Symbol: Ten petals, circle containing down-facing triangle
Location: Solar plexus, upper abdomen
Stones: citrine, yellow topaz, amber
Musical Note: D
Scents: rose, myrrh, melissa
Body Parts: pancreas, liver, small intestine, gall bladder
Sense: Sight, both physical and metaphysical
Foods: grains, dairy, ginger, cumin
Asanas: Bow, cobra, fish. Sun salutations, twists
Planet: Mars and Sun
Astrological sign: Aries
Known as the power chakra, the energy of the third chakra tends to be more masculine than feminine. It is heavily involved with the ego and the intellect as well as intuition.
It's planet is Mars, named for the god of war and it is also heavily influenced by the Sun. Add in the astrological sign of Aries and you've got one hot chakra. The trick to using the influence of Mars to your advantage is to realize that the same fire that can be destructive and all consuming can also be harnessed to give its energy to your more positive aspects. The 4th chakra can burn with anger, fear or feed an overbearing ego in its quest for a feeling of control. However, it can burn with ambition, love and confidence.
An unbalanced third chakra can be related to anger, control issues, and hatred if it is over active. If it is under active, feelings of helplessness and lack of control can be present. Physical symptoms may include digestive problems and eating disorders.
A person operating from a healthy third chakra feels in control of his/her life and listens to his/her intuition.