Many spiritual practices, such as yoga, associate chakras with planets. Specifically, yoga intimately connects the chakras and planets. Similarly, in astrology, the planets represent different energies that we associate with chakras. Therefore, they have an impact on every aspect of our lives.
Working with the chakras and planets together can improve our wellness by balancing the energy within us. Furthermore, we can align our chakras with the corresponding planetary energies. Esoteric beliefs hold that the chakras and planets work in tandem. So by understanding their relationship, we can gain insight into ourselves and our place in the universe.
Subtle Organs, Chakras, and Planets
Although the astral and etheric bodies have various organs, most traditions do not link subtle organs to planets. Instead, they associate them with corresponding aspects of the human experience. However, some exceptions exist. For instance, astrology uses the planets to examine subtle organs. Conversely, the astral and etheric chakras are often linked to the planets. Nonetheless, not everyone associates specific chakras with the same planets.
In summary, the etheric body, the physical body’s counterpart, connects the physical world to the spiritual realm. Consequently, it links us to Divine energy and inspiration. Moreover, its etheric organs and chakras act as channels between us and the rest of the universe.
Chakras and Planets in the Physical, Astral, and Etheric Bodies
How Many Chakras and Organs Are in the Astral and Etheric Bodies?
The number of organs in the astral and etheric bodies varies across traditions. Some belief systems consider subtle and physical organs similar. While others view them differently. In Theosophy, subtle organs relate to specific knowledge, not planets. These organs also help the subtle body interact with higher realms. In the same way, there is no agreement on how the astral and etheric chakras relate to each other.
Chakras and Planets in Astrological Healing
Astrology is one of these traditions that work with the connection between the chakras and planets. As the planets revolve around the sun, they exert an astral force on humans. Consequently, we connect this force to the chakras in our bodies. Furthermore, the planets manage the flow of astral energy, while the chakras manage the flow of prana. Thus, both the planets and the chakras have the power to affect us. For example, when the chakras become unbalanced, health issues may arise. Similarly, if the energy of the planets does not flow, it can have a similar effect.
Fortunately, we can improve our well-being through chakra and planetary energy work. Specifically, people know this practice as “astrological healing.” It involves using astrology to identify the planets that may be causing issues. Then, we use various techniques to work with the energy of those planets. For instance, meditation and other forms of energy work can be helpful techniques.
Seven Major Chakras in the Human Body
To begin with, the connection between the chakras and planets holds a significant place in esoteric philosophies. For instance, theosophy provides insights into seven primary chakras located along the human spine. Here is a brief overview of each chakra based on this tradition:
1. Root Chakra (Muladhara). This chakra is at the base of the spine and reflects the color red. It is the foundation of the physical body and relates to survival.
2. Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana). This chakra is below the navel and emits an orange color. It relates to creativity, emotions, and sex.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) We find this chakra in the abdomen, above the navel. It emits a yellow light and relates to self-esteem and willpower.
4. Heart Chakra (Anahata) This chakra is green at the center of the chest. We associate it with love, compassion, and emotional balance.
5. Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) We find this chakra in the throat area. It looks blue and relates to self-expression and creativity.
6. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna) We can find this chakra in the forehead, between the eyebrows. It emits a bright indigo color. We associate it with intuition, insight, and spiritual vision.
7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) This chakra is at the top of the head and is violet or white. It provides spiritual connection, higher consciousness, and divine wisdom.
Minor Chakras Located Throughout The Body
Theosophy acknowledges the existence of many minor chakras, although their exact number remains unknown. Some sources suggest there are 15, while others claim there are hundreds. These minor chakras connect with the major chakras. They also correspond to specific organs or glands in the body. Together, the chakras work harmoniously to maintain optimal health and balance. But we don’t know if minor chakras and planets have any association.
