Understanding The 12 Chakras And What They Mean

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The 12 Chakras

12 Chakras

You may be familiar with the 7 major chakras of the human body. But did you know that some chakra systems count 12 or more chakras? In order to enhance your understanding of the energy body, it is essential to know your 12 chakras. Familiarity with the 12 chakra system adds depth, context, and appreciation for your understanding of how chakras work and how to best balance energies in your life.

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What Is The 12 Chakra System?

The idea of a 12 chakra system is considered as relatively new. As much as one may appreciate simplicity in learning about the chakras, there is no unique or unified understanding of the 12-chakra system to this day.  The knowledge about the 12 chakras mostly comes from modern perspectives expressed by contemporary healers and energy workers.

Put simply, there are 2 main types of configurations presented in modern healing schools of thoughts: The 12 chakras are located either both inside and outside of the body or all inside:

  • The first one locates 5 additional chakras outside of the human body in addition to the 7 primary chakras located from the base of the spine up to the crown. This is the most common way to represent the 12-chakra system, including one chakra below the root chakra and the remaining ones above the crown.
  • Another one includes all 12 chakras inside the human body, positioning 5 additional energy centers in-between the commonly known 7 chakras.

Despite the numerous variations of 12 chakras configurations, it’s important to note that the most commonly referenced energy centers are two additional chakras above the crown and the Earth chakra (or chakra located below the root chakra and the surface of the earth).

The 12 Chakras: Our Connection to the Universe

Simply, the 12-chakra system brings forth the vision of our connection to the entire universe.

The premise of the 12 chakra system is that all living beings are part of a whole.  Each of us is grounded to the earth and linked to the universe via a thin cable. That cable stretches from roughly three feet below your feet to miles and miles up through the atmosphere and on deep into outer space.

Cyndi Dale, energy healer and author of the “Advanced Chakra Wisdom”, emphasizes the 12-chakra system as a way to use a wider range of energies for healing. Using 12 chakras allows us to draw from powerful energies outside of the human body and get in touch with the whole array of dimensions of our human experience.

Even though contemporary healers mention the existence of additional chakras, it’s said that shamanic traditions have used the extraneous chakras or “power centers” for millennia for their healing practices.  In many ancient traditions, earth and sky energies are believed to mix within the human body. The twelve-chakra system is a vivid representation of this belief.

Organization of the 12 Chakra System

Working on the assertion you are already familiar with what a chakra is and the basic seven energy centers, let’s focus on the remaining five introduced in the 12 chakra system. Similar to the format of standard spiritual chakra charts, each one of the five additional chakra possesses their own location, color, and function.

The traditional chakra colors follow the spectrum of the rainbow, while the extended system may add colors associated with metals or other elements. Among them are gold, platinum, and a combination of colors that are sometimes referred to as “opalescence” or “iridescence” for the highest frequencies.

The 8th and 9th chakras are generally represented above the head, and the 10th chakra slightly under the ground. However, we can find descriptions of the twelve chakra system locating the 8th chakra underground and the remaining higher energy centers above the crown.

To sum it up, the number of additional chakras is the same, but the order in which they are presented is slightly different. Below is a presentation of the two main series of 12 chakras with a slight variation where the 8th chakra is interchanged with the 10th chakra between the first and second system.

12 Chakra Chart #1

12 chakra chart
The position of chakra #8 et #9 above the crown chakra is a fairly common representation of the higher chakras. The following chakra chart contains 12 energy centers and locates the “underground” earth chakra in 10th position.

  • 8th chakra – Located slightly above the crown chakra, about 1 inch above it. With the 8th chakra, we enter realms transcending space and time. This energy center is said to open access to parallel universes and lives; it gives access to the realm of the Akashic records and the sphere of potentialities in the making. It is a useful center for shamanic healing and communication with spirit guides.
  • 9th chakra – Located further above the crown chakra, the 9th chakra is said to be the “seat of the soul.” It allows access to your soul’s code or higher purpose. It can be seen as the door to archetypal energies or patterns that play an important role in shaping our destiny.
  • 10th chakra – Located about a foot and a half below the surface of the ground. It ensures our connection with the earth. Because it works primarily with the energies of the earth, it is very physical in nature. It participates to our physical well-being and connects us to the grounding energies of the earth and our environment. Just like the first (or root) chakra, it is useful to heal any bone and bone marrow-related issues. It can also play a role in any DNA-reltated or hereditary issues.
  • 11th chakra – Located outside of the human body, it is said to be accessible through the hands and feet. It makes up and energy field that connects of human sphere of influence to the supernatural. Shamans can use this chakra’s dimension to produce magic and influence the physical with supernatural powers. The 11th chakra emphasizes the mind as a powerful tool to shape matter.
  • 12th chakra – Located on the outskirts of the 12-chakra system, it allows us to stretch beyond our common sphere of understanding into universal unity with all that is. It is said that it’s the chakra of mastery of the soul’s purpose through our human existence.

