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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. 

Learn about the meaning and significance of all seven major chakras in Chakra Meaning. Explore Chakra Sounds, Chakra Stones and Chakras and Essential Oils.

Sacral Chakra Definitions and Symbol

Sacral Chakra by Rose Karlsen

Sacral Chakra Meaning Table of Contents

Sacral Chakra Sounds

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.” learn more about Chakra Sounds.


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.

The Sanskrit character in the center stands for VAM, the seed syllable for this chakra. More above in Sacral Chakra Sounds and in the article Chakra Sounds.


Sacral Chakra by Rose Karlsen

Essential Oils and Sacral Chakra Meaning

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.

Patchouli assists in developing feelings of belonging and stability. Patchouli comes from the mint family and bears small, pale pink and white flowers. This essential oil is sometimes seen as a mild aphrodisiac. It is an attractive oil with benefits for hair and skin. The beautiful scent of patchouli also makes it appropriate for use as a perfume. 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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Essential oils can be used directly on the skin (sometimes diluted in a carrier oil such as almond, grapefruit seed or jojoba oil) or diffused into the air. Learn more about the benefits of essential oil diffusion on the Essential Drops of Joy website. Buy essential oils with Kathleen Karlsen as your mentor (Brand Partner #1043288) at Young Living Essential Oils. Or learn more on this website about Chakras and Essential Oils.

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. Read full article on Chakras and Healing Stones.


Pearl Gemstone for the Sacral Chakra

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 and the consort of Shiva.

Parvati is part of a trinity of Hindu goddesses that also includes Lakshmi and Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and learning. She is the mother of Ganesha and Kartikeya. (Learn more about Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god.) Parvati 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.”

Parvati Goddess

Goddess Parvati by Rose Karlsen

Parvati is the goddess of family and the home, perhaps similar to hearth goddesses. There are many beautiful mantras and bhajans (sung poems) associated with Parvati. The words in this chant mean, “Victory to Parvati, the highest form of feminine divinity!”

The word “jai” means victory. “Para” means “highest or best” and “shakti” is the name for the feminine energy of creation. The lines are repeated twice, often sung as call and response with a leader and audience.

The following is a chant to Parvati:

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

Additional mantras can be found at Hindu Deities & Mantras.


Physical Organs and the Sacral Chakra

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

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!”

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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The sacral chakra is the energetic place for your connection to your own soul and your relationship with others. The physical organs associated with the sacral chakra are the reproductive and elimination organs. This article includes the sacral chakra symbol, healing stones, essential oils and Hindu deities that are associated with sacral chakra meaning.