Chakras are energy zones of power residing in or near a living being. Human beings possess seven chakras. Each chakra serves to intergrate both external and internal energy into the body systems. Each chakra is also linked to one of the seven planes of existence and interacts with emanations related to those fields of energy as well. The chakra structure is an essential system regulating not only the condition of the body, but also the indwelling spirit. The cumulative energy emanations of the chakras create the aura that surrounds the physical body.
The first chakra is located at the base of the spine and is associated with sexual glands and organs. It governs sexual energy, regeneration, and creative drive. Its ruling planet is Saturn.
The second center is located near the spleen, halfway between the pubic area and the navel, and is associated with the endocrine system. It governs purification, metabolism, and immunity. Its ruling planet is Jupiter.
The third center is located at the solar plexus, just above the navel, and is associated with the sympathetic nervous sytem. It governs the adrenal glands, body energy, circulation, and general mood. Its ruling planet is Mars.
The fourth center is located at the breastbone and is associated with the thymus gland. This chakra is also known as the heart center. It governs the health of the mind, body and spirit. Its ruling planet is Venus.
The fifth center is located in the throat and is associated with the thyroid gland. It governs the balancing of body systems. Its ruling planet is Mercury.
The sixth center is located just above and between the eyebrows, and is associated with the pituitary gland.
The seventh center is located at the top of the skull and is associated with the pineal gland.