12 Chakra Chart #2

The second 12 chakra chart we present will include the following centers:

  • Earth chakra — (8th) — Located roughly three feet below into the earth at your feet. — Brown — No matter where you are, the earth chakra keeps you grounded. This chakra anchor harnesses all the pieces of the human puzzle, from DNA to bone and blood. NOTE: Depending on individual interpretation of chakra study, the location of the 8th chakra varies, but its function as grounding chakra epicenter is the same. Additional locations range form between the heart and throat chakras to just above the crown chakra. Another interpretation states the human aura is the 8th chakra; conglomeration of all chakra energy.
  • Lunar chakra — (9th) — Located just above the (7th) sahasrara chakra or crown chakra. — Silver or white — The ninth chakra links you to the energies of the moon. It is the main hub for karmic understanding and channeling that governs intelligence, communication with spirit guides, and funnels information about incarnations.
  • Solar chakra — (10th) — Resides above the ninth chakra. — Gold — Associated with masculine energy, the solar chakra governs your ability to live your dreams. This chakra helps you to focus your will to remove blockages and give your existence purpose.
  • Galactic chakra — (11th) — Located just above the solar chakra. — Mixture of violet, gold and silver — Considered a channel for prophecy, the 11th chakra governs your ability to transcend space and time and allows you to access the Akashic Records, also referred to as the Universe’s cosmic “Book of Life.”
  • Universal chakra — (12th) — Located above the galactic chakra. — Multi-faceted, multi-colored orbs of light — Known as the chakra of Universal Consciousness, the 12th chakra allows you to transcend the mundane to reach Enlightenment and commune with the Divine.

References On The 12 Chakras

  • Cyndi Dale, “Advanced Chakra Wisdom”


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107 Responses to 12 Chakras

  • ricky ricardo Ph.D.,

    With all do respects, and no offense meant, but for those who are serious about Vedic Metaphysics, what a bunch of goofy projections!  So that you at least consider taking my comments seriously – I have been deeply practicing pranayamic kriya yoga for over 4 decades with great intensity and devotion, with a lot of direct experiences deep in pratyahara. Many of those decades included 3-4 hours a day and 8 hour weekly meditations. When you enter pratyahara, you know it. Until you enter pratyahara, you are a victim of the little Unconscious anima/animus projecting its accumulated information onto the screen of your conscious mind.  Little anima/animus, the living legacy of the ego busy trying not to let go of its fragile existence. It grabs bits and bobs from here and there, distorts genuine intuitions, all into the language it has accumulated from God knows where!  Adds its own version so it can pound on its chest and claim ownership, as opposed to feeling terrible fragile and diminutive death in the face of the vast infinity knocking at the door of its fragile little existential existence.  “Struts and frets is hour upon the stage, then is heard no more!” What a fearsome experience for the little ego.  It dresses itself up in the metaphysical garb, adding coat upon coat like a poor bum, preparing to go quietly into the cold winter night – rather than simply shut the bloody hell up and allow the vastness of God-ness to reduce it to nakedness and dress it with Truth. 

    Until a level of Realization is experienced, all your perceptions should be confined to your personal notebook for that time in years to come, when it will be useful. Even the greatest Avatars, who in previous incarnations achieved nirvakalpa samadhi, still take years of freeing themselves from the Collective Unconscious that is just part and parcel to being in a body on this plane.  Consider this, perhaps before redefining the ancient Vedic Tradition. 

    Now I start with this, so that you might consider my comments serious.  I am not claiming any levels of realization, only dedication sincerity devotion and intention.  Also a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Psychology. Just consider these observations. 

