“Why didn’t you list that among our assets in the first place? What I wouldn’t give for a holocaust cloak.”
– Westley, The Princess Bride
We left the last article (available here) with a brief reference to Saturn and the root chakra. Here, we’ll look at the other planets and chakras and see how they relate. Like Westley in The Princess Bride, we should understand our assets and our liabilities before we embark on our task, which in our case is a journey back to the garden, back to the source.
There have been two major streams of astrological knowledge that have survived the ages. The Indian system commonly known as Vedic astrology and the Western astrology that sprang from Hellenized Egypt. Both share substantial common philosophies, including a vision of how the human Spirit incarnates into the body.
Prior to incarnation, we are said to exist in a relatively undifferentiated state. In a holographic/fractal fashion, we fall from Grace during each incarnation, re-enacting on an individual scale what the entire human race experienced during the grand Fall from Grace that is reflected in the Bible stories and the Sumerian texts.
During this “fall” – let’s call it a descent – our perfected Being fragments, or gets filtered, as it leaves the rareified Spirit worlds and enters into the greater density of the astral worlds, not unlike laser light reflected through a prism. The dominant forces of the astral worlds are called the planetary forces. They govern the planetary motions and are responsible for all of the dynamics that get played out in in the denser worlds. They are archetypal forces.
If we take the chakras in order starting from the bottom – root, sacral, will, heart, throat, eye, crown – and overlap the planets in order from the slowest to the fastest, as seen from the Earth – Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Sun, Moon – we find some very interesting correspondences.
Saturn, as described in the previous article, governs boundaries and structure like our skin and bones. It is what initiates our incarnation process, providing the framework and differentiation from the formless space we left behind. It is our reference point in the material world and what we protect in our quest for survival in the material world. It rules the root chakra.
Jupiter rules the sacral chakra. The second chakra is traditionally known as related to sexuality and passionate emotions. Left unchecked, sexuality and passionate emotions produce children and future generations. Jupiter rules fertility and expansion/growth/abundance.
Mars governs the third chakra. We all know that we can frequently, intuitively sense danger as a feeling in our gut, the location of the chakra. Mars is in charge of protection. It is the force that fights. It is common in all of the martial arts (Mars arts) to try to find and fight from your center in the belly – called the hara, or the dan tien ‑ which is recognized as the center of power.
With Venus as the Roman goddess of Love and Beauty, no additional explanation should be required to reveal the appropriateness of her connection to the heart chakra. Likewise with Mercury being the planetary archetype ruling all communications, what chakra could be more appropriate than the throat chakra? None.
The upper chakras and their planets play out a bit differently. The Indian rishis/seers recognized a certain primacy of the crown chakra, which belongs only to the Divine, not to be influenced by forces in the astral spheres. Further, leaving both the Sun and the Moon with the ajna/third eye chakra aligns perfectly with the ida and pingala correspondences.
The ida and pingala are two channels where prana or qi/life force flows, running alongside the spine. The sushumna is the channel running along the center, with the spine. These three channels correspond to the central pole and snakes of the caduceus, the classic Western symbol of knowledge and science/medicine. The rishis see the Moon governing the ida and the Sun governing the pingala, which meet at, and govern, the third eye center, illuminating balanced vision when awakened properly.
When we properly awaken our planetary forces – when we are secure in our personal structure/boundaries, striving for abundance, with focused power, Love and Beauty, integrated with others through communication and balanced vision – we have gathered our assets. Now, about that holocaust cloak…
Kevin Leonard, L.Ac. is a licensed healthcare provider with the Texas Medical Board. He is available for walk-in appointments most Sundays at Centerpoint, and available on Thursdays and Fridays by appointment. Call for other availability. 832-477-7887