The Second Chakra, often referred to as the Pelvic Chakra or the Svadhisthana Chakra is located at the tailbone, about two finger widths above the root chakra.
It is associated with the following:
- Deities: Varuna, Vishnu, Rakini
- Element: Water
- Animal: Crocodile
- Color: Orange
- Body Parts: Ovaries, adrenal glands, spleen, uterus, urinary system, prostate gland, uterus, cervix and lower bowel.
- Planet: Pluto
Swadhisthana is positioned at the tailbone, two finger-widths above Muladhara. It has six petals which match the vrittis of affection, pitilessness, feeling of all-destructiveness, delusion, disdain and suspicion. Its corresponding point in the front of the body (i.e. its kshetram) is at the pubic bone.
Swadhisthana is associated with the unconscious, and with emotion. It is closely related to Muladhara in that Swadhisthana is where the different samskaras ( potential karmas ), lie dormant, and Muladhara is where these samskaras find expression. Swadhisthana contains unconscious desires, especially sexual desire, and it is said that to raise the kundalini shakti ( energy of consciousness ) above Swadhisthana is extremely difficult for this reason. Many saints have had to face the temptations associated with this chakra.
Swadhisthana is said to contain Kriya Shakti.
Practices in kundalini yoga for controlling and balancing the energy in Swadhisthana chakra include vajroli mudra ( contraction of the genitals ), ashvini mudra ( contraction of the anus ) and various asanas and pranayamas.
Due to its relation with sexuality, Swadhisthana is often associated with the testes or ovaries in men and women, as a part of the endocrine system. These produce the hormones testosterone or estrogen, which are important factors in sexual behaviour. These are also the locations the spermatoza or eggs are stored with their latent genetic information, like the latent samskaras that lie dormant within Swadhisthana.
Western occultists make the kabbalistic association of Swadhisthana with the Sephirah Yesod. Yesod is also associated with the sexual organs. Its function in the tree of life is to gather the different energies that have been created in the descent down the tree and to distribute them to Malkuth, the material world, where the energy can find physical expression.
When energy is not flowing freely from this chakra you are lacking in creative drive and negotiation skills. This chakra is primarily associated with creativity and sexuality. This is a power vs. vulnerability chakra. It is about optimism, self-confidence, enthusiasm and courage. It involves money and power, who rules your relationship, boundaries and submissiveness. Frozen creativity causes fibroids. Lack of boundaries causes cervical dysplasia. If your second chakra is strong you have no problem saying no. When this chakra is weak you are susceptible to lower back pain and prostate problems, pernicious anemia and skin trouble. Men in their 40’s and 50’s sometimes struggle with their identity, creativity and potency (testapause). If there is too much yin there may be sexual problems. The abdominal area may be flabby, saggy or generally weak and may also be associated with kidney or bladder weaknesses. Too much yang will present as sexuality dominating the person’s life, sexual frustration and excessive fantasizing. There may be excessive tightness in the abdominal area leading to low back problems.
This chakra is fed by developing support systems and boundaries. Taking responsibility for what is happening in your life and “owning” up to your downfalls. Feeding your creative side and taking care of your body.
Honour your self by finding a hobby or activity that provides you with pleasure. Paint, draw, sing, act, dance, exercise your body, garden, and construct bird houses, something that expresses who you are to others. If you are not sure what you want to do, then think back to when you were about 10-12 years old. What did you dream about doing with your life’s energy that would make you happy and fulfilled?
Crystals and Gems
Crystals and/or gem elixirs which may help balance the second chakra: Amber, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Citrine, Coral (Orange), Danburite (all chakras), Diamond (all chakras), Garnet (Orange and Red), Moonstone, Gold, Opal, Pearl, Peridot, Quartz, Clear (all chakras), Quartz (Smoky and Rutilated), Ruby, Selenite, Tiger eye, Wulfenite, Zircon (all chakras).
Pluto represents your ability to “change and transform”, and when doing so, you are being “creative”. Without “desire” – we can not “create”! At this point your everyday survival needs are being met, and you are now able to focus upon the earthier, sensuous desires that life has to offer. Years ago I remember reading a yoga book that described the Second Chakra as “Her Special Place”. Here, you crave and desire material and sensual pleasure. When people get too focused on these sensual stimuli, their perception of reality is limited by the so-called “5 senses”. People at this level believe that things are real only if they can sense them. Remaining at this level invites “addiction”, whether it is to drugs, sex, or anything that you find to be pleasurable.
At the most basic level, people will express this creative energy through reproduction. The artists of our cultures are the people who have found this inner creative-self and are outwardly expressing it through their mediums.
Open and Balance
To open and balance the pelvic chakra, view the pelvic chakra exercise page. See here.