Here’s a brief overview of some etheric chakras:
- The Alta Major Chakra is at the base of the etheric body’s skull. We associate it with the pineal gland. Also known as the “mouth of God” or “well of dreams” Chakra, it can play a crucial role in spiritual awakening. We link it to inner vision and intuition, as it enables us to receive guidance from higher realms.
- The Spleen Chakra resides in the etheric spleen area and emanates orange light. It circulates prana, the life force energy that sustains the body. It also relates to vitality and creativity.
- The Hara Chakra is beneath the navel, emitting a yellow color. We associate it with the willpower to manifest our desires. And we link it to the digestive system’s absorption of nutrients from food.
Although less well-known, these chakras remain essential to the esoteric tradition.
Seven Major Chakras in the Physical Body and the Planets
Alice A. Bailey’s book “Esoteric Astrology” associates chakras and planets rather than specific organs. Here is a list of these associations:
- The Sun: Alice associated the Sun with the heart center, the soul’s center, and the mediator between the spiritual and physical realms.
- The Moon: She linked the Moon with the solar plexus center, which governs emotions, instincts, and the astral body.
- Mercury: Alice connected it to the throat center, which controls communication and expression.
- Venus: She linked the ajna center or the “third eye,” which governs intuition, higher perception, and spiritual vision.
- Mars: Alice associated Mars with the sacral center or the base of the spine. Mars governs vitality, creativity, and the kundalini energy.
- Jupiter: She linked it with the crown center or the top of the head, which governs spiritual connection and enlightenment.
- Saturn: She associated Saturn with the base of the spine, which governs the kundalini energy and the purification of the lower centers.
It is important to note that these associations are specific to the teachings of Theosophy. Not everyone recognizes or accepts them in other spiritual or astrological practices.
Astral Chakras and Planets
In Theosophy, there is a distinction between the astral and etheric chakras. However, both types of chakras and planets hold important roles in this tradition. The astral chakras belong to the emotional body. Thus, we link them with emotions and desires. In contrast, the etheric chakras belong to the energy body, associated with physical and vital energy. While the astral chakras are less stable and prone to change, the etheric chakras are more stable and fluctuate less.
Here is s a Brief Description of Each Astral Chakra:
- The Basic or Serpent Chakra sits at the base of the spine, emitting orange light. It’s associated with human instincts, such as survival and procreation. Theosophy and astrology, and yoga link this Chakra to Saturn.
- The Splenic Chakra sits in the spleen area and emits a red color. It regulates our emotional and sexual energy. It also helps us experience pleasure and enjoyment. Theosophy and astrology, and yoga link this Chakra to Jupiter.
- The Solar Plexus or Navel Chakra is in the abdomen, above the navel. It radiates yellow light and regulates personal power. It also helps with self-esteem and the ability to manifest desires. Theosophy and astrology, and yoga link this Chakra to Mars.
- The Heart Chakra is at the center of the chest and shines green. It’s associated with love and compassion and helps us with emotional balance. It also regulates our connections with others. Theosophy and astrology link this Chakra to Sun. Yoga connects this Chakra to Venus. (Reference: “Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing” by Caroline Myss).
- The Throat Chakra is in the throat and emanates the color blue. It regulates self-expression and the ability to speak one’s truth. Theosophy and astrology, and yoga link this Chakra to Mercury.
- The Brow Chakra is in the forehead, between the eyebrows, and emits purple. Its function is to balance energies that help intuition. It also helps to develop the ability to perceive subtle energies. Theosophy and astrology, and yoga link this Chakra to the Moon.
- The Crown Chakra is white or gold and sits at the top of the head. It brings our spiritual connection to higher realms. It also helps us go beyond the limits of our bodies.
Theosophy does not directly associate the Crown astral chakra with any planet. Instead, the Crown chakra is the highest related to spiritual enlightenment and union with the divine. Although the chakra system is not a focus of Theosophical teachings, we can find references to the Crown chakra in various texts. On the other hand, astrology links the astral Crown chakra to Uranus or Neptune (depending on the tradition). In yoga, the Crown chakra is linked to Sun. This information can be found in “The Complete Book of Chakra Healing: Activate the Transformative Power of Your Energy Centers” by Cyndi Dale.