    This is the problem with so many new age brothers and sisters – get enthusiastic about experiencing transcendence from the limited ego consciousness.  Maybe a little intuitive experience, read a bunch, and the next thing you know, you are redefining the metaphysical world! ‘Chakra clearing! hanging out with spiritual guides… 12 chakras! OMG!  I’m sorry, but this is not the way it works. These are ‘projections’s of the Unconscious. They have no more or less validity than the screwed up church dogma, persecuting the sacred feminine – all this has persisted for centuries, also living in the Collective Unconscious, claiming to be ‘true’.  How consciousness enters the body has been specifically understood and defined by ancient rishis living in the Satya Yuga. This is NOT the Satya Yuga! We are barely into the first ascending yuga with another 10k+years to go! And it is safe to assume you folks are not Avatars! 

    I hope you consider this, assume a little humility for a couple of decades and let Soul Consciousness create a new reference point to counter the ignorance of the Collective Unconscious…so that some of your readers may escape the gravity of yet another constructed dogma. If others wish to play in this projection, then enjoy it like street theatre, just don’t call it Shakespeare!  Spiritual Realization comes only with a brutal destruction of comforting cherished ego projections that form the prison of human consciouniousness. With Kindness and compassion, Ricky

  • Val Jon Farris

    Greetings and thank you for this wonderful Chakra information. My name is Val Jon Farris and I’m an author about to publish my second book, “Travelers Within: Journeys Into being Human and Beyond.” I would like to ask permission to add your Chakra graphics in my book. I have my own interpretation of the Chakras which line up with what you have published but they are unique to my work. (I have what are called “The 12 Phases of human evolution” and each Phase has a correlation with each Chakra.) My work is not metaphysical and is a totally different genre than what you offer but is complementary in many ways.

    I would be happy to send you my pre-production draft manuscript as well as provide you full credit in my book if you are willing to allow your art to appear in my publication. I plan on publishing the end of June and would love to hear back from you.  Thanks so much for your consideration!  Val Jon

  • peter

    there i have a theory if anyone would care to listen. it may seem irrelevant but my instincts have told me to write this and I should warn you its a little out there.

    What if narcissism ‘as described with the view toward people with npd’is the pure source of evil and is actually a disease but at the same time a test? Isn’t our aim/purpose on earth to be sheperds/caretakers?
    I believe every person without exception starts life free of evil but catches it like a disease from others along our paths that are infected. If we can cure ourselves then we are worthy of a continued existence on this beautiful yet massively unappreciated planet.
    I believe the key is in understanding that blame is an illusion and that when you go deep you can see how even the nastiest people have got to where they are, granted with enough background info.
    The disease was passed from the last race that we know as the Greek gods. Look up the story of narcissus.
    Our time is almost up but I believe in us. We can be so amazing at times.

    • George DeLeón

      The God known as Mercury or Trismegistus is the only one of these Gods that is allowed to travel back and forth into the differents realms or planes that is because Mercury represents non polarization. Mercury is the healer and the killer of all people.

  • Asma

    how can we know our chakras are open or not?

    • Vijaya Buddha

      There are symptoms to see whether your Chakras are open or not for example if you are struggling with Survival issues then your root chakra is not totally open and if your creativity is stuck ,original thinking is not there then you can see your Swadhithan is not fully developed similarly we have symptom for different chakras

    • Arunas

      The easiest way is with pendulum.

    • tina chatterjee

      If chakras are open you will feel circular movement in spinal cord.

  • Jessica

    “When God speaks, who is to know by which language? Love finds a heart and fills it from within. Hate takes as many forms as love and is as easily fed.”

  • Zurl

    It is my understanding that there are 7 major chakra inside your body, 7 major chakra above your body, 3 major chakra below your body, and 42 minor chakra interspersed. Anyone else know anything about this?

    • David D.


    • David D.

      You are probably right and then some. Author Cyndi Dale uses a 32 chakra system in her books. However, no matter what your level of understanding, there are infinite levels of understanding beyond our comprehension. And also infinite levels of reality. Even that which we call God or Source or All-That-Is, is but a branch of an infinite hierarchy of cosmic consciousness.

    • bimal

      The three major below as far as I know are 0. Vishu ,-1 Kula -2. Akula. Not sure about -2.

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