Sacral Chakra

Three Squash Soup

This soup celebrates three of my favourite squash varieties, but you can substitute others if these are not available. The contrast of sweet and nutty flavours is delicious, working well with the paprika to create a satisfying vitamin A packed soup to primarily support the sacral, solar plexus and throat chakras.


Serves 4

1/2 crown prince squash

1/2 uchiki kuri (red onion squash)

1/4 Turk's turban squash 

(you need 1 3/4 lbs/800g squash flesh in total)

1 1/2 tbps olive oil

3 1/4 cups/750ml hot vegan stock (made from cubes of bouillon powder)

1 tsp paprika

freshly ground black pepper

pumpkin seeds to garnish

Preheat the oven to 200C/425F/gas mark 7

With some squash varieties you can eat the skin, so check before preparing. Cube the squash (peeling where necessary), and discard the inner seeds. Place in a large roasting pan and toss in the olive oil. Roast for 35 minutes, turning halfway through.

Once the squash is cooked, transfer to a large bowl. Add the stock and paprika and use a hand blender to combine until smooth, season and add more water to thin as required. Reheat if necessary, season with black pepper, and scatter with pumpkin seeds to serve. 

Recipe taken from the winter section of The Chakra Kitchen: Feed your Body to Nourish your Spirit.

Crystals for Sacral Chakra Support

Here are a few suggestions of crystals to work with for Sacral chakra support. These are usually best placed on the lower abdomen or lower spinal area during healing or meditation. You should ideally take the time to tune into the stones yourself before purchasing as each will vibrate differently even if they are the same kind! Once purchased cleansing by using incense smoke, running water (if non porous) or burying in brown rice then charging under the full moon, over your heart chakra by sending in light from this area, or in direct sunlight; followed by verbal dedication to the course are recommended before use.

Crystals for this area are generally orange in colour, sometimes with white or grey bands. This I feel echoes the planet Jupiter who governs this chakra. The stones listed below are not under his rulership but they work well to balance this area which should ideally be warm and moist in constitution as Jupiter rules the elements water and fire (see my previous blog on Pisces Season and the Sacral Chakra). This way menstrual health in particular can be maintained and supported as these are optimal conditions for the womb.


Orange Calcite -  This stone balances emotions along with the masculine and feminine energies. It grounds excessive enthusiasm and inspires joy and happiness whilst supporting the kidneys and lower digestive function. A useful stone for IBS sufferers. It lies under the planetary rulership of the Sun and relates to the Fire element so does well to warm the area, useful if you are prone to low Fire and or excessive Water or Earth in particular.

Carnelian - A friendly and healing stone and my all time favourite for the Sacral chakra. Carnelian is ruled by the Sun, brings the element of Fire and is a good balancing stone and energiser. It can boost creativity, sexuality and self-esteem along with reinforcing connection to the inner self. Again like calcite it can bring equilibrium between the masculine and feminine aspects of your being. It supports the gallbladder, kidneys and pancreas and can aid with tissue regeneration. I work with carnelian in my healing sessions and when blending my Chakra Teas and also include it in both Chakra Body Scrubs and in the Creativity Chakra Aroma Roller

Crocoite - Ruled by Mars, this stone brings the Fire element (stronger than the Sun ruled stones) and stimulates sexual energy and passion. It provides stamina in life-changing situations and promotes new creative ideas. Crocoite can bring about self confidence, particularly in relationships and is known to support people through divorce. 

Halite - This stone relates to the Water element and is governed by the Moon. It is useful for cases of water retention in the body and can reduce swelling. Halite being mutable energetically like the moon, has a balancing effect on the emotions, helping to even out mood swings and hormone levels. Its general settling effect can also be useful for easing digestive discomforts. If you have an excess of Water (Phlegmatic or Kapha) then this stone can help to balance your constitution.

Copper - A metal traditionally associated with Venus and the Earth element, copper can also be used to support sacral health as in medical astrology Venus rules the ovaries and Libra (the sign it governs) rules the fallopian tubes, lumbar spinal region, kidneys and hormonal balancing. Copper revitalises as it conducts energy very effectively (think electrical wiring) so great for boosting chi and also eliminating toxins. It is warmer in nature than other metals and will amplify the effects of any stone it is placed with, especially those ruled by Venus such as diamonds and clear quartz.

