sociable color since it combines the physical red, and the intellectual yellow. In psychological terms, swadhisthana is associated with the subconscious mind, and therefore, with drowsiness, and sleep. When prana activates swadhisthana it can increase the desire for pleasure, especially in the form of food, and sex. These desires can be an obstacle to the awakening of prana if we become obsessed by them. We need to develop our willpower in order to pass through this center. Swadhisthana is associated with the pranamaya kosha, and corresponds to the reproductive, and urinary systems in the gross body. It is located at the base of the spine at the level of the coccyx, and pubic bone. It is also related to apana vayu, and the water element. The beeja mantra for this centre is Vam. (from
ChakRA=ManipuRA=Planet=Jupiter=Metal=tin=Angel=Tzadkiel=Location=solar plexus
Manipura, (Manipuraka),
3rd Chakra

The City of Jewels
Location - Above the navel, below the chest, lumbar center, power, expansion
Color - Yellow
Element - Fire
Symbol - Circle
Energy - Life-preserving
Frequency - 349.2 cps
Note - E
Sense - Sight
Statement - "I want happiness"
Astrological Sign - Leo
Spinal Contact - 8th Thoracic Vertebra
Interrelating Organ - N/A
Functions - Vitalizes the sympathetic nervous system, digestive processes, metabolism, emotions
Glands/organs - Pancreas, adrenals, stomach, liver, gallbladder, nervous system, muscles
Gems/Minerals - Citrine, gold topaz, amber, tiger eye, gold calcite, gold
Foods - Starches, yello fruits and vegetables
Qualities/Lessons - Will, personal power,authority, energy, mastery of desire, self-control, radiance, warmth, awakening, transformation, humor, laughter, immortality
Negative Qualities - Taking in more than one can assimilate and utilize, too much emphasis on power and/or recognition, anger, fear, hate, digestive problems
Manipura chakra literally means 'The City of Jewels'. It's development is very important for success "in prana vidya", as it is the center or storehouse of prana, and is associated with the color yellow, and the element of fire. The symbol is a triangle that is pointing down, with swastika marks on the three sides. This is the fire wheel. This chakra is associated with the sun, and the ego. It's also the center of digestion, which the Chinese call the triple warmer because heat is generated in the process of digestion. On the outside are ten lotus petals. As the sun radiates light, and energy, so manipura uses, and distributes pranic energy through-out the body, regulating, and fueling life's processes. Thus, it is often compared with the dazzling orb of the sun, without which there would be no life. This chakra vitalizes the sympathetic nervous system, digestive processes, metabolism, and emotions. The base color of the solar plexus chakra is yellow, which is the 'color of happiness'. The solar plexus is our "flight or fight" center, and where we get our gut feelings. This third chakra is the center of personal power. When the third chakra is open, you have found your own unique gift. The work that gives you pleasure, and that makes you feel fulfilled. In the martial arts, the third chakra is considered the center of the chi, the life force energy. So this chakra relates to physical abilities, and athletic prowess. This chakra is ruled by the conscious mind, and is active only while awake. It relates to digestion so a balance of energy here causes good digestion. The solar plexus is known as the "Center of the Breath." Of the three gunas, or qualities of nature, manipura is predominantly influenced by rajas, or activity, dynamism, strength, and will. Whereas, mooladhara, and swadhisthana are predominantly influenced by tamas, or lethargy, dullness, and ignorance. The element of manipura is fire, and its pranic force is samana which digests, and absorbs nutrients from food. Manipura, and swadhisthana are both the seat of pranamaya kosha. The location of manipura is at the level of the navel. The beeja mantra is Ram. (from
ChakRA=Anahata=Planet=Sun=Metal=gold=Angel=Michael=Location=cardiac plexus
Anahata, (Anahatha)
4th Chakra

or Heart Chakra
Location - Center of the chest (heart), love
Color - Green (secondary color is pink)
Element - Air
Symbol - Cross
Energy - Consciousness
Frequency - 659.3 cps
Note - F#
Sense - Touch
Statement - "I want to give and receive love"
Astrological sign - Libra
Spinal Contact - 1st Thoracic Vertebra
Interrelating Organ - Thymus
Functions - Anchors the life-force from the Higher Self. Energizes the blood and physical body with the life-force, blood circulation
