Astrology And The Chakras: Two Sides Of The Same Coin
Traditionally, these two systems have little or nothing to do with each other, the former primarily affecting the outer world or the macrocosm and the latter affecting the inner world or the microcosm. As we’ll soon see, these two systems are just two sides of the same coin that complement each other and deepen our understanding of both.
On sacred psychology of the horoscope
The basic system of correspondence I will be using here comes from teachers with whom I have studied in the Kriya Yoga lineage.
The general system of “Chakrian horoscopes” and their guidelines for interpretation are my own, developed over more than a decade of working with these basic correspondences. Let’s start by exploring some of the core ideas of chakric philosophy.
In Sanskrit, the word chakra (sometimes spelt “chakra”) literally means “wheel”. In yogic philosophy, this term refers to the psychospiritual centres along the spine, each of which is associated with a different archetypal principle of consciousness.
Although there are literally thousands of chakras throughout the subtle body, yogic philosophy usually emphasizes only seven or eight of them. Let us briefly consider these primary points and their planetary associations.
What are the chakras?
Chakra 1, at the base of the spine, is called Muladhara. Its element is the earth and it is ruled by the planet Saturn.
From a psychological point of view, this concerns the relationship to the material level and the principle of limitation in both constructive and destructive aspects. In it’s a more unbalanced expression, it controls the urge to survive as well as conditions such as greed and fear, while its more balanced expression indicates qualities such as practicality and worldly ability (economy, science, etc.).
Chakra 2 is called Svadisthana. It’s element is water and it is ruled by the planet Jupiter. Psychologically, it is one of the centres that deal with emotions. At its coarser levels of expression, it rules such conditions as escapism, excess, and dogmatism, while its more constructive expressions involve enthusiasm and religious devotion.
Chakra 3 is called Manipura. It’s element is fire and Mars is its government planet. This chakra rules emotions in their more dynamic and energetic forms. Hence, in it’s less refined state, it relates to anger and willingness to fight and is more positively expressed as strength and assertiveness.
Chakra 4 is called Anahata. Its element is air and its corresponding planet is Venus.
The psychological focus is on love, beauty and allure, and it regulates the ability to be in harmony in all romantic and social interactions. In its unbalanced form, it creates a propensity for hedonism, lust for pleasure, and excessive “sweetness” of temperament, while when balanced it can evoke an extraordinary sense of aesthetics and even selfless love.
Chakra 5 is called Vishudda. Its element is ether and is ruled by the planet Mercury.
The psychological focus of this chakra is on mental self-expression and the ability to formulate or verbalize thoughts. When unbalanced, it generates chaotic thoughts and / or communication, while its constructive expression tends to be more creative, spiritual thinking and refined communication skills.
Chakra 6 is called Chandra and is ruled by the moon. Although Paramahansa Yogananda has been overlooked in most of the published discussions about the chakras, she described this as the feminine polarity of the Ajna chakra, or “third eye” (to be considered next).
Its emphasis is on consciousness in its most reflexive or introspective manner, and it rules such qualities as promoting compassion and psychological sensitivity. His destructive expressions include experiencing fear, emotional dependence, and preoccupation with the past.
Chakra 7 is called Ajna and is in the middle of the forehead, also known as the “third eye”. It’s corresponding planet is the sun, and it governs the principle of pure consciousness in its most active, visionary and expressive form as well as the higher will.
In its balanced state, it rules over creativity, spiritual energy and self-expression, while in an unbalanced form it manifests as selfishness, self-will, “dry” awareness without compassion and an urge for attention.
Chakra 8 is called Sahasrara, the “crown chakra” or “thousand-petalled lotus” and it is on top of the head above the other chakras.
While the previous Ajna chakra represents the highest realization of personal divinity (perceived as a five-pointed star in meditation), the Sahasrara governs our point of contact with the transpersonal divine, the level of “God-consciousness”. However, since this chakra represents a transcendental point beyond the more personal chakras (and, by inference, their astrological correlates), it is largely dormant for most people and can be left out of our subsequent discussion for the sake of clarity.
Chakra Planet Keywords
(8) Sahasrara : The Transcendent, Inspiration.
(7) Ajna – Sun : Active Consciousness, Higher Will.
(6) Chandra – moon : Prudence, memory.
(5) Vishudda – Mercury : Thinking, communication.
(4) Anahata – Venus : Harmony, love.
(3) Manipura – Mars : Power, Strength, Control.
(2) Svadisthana – Jupiter Like expanse, emotionality.
(1) Muladhara – Saturn : Structure, limitation.
The Twelve Secondary Chakra States
So far we have only looked at the chakras in their simplest possible description. In fact, most chakras have at least three different aspects or faces: feminine (introverted), masculine (extroverted), and spiritual (balanced).
In other words, each chakra can be redirected to either its right side or its left side, or it can be experienced in the centre of the spine in a perfectly balanced manner. In their right and left side, the chakras are assigned to the twelve signs of the zodiac.
In each of these three aspects, the psychic energy of any given chakra will manifest in uniquely different ways.
For example, the fifth or Mercury chakra, when experienced in its more masculine form (Gemini), will generally manifest itself as interpersonal communication in the waking world, while its more feminine (Virgo) side will tend, or perhaps appear, to more internalized thought processes even in a dream state. However, in its balanced state within the central channel, Mercury rules the mystical mind, that aspect of the mentality that really connects with the mind.
