Understand the Chakra Colors and Their Specific Meanings

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Colors are present in our life since our childhood. They are one of the first things we learn as children. The theory behind the colors however, is a more complex concept. Most of us know, for example, that green stands for happiness and red for energy and warmth.

But what about the colors of the chakras? Each chakra is symbolized by its own color, which hides a deeper meaning.

You may have noticed that the 7 chakras cover the entire color spectrum, just like a rainbow. In fact, there is a more profound concept behind the chakra colors, which we will explain to you in detail in this article.

We will also discuss the individual colors, their psychological significance and the connection to the chakras in detail.

If you first want to get a comprehensive overview into the teachings of the 7 chakras, download our “Chakras for Beginners” guide, in which we will explain to you which roles the chakras play for our life and how you can balance and heal them.

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Chakra colors marked on body

Color Theory: Meaning of the Chakra Colors

If you have already learned the basics about chakras in general, you know that the 7 (main) chakras are represented by the following colors:

  • Red (Root Chakra)
  • Orange (Sacral Chakra)
  • Yellow (Solar Plexus Chakra)
  • Green (Heart Chakra)
  • Blue (Throat Chakra)
  • Indigo (Third-eye Chakra)
  • Violet (Crown Chakra)

If you understand how colors affect us in everyday life, you can take advantage of them in order to heal your chakras more advanced. Each of these colors has its unique impact on your energy center. If you want to learn more about controlling your energy centers, make sure to check out our article on balancing chakras.

In the first step we want to show you that each color has its own vibrations and frequencies. With the help of color psychology, we can analyze the meaning of the respective frequencies on our brain. This is why it’s known, for example, that green stands for happiness.

With the help of color psychology you can direct energy flows to or from chakras in order to stimulate or balance them. Many companies (mostly in the area of marketing) consciously use colors to stimulate certain emotions and feelings in their customers.

The next time you want to work on a particular chakra, you just could wear clothes in the chakra color, meditate with the corresponding color tones or decorate your home with candles or similar accessories in the respective color in order to concentrate your energy consciously on one color (and thus also on a chakra).

Colors and Their Meaning

Rainbow colors on persons eye

The science behind color is not easy, but a basic understanding of color is sufficient to understand the connection to the chakras. At Mindmonia, we have created a step-by-step guide to help you understand and use the chakra colors in your daily life.

Step 1: Color as Part of Light

White light is actually not white at all, which is why you might have heard the phrase “white is no color”. We perceive it that way, but as soon as the “white” light is refracted, it splits up in different streams and becomes color. Since colors emerge from refracted light, they are part of the light and therefore have their own waves and frequencies.

The total energy of light produces the color spectrum. There are basically two areas: visible and invisible. While for most of us red, blue, green and so on fall into the range of visible colors, we cannot recognize infrared or X-rays with the naked eye, even if they are part of the color spectrum.

Bottom line: color is in fact energy from light that vibrates with different waves and frequencies as soon as the white light is refracted.

Step 2: Vibrations and Frequencies Chart

If you think of the color spectrum as a line, starting with the red color on the left and the purple color on the right, the lowest vibrations are on the left, while the highest vibrations are on the right. Here’s a chakra color chart to demonstrate that:

ColorFrequency intervalChakra
Red≈ 430–480 THzRoot Chakra
Orange≈ 480–510 THzSacral Chakra
Yellow≈ 510–540 THzSolar Plexus Chakra
Green≈ 540–610 THzHeart Chakra
Blue≈ 610–670 THzThroat Chakra
Indigo≈ 610–670 THzThird-eye Chakra
Purple≈ 670–750 THzCrown Chakra

THz stands for the number of frequencies per second. For example, a piano string beats 440 times per second. Light also has frequencies that we perceive as colors. The wavelength, and therefore also the frequency, determine the color.

In other words: within the respective THz frequencies each color contains information on several different levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. This is why people react differently to the color red than to the color green.

Step 3: Influence on Our Body

The color spectrum helps us to understand that the color energy reacts differently due to the different vibrations in our body.

The color red has a different effect on you than the color yellow, because they have different frequencies – THz – and therefore trigger different reactions in our brain. This depends on your cultural background. While black stands for grief and death in most European cultures, many Asian countries associate black with power.

The effect of the respective frequencies becomes quite drastic in the case of X-rays or UV rays, since even physical effects on the body could be detected in these. While UV radiation is to a certain extent necessary for our body to stimulate vitamin D formation, X-rays can lead to tumor formation in the long run.

Step 4: Determination of Chakra Colors

The 7 chakra colors follow a certain pattern – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, but why is that? This pattern is familiar to anyone who has ever seen a rainbow.

