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Throat Chakra Meaning: Mastering Power & Creativity

The fifth chakra is the throat chakra or the Vishuddha chakra. In Sanskrit, Vishuddha means “especially pure.” The throat chakra is depicted as having sixteen petals. In the center is a triangle pointing downward and a white circle representing akashi or ether. More at Throat Chakra Symbol.

The throat chakra is connected to creativity and self-expression as well as the actions of speaking, chanting and singing. This chakra is associated with the neck, thyroid, esophagus, teeth, mouth and the ears. The throat and thyroid are where emotions, intentions, praise and criticism are expressed. Learn more below about Physical Organs and the Chakras.

As the gateway to the digestive system, the throat chakra is said to have the ability to neutralize the poisons of life. This protects us from “swallowing” impure food or unpleasant feelings. On the other hand, the throat is also connected to addictions centered around food, alcohol and drugs.

The seed syllable for the throat chakra is HAM (hum). The Vedic mantra for this chakra is “Om Ham Namaha.” This sound honors and strengthens the energy of positive personal power and finding your own voice. Hear a mantra for the throat chakra and learn more at Chakra Sounds.

Throat Chakra Definitions and Symbol

Throat Chakra Illustration
by Rose Karlsen

Throat Chakra Meaning Table of Contents

Throat Chakra Sounds

There are syllables in Sanskrit that correlate to each of the chakras. These sounds are said to balance and clear the associated chakra. The seed syllable for the throat is HAM (pronounced “hum” or “hahm’). There are also vowels sounds, notes of the musical scale, musical instruments and syllables for sacred toning associated with each chakra.

The vowel sound for the throat is a long “i” sound (eye). The note of the musical scale is the 5th note. In the Western system, this is the sound “SO.” In the Eastern sargam system, this is the sound “PA.” Find the sounds for all of the chakras in the article Chakra Sounds.

The musical instruments associated with the throat are the horns. Horns are often used to announce messages (time to get up; the band is coming; the hunt has begun). Horns are played with the mouth and throat as compared to many other instruments played with the hands.


Throat Chakra Sounds Horns Musical Instruments

Throat Chakra Symbol

Like many of the symbols for the other chakras, the throat chakra symbol begins with an outer ring of lotus petals. For the throat chakra, this ring contains sixteen petals. The sixteen petals represent the major components of being and experiencing. These are the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether); the ten ways of sensing, experiencing and perceiving (ears, skin, eyes, tongue, nose, mouth, feet, hands, arms, genitals) and the mind.

The stroke and dot at the top of the inner circle represents the moon and feminine energy. The downward pointing triangle also represents the flow of water and the Mother energy. The central circle represents physical manifestation as a whole, which comes into being through sound, speech and vocalization.

The Sanskrit character in the center is HAM, the seed syllable for the throat chakra. This syllable can be used to create a basic mantra: “Om Ham Namaha” meaning “I bow before the energy of the throat chakra.” This mantra serves to intensify and strengthen the throat chakra. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Learn more about Sanskrit symbols in the article Yantra Meaning.


Throat Chakra Definitions and Symbol

Throat Chakra Illustration
by Rose Karlsen

Essential Oils for the Throat Chakra

Essential oils exist at the boundary between the physical and the spiritual. They affect the emotions and the mind through the limbic system, the part of the brain involved in behavioral responses. Essential oils evaporate easily. They can be diffused to shift the energy in indoor living spaces. Essential oils have an ancient history of use in religious ceremonies and rituals.

Imbalances in the throat chakra can appear as throat issues, neck stiffness, trouble breathing, and thyroid problems.  A positive affirmation for the throat chakra is “I express myself and my truth.” Specific oils used for the throat chakra include eucalyptus, myrrh and geranium. 

Eucalyptus essential oil helps to reduce stress and mental exhaustion. Eucalyptus has traditionally been recommended for colds and sore throats. This is a soothing oil for the throat and respiratory system.

Myrrh essential oil is fantastic for the throat chakra and thyroid. Myrrh is actually a resin and not an herb. Myrrh is a thick, viscous essential oil that dries in a light film when applied to the throat. Learn more about myrrh and the thyroid in Physical Organs and the Throat Chakra.

Geranium essential oil serves to increase spiritual protection. Geranium is also a calming oil for the mind and meditation. Geranium essential oil is thought to relax physical tension in the throat and elsewhere in the body.


Throat Chakra Essential Oils Geranium
Geranium Illustration by Rose Karlsen

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Healing Stones for the Throat Chakra

Stones believed to positively influence the throat chakra are lapis lazuli, turquoise, and aquamarine. Many of these stones a re blue, which some consider to be the color of a purified throat chakra.

