20th Anniversary Issue Visitors to this website know that our physical body is not all we are. Around us is the invisible body that is our connection to the cosmos. It’s our higher life force. This invisible body is sometimes called the Light Body or the Subtle Body and is powered by seven energy centers that we call the chakra system. The word chakra, which is Sanskrit, is generally translated as “wheel” or “disc,” which seems to be how most people see the chakras. The chakra system was first described in Vedic writings and came to the West in the late 19th century primarily through the writings of the Theosophical Society and ceremonial magicians. Back in 1998, I wrote a book titled Goddess Meditations. This was the very first book dedicated entirely to meditating with goddesses. No gods. In Chapter 6, which is about the chakra system, I assigned goddesses from pantheons around the world to the seven major chakras. Root chakra: Baba Yaga (Slavic). Genital chakra: Hathor (Egyptian). Solar plexus: Oya (African-Brazilian). Heart chakra: Kuan Yin (Chinese). Throat chakra: Sarasvati (Hindu). Third eye chakra: the Cumaean Sybil (Greco-Roman). Crown chakra: Sophia (Gnostic). Let us explore how we might live more soulfully with the energies, powers, and guidance we can receive from meditating on (or with) three of these chakra goddesses, Baba Yaga, Kuan Yin, and Sophia. The following paragraphs are adapted and simplified from Goddess Meditations. Root Chakra: Baba Yaga The fundamental issue of our lives is that we live on earth. Earth is where we interact in mental, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual ways with other...
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