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Chakra Colors:
A Rainbow of Information

Chakra colors correspond to the colors of the rainbow.

What Are the Chakras?

But first, what are chakras? Chakras are energy centers, or portals in the human energy field. Located along the central channel of the body from the base of the spine to the top of the head, they are conceived of as whirling, wheel-like vortices through which universal/cosmic energy flows into and out of a person.

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There are seven major chakras, plus many minor ones. Each chakra corresponds to specific glands, organs, and facets of your being. Each also has a distinct color.

About Chakra Colors

Chakra colors, while usually staying within their respective color families, do change, however. For example, if you're feeling mellow, your third chakra might be a soft, buttery yellow, while if you're feeling very ambitious and energetic, it might be a bright, strong yellow.

Your chakras can also contain small amounts of other colors, depending on what's going on with you. Such things as health, emotional state, emotional attachments, and thought forms can influence this.

More on chakra color variations later. But first, the basic chakra colors:

Colors of the Chakra

Number Common English Name Location Color Related To
1 Root Chakra Base of spine Red Survival, safety, physical self
2 Sacral Chakra Low abdomen, lower back, reproductive organs Orange Sexuality, creativity, pleasure
3 Solar Plexus Chakra Solar Plexus (upper abdomen between navel and sternum) Yellow Personal power, will, self-esteem
4 Heart Chakra Center of body at heart level Green Unconditional love, healing
5 Throat chakra Base of throat Light blue Communication, truth, self-expression
6 Brow chakra, Third Eye Forehead, between and slightly above eyebrows Indigo Intuitive sight (insight), physical sight; intellect
7 Crown Chakra Top of head White or violet Spiritual life and experience, connection to the divine, sense of oneness, pure consciousness, transcendence

Chakra Color Variations and Their Meaning

Variations in chakra color can indicate a person's present state of health and spiritual wellness.

When the color of a chakra is a clear, appealing variation of the basic color, it's probably fairly healthy.

Discolorations, especially muddy or gray shades or markings, can indicate imbalance, blockage, or pollution/adulteration (e.g. from thought forms, unprocessed emotions, illness, drugs, addiction, depression, etc.). Streaking or weakness of color can also indicate problems.

However, flecks of other colors in a chakra whose color is otherwise rich, pure, and strong do not indicate a problem.

If you sense that one of your chakras needs some support, you might spend some time sending it a clear tint of its appropriate color.

Here are some possible interpretations of chakra color variations. Keep in mind that these are just suggestions, and that every person must be interpreted on a case-by-case basis. (In the chart, "unclear" means gray, blotchy, muddy, streaked, or any other distortion from a pure, clear color.)

Chakra Colour Chart: Variations

Color Condition Possible Problem
Basic color is weak Chakra is under-functioning
Gray areas or overlay Chakra function is depressed, tainted or shadowed with thought forms, unprocessed emotions, illness, drugs, addiction, contamination from another person, depression, etc.
Brown areas or overlay Overattachment to physical world; chakra is manifesting at the low end of its possible vibration
Black Can mean many things, including power, excessive use of power, despair, blind spot, dead zone
Too much white Can mean many things, including spirituality, higher consciousness, purity, excessive spirituality, coldness, dead zone
Unclear purple Problems in spiritual life; misdirection or thwarting of spiritual power; difficulties with choices; self-delusion/grandiosity; difficulty experiencing the divine; spaciness; undirectedness; impracticality; "head in the clouds"; depression, alienation, confusion
Unclear indigo Lack of imagination, lack of vision, distorted vision, self-delusion, distorted imagination, misuse of intuition, blocked or clouded intuition, headaches, vision problems, nightmares
Unclear light blue Difficulty expressing self; needing to over-explain self; problems with seeing or expressing truth; creative difficulties; difficulty expressing own needs; deception of self or others; problems with neck, shoulders, thyroid
Unclear green Problems with forming or keeping relationships; holding back love; difficulty accepting love; love manifesting at a low vibration; unhealthy relationships; unhealed emotional trauma; lack of sense of connection to the divine or to nature; unresolved sorrow; problems with heart or lungs; asthma
Unclear yellow Over-emphasis on thought; unclear or distorted thinking; rigid thought patterns; limiting or distorting thought forms; depressed personal power; low self-esteem; compromised will; overuse of will to manifest desires; difficulty manifesting desires; shame; problems with digestion, hypertension, fatigue, adrenals
Unclear orange Emotions are unhealthy; energy level is depressed or distorted; exhaustion; compromised sexual energy; inability to experience joy; difficulty changing; guilt; problems with sexual or urinary systems, lower back
Unclear red Survival fears; insecurity; lack of groundedness; over-emphasis on ego; anger issues; over-emphasis on the physical world (usually due to fear); lacking awareness or subtlety; lacking imagination, hopes, or dreams; over-grounded; plodding; habitual; "tied down"; problems with legs, feet, skeletal system, large intestine; weight problems (over or under); problems with bowels

What If I Can't See the Colors of the Chakras?

Truly, don't worry if you don't see chakra colors. For the most part, I don't "see" them. I'm very verbal, and more often when I'm working with someone's chakras, I get a word for the color (e.g. lime green), followed by a sense of the color in my mind's eye. Everyone experiences subtle energy differently, and one way is not better than another.

Chakra Care by Nancy Hausauer And there are many other ways besides color to gauge the health of a chakra. You can learn a host of them in my book, "Chakra Care: Do-It-Yourself Energy Healing for a More Joyful, Loving, Fruitful Life.” Several pages are devoted to each chakra, helping you determine whether it is healthy and balanced or needing some additional support. Following that are many activities and exercises you can do to help bring the chakra into greater balance and health.

There are also many more articles about chakras on this website. You can get access to all 20 on the Chakras main page..

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