Root Chakra Symbol
The intricate root chakra symbol contains multiple images with linear meanings. Always illustrated as red — the color of vitality and awakening — it is governed by the element of earth and Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of vitality, destruction, and regeneration. Depicted as the “Master of Animals,” Lord Shiva governs the root chakra with the help of wise, powerful animals.
Animal Symbolism associated with the root chakra
Historically revered as a symbol meaning wisdom and strength, the elephant represents the root, or Muladhara, chakra. In various spiritual traditions, from Hinduism to Shamanism, the elephant is symbolic of compassion, intelligence, confidence, and ancient wisdom. All of which are representative of the root chakra and the Kundalini energy it houses.
- Rasa (plasma)
- Rakta (blood)
- Mamsa (muscles)
- Meda (fat)
- Ashti (bone)
- Majja (bone marrow)
- Shukra (semen)
Symbols of the Awakening the Mind
Two remaining elements of the Muladhara chakra symbol are the lotus flower and inverted triangle.
The root chakra image is surrounded by four red lotus petals — each representing a different element of the human psyche, which are:
Housed within the root chakra symbol is an upside down triangle with a dualistic meaning. The most common explanation is the downward cone shape is indicative of the funneling of knowledge to the seed (the triangle’s point) out of which wisdom and spiritual awakening sprouts. From the other direction, the triangle’s sides are symbolic of the broadening of one’s consciousness.