Watercolor illustration of Muladhara chakra symbol with paint splashes.


The Base or Root Chakra: Red: “I Have.”


The Base or Root Chakra is situated at the base of the spine. It is associated with physical survival, connection to one’s family or group of origin (this can include ethnicities, religions, nationalities and cultural heritages) and the sense of being grounded, with one’s feet planted firmly on the ground.


The colors associated with this chakra are Red and also Black. This chakra is associated with the Earth element—not much of a surprise, as this is the chakra that connects you to the ground, that makes you feel stable and settled. It relates to family and home, or feeling at home; this includes your family of origin, and any other “tribes” you belong to: religious groups, ethnic groups, nationalities, high schools/colleges; even the fangroup of your favorite sports team or musical group. Your tribe is where you feel that you belong. 

Physically, the first chakra governs the base of the spine, spinal column, legs, blood and the lower parts of the gastro-intestinal tract: kidneys, bladder, colon.  Each chakra is associated with an element of your endocrine system—supplying hormones—and the first chakra is associated with the adrenals. The adrenals control your body’s vitality, and also its reaction to stress (fight or flight when a danger presents itself, and anything else that is stressful: money problems, illness, disagreements or fighting, toxic work environment…). 

This chakra is about understanding the world in its purely physical dimension. This is your most primal self: instinct, survival, self-preservation, fulfilling your basic needs. Newborn babies are like the embodiment of the first chakra: they want to be fed, changed, loved; they want to feel safe, and they are not particularly aware of the needs of anyone other than themselves!


Having a balanced Base Chakra means that you feel safe, stable, secure, grounded, spontaneous, courageous, energized and fully alive. An underactive first chakra means that you probably feel unwelcome or as though your needs aren’t being met; vitality may be compromised, possibly due to illness. Someone with an overactive first chakra is likely to be greedy and materialistic, resisting change. This person is likely to be ego-centered, and may have a sanguine complexion. You can use the color Red or first-chakra stones listed below to help bring an underactive first chakra into balance; in the case of an over-active first chakra, use the complementary color Green, and green stones such as Green Aventurine.


Crystals tend to be associated with the chakra based on their properties, but also their colors: when you see a deep red stone, or a black one, you can be sure that it is associated with the base chakra. (A good rule of thumb is that color associated with the chakra will means that stones of those colors will work on that chakra as well.) Some of the main crystals associated with the first chakra are: Red Tiger Eye, Red Jasper, Ruby, Garnet, Black Obsidian, Snowflake Obsidian, Black Tourmaline, and Hematite. Also Pyrite, Cuprite, Mookaite, and Breciated Jasper, which is a powerful combination of Red Jasper and Hematite.



In Sound Therapy, the first chakra is associated with the note of  “C”.


Black TourmalineBlack Tourmaline: Most Highly Protective, Especially Against EMF Pollution – Purifies Environment – Grounding

Red Tiger Eye

Red Tiger Eye, AKA Dragon’s Eye: Grounding — Balance–Manifestation–Connection to the Mystical Plane

Black Tourmaline and Dragon’s Eye are featured stones in my CrystalCRUSH program. This is my signature program and gets offered a few times per year. This is a super-fun class, but make no mistake: it is a serious portal to deep spiritual practice and connection. You’ll never be the same afterwards.

Dragon’s Eye is also featured in my Earth Magick Essentials Guide and free Crystal-Pulling Parties.