Chakras: 7 year development life-cycles

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This is a table of human development of the chakras. I did not invent this table, you can find it here (the original text is in russian but you could put it into google translator if you are not russian speaking). The table was designed to gives a graphic illustration of the seven year cycle of human development according to the Vedic Treaties Chakravidya. The table shows the ideal progression of an individual, but of course, we should also take into account the specific characteristics of each individual in particular. However, the general principles are outlined as follows:

According to this philosophy, our life moves in 7 year cycles corresponding with each of the 7 chakra centers located in our light body. We have one dominant chakra for each cycle, corresponding to each row of the table. In the first 7 years of life (age 1-7) we are influenced by the root chakra, from ages 8-14; the sacral chakra, from 15-21; the solar plexus, and so on and so forth.

Within these 7 year cycles we also climb another 7-chakra ladder (corresponding to the top row of chakras on our table and the columns they represent) which takes us from The Root chakra to the Crown Chakra. These influences affect us (ideally) on a yearly basis. Every cycle begins with fear (the root chakra) and every cycle ends with spirituality (the crown chakra).

After completing a 7 year cycle, we enter the first stage of our second year cycle. This is our Crisis Year since the first year of a new cycle is under the influence of the Root Chakra: Fear.

Another noteworthy occasion is when we are under the influence of 2 of the same chakra centers – this is indicated by the gray boxes in the table. These are the years that that particular chakra is most dominant in your life.

Each chakra in this table is represented by these key themes associated with each energy center:

The Root Chakra: Fear

The Sacral Chakra: Feelings

The Solar Plexus: Proactivity

The Heart Chakra: Harmony

The Throat Chakra: Philosophy

The Third Eye Chakra: Wisdom

The Crown Chakra: Spirituality

Year 1-7 The Root Chakra: Fear

1 year (fear+fear): Survival. The one year old child is motivated by the root chakra in both dimensions. Since the root chakra is primarily the survival-instinct chakra, these little people are motivated by fear and their only goal at this age is to simply survive.

2 years (fear + feelings): By age 2,  feelings begin to emerge in the child. The child begins to have preferences about what they do and don’t want to do.

3 years (fear + proactivity): At age 3, the child begins his active study of the world. They begin to explore the world around them and questioning “what is this?”.

4 years (fear + harmony): Here, the child begins to find joy of communication with people around him. The child becomes more sociable. At age 4, the body of the child also becomes more stabilized.

5 years (fear + philosophy): By age 5, this little person begins his attempt to understand the world. This is also usually the beginning of education for the child.

6 years (fear + wisdom): At age 6, the child will for the first time will go through life-experiences and attempt to transfer their knowledge to others.

7 years (fear + spirituality): Here, this 7 year old experiences their first craving for the mysterious and the unknown nature of the world.

Years 8-14 The Sacral Chakra: Feelings

8 years (feelings + fear): At 8 years of age, the child is motivated by his feelings and by fear. He misunderstands his new desires that are awakening in him. At 8 years old, the hormone functions awaken fully within the body of the child.

9 years (feelings + feelings): At the age of 9, the child will usually experience their first crush, their first experience of love outside the parents. For the first time, their feelings will be out of control.

10 years (feelings + proactivity): The 10 year old, under the influence of both their feelings and their sense of proactivity – they tend to focus on their first attempts at establishing a relationship with the opposite sex.

11 years (feelings + harmony): The 11 year old, under the influence of their feelings and a motivation for harmony will tend to focus on experiencing friendships of different forms.

12 years (feelings + philosophy): At age 12, the child begins to understand the difference between the sexes. They also begin to take interest in studying the philosophy of friendship and love.

13 years (feelings + wisdom): At age 13, the new-teen develops their first stable understanding of loyalty, honesty, and morality.

14 years (feelings + spirituality): Here the teen begins to try to spiritualize their relationship with other people. They try to make it deeper and more meaningful in some way. They tend to write poems and other things like this to deepen their appreciation and understandings of the subtle nature of life.

Years 15-21 The Solar Plexus: Proactivity

15 years (proactivity+ fear): At 15, enters a period of proactivity in life – however at age 15, they are motivated primarily by fear. So, at this stage, the 15 year old usually begins to experience fears related to love, fear of the future, fear of moving away from home.

16 years (proactivity + feelings): Sweet 16. This is the time that this sweet 16 first engages in an active form of love, a relationship. This is the age that one is first able to find pleasure.

17 years (proactivity + proactivity): By 17, the teenager begins to fall deeply into a selfish love – it is a love that is based on the desire to enjoy another person and call it love.