Glands/Organs - Heart, thymus glad, circulatory system, arms, hands, lungs
Gems/Minerals - Emerald, green and pink tourmaline, malachite, green jade, green aventurine, chrysoprase, kunzite, rose quartz, ruby
Foods - Green fruits and vegetables
Qualities - Divine/unconditional love, forgiveness, compassion, understanding, balance, group consciousness, oneness with life, acceptance, peace, openness, harmony, contentment
Negative Qualities - Repression of love, emotional instability, out of balance, heart problems, circulation problems
Anahata chakra means 'unstruck', or 'unbeaten'. This chakra is the seat of anahata nada, the most subtle cosmic sound, which is experienced only in the highest state of meditation. This sound is said to be unstruck because it is not caused by any external friction, nor can it be heard by the ears, by the mind, or even by the psyche. It is transcendental sound which can only be perceived by pure consciousness. Being the heart center, anahata is responsible for the wakening of oneness with life which is characterized with "Universal Love". The heart chakra is the transmutation of fire into light. The symbol is two triangles, one pointing up, and the other down. They represent balance. The heart is the center, with three chakras above, and three below. The six pointed star, also known as the Star of David, symbolizes the awakening of spirituality while being firmly planted on the ground. The heart chakra is the center of compassion. When this chakra opens, you transcend the limits of your ego, and identify with other people, plants, animals, all of life. This is the humanitarian center. When your heart chakra is open, you're likely to become involved in social causes. The heart chakra is your most vulnerable place. A person with a developed anahata is generally very sensitive to the feelings of others, and the sense of touch is highly developed. These people have the power to heal others either by touch, or by radiating energy. Many people who perform miraculous healing do so through the agency of anahata. The heart center is the seat of divine love. It is here that "I" emotion is re-channeled into devotion. Vishnu granthi, the second psychic knot, representing the bondage of emotional attachment, is located here. When this knot is opened, one becomes free of all selfishness, and emotional instability, and enters a state of divine, unconditional love. This chakra is the psychological center for the evolution of idealism, the urge for expansion of self-concept, and world view. Included in this developmental area is the need to develp the capacity to love on the transpersonal point, the transference point for converting energies from the lower centers to higher ones. The heart center is almost never imbalanced unless the individual is undergoing a major transition in their life. Psychological states associated with the heart center are transition, disorientation, crisis, euphoria, extreme swings between ecstasy, and despair, feelings of loss, separation, numbness, extreme emotional sensitivity, and panic. Anahata is associated with manomaya kosha, controlling the emotions. It is at this level that we become free of fate, and begin to control our own destiny. Hence, at anahata we find the symbol of the kal Patam or the wish-fulfilling tree. When this tree starts to fruit, whatever we think or wish comes true. Anahata is located at the heart level. Its element is air, and its vayu is prana, the ascending force which controls the heart, and lungs. The beeja mantra is Yam. (from
Vishuddha, (Visshudhi)
5th Chakra
Throat Chakra

(bottom of the neck), knowledge-teaching, listening-hearing
Color-Sky Blue
Frequency-392 cps
Statement-"I want to speak freely and openly"
Astrological Sign-Gemini
Spinal Contact-3rd Cervical Vertebra
Interrelating Organ-Thyroid
Functions-Speech, sound, vibration, communication
Glands/Organs-Thyroid, parathyroid, hypothalamus, throat, mouth
Gems/Minerals-Turquoise, chrysocolia, celestite, blue topaz, sodalite, lapis lazuli, aquamarine, asurite, dyanite
Foods-Blue/Purple fruits and vegetables
Qualities/Lessons-Power of the spoken work, true communication, creative expression in speech, writing and the arts, integration, peace, truth, knowledge, wisdom, loyalty, honesty, reliability, gentleness, kindness
Negative Qualities-Communication and/or speech problems, knowledge used unwisely, ignorance, lack of discernment, depression and thyroid problems
