There are several ways of associating the planets with the chakras, but the outline below follows the system of Case. It is based on a variety of considerations including alchemical associations, medical astrology, and gematria.

The Seven Interior stars and their associations are given in the following table:

Mercury

Hydragyrum

Hg

Mercury

Crown Center

Moon

Argentum

Ag

Silver

Brow Center

Venus

Cuprum

Cu

Copper

Throat Center

Sun

Aurum

Au

Gold

Heart Center

Jupiter

Stannum

Sn

Tin

Solar Plexus Center

Mars

Ferrum

Fe

Iron

Sacral Center

Saturn

Plumbum

Pb

Lead

Base Center

If one attempts tp place the chakras on the Tree of Life, there is an immediate difficulty. Since there are seven classical chakras and the Tree has ten (or eleven, counting Daath) spheres total with only five on the Middle Pillar, some adjustment is necessary. If the chakras are placed vertically on the Tree, the levels created by the side sephiroth can also be used. There are several ways of doing this, but one of the most effective is shown in the following diagram.

The Chakras on the Tree

The chakras are energy centers in the etheric body which have been described as looking like flowers or whirlpools to clairvoyant sight. From the discussion of levels or planes on the Tree, a natural correspondence with the chakras can be inferred.

Although the name chakra, meaning "wheel" is of Sanskrit origin, the concept is found in a variety of cultures and traditions, including western esoteric lore.

In the west, these energy centers are associated with the seven elder planets and the seven associated alchemical metals. The combination of the planet and metal has given rise to the concept of "seven interior alchemical stars." These are depicted on the tarot Key 17, The Star.

This association of the Middle Pillar with the chakras in practical work creates a natural equilibration of the energies of the Brow with the Crown and the Solar Plexus with the Heart. Incidentally, it has an interesting correlation with the "whole armor of God" given in Ephesians 6:13-17:

The relationships are shown in the next table.

Kether

Helmet of Salvation

Daath

Shield of Faith

Tiphareth

Breastplate of Righteousness

Yesod

Belt of Truth

Malkuth

Shoes of Peace

It is also possible to put the chakras on the paths of the Tree. Note that the order of the interior stars follows the order of the planetary paths with the sole exception of the Sun where a substitution is necessary at the path of Leo, which the Sun rules.

Crown

Mercury

Path 12

Key 1

Brown

Moon

Path 13

Key 2

Throat

Venus

Path 14

Key 3

Heart

Sun

Path 19

(Key 19)

Solar Plexus

Jupiter

Path 21

Key 10

Sacral

Mars

Path 27

Key 16

Base

Saturn

Path 32

Key 21

Using the planetary rulerships and a combination of planetary and zodiacal paths on the Tree, it is possible to create an interesting and symmetrical diagram of the chakras on the paths of the Tree.

Many of the chakra associations can be summed up in this final table:

CHAKRA

PETALS

CENTER

STAR

GLAND

SPHERES

PATHS

TATTWA

Sahasrara

1000

Crown

Mercury

Pineal

Kether

11, 12

***

Ajna

2

Brow

Moon

Pituitary

Binah
Chokmah

13

***

Visuddhu

16

Throat

Venus

Thyroid

Daath

14, 16

Akasha

Anahata

12

Heart

Sun

Thymus

Geburah
Chesed
Tiphareth

19, 30

Vayu

Manipura

10

Solar Plexus

Jupiter

Pancreas

Tiphareth
Netzach
Hod

21, 23

Tejas

Svadisthana

6

Sacral

Mars

Gonads

Yesod

24, 27

Apas

Muladhara

4

Base

Saturn

Adrenals

Malkuth

32

Prithivi

Prepared by Emmanuel Rose
Ó Emmanuel Rose 2000