Pisces Season and the Sacral Chakra

As we have now entered the Pisces season according to the Tropical zodiac it is time to shift our awareness to the second chakra known in Sanskrit as the Svadhisthana and in English as the Sacral chakra. This chakra is ruled by the great benefic planet Jupiter who naturally expands anything we focus upon, he is known as "Guru" in Vedic astrology - the almighty wise one, the teacher of universal knowledge and wisdom. This chakra is related to the Water element and it governs our creativity, deep intuition and joy, the true powers of the feminine can be found here. Without creation there would be nothing - that is how important attention to this chakra is. Physically it rules the womb and reproductive organs, lower spine and abdomen, lower digestive organs, kidneys and bladder area. This chakra is symbolised by a six petaled lotus flower, the number six is very harmonious and can bring bliss in terms of temporal human fulfilment - it is a lower chakra, therefore mostly about earthly matters rather than the divine intelligence found in the upper chakras.


If we consider the season related to Pisces in the northern hemisphere it is still Winter but with signs of Spring beginning to show themselves. The odd new buds on the trees, the bulbs of low level plants shooting up from the ground and the sunshine beginning to feel warm again on our skin. Only the strongest flora and fauna and animals will survive the next month or so on into the Spring and Summer to then achieve a full cycle of the natural year. Putting this into a human context, this is very much the time to begin feeling ourselves again from within as seasonal element has now moved from Earth to the more fluid Water. We are no longer needing to hibernate or retreat quite so much as during the Capricorn/Aquarius season, we can now begin to emerge slowly, but carefully, so as not to undo our Root chakra work from these previous few months.


Emotions are likely to surface at this time (Water), we are fragile and more vulnerable when we tap into our feminine nature. I would encourage going into these rather than simply brushing them off in "masculine" way, as deep and lasting healing can take place at this time. It may be that you find yourself more easily triggered by people or even foods that you ingest - if so take these as signs and opportunities for creative growth within, along with emotional and bodily detoxing. Channel any anger or hurt into creativity, practice meditation (in the dark best with Pisces) and have quite times in nature just to see what comes and then work with this. Try gentle swimming or other water based activities like walking by the sea, spending time in a jacuzzi / hot tub or surfing for instance. Ride the waves so to speak! This should help with balancing the Water element within you as an individual, whether it is weak or strong.

As the other zodiacal sign associated with the Sacral chakra is Sagittarius and ruled by the Fire element, I would also suggest continuing the slightly warmer spiced foods during this season and less of the raw if your constitution has excess Water or you have a weak Fire element that needs strengthening, as sometimes the former can literally put the latter out. As always do keep it in balance though, listen to your body and remember it is still important to connect with Water at this time and our more feminine emotional side. If you don't know your constitutional type then you can look into this via many methods including Western Herbalism, Ayurveda, Astrology and acupuncturist Rhiannon Griffiths has an excellent downloadable free e-book on her website where you can find out via the Chinese 5 Element System - check it out here.


Essentially when we mirror nature life flows more smoothly than when we go against the grain. At this time it is very tempting to just push push push onwards in a very yang or masculine way... BUT I would urge you to only take steps forward on the days where this comes naturally. As in nature right now there will be increasingly more days as we get closer to Spring Equinox (21st March) and Solar Plexus season that are more "firey", however there will also be the colder, slower, damp days that will nip you in the bud if you don't respect them! So if you are having an "off" day, or being blocked somehow by external circumstances, just remember this is par for the course in life full stop, but also especially at this time of the year. In the long run you are better acknowledging these moments and gaining insight and wisdom as they arise.

Pisces wants us to dig deep into the darkness and see what jewels you can bring to the surface, be it past hurts finally ready to release back to spirit or new ideas to nurture gently and take forward. "Nurture" really is a key word here, as a mother would a child in her womb. As I mentioned in my post on The REAL New Year and How to Prepare starting a vision board is a really helpful exercise during the Winter months - this is especially true during Pisces season as its all about visioning, insights and our longer term dreams. Speaking of which make sure you pay attention to those literally too each night - they may become more vivid as the subconscious tries to get messages through to you, follow the journey through the season. Pisces is the most mystical and dark "behind the scenes" zodiac sign, the perfect combination for working with the womb governing Sacral chakra! Also a great time to have evening female gatherings that bring out the inner goddess in each other, especially as Venus is just rising again in the sky. Restorative, yin or shadow practice done after sunset may also bring more growth and healing than the more physical yang (Solar) based yoga practices.

This Pisces Season we will continue on the theme of the Sacral chakra including recipes from The Chakra Kitchen: Feed your Body to Nourish your Spirit, crystal recommendations and more to support your journey!