The Symbolic Meaning of Chakana PeruOne of the biggest takeaways I had from my visit to Peru was the understanding that the earth, human life and the heavens are intricately woven together. We are all part of nature, all one. The Inca’s sacred sites hummed with energy that has existed in these places for centuries because of the devotion and respect that this ancient culture lived by. The ancient people of the Andes believed that we were all children of the stars. This beautiful myth offered its truth to me in the understanding that there is no separation between nature and human beings—we are all one.

A beautiful representation of Peruvian belief is the Inca Cross, Chakana. It guides us in partnership to the physical world around us through the sun and the moon, while also helping us relate and connect to our own precious divinity. It is said that magic lives in the center of Chakana, pouring light and possibility into our lives when we listen deeply to the wisdom that lives in all of us.

The Chakana reveals a beautiful description of the stages of initiation that we must each pass through as we walk a soulful journey through life. The Inca Cross is made of stepped sides coming to twelve points. Together, the steps symbolize the different directions of learning, awakening and self-realization. Each of the steps, vertical and horizontal, is a step closer to your authentic path, a path and purpose that only you can fulfill. With each step you get closer to your spirit, and the Great Spirit that is forever by your side.

The shamans at Chakana Healing explain it this way: “Each point represents one of the four cardinal directions (South, West, North, East), and each stair-step in between represents a transition point between these phases. Each direction has a theme, an energy, and a time of life associated with it: South is the place of beginnings, and stepping upon one’s personal path to Spirit. West is the place of the journey into the darkness of the Soul, and the trials of self-discovery. North is the place of wisdom, the ancestors, and the giveaway, where we dedicate ourselves to a life of service. East is the place of Spirit, of the end of life and also of birth.”

My life’s meditation is that each day I become a stronger expression of love, honoring my community, world, the nature and myself. I pray that my life may be a spiritual expression, not sometimes but all the time. This trip to Peru touched in on that faith and that intention because the Inca tradition lived by those virtues effortlessly. It was not a path of spirituality that sometimes lives with them. It always lives with them.


Image via Chakana Healing.