Discover Your Throat Chakra Meanings, Symbol, and Location

The Throat Chakra represents the transition to the two higher chakras located in the head.

It is positioned in the neck, in line with the throat and tasked with keeping the balance between emotions and intellect. It has a significant impact on communication skills.

Vishuddha is the energy center of communication, expression, and rationality.

Vishuddha, as the center of speech and communication, enables the development of word recognition and comprehension, and the awareness of the dimensions words can assume and reach.

People with an exceptionally developed throat chakra communicate with ease, not only verbally, but they are also able to present themselves to others with their entire person.

The fifth chakra, which is the connection between the heart and the crown chakra, acts as the link between emotions and reason. Its task is to regulate these two areas. It also calms excessive expressions of intellect and is hence essential for transcending human duality.

If we use specific exercises to influence the throat chakra, we can strengthen our acceptance of self, inwardly and outwardly. People with a balanced fifth chakra have no problems with bearing their inner world to others.

Throat Chakra Animal - White Elephant

Throat chakra is animal is White Elephant.

Throat Chakra Symbol

The sixteen-petaled throat chakra rosette is the center of sound and words in a human body. Sounds play a major role in the development of your personality.

Pronunciation/chanting of mantras, primal meditational sounds, is still one of the most important yoga techniques. The vibrations that develop in the process awaken and stimulate awareness.

The element of the throat chakra is ether, which symbolizes vastness, space, clearing, and purification. The animal symbol of Vishuddha is a white elephant, the riding animal of the most important Vedic deity Indra, the King of the Gods.

The symbol of throat chakra is a cross, which indicates a perfect void and silence that need to be transcended to reach enlightenment.

Throat Chakra Symbol

Throat Chakra Location

Throat chakra is located the area of cervical vertebrae, neck and throat.

Throat Chakra Location

In relation to other chakras it sits in between the heart and third eye chakra.

Vishuddha is therefore a link between emotions and intellect. As such it is very important center which serves to maintain stability in life situations as well as in spiritual practices.

The Effects of the Vishuddha Imbalance

Most common signs of an imbalanced throat chakra are the following:

  • Shyness,
  • inability to express yourself,
  • communication problems,
  • throat and neck issues,
  • weight problems,
  • dental problems.

Problems connected with the fifth chakra imbalance are mostly connected to the ability of verbal communication and extend even deeper to levels of different blockages of self-expression.

On a psychological level, the blockages might manifest as problems with the realization of your ideas, especially if you need to communicate them with others. This can lead to poor social skills and inability to fit and blend-in into various social groups.

On a physical level, health problems with throat and neck area indicate the poor functioning of the Vishuddha. This includes various inflammations, sore throat, whiplashes, and neck pain as well as dental health issues.

All these issues can be addressed and greatly improved by utilizing a few simple techniques for throat chakra balancing. There are many methods available and most of them are very simple, even for beginners.

It can take only 10 minutes of practice per day in order to start opening your throat chakra and improving your communication skills and power of expression.

Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of the Fifth Chakra

A person’s voice can relay information, which is the foundation of verbal, interpersonal communication. Orators, poets, writers, people in the media, even actors and politicians use this immense power of words entirely consciously. But the first condition for them being able to do so is an exceptionally well-developed throat chakra.

Couple Having Argument Because of Throat Chakra Issues

A well developed and balanced Vishuddha enables and facilitates communication and the command of the language.

Consequently, the fifth chakra relates to the ability to learn, concentrate, and to be open to the opinions of others. Only when you can understand and comprehend the words are you able to learn something or take it to heart. That is why it is of particular importance to talk to children and explain your reasoning. Not only will they learn faster but they will also become good at communication and have a better chance at a well-balanced and healthy throat chakra.

The throat chakra responds to the sound of the voice, which reveals the entire range of feelings and states of consciousness.

If the fifth chakra is too strong, this can manifest as the desire and need for supremacymanipulation, and dominance. If the throat chakra is too weak, this results in shynessawkwardness, and fear of conflict.

People with a poorly functioning throat chakra lack the courage to express their opinions, and by that, they put the expression of their identity at risk. The meaning of the fifth chakra is closely tied to its role to stand for the truth.

Psychological Manifestations of Throat Chakra Imbalance

If you:

  • are very shy and often feel insecure,
  • have trouble verbalizing your feelings and emotions,
  • are uncomfortable expressing your opinions,
  • often get stuck creatively, even though you know you are artistically talented,
  • frequently use the wrong words only to realize you’ve unintentionally hurt someone’s feelings,
  • have a habit of being manipulative, controlling, or excessively talkative and overbearing,
  • are not accepting other people's opinions,
you should look into ways how to balance your throat chakra.

Properties of the Vishuddha Chakra

  • Common names: throat chakra, fifth chakra, throat center, Vishuddha
  • Name meaning: Vishuddha comes from Sanskrit and translates to “purification,” or “pure”
  • Corresponding gland: thyroid and parathyroid
Thyroid Gland

The thymus gland is responsible for the production of thyroid hormones, which mainly influence the metabolic rate and synthesis of proteins.

  • Color: light blue
  • Mantra: HAM
  • Number of petals: sixteen petals, each containing one of the following Sanskrit vowels अ a, आ ā, इ I, ई ī, उ u, ऊ ū, ऋ ṛ, ॠ ṝ, ऌ ḷ, ॡ ḹ, ए e, ऐ ai, ओ o, औ au, अः ḥ, and अं ṃ
  • Corresponding deities: Shakini, Sadashiva
  • Animal Symbols: white elephant
  • Element: Ether
  • Symbol: cross
  • Sound: EYE
  • Frequency: 384 Hz
  • Corresponding sense: hearing
  • Corresponding natural phenomena: cloudless azure sky, seawater, twilight
  • Planet: Saturn
Planet Saturn

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun. It has a radius of nine Earths. Saturn’s ring consists of nine continuous rings and three arcs, which mainly consist of ice crystals, rock, and dust.

  • Key themes: communication, awareness of words, inspiration, mental energy, independence, truth
  • Affected body parts: throat, neck, jaw, esophagus, trachea, breathing, voice, cervical vertebrae, back of the neck, shoulders, ears
  • Positive spiritual aspects: pronounced ability to communicate, harmonious self-awareness, diverse interests, ability to concentrate on studying, rational thought, capacity to differentiate, confident speech and tone, musicality, well-developed individuality
  • Negative spiritual aspects: impetuosity, the need to escape reality, excessive emphasis on intellect, hunger for dominance and adulation.
  • Physical signs pointing to an abnormal functioning of the throat chakra: neck pain, tonsillitis, dental problems, oral cavity issues, cervical vertebrae injuries, back of the neck and shoulder pains, thyroid issues, speech and hearing impediments
  • Mental issues pointing to an abnormal functioning of the throat chakra: shyness, feeling embarrassed, feeling confused, weak or unsatisfactory verbal skills, fear of expressing one’s opinion, speech impediments, stuttering

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