The root chakra, muladhara chakra, is associated with the element of earth. The earth element represents the body, the physical form.
Key Words: Foundation, Safety, Security, Stability, Survival, Grounded, Balance
Location: Base of Spine/Pelvic Floor
Symbol: 4 Petalled Lotus
Healing Gemstones: Smoky Quartz, Ruby, Obsidian, Jasper, Bloodstone
The phrase muladhara translates to mula – roo; and adhara – base or foundation.
Four-Petalled Lotus: The root chakra signifies the birth of human consciousness, the four petals of the root chakra lotus symbolize four aspects of consciousness. Manas – mind, Buddhi – intellect, Chitta – consciousness and Ahamkara – ego.
The Square: The number four appears again as the square, representing foundational life energy, stability and rigidity. A stable structure for the adjoining chakras to rest upon.
The Inverted Triangle: The inverted triangle represents the elemental symbol for earth, it is a reminder of the grounding energy associated with muladhara, chakra root.