The Ultimate Guide to Chakras - A Review

Today I'm reviewing The Ultimate Guide to Chakras - The Beginner's Guide to Balancing, Healing, and Unblocking Your Chakras for Health and Positive Energy by Athena Perrakis, Ph.D. Founder of Sage Goddess.

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Disclaimer: I am going to preface this review with the following statement.  I do not practice Wicca. I am not a priestess nor do I claim any religious affiliation.  I identify as an atheist witch and my review of any pagan/witchcraft books is presented from this point of view.

This is a nicely produced book.  The pages are large the print is a great size and the images are fantastic. I love the switch between the illustrations which I will share a couple with you, and the photos.  The Illustration is credited to Roberta Orpwood. She is an extraordinary artist.  You can find her on art work at Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook.

Photo Credit - Renee Olson
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Illustration - Roberta Orpwood

Photo Credit - Renee Olson
Photo Source - The Ultimate Guide to Chakras
Illustration - Roberta Orpwood

The photos are really well done too.  Too many times authors overlook the importance of including complementing imagery along with their content.  This is not the case with this book.  Each page brightly colored page pulled me into the book, and I was happy to go.  Of course I flipped quickly to the back of the book to look for my favorite part, the index. This book includes a full index with several cross references to help you locate exactly what you're looking for.

The book is broken down in sections dedicated to each chakra.  Reflection questions get you in a good frame of mind to begin the study with a table provided with correspondences for each chakra. To me, the most interesting part was the Goddess associated with the chakra. This was my first exposure to Hecate being connected to the Third Eye Chakra. (pg. 135 & 137).  The Third Eye Chakra is associated with intuition and clarity. I particularly like the incantation at the end of the section that reads:

"Oracle Goddesses and Goddesses of the Third Sight, illuminate me with your wisdom and your visions. I give thanks for your guidance. Amen, A'ho, So it is." 

As a reader I find myself asking for a similar gift while working with my client's submissions. At times reading can be a challenge when you allow the distractions of the world to seep in. I have called upon Hecate often when scrying for guidance. This chapter (as in all of the others) moves on to discuss the essential oils  and herbs of the chakra. Two of my favorite stones all into the third eye, which again, was a surprise to me - Labradorite and Lapis Lazuli.  There are oil recipes as well as exercises to activate the chakras, I could go on for hours about everything in this book but my favorite has to be the mantras that are included.  On page 148 the author tells us that in Sanskrit, Wah yantee is translated as "wisdom of infinity".  I was able to locate a video that uses this is mantra and have placed it below.

The mantra is:
Wah yantee kar yantee, jag dut patee,
aadak it waha, brahmaday trayshaa guroo, it wahay guroo

Great Macroself, Creative Self. All that is creative through time, all that is the Great One. Three aspects of God: Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh. That is Wahe Guru.*

*credit to for the translation and video link*

Over all I think this is a great book to have in your library.  The attention to detail, the amazing artwork and of course that index is enough to give this book five stars!

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