18 years (proactivity + harmony): At 18, this young adult feels a desire to reach an understanding of everything. To understand people, relationships, happiness, life…

19 years (proactivity + philosophy): It is at 19 that we first begin philosophizing about love, and the idea of family life. At 19 we begin to develop an opinion on how we think these things “should be” in our life.

20 years (proactivity + wisdom): At 20, we are first given the opportunity to implement our philosophies into “real life”. It is the age of our first realizations about life and where it is going. It is at this time that one usually goes through their first separation or break up.

21 years (proactivity + spirituality): The 21 year old becomes conscious about their search for the spiritual side of their partner. They begin to desire a partner that can engage in co-spiritual-development with them.

Years 22-28 The Heart Chakra: Harmony

22 years (harmony+ fear): At age 22, one usually begins to experience either the fear of living together with their partner for the rest of their life, or the fear of being alone for the rest of their life.

23 years (harmony + feelings): At 23, a sense of respect for the feelings of others begins to emerge in this young adult. They begin to finally understand the needs of the people around them.

24 years (harmony + proactivity): At 24, an individual begins to take care of all aspects of their life and also their family members. Whereas when they were younger it seemed that they could only focus on one “area of life” at a time, by 24, may areas of life begin to harmonize slowly as they feel more motivated to take care of these areas too.

25 years (harmony + harmony): At 25, this individual experience their first true harmony of life. All areas of their life become stable, calm and peaceful. It is at this very time that this individual experiences their first depression or first boredom towards their life (because nothing is improving anymore – everything is stable and sill).

26 years (harmony + philosophy): At 26, this person begins to have serious thoughts about the meaning of life and their true purpose on this planet.

27 years (harmony + wisdom): By 27, the individual begins to establish their own philosophies and opinions on parenting – on how to be a parent, on how a mother or father should act, on how a child should be raised.

28 years (harmony + spirituality): At 28, the individual experiences a desire to educate children and to somehow leave their mark in this world.

Years 29-35 The Throat Chakra: Philosophy

29 years (philosophy+ fear): At 29 years of age, the individual begins to develop a fear about the future. They also begin to feel suspicious about their own stupidity.

30 years (philosophy + feelings): The 30 year old attempts to prove to themselves that they can be happy through their feelings – that they can achieve happiness through the harmony of your feelings.

31 years (philosophy + proactivity): The 31 year old attempts to justify their actions and activities in life. They try to find reasons for why they are doing all the things they are doing in their life, why these things are necessary. He begins to develop his reason.

32 years (philosophy + harmony): The 32 year old makes the first attempt to combine their life purpose with their work.

33 years (philosophy + philosophy): Under the influence of philosophy under both dimensions of the persons development, at 33, the philosopher is born.

34 years (philosophy + wisdom): At 34, the individual cultivates the ability to adapt to their workplace and home life. They learn to make the changes necessary to find happiness there.

35 years (philosophy + spirituality): At 35, the individual finds spiritual significance in his work and family life etc. They begin to reorient all different areas of their life under the eyes of spiritual development.

Years 36-42 The Third Eye Chakra: Wisdom

36 years (wisdom+ fear): The 36 year old begins to fear socializing too much other wise people – as they are afraid to lose balance in their life.

37 years (wisdom + feelings): At 37, the individual begins their first attempt of controlling their senses. They experience the joy of their first philosophical realizations.

38 years (wisdom + proactivity): At 38, the individual begins their active communication and association with other wise and spiritually developed people.

39 years (wisdom + harmony): The 39 year old finds themselves within the system of the sages.

40 years (wisdom + philosophy: At 40, the individual cultivates the ability to honestly prove their point of view to others.

41 years (wisdom + wisdom): Under the influence of wisdom in both dimensions of the individuals development, at 41, the Wise person is born.

42 years (wisdom + spirituality): At 42, the individual will come to the realization that wisdom eventually leads to spirituality and God.

Years 43-49 The Crown Chakra: Spirituality

43 years (spirituality+ fear): At 43, the individual experiences a fear of immersing their life completely to spirituality and God.

44 years (spirituality + feelings): At 44, the individual begins to find spiritual pleasure. They begin the process of spiritualization of their feelings.

45 years (spirituality + proactivity): At 45, the individual begins to mentally systematize and organize spirituality.

46 years (spirituality + harmony): The 46 year old begins to search for spiritual harmony and spiritual communication.

47 years (spirituality + philosophy): At 47, the individual begins to the understand the philosophy of spiritual development.

48 years (spirituality + wisdom): At 48, one first cultivates the ability to give spiritual advice.