Some traditional esoteric sources, e.g. B. Cornelius Agrippa, expressed the same idea in the following way: Saturn rules Aquarius by day and Capricorn by night; Jupiter rules Sagittarius by day and Pisces by night; Mars rules Aries by day and Scorpio by night; Venus rules Libra by day and Taurus by night; Mercury rules Gemini by day and Virgo by night; while the sun and the moon rule over one sign, Leo and Cancer. But only in the centre of each chakric level does the energy of this chakra manifest itself in a spiritually balanced way, beyond the dualistic qualities of the zodiac wheel.
In the broadest sense, the seven classical planets relate to the twelve signs in a surprisingly accurate way. You just turn the zodiac around until it aligns with these chakric placements.
What to do with the three outer planets They coincide with the first three chakras, in accordance with the signs of the zodiac with which they are usually associated through rulership.
Therefore, Pluto corresponds to the feminine side of the Mars chakra (Scorpio), Neptune corresponds to the feminine side of the Jupiter chakra (Pisces) and Uranus corresponds to the masculine side of the Saturn chakra (Aquarius).
In yogic philosophy, each of these peripheral chakric centres represents a kind of memory tract or “storage place” for karmas and life impressions;
What we feel, think and experience is logged into the energy fields of the spine. In this way, habit patterns (or samskaras, in yogic terminology) are built up over time and etched into the subconscious psyche, where it continues to force us into certain behaviours from lifetime to lifetime
The Chakra Science of Personality
Every personality is made up of these basic archetypal elements, albeit in very different combinations. Depending on an individual’s karmic patterns, subtle energies are concentrated in different areas of the chakric system, where they are then used for either constructive or destructive purposes.
In this way, complex patterns are constellated in the chakric centres of an individual. Although each person experiences all of these centres to one degree or another, certain chakras are more likely to be dominant for some than for others. Hence, a more artistic person can emphasize the fourth chakra, while an intellectual type can emphasize the fifth chakra and so on.
A useful way to illustrate this point is to think of sub-personalities, as each chakra has its own unique characteristics or “personifications”.
Using this system of correspondences, we can describe the various chakras in the following ways: The first or Saturn chakra can be metaphorically described as “inner politician” or “inner architect”; the second or Jupiter chakra is the “Inner Optimist” or the “Inner Preacher”; the third or Mars chakra is simply the “inner warrior”; the fourth or Venus chakra is the “Inner Beloved” or the “Inner Artist”; the fifth or Mercury chakra is the “inner communicator” or “inner thinker”; the sixth or lunar chakra is the “Inner Mother” or the “Inner Queen”; The seventh or solar chakra is the “inner father” or the “inner king”.
Certain chakric levels will be highlighted in any given horoscope, and this will determine a person’s most dominant sub-personalities.
Chakra interpretation of the use of the signs
We have seen how the twelve signs correspond to the different chakras by turning the zodiac around until Cancer and Leo are on top of the wheel.
The placement of a person’s planets within these various signs will, therefore, provide important clues as to which chakric levels will be highlighted. For example, any major constellation of planets in Libra or Taurus would indicate a strong focus of attention, karmically speaking, on the teachings of the heart, or fourth, chakra, while planets in Scorpio or Aries would indicate a focus of energies on the navy or thirdly Chakra and so on.
Theoretically, these chakric stresses would manifest themselves as energy patterns in the corresponding areas of the aura, which in turn would be perceptible for sufficiently clairvoyant persons.
This type of interpretation can be refined to a considerable degree as each planet is different in the way that it amplifies a given chakric plane.
For example, Saturn located in one chakra has a dramatically different effect than when Jupiter is found in the same chakra centre. In particular, wherever Saturn is placed, it shows in which area of the experience one feels particularly challenged to grow, or, in its most frustrating form, where one feels denied in some way. In a more subtle sense, of course, the placement of Saturn indicates the chakric level at which one can also find the greatest depth of wisdom transmitted from past lives.
In any case, you would probably have to work very hard in order to achieve the desired results on the chakric plane inhabited by Saturn, although for this reason the rewards of this chakra could also be appreciated much better, as a man in the desert would have more value on a glass of water than on a man who swims in a river. In contrast, Jupiter, in whatever chakra it is placed, indicates where one experiences obvious blessings and happiness, where there are a more fluid opening and the expression of life energies – possibly too abundant.
The most important signifiers to look for chakras are the sun, moon and ascendant. Just by studying these basic points, I believe, one can learn a lot about an individual’s chakric focus in this life.
For example, the Sun in Gemini would strongly indicate an increased focus on the throat chakra of mentality and communication, whereas the Sun in Capricorn would indicate an intense direction of energies towards the earth plane and the establishment of success, appreciation, or simply balance above that level. As most astrologers know, these primary indicators (sun, moon, and ascendant) have their own unique and subtly different shades of meaning – a source of lively debate among astrologers over the years.
My own feeling in this matter is that the moon indicates the chakric plane from which one comes both emotionally and karmically; the ascendant shows where the everyday personality is present in this life, in the form of visible, habitual ways of thinking and relating; and the sun indicates the chakric direction one strives for in this life and which one tries to bring into creative manifestation.
So this was just the briefest introduction to yogic-chakra philosophy and some of the ways to illuminate our understanding of the conventional or western horoscope.
It is my hope that further exploration of this synthesis in the years to come will lay the foundation for a true “sacred psychology” that more fully unleashes the spiritual potentials of astrology.