Svadhisthana (Water element)

Moreover, we must remember that men have made these symbols.  Tantric yoga in its old form is surely the work of men, so we can expect a good deal of masculine psychology.  Therefore no wonder that in the second cakra is the great half-moon, which is of course, a female symbol.  Also, the whole thing is in the form of the padma or lotus, and the lotus is the yoni.  (Padma is simply the hieratic name, the metaphor for the yoni, the female organ). 


2)  Now the second centre has all the attributes that characterize the unconscious.  Therefore we may assume that the way out of our muladhara existence leads into the water.  TPoKY16

2) Therefore, the very first demand of a mystery cult always has been to go into water, into the baptismal fount.  The way into any higher development leads through water, with the danger of being swallowed by the monster. 

(sidebar)  Baptism is a symbolical drowning.  TPoKY16

So the symbolism in the svadhisthana cakra is the worldwide idea of the baptism by water with all its dangers of being drowned or devoured by the makara.  Today, instead of the sea or leviathan we say analysis, which is equally dangerous.  One goes under the water, makes the acquaintance of the leviathan there, and that is either the source of regeneration or destruction.  And if that analogy holds true, then the analogy of the sun myth must hold true too, for the whole baptismal story is in the sun myth.  You see the sun in the afternoon is getting old and weak, and therefore he is drowned; he goes down into the Western sea, travels underneath the waters (the night sea journey), and comes up in the morning reborn in the East.  So one could call the second cakra the cakra or mandala of baptism, or of rebirth, or of destruction – whatever the consequence of the baptism may be.  TPoKY16

(colour)  We also can say something about the details of this cakra.  The fiery red is understandable, muladhara is darker, the color of blood, of dark passion.  But this vermilion of svadhisthana contains far more light, and if you assume that this has really also something to do with the sun’s course, it might be the sun’s rays while setting or rising – the color of the dawn or the last rays of the sun are a rather humid kind of red.  Then after the second center we could expect the manifestation of newborn life, a manifestation of light, intensity, of high activity, and that would be manipura.  TPoKY17

If one dreams of baptism, of going into the bath or into the water, you know what it means when people are in actual analysis:  that they are being pushed into the unconscious to be cleansed; they must get into the water for the sake of renewal.  But it remains dark what follows after the bath.  It is very difficult to explain in psychological terms what will follow when you have made your acquaintance with the unconscious.  TPoKY 32

(Cakra) 2, svadhithana, which means “her favorite resort,” her favorite standing place.  This is the sex organs.  At this cakra the psychology is transformed.  It is no longer behaviorism but, rather, the psychology of Dr. Freud.  Everything is exciting.  Sex is the aim of life.  Everything is coming up roses.  The birds are singing.  The bells are ringing for me and my gal. 

(In the picture above) we can see the symbology of the world associated with the psychology of this cakra.  In the inner field is a crescent moon.  The moon is governor of the tides of life.  The whole sex thing is the tide of life; when the moon is full, people are lunatics for sex.  The dogs bark, the coyotes howl, and I’m told that the crabs come out and dance on the beach. 

Within the crescent is a makara, the symbolic animal of the Ganges, the goddess Ganga.  The pouring of the waters of the Ganges is this energy, the erotic source of life and of excitement and of being in the world.  But Ganga is not the only source.  In the Vedic pantheon the god Varuna represents the rhythm of the rolling heavens.  In the night sky you can see it moving, and that rhythm is the rhythm of the universe and is of Varuna.  The Hindu deity of this cakra is Vishnu, who is associated with the erotic.  We see him here, wearing a yellow garment, and he is essentially in an erotic mood.