Calodagh McCumiskey discusses the relationship between planets and the chakras in this enlightening extract from our Summer 2019 issue. To read the full article, pick up a copy in your local stockist or subscribe to receive a copy direct to your door.
The Gifts of Balance
Understanding planets and chakras
by Calodagh McCumiskey
I am often asked about the connection between planets and chakras. And yes: there is a relationship at a fundamental level. When we explore the chakras and planets without focusing on the physical body and our organs, they offer great insights into the nature of the heavenly bodies.
The ancient sages originally understood the planets based on their experience of the seven major chakras of the psychic body. Through observation, they discovered how movements of the heavenly bodies influenced different areas of life and our psychic centres. They saw how the movements of the planets and their relative placements with one another gave greater creativity, vitality, lethargy, conflict or activity.
They thus understood the qualities of the planets in terms of how they influenced the human psyche and worldly events. Each planet has its own personality and characteristics.
Mars relates to the root chakra. The key message is: I am.
Mars gives us great drive and motivation, when we are clearly grounded in our own reality and accept our past such that it is not holding us and we are fully living in the present. An agitated Mars or base chakra easily gives rise to guilt, shame, fear, insecurity, frustration and anger.
Venus relates to the sacral chakra. The key message is: I feel.
Venus is the planet of worldly pleasures. When other factors are in place and Venus is good, we are free to enjoy all the pleasures of the world spontaneously without being attached to them. We are comfortable in our own skin.