Muladhara (Root Chakra), by Aspen Moon, September 2022. Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 30″ ( Artist’s Collection ). Third in the Chakra Series.

Amid deep and cavernous surroundings,
rocks, and damp earth–morose, glum, somber,
there is a glimmer of light
that radiates outward and illuminates the beyond.
Therein lies the spark of new beginnings,
a sprout,
a first blossom,
roots writhing outward,
reaching for strength, stability, growth.
Reaching for Source.

Muladhara is the resting place of the kundalini, the journey’s end on the pathway of manifestation and simultaneously the point of departure on the pathway to enlightenment. Our roots are where we derive our strength to stand tall and grow to full potential and without strong roots, a tree withers and dies. This painting was painted over five years, during a particularly uprooted time in my life, and completed during a period of intense personal upheaval. Despite being uprooted, this Aspen has yet to wither and die.

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Aspen Moon
August 2023, Boise, Idaho