But why do chakra colors relate to a rainbow?

Both show the complete color spectrum visible to us. In other words, both the chakras and the rainbow contain every color we can see with our eyes.

Another thing that rainbows and chakras have in common is the color transitions.

If you are a bit familiar with the chakras already, you know that balanced chakras begin to circle within a certain radius. For example, the second chakra, the sacral chakra, touches the superior and inferior chakra (root and solar plexus chakra) as it rotates. Just like a rainbow where the color transitions are fluid. There are no colors more meaningful than others.

As you may have seen in the table above, the root chakra oscillates between 430 and 480 THz, the sacral chakra between 480 and 510, and the solar plexus chakra between 510 and 540 THz.

Meaning of the Chakra Colors

Let us now come to the main part of our article. Now that you have understood how the color theory works, which colors we can see and which we can’t, we want to show you why the chakras have their corresponding colors.  

Red – Root Chakra Color

color red

Color psychology:

Red is a very strong color. This color reminds of thoughts and feelings of survival and can make you vigilant. In some cultures it even stimulates aggression and an increases breathing rate.

Chakra meaning:

The root chakra stands for the primordial instinct of survival. It is connected with the feeling of grounding and security. It is located at the base of the chakra system and lays the foundation.

Orange – Sacral Chakra Color

color orange

Color psychology:

Orange is a stimulating and creative color. It promotes the feeling of warmth and security. This color stands for excitement and enthusiasm. Orange can make you feel sensual.

Chakra meaning:

The sacral chakra stands for creativity and joy of life. It is connected with the emotional body and sensuality.

Yellow – Solar Plexus Chakra Color

color yellow

Color psychology:

Yellow is a very emotional color. It reminds of courage, optimism and self-esteem. It is believed that yellow has an influence on the left side of our brain, where the subconsciousness mind and perception are located.

Chakra meaning:
The solar plexus chakra symbolizes our gut feeling. It defines our beliefs, self-confidence and subconsciousness. So every time you “listen” to your gut feeling, you trust your solar plexus chakra.

The solar plexus chakra is especially important for your inner balance, which is why we have dedicated a whole article to this chakra.

Green – Heart Chakra Color

color green

Color psychology:

Green promotes general well-being and good health. It symbolizes compassion, happiness and hope. Green gives you the feeling of being healthy and can be motivating in many ways. That is why this color is also called “inner drive”.

Chakra meaning:

The heart chakra stands for love, compassion and kindness. It connects the lower and upper part of all chakras.

Blue – Throat Chakra Color

color blue

Color psychology:

Blue is a color that often occurs in nature. Whether sky or sea: this color surrounds you almost everywhere. That’s why people often describe it as calm or serene. Blue promotes the feeling of being intelligent and trustworthy. It also stands for logic and communication.

Chakra meaning:

The throat chakra reflects our communication with the outside world. It controls the way we talk to other people and how we listen to them. The symbolic meaning of the throat chakra is a meaning of sound, wisdom and consciousness.

Indigo – Third-eye Chakra Color

color purple

Color psychology:

Indigo is a very individual color that is rarely found in nature. It promotes the feeling of being wise and spiritually developed. This color stands for self-knowledge and inner peace.

Chakra meaning:

The third-eye chakra is the connection between body and mind. It is associated with increased spiritual growth, positive attitudes and a generous and humanitarian attitude to life.

Purple – Crown Chakra Color

color violet

Color psychology:

Violet and white are colors that most people like well and are therefore called universal colors. They make you feel connected to everything. Violet and white seem sublime or even spiritual in their interplay.

Chakra meaning:

The crown chakra is driven by consciousness and brings us into contact with the universe. It is the most difficult to control chakra that only a few can really balance. However, those who succeed balancing it, attain the highest form of knowledge and wisdom.


Here the three most important points of this article:

  • Color is energy that oscillates at certain speeds and frequencies.
  • Colors influence our thoughts and feelings all the time.
  • Chakras are energy centers that are distributed along the spine in your body and begin to vibrate when balanced.

Lower vibrations produce warmer colors like red and orange, while higher vibrations produce cooler colors like blue and indigo. At the highest vibration, the two ends of the color spectrum meet and produce violet.

If you concentrate on one color, you can consciously direct the energy flows in your body to your chakras and push their vibration. Active chakras generate energy through their vibrations, which in turn is noticeable in your body.

The whole process takes some time and doesn’t work overnight. Just because you look at a color, you will not immediately feel a change in your body. You need to be patient at some point.

Surround and focus with the colors related to the chakras you are currently concentrating on. For example, if you have noticed an overactivity in your red root chakra, one way to bring it back into balance would be to focus less on the color.

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