Astral Organs and Planets in Astrology and Yoga
We talked about astral chakras and planets. Let’s discuss astral organs and their correspondence with planets. Astrology and yoga concepts do not link each astral organ to a specific planet. Instead, these practices focus on broader spiritual or astrological principles. Consequently, there is no direct connection between astral organs and planets in these practices.
To elaborate, yogic traditions highlight the chakras or energy centers in the body. Moreover, Vedic astrology emphasizes planetary associations with different areas of life and consciousness. Additionally, each planet symbolizes specific qualities, energies, and archetypes that shape an individual’s spiritual journey.
Similarly, in his book “Kundalini Yoga,” Swami Sivananda did not associate astral organs with planets. Rather, he emphasized activating and aligning the chakras or energy centers in the body through various yoga practices.
Therefore, ancient astrological traditions linked planets to specific organs based on their qualities. Here is a list of some of these associations:
- Sun: Heart
- Moon: Brain
- Mercury: Tongue, nervous system
- Venus: Kidneys, the venous system
- Mars: Gall bladder, adrenal glands
- Jupiter: Liver, arterial system
- Saturn: Spleen, skeletal system
It’s important to note that these associations are not universally agreed upon. Additionally, they may vary between astrological traditions and texts. Moreover, no scientific evidence supports these links. Therefore, it would be best not to use them for medical purposes.
Astral Organs in Theosophy
The connection between astral chakras and planets and organs is prominent. According to the teachings of Theosophy, the human being has several astral organs. These astral organs are subtle energy centers responsible for various astral body functions. Here are some of the main astral organs according to Theosophy:
- Astral Brain: The astral brain governs mental functions in the astral body. It is the seat of consciousness accountable for thinking, reasoning, and processing information.
- Astral Heart: The astral heart is the center of emotions in the astral body. It governs feelings such as love, compassion, and empathy.
- Astral Spleen: The astral spleen assimilates prana or life energy in the astral body. It is also responsible for the distribution of this energy throughout the body.
- Astral Liver: The astral liver manages the purification of the blood and the elimination of toxins in the astral body.
- Astral Stomach: The astral stomach maintains the digestion of astral food. This food is the energy derived from thoughts and emotions.
- Astral Lungs: The astral lungs look after the assimilation of prana or life energy through breathing in the astral body.
- Astral Sex Organs: The astral sex organs manage the manifestation of sexual energy in the astral body. They are also responsible for creating a new life on the astral plane.
These astral organs work together to maintain the balance of the astral body.
Astral Organs and Planets in Theosophy
Yes, Theosophy sometimes associates the astral organs with the planets in the solar system. This is in addition to chakras and planets’ connections. Here are the corresponding associations:
- Astral Brain – Mercury: The astral brain looks after mental functions. We associate it with the planet Mercury. This is because Mercury handles intellect and communication.
- Astral Heart – Venus: The astral heart manages emotions such as love and compassion. We link it to the planet Venus. This is because Venus is beautiful, harmonious, and loving.
- Astral Spleen – Moon: The astral spleen looks after the assimilation and distribution of life energy, and we associate it with the Moon. This is because the Moon controls the cycles of life and death.
- Astral Liver – Mars: The astral liver governs blood purification and eliminating toxins, and we associate it with Mars. This is because Mars controls the energy of purification and transformation.
- Astral Stomach – Jupiter: The astral stomach looks after astral food digestion, and we associate it with the planet Jupiter. This is because Jupiter represents expansion, growth, and abundance.
- Astral Lungs – Saturn: The astral lungs assimilate life energy through breathing. We associate them with the planet Saturn. This is because Saturn imposes discipline and responsibility and controls breath.
