Sacral Chakra Meaning: Healing Relationships

Sacral chakra meaning is focused on relationships. This includes one’s relationship with oneself as well as others. The sacral chakra is known in Sanskrit as Svadhishthana, meaning literally “one’s own place.”

The sacral chakra is the realm of communication, exchange and finances. If this energy is used improperly, addiction to sex or gambling can result. 

As the center of reproductive ability, the sacral chakra is also the seat of artistic creation. Sometimes the sacral chakra is called the seat of the soul.

The sacral chakra represents the spiritual potential that goes beyond the survival instincts of the root chakra. Another sacral chakra meaning relates to housing the unconscious. 

The organs associated with the sacral chakra are the reproductive organs, lower back, large intestines, hips, the kidneys and the bladder.

Sacral Chakra Definitions and Symbol

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Personal Experience of Sacral Chakra Meaning

The sacral chakra is also the seat of creation, sometimes called the seat of the soul. My own greatest awareness of the sacral chakra was during my first two pregnancies. When I got married in my late twenties, I was not sure that I could have children at all. I had had a long history of highly irregular periods. By the time I was thirty, I had been trying to get pregnant for three years.

I had gone through multiple types of fertility treatments. They were painful, inconvenient, expensive and unfruitful. Yet I had wanted a large family from early childhood. I was struggling with the heartache of thinking that the reality of a family might never come to pass. Still, my body was not responding well. I stopped pursuing the various treatments.

One morning a few months later, I was at work and suddenly felt such a tremendous joy, so distinct and remarkable that I called my husband to say, “I don’t know what just happened, but I feel incredibly happy!”

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I didn’t connect it at that moment to conceiving a child since conception often takes place one to two days after intimate relations. I remembered that deep sense of joy about ten days later when I found out that I was indeed pregnant. I felt very close to my daughter throughout the pregnancy.

About a year and a half after my daughter’s birth, we wanted to expand our family and I was staying alert for the same kind of experience indicating a second conception. At the time my daughter attended a daycare center while I worked. I went there to have lunch with her.

I was sitting at the lunch table with her and suddenly felt a shower of light so physical I could almost see it all around me. The feeling was like standing under a waterfall. I knew instantly that I had conceived another child and looked at the clock to mark the time.

With our third, fourth and fifth children, I was so busy caring for the older ones and helping my husband run a multimedia business that I was less conscious of the conceptions, though I felt very close to each child throughout those pregnancies.

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Transformational Sounds and Sacral Chakra Meaning

The vowel sound associated with the sacral chakra is OO (ew). In the Sanskrit musical system, the sound associated with the root chakra is RE (ray). The musical instruments associated with the sacral chakra are the wind instruments such as clarinet and bassoon.

There is also a seed syllable associated with each chakra. This is a single syllable that connects to the chakra. This syllable can be chanted to strengthen the energy of the sacral chakra.

The seed syllable for the sacral chakra is VAM (vuhm). A basic Vedic mantra for the root chakra using this syllable is “Om Vam Namaha.” This can be translated as, “I give honor to the energy of the sacral chakra.”

Sacral Chakra Symbol Meaning

In the upper area of the sacral chakra symbol is a white crescent moon representing water energy and the emotions. The unconscious, said to be connected to the sacral chakra, is sometimes symbolized as the ocean.

The six petals of the sacral chakra are associated with the Sanskrit syllables ban, bham, mam, yam, ram and lam. These syllables can be interpreted as desirable modes of consciousness in sme cases or as the overcoming of undesirable modes of consciousness in other cases.

The six syllables represent the following modes of consciousness: affection, pitilessness, all-destructivity, delusion, disdain, and suspicion.

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Sacral Chakra Meaning and Hindu Deities

The sacral chakra is associated with the deity Vishnu, his consort Rakini and the goddess Parvati. There are others, but these are three of the main sacral chakra deities.

Vishnu is an incarnation of Krishna. In this incarnation, he is the consort of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

Parvati, also known as Uma, is the Hindu goddess of fertility, love and devotion as well as divine strength and power. She is the gentle and nurturing aspect of the goddess energy.

Parvati is part of a trinity of Hindu goddesses that also includes Lakshmi and Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and learning.

Parvati Goddess

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Mantra for Parvati and the Sacral Chakra

Parvati is the consort of Shiva and the mother of Ganesha and Kartikeya. She is the daughter of Himavan (the god and personification of the Himalayas) and Queen Mena. Parvati’s name is derived from the Sanskrit words for “mountain” and can be translated as “daughter of the mountains.”

The following is a chant to Parvati:

Parvati Parashakti Parvati (repeat)
Jai Parvati Shakti Mata (repeat)

This chant means “Praise and honor to Parvati, the highest expression of God as Mother!”

Essential Oils for the Sacral Chakra

There are essential oils that can help to balance and heal the sacral chakra. These include Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Patchouli. The use of these oils might be for the purpose of conception but might also be for healing your relationship with your deepest self or in terms of close relationships with others.

My favorite of these is Patchouli, which I often wear as a perfume. Patchouli assists in developing feelings of belonging and stability. Patchouli comes from the mint family and bears small, pale pink and white flowers.

Patchouli is sometimes seen as a mild aphrodisiac. It is an attractive oil with benefits for hair and skin. This is an oil of peace that helps to clear negative emotions and improve mood—both of which can smooth and enhance our relationships with others!

Patchouli for the Sacral Chakra

Patchouli Essential Oil for the Sacral Chakra
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Jasmine Essential Oil for the Sacral Chakra

Jasmine Essential Oil for the Sacral Chakra
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Ylang Ylang for Sacral Chakra

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil for the Sacral Chakra
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Healing Stones and the Sacral Chakra

Pearls are considered to be gems of nourishment and nurturing. Pearls have many metaphysical properties akin to crystals. Pearls assist in centering and calming.

They are often associated with feminine energy and worn almost exclusively by women. Pearls are also used as protective stones for children. Other stones for the sacral chakra include peridot.

Pearl powder has been used to prevent age spots, fade blemishes, and reduce wrinkling and scarring. Pearls are rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, silica and amino acids. Pearl powder can be taken internally as a supplement.

Pearl Gemstone for the Sacral Chakra

Summary of Sacral Chakra Meaning

Name: Svadhishthana
Function: Connection to your soul and relationships to others.
Deities: Vishnu, Rakini, Parvati
Physical Organs: Kidneys, reproductive organs, bladder
Healing Stones: Citrine, Carnelian, Moonstone
Essential Oils: Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Jasmine

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