LOCATION: The location of the fifth chakra is in our throat.
PETALS: This chakra rules creativity and is the first chakra where we can become in touch with higher beings. The Throat Chakra has sixteen petals. In numerology, a number 16 reduces to a 7. Seven is the number of analysis, understanding, knowledge, awareness and meditating. The number 7 directs an inner focus that is vital for creativity to germinate and to communicate our deepest, honest self with others and with higher beings. The challenge of the number 7 lies in the difficulties brought on by discomfort with our inner feelings which cannot be expressed. The number 7 urges us to go inside and join our thoughts and emotions to find a creative expression.
NOTES AND MANTRA: The note for the fifth chakra is G# and the mantra is “ham” or “u” as in blue.
COLOR: The color for this chakra is pale blue or a greenish blue.
RULES: The Throat Chakra rules speech, hearing, communication, self-expression, grace and listening to the Higher Self. This chakra urges us to find our “self”, communicate it through our creativity, and use the creative force of our higher emotions to move our consciousness into the higher dimensions.
SENSE: The fifth chakra rules the sense of hearing. Just as we must learn to hear our inner self, we must also learn to “hear” others.
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Gemini, and its ruler Mercury, focuses on communication. Many people with their Sun in Gemini enjoy performing and other means of creative communication. Geminis are also very analytical. Their dual nature makes them very gregarious and, at the same time, quite reclusive.
ELEMENT: The ether is the element of this chakra. The fifth chakra is the first chakra that is ruled by our higher senses, which calls for the force of this chakra to focus on the members of the Angelic Realm.
CONSCIOUSNESS: The fifth chakra directs our attention towards the higher third and fourth dimensions. It is still ruled largely by our conscious mind, but has access to the collective consciousness. When this chakra is balanced, our individual consciousness has progressed beyond personal and group consciousness to “national consciousness”.
PERSONAL TIMELINE: This chakra represents the stage of life of adulthood. At this stage, a sense of self is established enough so that we are fully responsible and can build long-term relationships. If we can use the power of this chakra, we can learn to go inside of ourselves to determine the source of our emotions. Then we can effectively communicate our personal experience to another. It is the ability to go inside to connect with our inner guidance before we communicate with another that creates true intimacy because it is based on our deepest inner truth.
SOCIAL TIMELINE: The time era best represented by the Throat Chakra is the New Age—our present time. In this era it is our challenge to shift from national focus to planetary focus. This collective consciousness urges the individuals in “national consciousness” to expand their consciousness. In order to face the challenges that lay ahead of us, like pollution and the ability to end life as we know it with a nuclear war, it is time we realize that all of us are in this world together. We are presently faced with many challenges that we could never even conceive of in the past. We must all go inside and call upon our highest guidance so that we can honestly, effectively and creatively express our solutions.
Worship through this chakra has expanded beyond the one male God with human characteristics of anger and revenge, who safely lives far away in heaven to a concept of God that encompass both the masculine and feminine polarities as well as all of creation: God/Goddess/All That Is.
ENDOCRINE GLAND: The endocrine gland for this chakra is the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland which wraps around the front part of the windpipe just below the Adam’s apple. It produces hormones which influence essentially every organ, every tissue and every cell in the body. Thyroid hormones regulate the body’s metabolism and organ function, affecting heart rate, cholesterol level, body weight, energy level, muscle strength, skin condition, menstrual regularity, memory and many other conditions. In other words, our thyroid communicates with our entire body and has much to do with regulating our overall health and well-being.
NERVE PLEXUS: The nerve plexus for this chakra is the laryngeal plexus. This plexus controls our throat, shoulders, arms and voice.
CLEAR: When this chakra is clear we have good communication, expression, creativity, inspiration, and positive interactions with others. Our metabolism is healthy, our cholesterol levels are good, we have vital energy and we feel strong physically and psychologically. We are inspired to express our higher self and have a life enriched by creative expression and entertainment. Our relationships are based on truthful communication and true intimacy.
UNCLEAR: When our fifth chakra is unclear we often have hearing problems, throat and/or voice problems, coughing, stuttering, poor metabolism, thyroid gland problems and the flu. We feel unfulfilled creatively and may be bored and boring. We may have problems speaking too loud or fear of speaking out. Our relationships may suffer from poor communication and a lack of intimacy. We feel uninspired and disconnected from our spiritual guidance.
EARTH CHAKRA: Mother Earth’s fifth chakra is in Mt. Shasta, California. Mt. Shasta has long been known as a spiritual vortex and many retreats and seminars have been held there. Metaphysically, the ancient Lemurians are said to have been living in the fourth dimension of the area underneath Mt. Shasta. Mt. Shasta is the highest mountain in the United States and is a pinnacle of inspiration.
DIMENSIONS: The Throat Chakra rules the higher third and fourth dimension. Our tortured emotions can pull us into the nightmare of the Lower Astral Plane. Therefore, before any of us can begin our inner travels through the inner planes of reality; we must clear a “tunnel” through our own dark side that lies in the Netherworld of the Lower Astral. Once we have accomplished that, we have opened our consciousness to a wondrous inner world that is as real, in fact more real, than the world of illusions that is our physical reality.
SUMMARY: The Throat Chakra is the first step towards acknowledging that we are all Gods and Goddesses in training. Like a small seed dropping from a flower, we come to the third dimension to learn to grow into our own flower. We find many hardships, as often the soil is dry and unfertile. However, it is through facing our inner and outer conflicts that we grow into our higher creative self.
Our personal creativity is not limited to what is socially identified as an art form. Every area of our life demands communication of our creative force. How difficult is it to find a way to lovingly guide a small child or deal with a dogmatic employer? Many people may say, “I am not creative.” Nothing could be further from the truth! Our Throat Chakra holds the force of creative expression that is our birthright. Everyone is creative. If we have lost our connection to our creative SELF, it is one of the greatest losses we can suffer.
But of course, how can we lose our inner self? We cannot! The door to our inner self is ALWAYS accessible. It is only our own unhealed pain and fear that shuts and locks the door. If we cannot open that door, then our first action must be to find someone who can help us to communicate with the SELF that waits within each and every one of us.