Chakra colors are typically broken down into seven and follow the order of the colors of the rainbow. Let’s look at the chakra colors in order, from red to purple and white, and explore their meanings and attributes when used with chakra healing techniques and healing stones.
The 7 primary chakras colors
In order, the colors of the seven primary chakras are:
- Red – First chakra
- Orange – Second chakra
- Yellow – Third chakra
- Green – Fourth chakra
- Blue (sapphire blue or turquoise) – Fifth chakra
- Purple (or deep indigo) – Sixth chakra
- White (sometimes purplish white) – Seventh chakra
Each color reflects a type of vibration or frequency radiating through the chakras. This classic color chart is based on yogic traditions, as well as contemporary healing schools of thought. Although the exact color of each energy center may vary, there is a general agreement about a rainbow-colored representation of the chakra system.
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What do chakra colors mean?
While the chakra colors reflect different frequencies of light and energy associated with each energy center, their meaning may be related to the function of its associated chakras and general symbolism. When you see or use the following colors, you could make the following associations:
- Meaning of the red chakra color: Red is the color of the root chakra (first chakra); it symbolizes safety, survival, grounding, nourishment from the Earth energy. Note that in chakra healing practices, red may denote inflammation at the physical level.
- Meaning of the orange chakra color: Orange is the color of the sacral chakra (second chakra); it carries meanings associated with emotions, creativity, sexuality, and is associated with water, flow.
- Meaning of the yellow chakra color: is the color of the solar plexus chakra (third chakra); it symbolizes mental activities, intellect, personal power, will.
- Meaning of the green chakra color: Green is the color of the heart chakra (fourth chakra); it is connected with love, relating, integration, compassion.
- Meaning of the blue chakra color: Blue is the color of the throat chakra (fifth chakra); it symbolizes self expression, expression of truth, creative expression, communication, perfect form and patterns.
- Meaning of the purple chakra color (or deep indigo blue): Purple (or deep indigo blue) is the color of the third eye chakra (sixth chakra); it evokes intuition, extrasensory perception, inner wisdom.
- Meaning of the white chakra color (or purple): White is the color of the crown chakra (seventh chakra); it’s associated with the universal, connection with spirituality, consciousness.
You can look at symbolic associations and the chakra system chart to determine the meaning of a specific color. Yet, the color of someone’s energy field is likely associated with the activity of one or several chakras. When paying attention to the auric field, it’s important to remember that colors do not necessarily have a definite, set meaning, but rather reflect the activity of the energy centers and their frequency or vibration.
For example, seeing purple around someone’s upper body while they are describing their calling in life might be due to a strong emphasis coming from their third eye chakra, an energy center we commonly rely on when we envision our purpose or use our intuition.
Similarly, if you see flashes or a haze of pink around someone’s upper body, the heart might be involved and contributing to coloring the auric field.
The chakra color wheel and the aura
The aura can be seen as the electromagnetic field that surrounds the body. Its colors reflect the energy flowing through the chakras and can be correlated to the state of the various bodily functions, as well as emotions and other psycho-spiritual elements.
Even though the chakras are typically represented with specific colors, they may appear with different tints and shades in the auric field depending on the situation and the individual. Healing traditions provide a rich palette of colors when depicting energy centers in the human body.
For instance, even though heart energy may generally be depicted as green, it sometimes radiates in shades of pink when one feels into strong emotional qualities of love and compassion. Red, which is generally associated with the root chakra, can be colored differently depending on the strength and quality of the energy in this center. It could for example go from deep burgundy red to a lighter orange red.
Chakra colors and healing stones
In pairing a gemstone with an energy center, you can match the stone color with its corresponding chakra to increase coherence and add power to the stone. For example, green and pink stones tend to harmonize with the heart. Note that some gemstones have healing properties pertaining to more than one energy center.
Even though stone color matters, your personal connection to the gemstone and how it resonates with you contribute to increasing its power. Your favorite healing crystal is a tool you can use to focus healing energy to a specific area of the body.
9 Chakra colors?
Even though the traditional representation of the chakra system revolves around a breakdown of 7 energy centers, there are occasional references in energy healing practices to upper centers of energy resulting in a 9 chakra or 12 chakra system. The 8th and 9th chakras rely on higher frequencies and levels or energy that becomes more and more subtle.
The 9 chakra colors are as follows:
- Red – First chakra
- Orange – Second chakra
- Yellow – Third chakra
- Green – Fourth chakra
- Blue (indigo) – Fifth chakra
- Purple (sapphire blue) – Sixth chakra
- White (or purple) – Seventh chakra
- Gold – Eight chakra
- Platinum – Ninth chakra
The 12 chakra colors chart may also vary. >> Learn more about the 12 chakras
Color-matching for chakra healing
Working with colors is a great way to balance the chakras. At the most obvious level, one can match a color with its associated with the energy center to support or activate its flow. For example, you may use red to stimulate root chakra energy and support grounding and overall vitality; orange to target the second energy center; yellow for the third, etc.
Colors in the human body
While matching colors can be a useful approach to stimulate the function of a specific chakra, one could also apply colors across the body in order to target different bodily functions and energy centers.
Here’s a chart of colors and body associations based on modern healing methods:
- Red – Bones, bone marrow
- Orange – Glands, Adrenals
- Yellow (golden yellow)- Nervous system
- Green – Lungs, lung tissues
- Blue – Etheric body, optimal bodily functions
- Purple – Fascia, skin
- White –
The traditional chakra system distinguishes 7 main colors associated with each energy center. Yet, healing with colors opens up a whole new range of options. It allows us to shift from a static representation of the chakra system to a dynamic interplay of tints we can use to better support the energy flow in the body.
Finally, color therapy provides additional resources to stimulate a desired emotional or physiological response during a meditation on the chakras, in your living environment, or healing work.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the blue chakra?
The blue chakra is typically associated with the fifth chakra, the energy center located in the throat area. In Sanskrit, it is also called Vishuddha.
What is the red chakra?
The red chakra is associated with the first chakra, the energy center located at the base of the spine. It is also referred to as the root chakra and its original name in Sanskrit is Muladhara. Primarily associated with instincts and the physical realms of our existence, the red chakra function can be seen as dealing with survival, insuring subsistence, feeling safe, being grounded, to name a few.
What are the chakra color meanings?
There are 7 colors associated with the traditional chakra system. Each of them reflects the frequency or vibrational quality of light of the energy centers. For example, red corresponds to the first or root chakra; orange to the second or sacral chakra; yellow to the third or solar plexus chakra, etc.
In addition, the colors may symbolize certain physical or emotional qualities reflected through flow of energy in the body. For example, seeing pink in the heart chakra area may mean that the person you’re looking at is experiencing strong feelings of love or compassion; seeing a blue halo around someone’s throat may mean that they are about to express their truth or something important to them.
A few chakra colors may purely be related to physical and energetic manifestations in the human body. The most notable is red that sometimes mean that there’s inflammation. Dark grey spots might indicate a strong deficiency or disturbance in the energy field.
Lizzy is editor in chief of Chakra Magazine and chakras.info. She is trained in several energy healing modalities including Reiki and Healing Touch. In addition she has spent many years studying ancient traditions such as the chakra system and Tibetan spirituality. She merges this knowledge with her passion for sharing information through journalism. Her mission is to offer accurate, up-to-date, reliable resources about topics that matter to readers with regards to the chakra systems.
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