- Astral Sex Organs – Uranus and Neptune: The astral sex organs manifest sexual energy and the creation of new life on the astral plane. We associate them with the planets Uranus and Neptune. This is because these planets manage creativity and intuition. They also look after the higher spiritual aspects of sexuality.
It’s important to note that only some people accept these associations. Hence, different authors may link the astral organs with other planets or celestial bodies.
Etheric Chakras and Planets
Anthroposophy doesn’t associate specific etheric chakras with planets. But, Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy, described a system of “planetary forces” or “planetary spheres.” These spheres influence human development and evolution. But, he does not associate these forces with specific chakras. Instead, he associates them with different aspects of the human being, including the physical body, the soul, and the spiritual self.
Here are the planetary forces and their associated aspects according to Rudolf Steiner’s teachings:
Saturn – the physical body, including bones and teeth
Jupiter – the life or etheric body, which animates and gives life to the physical body
Mars – the astral body which governs emotions and impulses
Venus – the spirit self, which connects the individual with the divine
Mercury – the intellectual or mind soul, which enables thinking and perception.
Sun – the ego or spiritual self, which gives purpose and direction to human life
Moon – the sentient or feeling soul governs sensory experience and emotional response.
It’s important to note that this system of planetary forces is not directly associated with the chakra system. Instead, it is a unique aspect of Anthroposophy’s cosmology and spiritual philosophy.
In astrology, the etheric chakras and the corresponding planets are:
1. Root Chakra – Saturn
2. Sacral Chakra – Jupiter
3. Solar Plexus Chakra – Mars
4. Heart Chakra – Sun
5. Throat Chakra – Venus
6. Third Eye Chakra – Moon, Neptune
7. Crown Chakra – Mercury, Uranus
1. Root Chakra (Muladhara) – Mars, Saturn
2. Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana) – Jupiter
3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) – Sun, Mars
4. Heart Chakra (Anahata) – Venus
5. Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) – Mercury
6. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna) – Moon
7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) – Saturn, Sun
In the theosophical tradition, the etheric chakras and their corresponding planets are:
- Muladhara (Root Chakra) – Saturn
- Svadhisthana (Sacral Chakra) – Jupiter
- Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra) – Mars
- Anahata (Heart Chakra) – Sun
- Vishuddha (Throat Chakra) – Mercury
- Ajna (Third Eye Chakra) – Moon
- Sahasrara (Crown Chakra) – Uranus
It is important to note that there may be variations in the correspondences between chakras and planets in different traditions. Therefore, only some accept these correspondences. For example, some esoteric practices may talk about etheric chakras but link them to different planets.
Etheric Organs and Planets
Let’s move from chakras and planets to organs and planets. Firstly, the etheric body is an energy body that interpenetrates the physical body. Secondly, the subtle energy fields or channels carry vital life force energy to the etheric body. Additionally, this energy is known as prana or chi throughout the body. Moreover, Theosophy discusses several etheric organs that oversee various physical and mental functions.
But, there are different associations between the planets and the etheric organs in Theosophy. And there is no authoritative source that lists them definitively.
But here are some possible associations between the planets and the etheric organs. We can find them in various Theosophical books and sources:
- Etheric Brain – Mercury or Uranus
- Etheric Heart – Sun or Venus
- Etheric Spleen – Moon or Neptune
- Etheric Liver – Mars or Jupiter
- Etheric Stomach – Jupiter or Saturn
- Etheric Lungs – Venus or Mercury
To summarise, it’s important to note that these associations may vary. Hence, they depend on the specific branch of Theosophy and the author. Plus, some Theosophists may not necessarily link the etheric organs to the planets in the solar system. So, again, the links between the planets and the etheric organs can differ, and not everyone in Theosophy agrees on them.
In summary, many spiritual practices associate each chakra with a particular planet. As a result, that planet’s energy significantly impacts how the corresponding chakra operates. Thus, by understanding the connections between the chakras and planets, we can gain insight into ourselves and better understand our place in the universe.