I’m often asked whether there is a connection between the chakras, and astrology. I always tell people there is, but little elaboration as to why. I’m going to connect some of the dots for people because there is a strong history between the chakras, sound, and the planets.
The concept of Musica Universalis (aka Music of the spheres) dates back to Pythagoras.
Musica universalis (literally universal music), also called Music of the spheres or Harmony of the Spheres, is an ancient philosophical concept that regards proportions in the movements of celestial bodies—the Sun, Moon, and planets—as a form of musica (the Medieval Latin term for music). This “music” is not usually thought to be literally audible, but a harmonic, mathematical or religious concept. The idea continued to appeal to thinkers about music until the end of the Renaissance, influencing scholars of many kinds, including humanists. Further scientific exploration has determined specific proportions in some orbital motion, described as Orbital resonance. – Musica Universalis
This idea ties all of these concepts together in my opinion, due to the number 7 being a consistent theme.
History of Chakras
Chakras have been used as early as 1500 B.C. in India. Chakra is Sanskrit for wheel and have been depicted as spinning wheels or wheels that are aligned with the spine in 7 places. Some say there are as many as 144 chakras. But I believe there are 7 main chakras for a specific reason. Each of these 7 centers are working within us and some are balanced, some are overactive, and some are under active. To achieve complete balance these spirit centers must maintain balance as much as possible.
Solfeggio is another way of saying diatonic scale or C,D,E,F,G,A,B notes in music theory. Now notice there are 7 notes in this scale and 7 chakras, clearly a pattern right? These 7 notes speak to your physical body in different ways. I think of the classic movie “The Sound of Music” starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer about the real life Von Trapp family singers. It is one of the best demonstrations of how the use of musical notes can impact your mood and therefore your physical body. You might have gone through a bevy of moods and emotions just listening to the music in that movie. Sounds have an effect on our being.
If you ever have the chance to see a concert orchestra live this is something to pay attention to. Listen to what instruments, and what songs invoke positive, upbeat emotions. Listen to what instruments invoke a fearful emotion. This is not by accident! For thousands of years, when two opposing forces marched into battle, one of the main instruments used to motivate soldiers has been the drum. The drums of war are associated with the lower chakras, and the planets Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. These drums of war could tap into and bring out the animal nature of the most docile person. Even today, when we watch sports like the NFL, or NBA. Before the game we see athletes with their headphones on, often times listening to hip-hop, rock, and drum and bass music. They’re getting their lower chakras spinning as well, just like the soldiers going into battle, they just don’t know that’s what’s going on (most of them).
Planets and days of the week
So the number 7 is a consistent theme with these concepts, and that theme continues with the 7 planets and the 7 days of the week. Each day of the week is ruled by a planet, but is also linked to a note and chakra. Below is a chart depicting the planet-chakra correspondences.
And then to tie the Planets, chakras, days, and notes together:
- Sunday – Sun – Key of B – Crown Chakra
- Monday – The moon – Key of A – 3rd Eye Chakra
- Tuesday – Mars – Key of E – Solar Plexus Chakra
- Wednesday – Mercury – Key of G – Throat Chakra
- Thursday – Jupiter – Key of D – Sacral Chakra
- Friday – Venus – Key of F – Heart Chakra
- Saturday – Saturn – Key of C – Root Chakra
This is the foundation for my use of my crystal singing bowls.
Using singing bowls in Astrology and for Chakras
I recently purchased a set of 7 crystal singing bowls and a velvet wrapped mallet (required for best use, if you just brush along the outer lip, it creates a brilliant sound). One bowl for each note and each chakra. Crystal singing bowls, but there are also other types of singing bowls like authentic Tibetan singing bowls as well as tools like tuning forks. But all of these tools can be used for similar purposes. I bought them because I wanted spend each day of the week “re-calibrating” my chakras and kind of pay homage to the planet that rules that day too. For example, meditating on Saturday with my Root Chakra singing bowl, to ground myself or recenter myself. Every day meditate for 10-15 minutes using the chakra singing bowl that corresponds with the planet of the day.
For astrological uses, the best thing to do in my opinion is to look at your chart, and find your weakest, or strongest planets. Those will be the planets most out of balance. If you have a weak Saturn signature or not much earth, playing the Root Chakra singing bowl for a little longer and maybe more often, might help you. If your Mercury is too strong and your brain is on overdrive all of the time, playing the Throat Chakra bowl could help you center yourself.
This is how I’m using them but you really have to play around with them and see what works best for you and your own life. I’m just using this framework to apply it to my own life. I think singing bowls are an incredible tool and instrument regardless of how you want to use them. Whether it’s for sound therapy/astrology or playing them musically. I think the sound they produce is good for the spirit and the body.