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Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra):
Healing, Meditation, Meaning, Stones & Crystals

  • Motto: I Speak
  • Mantra: HAM
  • Color: Blue
  • Element: Aether/ Ether/ Spirit
  • Zodiac Signs: None

Now this is a Chakra I know about, because I’’m all about speaking out, speaking up, and speaking my mind. Your Fifth Chakra is your Throat Chakra, and communication and truth are the name of the game. In Sanskrit it’’s called Vishudda and it means “pure.” (NO, not like “I shudda said something.”) Pure truth, pure speaking and pure communication are what bring this Chakra into its “true blue” self.

Throat Chakra Table of Contents

Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra) Symbolism & Meaning

What does your Throat Chakra do for you? It’’s where you speak in the world to be heard. It’’s clear communication –saying what you mean and meaning what you say. It’’s how you tell others what you honest-to-Pete think and feel. It’’s expression. It’’s where words empower you. When your Throat Chakra is humming (maybe literally) is when you have no problem with what you have to say –- you don’’t question it, you don’’t doubt it, but you also say it with love and honesty, not just ‘cause you want to hear your lips flapping!

The Throat Chakra is also home to creativity with sound. Other chakras handle creativity like pottery and painting and such. In your Throat Chakra is where words and music matter. Poetry, prose, singing, harmony of all kinds are at home in this location, and when it’’s at full power, the creativity can change the world. And who wouldn’’t want a piece of THAT?

Believe it or not, when your Throat Chakra is in tune, it also makes you a good listener. Why? Because when you know you’’re saying what YOU want, you’’ll be interested in hearing others say what THEY want.

When your Fifth Chakra is at full blast, your guardian angel is named Karaoke. Well, no, not really; but you DO want to sing along with every song you’’ve ever loved. And the world could use a little more harmoniousness, don’’t cha’ think?

Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra) Healing & Cleansing

The Fifth Chakra is in charge of your thyroid gland, and all the parts of your mouth, throat, neck and jaw. So it’’s easy-peasy to figure out when your Fifth is Funky.

Jaw tight? Teeth grinding at night? Time to ask yourself what you’’re biting back that you really want to say. Throat sore? Voice hoarse? You want to speak your mind so bad it literally hurts. Bleeding gums, swollen glands, a thyroid that’s either over- or under-active, even ear infections, are all clues that your Throat Chakra needs some fast first aid.

You might find yourself unable to find the right words to make your thoughts clear. You might find yourself blurting things out that you really don’’t mean because it feels like the words are burning in your throat. Gossiping? Oh, baby, that is SUCH a red flag. And watch out if you’’re using expressions like ‘“pain in the neck’” or “screaming ‘idiot”’ or “’so mad I could spit nails’.” All of those are things that your body really doesn’’t want to have happen, but remember that words have power. Say them and you might be nastily surprised at what comes up. (Well, we’’re not sure about the nail thing –but why take chances?)

You might even be using your mouth for taking in bad energy – if you’’re smoking or drinking or drugging, or even overeating, then the energies to the Throat Chakra are scrambled.

So how do you convince the Throat Chakra that having a harmonious partnership with you is where you both want to be?

Use your voice for good things. Speak like you’’re singing! –You know all those people with cool-sounding radio and announcer voices? Like that.

Feel your throat opening up. And try humming. Nice, soft humming is like a massage. (Or if, like me, you’’ve got a cat that likes to head butt you under the chin and purr, go find him/her and have a good cuddle session.)

Keep the throat lubricated. Water is big time healing mojo. Yes, drink lots –but also do a salt-water gargle (warm water please). Vegetable and fruit juices are also good. And speaking of fruit, blueberries and blackberries are especially friendly (Remember? Eat the color of the chakra?)

There isn’’t a lot of blue food out there, so go indulge in that piece of blueberry pie – it’’s therapeutic! And when you get back to your veggies and main dishes, spark them up with bay leaf, allspice, fennel, ginger, rosemary or spearmint.

Back to the water cure. Slide into a luscious bath: oils that will help your Fifth go *zing * are spruce, cedar, jasmine, geranium or lavender. Soak with a blue candle burning by your side. Play some music that sends your thoughts wafting into the Great Blue Yonder.

And what a great place to use those mantras!


    I communicate my truth clearly and fearlessly.

    I speak and listen with equal enjoyment.

    My words heal me and those who hear me.

    I express my creativity in the world with joy.

Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra) Balancing & Realignment

Keeping your Fifth Chakra balanced and aligned is like a singer doing scales. There’’s lots of stuff you can do to be heard in the world, but sometimes just reading the phone book can exercise those vocal cords, no?

There are lots of simple exercises to keep your Blue in the pink. Try rotating your neck slowly, letting it stretch in all directions. Stretch those arms up and back, feeling your rib cage expand. DO sing notes up and down the scale. Nobody’’s listening, and you don’’t have to be pitch-perfect; just open that throat.

Give yourself a visualization. My favorite is singing one note, clear as I can, and as it rings into the universe I get lifted up into that blue, blue sky. Let yourself float up there. Play marbles with the clouds. Just be doing that floaty thing.

Wear blue. Mmmmm, a blue cashmere sweater –that’’ll make you purr. Or a nice soft scarf around your throat. This is your year for a blue muffler and mittens! And the blue you want is either a sky blue or a rich, bright royal blue. Save the indigo for the next chakra.

Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra) Activation

Lots of Yoga poses are useful here. One of the simpler ones is Supported Fish pose: that’’s where you lie on the ground with your mid-back and shoulders supported, letting your head and arms open up. Breathe deep on this one.

How about just lying on the floor with your legs going up the wall? That one works. And then there’’s the Lion Pose: Open your mouth wide and stretch your tongue out, pop your eyes open, and exhale slowly, with sound. Not sure what I’m suggesting? Go find a picture of Gene Simmons and make like him.

And the Throat Chakra is MADE for wearing all those yummy blue crystals. Earrings, necklaces, they all work, and who doesn’’t love an excuse for more Bling? In no particular order of Awesome, we suggest Azurite, Amazonite, Angelite, Aqua Aura, Aquamarine, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Tanzanite, Blue Tourmaline, Chrysocolla, Kyanite, Lapis Lazuli, Larimar, Sodalite, Tanzanite, Tiffany Stone or Turquoise.

When your Throat Chakra is open and singing full blast, then the world knows you’’re here and ready to take part and walk your talk –- literally!