Lapis lazuli symbolizes communication, intuition, expression, and higher awareness. The purpose of this stone is to inspire clear and truthful expression by enhancing intuition and spiritual awareness.

Turquoise encourages speaking from the heart and self-acceptance. Additionally, it facilitates the release of old though patterns and beliefs that prevent us from fully expressing our thoughts.

Aquamarine is a stone of courage, and enlightenment. Aquamarine means “water of the sea” in Latin. This stone was carried by those who traveled by sea for good luck and a safe voyage. Aquamarine calms the nervous system and supports compassion, serenity, and acceptance.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Learn about healing stones for all of the chakras in Chakra Stones and Meanings


Chakra Stones and Meanings for Aquamarine
Aquamarine for the Throat Chara

Deities Associated with the Throat Chakra

One of the central Hindu deities associated with the throat chakra is Sadashiva. Sadashiva is the highest form of Shiva, the Hindu god of dissolution, somewhat akin to the Holy Spirit in the Western tradition.

Sometimes Sadashiva is depicted with five faces representing five emanations of God or the four directions plus upward movement. Other sources see the number five symbolizing the five forces of the universe: creation, preservation, destruction, obscuration and grace.

Sadashiva wears a tiger skin indicating his victory over animal instincts. The snake around his neck represents the endless cycle of birth and death. The trishula held in one hand is a three-in-one symbol representing the divine as a trinity.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Learn more about Hindu Deities.


Sadshiva Deity for Throat Chakra Meaning
Sadashiva Illustration by Rose Karlsen

Physical Organs and the Throat Chakra

There is a legend that goes as follows: when the human body was being created, God was trying to figure out where to hide the power center so that His creations would not misuse this fundamental energy. So He hid the power center in plain sight in the throat. In this place we would qualify this fundamental energy for blessing or bane with every word spoken. Thus, the throat is the place of greatest vulnerability and greatest strength. This is revealed in many common expressions:

  • To attack someone else with lethal intent is to “go for the throat.”
  • To be deeply moved by unexpressed grief or sadness is to have “a lump in your throat.”
  • To be self-destructive is to “cut your own throat.”
  • To be forced to do something unwillingly is to have something “shoved down your throat.”
  • To put forth great effort is to “grab something by the throat.”
Thyroid Gland and the Throat Chakra
Thyroid Gland Illustration by Rose Karlsen
The thyroid gland plays a major role in metabolism, growth and vital body functions such as heart rate and body temperature. Chanting is an ideal tool for supporting the health of the thyroid gland since the vibrations of chanting and singing pass directly through the thyroid.
When I first began chanting, I had been on thyroid medication for over twenty years. Healing my thyroid took conscious effort on many levels. I used myrrh essential oil constantly when working to reinvigorate my thyroid after twenty years of medication. I also tried applying myrrh to my feet, especially around the neck of the big toe. Reflexologists say that spot is connected to the thyroid. More information in Chakras and Essential Oils.
The throat chakra and thyroid are connected to creative expression. Although I am an artist and musician, I had spent more than two decades focused on administrative and project management tasks. During that time I was raising five children and felt that I needed to do whatever would pay the bills most efficiently. As I worked on healing my thyroid, I shifted to composing music, leading a kirtan band and writing my second book.
Before my thyroid was normalized, I was plagued with constant dry skin, cold hands and feet, and a level of fatigue that was a daily challenge. All of these symptoms persisted even when I was on moderate to high levels of thyroid medication. In addition to mantras, I also used journaling as emotional release technique. During this process, I had my thyroid tested under my doctor’s supervision my medication levels were gradually reduced.
Today I no longer have symptoms of low thyroid. Blood test show my thyroid in a normal range after years without medication. Before I found mantras and chanting, I had tried to heal this condition without success. I believe that adding the practice of chanting was a crucial component in finally alleviating this condition. 

Author Kathleen Karlsen

Kathleen Karlsen is a musician, artist, writer and speaker. She is the author of two books (Flower Symbols and Vocal Medicine) and over 200 articles. Kathleen, her husband Andrew and their five children live in Bozeman, Montana. More about Kathleen Karlsen.

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The throat chakra is connected to creativity and self-expression as well as the actions of speaking, chanting and singing. This chakra is associated with the neck, thyroid, esophagus, teeth, mouth and the ears. The throat and thyroid are where emotions, intentions, praise and criticism are expressed. This article includes information about the throat chakra symbol, healing stones, essential oils and Hindu deities that are associated with throat chakra meaning.

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