The Seven Chakras and their Number of Petals

Based on Hindu religion, tradition and culture, and supported by ancient (800 B.C.E and on) Sanskrit literature from India (much of it brought to the West in early 1900 C.E. by people such as Sir John Woodroffe), it is generally accepted by those who have adopted a more Oriental, New Age or Alternative Healing view (e.g. Reiki) on what the human being in essence is, that there are seven major chakras within the human aura, or – to say it differently – seven “subtle energy centres” within the “etheric human bio-energy field.”

In Chakrology (see also Esotericism and Tantra) the number of petals in a chakra identifies a special characteristic of an individual chakra. Why each chakra is attributed with a specific number of petals though, is not generally known.

The purpose of this article is to provide existing literary evidence
for the physical connection between the traditional numbers of ethereal
chakra petals and the physical human body – specifically the spine, and the Central Nervous System.

Traditionally the names used to identify chakras come from Sanskrit, but there is a New Age consensus in the use of English names for the chakras. In this article the English nomenclature will predominate. Listed from the top down they are:

  • Crown chakra
  • Brow chakra
  • Throat chakra
  • Heart chakra
  • Solar Plexus Chakra
  • Sacral Chakra
  • Root chakra

In current literature on the human aura and chakras, the expression “energy centers” is often used in conjunction with or instead of the Sanskrit term “chakras.”

The Seven Main Chakras

According to what is seen by clairvoyants, they’re sometimes observed as flat and rotating, sometimes funnel-like, the colored energies spiraling in or outwards.

COLORS: The type and mix of colors can vary according to the spiritual, mental/intellectual, vocational, emotional, volitional, creative, physical and psycho-somatic characteristics of each individual.

PETALS: Note the basket-weave undulations within the petals (the divisions). Striations from the centre outwards in the Brow and Crown Chakras. Twelve Petaled Lotus – at the centre of the Crown Chakra.

ROTATIONS: To the clairvoyant the chakras appear to rotate either clock- or counter-clock wise at varying rates depending on the characteriscoiics of the individual.

Nervous System
Blue: Parasympathetic Nerves – Red: Sympathetic Nerves
The 25 dashed red lines between C1 & L5 are the 25 nerve pairs mentioned in the text.

Chakra Petals / Segments [4] Color (New Age) [5] Traditional Color [6]
Crown 960 or 972 or 1000 [7] Violet or White
Brow Chakra 2 or 96 [8] Indigo or Violet Luminescent Blue or White
Throat Chakra 16 Blue Smokey Purple
Heart Chakra 12 Green Smokey Green or Grey
Solar Plexus / Navel Chakra 10 Yellow
Sacral or Spleen Chakra 6 Orange Light Blue
Root Chakra 4 Red Yellow
Chakra Glands / Organs [9] Element [10]
Crown Pineal Gland or Pituitary Gland or None [11]
Brow Chakra Pituitary and / or Pineal Gland [12]
Throat Chakra Thyroid Gland Ether / Space
Heart Chakra Thymus Gland / Heart / Lungs Air
Solar Plexus or Navel Chakra Digestive System Glands Fire
Sacral or Spleen Chakra Ovaries / Testes Water
Root Chakra Adrenals Earth
Chakra Nr. of Petals [13] Nervous System Nerve Pairs [14] In Relation to Vertebrae [15]
Crown Chakra
Central Lotus (!)
960 1000
12 (!)
12 Cranial nerves (!) [18]
Brow Chakra 2 or 96 [19] 1 Optic nerve (!) [20]
Throat Chakra 16 8 C1,C2,C3,C4,C5,C6,C7,T1
Heart Chakra 12 6 T2,T3,T4,T5,T6,T7
Solar Plexus or Navel Chakra 10 5 T8,T9,T10,T11,T12
Sacral or Spleen Chakra 6 3 L1,L2,L3
Root Chakra 4 2 L4,L5

The Chakras and the Nervous Plexi
(Leadbeater “The Chakras”)

Pineal Gland and Pituitary Body

Brow Chakra – Two Large Petals
(Detail – Nepal, 17th. Century)

Optic nerve pair
Two Brain Hemispheres: Notice the two-sidedness in this picture and the depiction above.

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