The energies and influences of the warrior and servant archetypes shape the solar plexus chakra individual.
The warrior archetype represents physical strength and the ability to protect, defend, and fight for one’s rights. It is commonly associated with physical power. Yet it is likewise linked with toughness of will and spirit. Warriors are confident in themselves, not in an inflated sense, but in a way that they are equipped with the inner strength to “fight the good fight for love, victory, and the glory of God” (Wauters, 1997, p. 61).
We have been programmed to believe that being spiritual or being on the spiritual path means being of service to others. Often though we neglect being of service to the self.
Individuals with a dominant servant archetype lose the strength to look after their own needs and focus instead on others.
Unfortunately, they get sucked into the energies and needs of other people and neglect their own well-being. These individuals also constantly seek the approval and appreciation of others. Their sense of self, self-worth, and personal identity is affixed to the external world. They give their power away to others by always pleasing other people in the hope that they would receive the acknowledgment of their worth and value which they otherwise could give to themselves if only they had a more developed self-esteem.
Striking a balance between the warrior and servant archetypes result in a healthy solar plexus. Individuals with a well-balanced solar plexus are successful at leadership roles more than as followers.
A healthy solar plexus chakra gives the individual a strong will power and self-control. These characteristics give the individual the ability to pursue whatever goals they set. They see things through to the end but not so much at whatever cost it takes. Rather, they possess an enormous inner strength and will power that make them keep their focus on the good of all and that their endeavors are geared only towards the pursuit of a higher purpose.
The lion is the symbolic animal of the solar plexus. It is a symbol of the sun and gold, both associated with masculine energies which are characteristic of the energy of the solar plexus.
Individuals with healthy solar plexus chakras do not fight for the sake of fighting. Despite possessing a strong will power, they know when their efforts will prove futile, like the lion who avoids confrontations and leaves the scene if danger is possible. The lion does so not out of fear or insecurity or lack of confidence. Rather, the lion knows how to choose its battles, characteristic of an individual with a healthy solar plexus chakra, and a reflection as well of the healthy warrior archetypal influence.
The solar plexus is linked with the deity Agni, god of fire. Agni is one of the most important of the Vedic gods. He is one of the three chief gods in the Rig Veda, the most ancient collection of Hindu sacred verses, consisting principally of hymns to various deities. As the god of fire, Agni is in everyone’s hearth. He is the vital spark of life.
The planetary ally of the solar plexus is Mars. It is characterized by action, drive, desire, courage, determination, and initiative. These energies are a representation of the solar plexus chakra.
Yellow is the color that corresponds to the solar plexus. It is associated with the intellect and intelligence because it is stimulating to the mental faculties of the individual. The energy carried by the color yellow brings more optimism and confidence when activated.
The musical note linked with the solar plexus is E. The mantra that resonates with it is RAM. The type of music that works best with the solar plexus is the marches.
Invoking the energies of the sun, fire, lion, warrior and servant archetypes, Mars, the color yellow, musical note E, mantra RAM, and marches kind of music help the healthy functioning and development of the solar plexus.
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Wauters, A. (1997). Chakras and their archetypes: Uniting energy awareness and spiritual growth. Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press.
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