The fifth chakra is the center of communication, so there's a powerful desire to talk about what you are experiencing. The throat chakra is the organic, and esoteric center corresponding with the thyroid gland. It is the psychological center for the evolution of creative focus, self discipline, initiative, and responsibility. Included in this developmental area is the urge to make significant contributions, and the need to develop independent and original expressions of value beyond the range of personal recognition, and gratifications. The symbol, the circle of unity with 'All That Is' comes within the triangle, indicating an increasing openness to Spirit. Vishuddhi is known as the purification centre. Into this chakra nectar falls down from hindu visarga. If open, this chakra can generate vitality, creative expression, and true wisdom. Nectar drips down into the throat causing a feeling of blissful intoxication. The element of vishuddhi is ether, or akasha. By meditating on vishuddhi the mind becomes pure, and empty, free of thought, like akasha. The ability to neutralize poison, both internally or externally, is one of the powers associated with vishuddhi. At this level all the poisonous and negative experiences of life can be absorbed and transformed into a state of bliss. This chakra, which is associated with the vijnanamaya kosha, initiates mental development, and is the center responsible for our capacity to receive thought vibrations from other people. It can act like a transistor radio, allowing one to tell into the thoughts of those who are both close by, and far away. Vishuddhi is also the center for receiving sound vibrations. When vishuddhi is purified the sense of hearing becomes very sharp, not only through the ears, but through the mind. Vishuddhi is located at the level of the throat pit, or the thyroid gland. Its vayu is udana, which controls the vocal cords, and other sensory organs. Vishuddhi is known as the fountain of youth. The challenge of the throat center is to redirect the energies of the sacral center onto the higher vibratory level; personal work, and expression becomes transpersonal building and creatorship. The resonant throat chakra begins to form a resilient bond between the physical vehicle, and the body of the conscious mind. The throat center is the chakra of "the word", the vibratory creative force that binds, and forms matter. The challenge of the throat center is to master the relationship between thought, and form, between mind, and matter, and assume responsibility for both content, and manifestation of the mind. In the yogic texts it is stated that with the awakening of this center, all diseased states can be reversed, and even an old man can become young. This is because the nectar from bindu is such a powerful, and concentrated form of prana, it is actually the source of life. The beeja mantra for vishuddhi is Ham. (from
ChakRA=Ajna=Planet=Moon=Metal=silver=Angel=Gabriel=Location=Pituitary body Ajna Chakra, Command Center,
6th Chakra

Brow Chakra, or Third Eye Center
Location - Center of the forehead, between the eyebrows, cognition
Color - Indigo (dark blue)
Element - Light, electrical or telepathic energy
Symbol - Six pointed star
Energy - Synthesizing
Frequency - 440 cps
Note - High A*
Sense - Thought
Statement - "I want to see clearly"
Astrological Sign - Aquarius
Spinal Contact - 1st Cervical Vertebra
Interrelating Organ - Pituitary
Functions - Vitalizes the lower brain (cerebellum) and central nervous system, vision
Glands/Organs - Pituitary gland (some sources say pineal gland, left eye, nose, ears
Gems/Minerals - Lapis lazuli, azurite, sodalite, quartz crystal, sapphire, indicolite tourmaline
Foods - Blue/purple fruits and vegetables
Qualities/Lessons - Soul realization, intuition, insight, imagination, clairvoyance, concentration, peace of mind, wisdom, devotion, perception beyond duality
Negative Qualities - Lack of concentration, fear, cynicism, tension, headaches, eye problems, bad dreams, overly detached from the world
Suddenly the multiplicity of petals falls away, and you are left with two huge petals. Through letting go of your attachment to the multiple distractions of the world, you enter into a Divine relationship with Spirit. This is the center of I, and Thou. The two petals represent the various forms of duality: the ego self, and the spirit self, the reasoning and the intuitive minds, the pineal, and the pituitary, the ida, and the pingala, the masculine, and the feminine. All dualities converge at this point. The triangle is the yoni, or female energy, and within it is the linga, or male energy. The linga of the first chakra was black, whereas this linga is white. The linga of the first chakra was surrounded by a snake, coiled three-and-a-half