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The Advanced Meaning of Chakra Colors

By Philippe

When talking about the deeper spiritual meaning of the major seven chakras, including their obvious properties such as the chakra colors, we should always have in mind that there is a broader picture. In almost every spiritual and metaphysical consideration we should be able to observe things on a more broader scale, and connect different seemingly unrelated concepts.

There is an occult saying which, as simple as it is, carries great and profound significance.

"As above so below",

the saying goes. This expression can indicate many things, but in this particular case, it suggests how things repeat themselves in the Universe, from the largest to the smallest scale. The lower instance is always created according to the higher one. What we mean by that can be illustrated using our own being as an example. You have probably heard how sometimes a "human being" is being defined as a microcosm. What does it mean? Well, it means that a human being is a Cosmic replica. We are repetitions of something greater than us. We possess all the important qualities of that higher instance. The difference is only in the proportions. The higher instance in this case is our planet Earth. Let us illustrate this thesis using our energy centers - chakras located within our auric bodies.

Primary colors

muladhara chakra

The first or root chakra (Muladhara) has always been connected to the earth. More specifically, it is an reflection of our planet Earth's hot and liquid interior. That is why we say that the color of this energy center is red. As the temperature of the Earth's interior decreases when going to the periphery, so the red color becomes less intense and transforms itself first to orange and then to golden or yellowish. This is exactly how the color of our chakras changes when going from the root Muladhara to sacral Swadhisthana (second) and Manipura (third chakra).

svadhisthana chakra

In Svadhisthana, the orange color points toward a more advanced stage of creative power. Here is the actual seat of our rationality and intellectual thinking.

In Manipura, the solar plexus chakra, the orange further refines into golden yellow - the color of the Sun. This is the center of our personality, of our individual powers and strengths.

It is known that fire means creativity, passion, impulses and desires. Fire is good when we are in need of energy, but it is certainly not so good when it is untamed. Wild and untamed impulses are what sometimes rules the lower human nature if a person is not so spiritually developed, and exactly this nature is expressed through the three lower chakras, even though the material becomes more and more refined when going up to the solar plexus chakra.

anahata heart chakra

This is not so with the fourth chakra Anahata. This is a dividing point between the lower more material and the higher more spiritual chakras. Anahata bears some impressions from the material sphere of life but, if it is developed, the person is already high in the spiritual domain. Its color is green, exactly the color we find to be quite dominant on the surface of our planet. Think, trees, grass, vegetables, vegetation... Do you see the parallel? The heart is all about new developments and new hopes that come with that development. The surface of our planet is a dividing point that separates the interior of our planet from the atmosphere. In the same fashion, the Anahata chakra is a balancing center that needs to be developed in order to integrate the whole human being: that is, to master the lower impulses and develop the higher intellectual and spiritual abilities.

Vishuddha chakra

What comes next is the Vissuddha or Vishuddhi chakra. Here the color is blue representing the more ethereal, more celestial, more Divine phases of existence. How wonderful. The color of the sky is blue too. The color of the sea is blue as well. Here we break old prejudices and find new associations, Here we have learned to express our thoughts, emotions and desires, as clear as they can possibly be. If you have traveled the ear as free as a bird, you know what's meant with the expression "more ethereal".

colors of the 7 chakras A sort of blue is also the color of the Ajna chakra, the famous third eye, but in this case we talk about indigo blue. This color is the ever present, all encompassing medium through which we see how everything that is, that was and that will be is connected with everything else. Here the deception is defeated and we are able to see only the truth, understand and love all the various human manifestations, weaknesses, and virtues, all the same.

Sahasrara crown chakra

Finally, the seventh crown chakra Sahasrara is violet. We do not exactly see this color, but ultra violet radiation is what comes from the surrounding universal space through the atmosphere and towards the surface of our planet. This radiation is being absorbed by some of the layers of our atmosphere, as it is very intense and could produce significant damage on the level of our physical bodies in the present stage of evolution. The crown chakra is where we expand our consciousness to the level of Universal consciousness. No words can accurately express this event, known only to the enlighten ones.

Colors of the Chakras and Healing

complementary colors chart

The seven chakras can be used in healing, and one of the important ways this can be accomplished is by using the color associated to each of them. However, it is good to know that apart from the primary colors described above, there are also secondary colors attached to the chakras. These secondary colors function as opposite or complementary, coming from the other side of the spectrum (here we use the traditional complementary colors). For example, blue has orange as its opposite color, and the other way around. Red has green as its opposite color. Yellow has violet as its opposite color. And indigo has amber as opposite complementary color.

If you want to treat a certain energy center, for example the heart center, you would usually use the color green. But, it could be beneficial to include the complementary color, in this case, red. As red is the color of the root chakra, it would be wise to also pay attention to the root chakra that has as a primary color the color red.


In this article we have discussed the more advanced meaning and symbolic representation of the colors of the chakras. I hope you've been able to see that the color association is not random, and that they have deep spiritual and metaphysical connotations. In particular we have explored the deep link that exists between the chakra colors and the colors of our planet Earth. I am sure there are similar parallels to be established on different levels, just focusing to just one aspect of the chakras, like their color in this case. What is your opinion?

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Justin Chiodini says:

This information has help me a great amount and I thank you soo very much! I send lots of loving energy<3 :)

sunnyray says:

Thanks Justin! We appreciate your feedback very much.

Kathleen says:

What does it mean when I see every color of the chakras. One by one when my eyes are closed. I always see purple and green. What does that mean. Are they in balance or out of balance? I feel they are in balance.

sunnyray says:

Hi Kathleen
In general, that’s not indicative of how balanced your chakras are, but your inner feeling certainly is. Thanks for sharing.

tina says:

Are the astral colors of the chakras the same as their physical colors?

sunnyray says:

Hi tina
There are no physical colors associated with the chakras, as the chakras are not physical entities. They belong to the etheric body. Some mystics also speculate that there are astral, mental and higher level counterparts of the chakras.

ben says:

are there higher chakras

sunnyray says:

Hi ben. Do you mean higher than the seventh chakra, or higher in the sense that they are located in a body higher than the etheric body?

etyst says:

I love the white color. It is universal, beautiful light. The meaning of white color is purity, truth, illumination, transcendence, and innocence. But too much white can mean being cold, bare, and lifeless. White can be the absence of any color as wll. White also contains all the colors. White can do a lot of things on the mental, spiritual, emotional and physical level. The body is wise. It can take from the white spectrum the particular frequency it needs. White resonates with all the chakras, but it also resonates with the core of our being. If I had to choose one chakra for the white color, it would be the Crown Chakra. Namaste.

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