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Deeper Dive: The Chakras - Root


The Root Chakra is the first of the seven primary chakras and as such it serves as our foundation.

Sanskrit Name: Muladhara

Location: Base of Spine

Color: Red

Element: Earth

Sound: Lam

Note: C or C#

Shape: Cube

Planets: Earth and Saturn

Astrological Sign: Capricorn

Crystals: Garnet, Hematite, Smokey Quartz

Essential Oils: Vetiver, Sandalwood

Goddess Archetype: The Goddess Mother


The Root Chakra is the energy center of our basic survival needs and serves as the foundation of our daily lives and our core issues. What makes up our foundation? Things such as basic needs, our home, sense of security, family life, our bodies and how we feel about our physical bodies. I like to think of the Root Chakra as being similar to the base of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. We need a strong base in order to know our basic needs and safety are take care of so we can move from surviving to thriving.


When the Root Chakra is balanced, we can enjoy feelings of groundedness, stability, security and stillness. When out of balance, we might experience excessive fear, low energy, or struggles with weight.



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