New Age is an aesthetic intended to create artistic inspiration, relaxation, and optimism. It is used by listeners for yoga, massage, meditation, reading as a method of stress management to bring about a state of ecstasy rather than trance, or to create a peaceful atmosphere in their home or other environments, and is associated with environmentalism and New Age spirituality. A lot of New Age aesthetics come into play for Vaporwave, but the New Age aesthetic plays it straight while Vaporwave is more ironic with its usage of the imagery.
Chakras are the various focal points in the subtle body used in a variety of ancient meditation practices, collectively denominated as Tantra, or the esoteric or inner traditions of Hinduism. It focuses on meditation and concentration on the mind, body, and soul. While the Chakra belief is based in Hinduism, there are equivalents in esoteric Buddhism as well.
For starters, there are many different beliefs within the
Chakra system, but for the sake of simplicity, we're gonna focus on the 7 Chakra system since that's primarily what most people think of when it comes to the Chakra aesthetic. If there is enough interest, we might get into the other chakra systems as well, but it's not necessary to help create the foundation for Chakrawave. But all adhere to the same principle that as you unlock one chakra for your kundalini (literally, energy serpent), another one opens up until you reach the very top of the chakra system.
- Muladhara: The red chakra. It is often referred to as the "root chakra" and is believed to exist at the base of the spine. This is considered to be the "foundation of the energy body", from which the other chakras are opened afterward. It is associated with survival instincts and the excretion of bodily wastes (hence its connection to the anus). Its corresponding element is "earth" and its corresponding sense is smell.
- Svadhisthana: The orange chakra. It is referred to as the "sacral chakra" and is believed to exist and the base of one's genitals. Associated with this chakra are pleasure, sense of self, sensuality, passion, procreation, and the ability to have relationships (even non-sexual ones). Its corresponding element is "water" and its corresponding sense is taste.
- Manipura: The yellow chakra. It is often referred to as the "Solar Plexus chakra" due to its location at one's solar plexus and is believed to govern the digestive and endocrine systems. Associated with this chakra are energy, willpower, digestion, metabolism, transformation, and achievement. Its corresponding element is "fire" and its corresponding sense is sight.
- Anahata: The green chakra. It is often referred to as the "Heart chakra" due to its location at one's heart and is believed to govern decision-making, love, charity, psychic healing, and compassion. Its corresponding element is "sound" and its corresponding sense is touch.
- Vishuddha: The blue chakra. It is often referred to as the "Throat chakra" due to its location in the throat and is believed to govern creativity, self-expression, and learning potential. Its corresponding element is "aether" and its corresponding sense is hearing.
- Ajna: The indigo chakra. It is often referred to as the "Third Eye chakra" due to its location in the middle of one's forehead (almost like a third eye) and is believed to be linked to the pineal gland and governs the brain. Associated with this chakra are intuition, intellect, the subconscious mind, the ability to receive messages from the past, or the future, and the ability to communicate to the world. It has no corresponding element and its corresponding sense is sleep.
- Sahasrara: The violet chakra. It is often referred to as the "Crown chakra", but does not have a location in the physical body, instead of residing over the person and is believed to be associated with pure consciousness. Once this chakra has been unlocked, it is believed that a person has finally attained nirvana.
The Zodiac relates to the star signs of the same name. There are many times of Zodiac systems dating back to many ancient cultures, but the 2 most popular ones are the Western Zodiac (determined by the time of year you were born in), followed by the Chinese Zodiac (determined by the actual year you were born in), like one could be a Virgo born year of the Rat, a Scorpio born year of the Dragon, a "Double Ox" (Taurus born year of the Ox), or a "Double Cat" (a Leo born year of the Tiger).
For those of you who are curious about what the zodiac signs are, here's a breakdown of them:
The Western Zodiac is broken down based on the particular time of year one is born in, which goes as follows:
- Aries (March 21 – April 19)
- Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
- Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
- Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
- Leo (July 23 – August 22)
- Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
- Libra (September 23 – October 22)
- Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
- Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
- Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
- Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
- Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Furthermore, the Western Zodiac signs are broken down into the four traditional elements:
- Fire (Aries, Leo, & Sagittarius)
- Earth (Capricorn, Taurus, & Virgo)
- Air (Libra, Aquarius, & Gemini) note: kinda funny Aquarius is an air sign and not a water sign
- Water (Cancer, Scorpio, & Pisces)
The Western Zodiac aesthetics (yes, this could be considered a sort of aesthetic umbrella, but probably not enough to be able to create their pages like with some other aesthetic subgenres) tie directly into one's astrological sign and might incorporate the element their respective sign falls under.
The Chinese Zodiac, unlike the Western Zodiac, is determined heavily by what year you were born, but it always runs in a cycle, which the order is as follows)
- Rat (1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032)
- Ox (1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033)
- Tiger (1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034)
- Rabbit (1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035)
- Dragon (1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036)
- Snake (1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037)
- Horse (1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038)
- Sheep (1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039)
- Monkey (1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040)
- Rooster (1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041)
- Dog (1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042)
- Pig (1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043)
Much like the Western Zodiac, the Chinese Zodiac also has their signs corresponding with the elements, though in this case, it has to do with the 5 Chinese Elements:
- Wood (Tiger & Rabbit)
- Wood symbolizes high morals, self-confidence, cooperation, idealism, and a variety of interests. The season associated with wood signs is Spring and the associated direction is the East.
- Fire (Snake & Horse)
- Fire symbolizes leadership, passion, decisiveness, self-confidence, positivity, and assertiveness. The season associated with fire signs is Summer and the associated direction is the South.
- Earth (Ox, Dragon, Goat, & Dog)
- Earth symbolizes seriousness, logic, methodicalness, intelligence, objectivity, and great planning skills. The season associated with Earth signs is the changing between seasons and the associated direction is Center.
- Metal (Monkey & Rooster)
- Metal symbolizes sincerity, fixed values & opinions, strong willpower, and eloquence. The season associated with Metal signs is Autumn and the associated direction is West.
- water (Rat & Pig)
- Water symbolizes persuasiveness, intuition, empathy, and objectivity (to the point they are often sought out for counsel in Ancient China). The season associated with Earth is Winter and the associated direction is North.
Breaking it down even further, the signs can also fall into one of two categories; Yin or Yang.
- Yin (Ox, Rabbit, Snake, Goat, Rooster, & Pig)
- Yang (Rat, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Monkey, & Dog)
The Yin and Yang represent the duality of humanity, with the Yin representing the feminine, darkness, and passiveness while the yang represents the masculine, light, and activeness.
New-age music includes both acoustic forms, featuring instruments such as flutes, piano, acoustic guitar, and a wide variety of non-Western acoustic instruments, and electronic forms, frequently relying on sustained synth pads or long sequencer-based runs. Vocal arrangements were initially rare in the genre, but as it has evolved vocals have become more common especially those featuring Native American-, Sanskrit-, or Tibetan-influenced chants, or lyrics based on mythology such as Celtic legends.
- Chakra Healing Frequencies 🧘♀️ Solfeggio Spotify playlist by Miracle Tones
- Chakra Cleansing Music Spotify playlist by chakrameditationspecialists
- Mantras - Yoga - Meditation - Stress Relief - Healing Music and Chakras Spotify playlist by boyrelajante
Music for each of the Western Zodiac signs (by Sonia Eryka)