times around it, symbolizing the sleeping kundalini energy at the base of the spine. Ajna literally means 'command' or 'monitoring center'. It is also known as the guru chakra. It is the point of confluence where the three main nadis or forces, ida, pingala, and sushumna, merge into one stream of consciousness, and flow up to sahasrara. During deep meditation, when all the senses have been withdrawn, and one enters into the state of shoonya, the void, the guni then guides the aspirant from ajna to sahasrara by issuing commands through this center. *mm or OM (as in home)...The sound "o" represents the sun or third eye, and "m" represents the moon or medulla. OM unifies both sides. It also combines the "o" of the second chakra with the "m" of the sixth chakra. This tone dissolves dualities and creates unity, bringing the ego self into union with the Spirit Self. Ajna is also known as the third eye, the eye of Shiva or the eye of intuition, which gazes inward rather than outward. It is often called divya chakshu, the divine eye, or jnana chakshu, the eye of wisdom, because it is through this center that the spiritual aspirant receives revelation, and insight into the underlying nature of existence. It is the level at which direct mind-to-mind communication takes place, and the doorway through which one enters the psychic, or astral dimension. It is the source of ecstasy, extrasensory perception, clairvoyance, clairaudience, heightened intuition, and the paranormal powers. Through the power of the sixth chakra, you can receive guidance, channel, and tune into your higher Self. This is the center that enables you to experience telepathy, astral travel, and past lives. The energies of the third eye are accessible to all people regardless of their moral, and ethical values. The third eye is the Christ consciousness center. Being the center of the mind, ajna chakra represents a higher level of awareness. When ajna is developed we begin to acquire psychic powers. Therefore, it is said to resemble a knot which is called Rudra granthi, the knot of Shiva. This knot is symbolic of the attachment to one's psychic personality and to the siddhi's which accompany the awakening of ajna chakra. It effectively blocks our spiritual evolution until attachment to psychic phenomena is overcome, and the knot is freed. In ancient Egyptian paintings, and statutes, one sometimes sees a pharoah, or initiate with a snake figure coming out at this point in the forehead. This is symbolic of that person having raised the latent serpent energy to this level which is known as CHRIST Consciousness. Ajna is located at the top of the spinal cord in the mid- brain. Although it has no physiological existence, classically it is said to influence the pineal gland, which is active in young children, but which begins to decay at the time of puberty. In our system it relates to the pituitary gland, and is the master control center of the mind/body, affecting to some degree, all of the other endocrines. The trigger point for ajna, located at the eyebrow centre, is known as bhrumadhya. This is an important focal point for the practices of meditation, concentration, and visualization. For success in prana vidya, the development of ajna chakra is very important. Unless it is developed to some extent, prana can never be experienced in the form of light. The vision of light is usually first seen at ajna, or bhrunladhya, or in chidakasha, the space of consciousness which is directly associated with ajna. In the practice of prana vidya, ajna acts as the control center for the distribution of prana. If the vision of light at ajna is well developed, we will have no difficulty in visualizing the raising of prana and its movement throughout the body. Otherwise we have to use our imagination and thinking until we can develop the actual experience. The prana associated with ajna is vyana vayu, the all pervasive force. The tattwa or element is manas, the mind. This is the point where the mind changes from 'gross to subtle'. From outward to inward. Ajna is associated with vijnanamaya kosha and its beeja' mantra is Om. (from
ChakRA=SahasraRA=Planet=Mercury=Metal=mercury=Angel=Raphael=Location=Pineal gland
Sahasrara Chakra,
7th Chakra
Crown, or Wisdom Chakra

Location - Top of the Head, pure consciousness
Color - Purple (Violet, could also be gold)
Element - Thought/will (Cosmic Energy)
Symbol - Lotus
Energy - Integration
Frequency - 493 cps
Note - High B
Sense - "I want to be lazy (The seventh day is a day of rest)
Astrolog cal Sign - Pisces
Spinal Contact - None
Interrelating Organ - Pineal.