49 years (spirituality + spirituality): At 49, this individual begins to teach and pass their knowledge of the highest spiritual ideals – such as selfless love and the love of God.

We can use this knowledge of these chakra-cycles to help us plan our lives more effectively. Once we are aware of upcoming energetic consciousness changes, we can be better prepared for it in the future!

Take care,



    1. Hey, leprechaun, after 49 the cycle restarts with the root chakra, but this time the root chakra has more energy.

  1. Hello. It’s my birthday today – I’m 29 today – and I’ve sought out your blog from my archives because I want to reflect and look forward on this special day.
    There is one thing I’ve been confused by however..
    If I am 29 today, then I am in my 30th year of life, yes?
    So today, I ought to be reading the details for ’30 – philosophy of feelings’.
    However, your post suggests 29 is the root chakra of philosophy, thereby the whole chart has my life starting at age 1, when in my mind my life began at age 0.
    I value your thoughts/clarification, as I would very much like to reflect accurately on this framework which I value, historically – and in particular your display of it captures my imagination for clear presentation of complex ideas..
    Kind wishes and thank you in advance for your thoughts,

    1. Happy birthday Gemma!!!! I wish you happiness on this day! How are you spending your special day?

      I would think that you are considered to be 29 and not in your “30th year of life” (although I can understand why this is confusing).

      Age 1 does not mean that you mind begins at one. I think to put it more correctly I should have written from age “0-1” and then “from age 1-2” onwards.

      So you would be from age 29 to 30. According to this chart you are 29 moving to 30. According to this chart you are beginning a new cycle this year. The next 7 years should be under the influence of “philosophy”. You will begin to craft together your first real philosophies of life in the next 7 years. At some point, a philosopher will be born. As it is your first year of the cycle you are also under the influence of Fear. The first step of any new stage of life tends to have this element to it, so I hope you wont be alarmed by it.

      If you would like to discuss further about what could be coming up for you this year, you can e-mail me at

      With love,

      Ps. Happy birthday again!! Woo hoooooo! Happy Gemma-Day!

      1. I think that these numbers don’t represent ages, but more likely to represent steps. Everyone follows these steps in his/hers own way. person 1 could take longer to learn a step than person 2.

  2. Thank you for sharing this! I have learned a little bit about this in my reiki course, but I was looking for deeper explanations and there I found your blog! You are right, there isn’t much about this topic on the internet, so thank you for translating from Russian to English so that it reached a wider range of people. All this stuff matters (or it doesn’t until we take consciousness of it, then there is no turning back!). Love and light, Yamina

  3. I think this is a little out of date. I feel like we are maturing more slowly then the “old days.” I’m 28 and I feel like I’m 7 years behind…Does anyone else feel that way?

  4. year 1 you are Root, year 2, you are Sacral, but from birth to 1 year old is year 1, so when you are 1 year old you are year 2 or Sacral when you are 2 years old you are year 3, am I right?

    1. This is exactly right. I have seen a similar table showing the “50 year cycle of the Chakras” in which it makes a point of stating that the first year is birth to 1 years old, therefor the ages listed on this page are actually a year ahead of what they should be. Hope this helps 🙂

      1. This is the same point I make in my comment here 5 July 2013. “Year 1” in chart is actually 0-1 years in real life so would be less confusing if it read “Year 0” and the other ages adjusted too.

        Will you change the ages on the chart now, Malavika? As the rest is so visually attractive / easy to understand / clear and succinct. I often wish to be able to share it, but currently it would allow a reader to understand the wrong information for their current age.

        The best of wishes,

        1. Hi Gemma,

          That’s true, this is the point you made all that time back! The reason I have been reluctant to change it because though I totally see your point, as I mentioned in the post, I did not create this chart. The link to the original (in russian) is linked in the post and it was simply translated into English. So I felt uncomfortable changing something that something already exists (in another language too!). I just had translated and managed to share what I had found, and elaborated a little bit in the text section.

          I will do my best to try to edit the chart and change the numbers though I am not quite sure how to! I will ask a friend of mine who speaks Russian and also studies Vedic philosophies what to make of all of this. Maybe on the Russian website, it is better explained? Let me find out for sure and end the confusion once and for all!

          And if possible, I will do my best to edit the chart this weekend. How does that sound?

        2. Hi Malavika

          That sounds splendid!
          Thank you so much for considering to do it – I didn’t realise you weren’t solely responsible for the graphics and now I understand it will actually be quite tricky for you to fix!
          If indeed you manage, huge thanks and I will definitely share wider.

