Throat chakra symbol

Throat Chakra


Compassion. Listening. Communication.

Vishuddha, which translates to “purification,” refines and purifies our dialogues with ourselves and others. It elevates the vibrations of our spoken words to resonate with the frequencies of truth and love.

The Throat Chakra is centrally located in your throat and presides over all communication facets. Its energy, which is closely linked to truth, provides us the liberty to express ourselves genuinely. Words, as powerful vibrations, can profoundly influence our world. It is a treasure trove of confidence, bliss, self-assuredness, wisdom, and decision-making capabilities. From a physical standpoint, it supports your neck, jaw, teeth, gums, mouth, lower sinus, throat, and thyroid gland.

The sixteen petals of the Throat Chakra symbolize the sixteen Kalas, or phases of growth. The triangle stands for a pure conduit for the soul’s consciousness. The circular shape signifies the full moon, which is a metaphor for an unsullied mind. Moreover, the circle is also a representation of the element of ether.

throat chakra symbol

Characteristics of the 

Throat Chakra

When the Throat Chakra is open and balanced, an individual can communicate their thoughts, feelings, and truths freely and clearly. They are good listeners and are authentic in their speech. Conversely, when it’s blocked or imbalanced, one might struggle with expressing themselves, feel misunderstood, or be fearful of speaking their truth.

Characteristics of a balanced 

Throat Chakra


  • Being able to assert oneself
  • Clearly expressing thoughts through words
  • Possessing the capacity to deeply understand others
  • Actively and intentionally listening to others
  • Utilizing both verbal and non-verbal modes of communication
  • Enjoying communication through writing and other creative mediums
  • Fostering positive self-talk
  • Having an acute awareness of your inner thoughts and beliefs, both positive and negative
  • Possessing a good sense of timing
  • Speaking with both confidence and compassion
  • Maintaining honesty with oneself and others
  • Comfortably articulating your needs















Characteristics of an Imbalanced

Throat Chakra


An imbalanced Throat Chakra can manifest in various ways on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. It can be seen through throat ailments and thyroid issues. Mentally, it may cause difficulty in expression and fear of speaking, while emotionally, it can result in excessive mood swings. Spiritually, it’s linked with feeling disconnected from one’s truth. Here are some potential symptoms of an imbalanced Throat Chakra:

Physical Symptoms:

  • Sore throat or frequent throat issues
  • Thyroid problems
  • Ear infections or hearing problems
  • Dental issues or jaw pain
  • Neck stiffness or pain
  • Voice issues (hoarseness, loss of voice)

Emotional Symptoms:

  • Difficulty expressing feelings
  • Fear of speaking out or being judged
  • Shyness or being overly reserved
  • Habitual lying or not being genuine
  • Feeling suppressed or holding back

Mental Symptoms:

  • Difficulty with verbal expression or communication
  • Challenges in conveying thoughts or ideas clearly
  • Overactive or compulsive talking without truly communicating

Spiritual Symptoms:

  • Inability to communicate one’s true purpose or calling
  • Feeling disconnected from inner truth or voice of intuition
  • Difficulty in expressing or embracing one’s spiritual beliefs and truths.

It’s worth noting that the presence of these symptoms doesn’t definitively indicate an imbalanced Throat Chakra. They can be influenced by a myriad of other factors However, if someone is experiencing a combination of these symptoms, it may be beneficial to explore Throat Chakra balancing techniques or consult a holistic or energetic healer.

Associated With:

The Throat Chakra is linked with genuineness, your capacity to communicate effectively, voicing your true thoughts and feelings, expressing yourself, discovering your individual voice, and the ability to listen as well as feel listened to.

Chakra Development:

This chakra matures between the ages of 6 to 8 years, though its well-being can be influenced at any point throughout a person’s life.

When Balanced:

When the Throat Chakra is in balance: Transparent and unhindered communication, capability to articulate thoughts and emotions, proficient listening skills (both inwardly and towards others), a keen sense of timing and rhythm, the ability to stand one’s ground, and living a creative life.

When Underactive:

When the Throat Chakra is underactive or deficient: Anxiety around speaking, feeble voice, difficulty in verbalizing emotions, introverted behavior, and shyness.

When Overactive:

When the Throat Chakra is overactive or excessive: Over-communication, using speech as a defense mechanism, inability to listen, spreading gossip, domineering voice, and interrupting others.

Causes of Blocks:

Blocks in the Throat Chakra can be caused by fears associated with losing control over our lives and apprehension of divine will.

Chakra Traumas:

Throat Chakra traumas include experiences of verbal, emotional, or physical abuse, being consistently silenced either in childhood or adulthood, enduring excessive yelling in the family setting, facing persistent criticism, dealing with overbearing parents, and coping with parental or family alcoholism or chemical dependency.

To learn more about open, closed, and blocked Chakra states, check out our Chakra Overview post: Understanding the Chakra System: A Comprehensive Overview.

Throat Chakra

Healing Strategies:

  • Indulge in creative pursuits like singing, writing, painting, or composing poetry.
  • Release control over things outside your reach.
  • Make unusual or funny noises, practice exhaling with sound.
  • Engage in chanting mantras or participating in Kirtan.
  • Practice Simhasana or Lion’s Breath.
  • Recite positive affirmations.
  • Play a musical instrument.
  • Work on confident speaking, focusing on projecting your voice and articulating clearly.
  • Be mindful to use your words intentionally and wisely.
  • Be aware of the energy your words carry (do they vibrate high or low?) and observe how they affect you and others.
  • Speak to yourself with kindness.
  • Communicate your needs to others.
  • Undertake shadow work to transform and release negative conditioning, beliefs, or programming about yourself and others that no longer serve you.
  • Practice loosening your neck and shoulders, releasing your voice, singing, journaling, writing, and learning effective communication skills.
  • If you find you speak excessively, try observing periods of silence.
  • Foster non-goal-oriented creativity, and engage in voice dialogue.

Chakra Healing Affirmations

  • “I express my thoughts”
  • “I create positivity”
  • “It is safe for me to express my true self”
  • “I actively listen”
  • “I articulate my needs”
  • “I speak with words of love”
  • “I hear and voice my truth”
  • “Creativity surges in me and through me”
  • “I express myself clearly and openly”
  • “My words hold power”
  • “My voice matters”

Chakra Healing Crystals/Stones:

Azurite, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Sodalite, Blue Topaz, Blue Lace Agate, Apatite, Chrysocolla, Lapis Lazuli, Amazonite, Blue Calcite, Angelite, Celestite, Blue Kyanite

Chakra Healing Essential Oils:

Peppermint, Chamomile, Cypress, Spearmint, Geranium, Bergamot, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Sandalwood, Sage

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