Functions - Vitalizes the upper brain (cerebrum)
Glands/Organs - Pineal gland, cerebral cortex, central nervous system, right eye
Gems/Minerals - Amethyst, alexandrite, diamond, sugilite, purple fluorite, quartz crystal, selenite
Foods - This chakra is associated with the idea of fasting: Also violet (purple) fruits and vegetables
Qualities/Lessons - Unification of the Higher Self with the human personality, oneness with the Infinite, spiritual will, inspiration, unity, divine wisdom and understanding, idealism, selfless service, perception beyond space and time, continuity of consciousness
Negative Qualities - Lack of inspiration, confusion, depression, alienation, hesitation to serve, senility
Sahasrara, the seat of supreme consciousness, is located at the brahmarandra, or crown-of the head. It is said to be the highest psychic center, but actually it is not a psychic center at all, because it is beyond the realm of the psyche. The symbol is the fully open lotus, the flower in fullest bloom, symbolizing being totally open to the Light. You've lost all individual identity, and now you merge with 'All That Is'. You become a fully realized being. This is self-realization, the peak experience of which is called samadhi. Sahasrara is the culmination of the progressive ascension through the different chakras. It is the master switch controlling the awakening of all the chakras from mooladhara to ajna. The power of the chakras does not reside in the chakras themselves, but in sahasrara. The chakras are only switches, with all the potential lying in sahasrara. Not actually a chakra, sahasrara is the totality, the absolute, which results from the merging of cosmic consciousness with cosmic prana. When kundalini shakti reaches sahasrara, it is known as the union between Shiva and Shakti. With this union, self-realization or samadhi dawns. At this point, individual consciousness dies, and universal consciousness is born. The crown chakra is the organic, and esoteric center corresponding with the pineal gland. It is the psychological center for evolution of the will to intuitive capacity, essence experience, self-actualization, and the need for a sense of transcendent unification, or personal experience of the divine. The challenge of the crown chakra is to redirect the energy of the solar plexus center-personal mind, and communication-onto the higher vibrational level of the crown chakra-transpersonal mind (intuitive), and channelship. The resonant crown center begins to form a resilient bond between the physical body, and the body of the collective consciousness. The challenge of the crown chakra is responsible channelship, and a conscious alignment with the higher self. By means of the awakened crown center one is in this world, but not of it and may function as an avenue of grace, healing, and spiritual power into the physical plane. If this center is closed, the person probably doesn't have an experiential connection to their spirituality. They probably don't have that "cosmic feeling", and don't understand what people are talking about when they speak of their spiritual experiences. If this center is open, a person experiences their spirituality in a very personal form, unique to that individual. This spirituality is not connected to or defined by dogma, or easily related with words. It is rather a state of being, a state of transcendence of the mundane reality into the infinite. It goes beyond the physical world, and creates in the individual, a sense of wholeness, peace and faith, giving them a sense of purpose to their existence. Sahasrara is visualized as a thousand petaled lotus, unfolding into eternity. It is infinite in dimension, like a huge radiant dome. In the physical body, its point is at the very crown of the head from where it is visualized as extending outward in all directions. Sahasrara is associated with the body of bliss, or anandamaya kosha and can be awakened through daily meditation. (from