The Basics of Chakras

Common sense warning, as always, please use a healthy dose of common sense and always seek medical treatment for any ailment.

What are Chakras?

Chakras are focus points that allow the subtle energies of our spiritual bodies to accumulate and assimilate as the energy moves within and through us. When a person’s chakras are strong and balanced, their energy system will be balanced and healthy. When one or more of the chakras are out of balance or shut down completely, the body will manifest dis-ease with symptoms corresponding to the particular unbalanced chakra(s).

Traditional thought holds that there are 7 major chakras located at different points on the head and spinal column. There are also a multitude of other “minor” chakras throughout the rest of the body, including in the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.

Many of the deities themselves have energies that work well with one or more chakras. For instance, Yemaya works well with the heart chakra while Thor’s energy corresponds with many attributes of the Solar Plexus. There are also many correlations with chakra work and gemstones, which is why the information was included under each particular stone.

Crown Chakra


Location: top of the head

Element: ether

Color: white, gold or violet

Stones: clear quartz, rutilated quartz, or amethyst

Function: connects us to our higher self, the divine, the timeless, and the higher truth

Related Illnesses: Skin disorders, chronic fatigue not related to a physical illness or disorder

Brow Chakra


Location: at the third eye which is about an inch above where the two eyebrows meet the noseAjna2

Element: Air

Color: indigo blue

Stones: kyanite, lapis lazuli, amethyst, sodalite

Function: opens the psychic abilities allowing us to see the bigger picture

Related Illnesses: Chronic headache, sinusitis, brain tumor, seizures, vison problems, aneurysms, allergies, stroke

Throat Chakra


VishuddhaLocation: the vocal cord region of the neck

Element: Air

Color: sky blue or turquoise

Stones: amazonite, blue topaz, blue calcite, blue lace agate

Function: related to communication, creativity and self-identity, and allows us to understand the world through vibration

Related Illnesses: Thyroid dysorders, tonsillitis, chronic sore throat or laryngitis, esophageal cancer, mouth uclers/cancer, gum dysorders, TMJ, swollen lymph nodes

Heart Chakra


Location: in the center of the chestAnahata

Element: water

Color: green or pink

Stones: aventurine, jade, rose quartz, rhodochrosite

Function: it connects the upper chakras to the lower chakras in perfect balance of unconditional/universal love and compassion

Related Illnesses: Breast cancer, asthma or allergies, lung cancer, bronchitis, all heart dysfunctions, and upper back and shoulder pain

Solar Plexus Chakra


ManipuraLocation: just below the upward curve of the ribs

Element: fire

Color: yellow

Stones: amber, citrine, yellow topaz, golden tiger eye, yellow calcite

Function: rules our personal power, sense of self, will, autonomy, self confidence, and metabolism

Related Illnesses: Eating disorders, liver dysfunction or hepatitis, diabetes, ulcers, arthritis, pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer, and acid reflux

Sacral Chakra


Location: the “squishy insides” just below the belly buttonSvadhishthana

Element: water

Color: orange

Stones: carnelian or sunstone

Function: it connects us to the world through feeling, desire, sensuality, passion, and creativity, and source of the ability to nurture yourself and nurture other people

Related Illnesses: Ob/gyn problems or disorders, urinary track problems, pelvic or lower back pain, impotency, sciatica


Root Chakra



Location: at the end of the tailbone or pubic bone

Element: fire and earth

Color: red

Stones: red tiger eye, red jasper, garnet, ruby

Function: survival chakra that connects us with our needs, grounding, balance, stability, and ultimately procreation

Related Illnesses: Lower back pain, depression, immune-related disorders, sciatica, colon or prostate cancers, varicose veins


Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System As a Path to the Self by Andorea Judith