          Thanks for your response again,
          Best of wishes

        3. Hi Gemma, I had an attempt but it was kind of difficult and I was not happy with the finishing product 🙁 I will keep you in mind and notify you when I am successful. It’s like our joint project now 🙂

  5. Each chakra is expressed on the physical body in one of the endocrine glands that regulate physical and emotional
    processes within the physique. Coronary heart Chakra: Your Heart chakra
    is located in the middle of your chest.

  6. Wonderful post! I found it while answering a question from a fellow blogger on a post I recently published and I have shared a link to this post on my blog . . . thank you for sharing your knowledge! : )

  7. I still don’t see any answers as to how to apply this chart beyond 49. I’m 58 and although I maybe much more mature, wiser and more accomplished I would find it helpful to know what is influencing me most at this point in my life. Everything in my life has changed. Fear and insecurity seem to dominate my feelings. Disharmony seems to be the order of the day. Anything you can tell me about how to apply this chart past 49 would help me navigate this unknown territory. I appreciate your consideration. Thank you.

    1. Dawna S – Malavika may have a more detailed understanding of this, but in my understanding, after 49 years, the chart starts over again. So age 50 you are back to root of root chakra, like age 0-1. Albeit you have more life experience this time round, I can sympathise it may not feel like you have more wisdom. Peace and love, Gemma

    2. Hi Dawna,

      What Gemma said is right. After 50 the chart starts over again, so you are once again influenced by the root chakra for the first year. The difference is that by now you have finished the first cycle, so you will have the the wisdom that you have gained your first cycle.

      This chart is just a guide, and I think that we can slow down or speed up our progress depending on how we live our life and how we feel about the things that have happened to us.

      I think that we can all relate to disharmony, fear and insecurity. There is no rule that says that after 50 these feelings will not show up in your life. There is still work to do, and spiritual and personal development is a day by day process that does not end at 49, or 50, or even 100 years of age.

      If you look at the chart, at 58 and we take year 1 to be 50yrs, then you should be at age 9yrs of your new cycle.
      And if we say that you are in year 9 of your new cycle that means you are influenced by sacral (feelings) and sacral (feelings). That box reads “first love, feelings out of control.”

      This year is a year of intense feelings for you. So once again, it makes sense that you yourself mention feelings and feeling in “disharmony”. It seems that your challenge for this year would be to harmonize these feelings, to approach this challenge with the wisdom you have gained in your 58 years of life. It would be good to do some soul searching research on how to harmonize feelings. I believe Our feelings are a type of energy that can be moulded and handled.

      All my love,

      1. Milavika, No sure how I missed what Gemma said, but thank you for taking the time to explain the application of this chart for me. I found your explanation and wisdom very helpful. I was amazed to see sacral & sacral, surely that’s a double whammy. No wonder my feelings are so strong, causing fear and insecurity. You are certainly right about the importance of doing some soul searching, research and finding new methods to help me bring my life and feelings back into harmony again. Sending my warmest regards and a heartfelt thank you!

        1. You are so welcome! And you’re right…sacral & sacral…definitely a double whammy! This could definitely part of the explanation for your strong feelings in your life at the moment. I wish you the very best in your journey. May all the wisdom and teachers you need in life, reach you effortlessly.

  8. Thank you for the lovely post, Malavika. If any one on this forum is interested is knowing more about the chankras and their cycles, pls refer to ‘Chakra Bible’. – Priya

  9. please, enlighten me about 52 and 61….am i starting from the first cycle all over again?????

  10. I love this. I have been using this chart for a while now and really appreciate your short descriptions for each square. I would love to have the link to the original chart if you have it for my personal file. I have been trying to track it down but with no success.

  11. Wow. This makes sense to me. As I reflected what I could about each year lived, so far, and the years of my partner, each phase does resonate. Especially year 29 is when your Saturn Return occurs, “the Jesus Year” is at 33, and so much makes sense. Thank you for sharing this timeless piece.


  12. Think of the age as a guide to enlightenment. I am over 50 and need very much to grow spiritually. Life can be bad. As long as we are part of the life , think and act for the good of all we may do. Leave your good and best self for others. As far as the chart I am missing many life bal

  13. Thank you for posting the chart it is a useful visualization of a complex theory and principle..

    After age 48/49 going into 49/50 a person would take the first completed cycle into the next, knowingly. This means you should be able to carry a completed sense of life into the next cycle. This time period is known as one dominated by midlife crisis. This is harder for those that may not have progressed properly through a full cycle due to life influences, disasters, or trauma. Societal structure can also change movement through the system. The individual may reach back to complete those missed stages and make attempts to correct and realign. If the full cycle is completed it would seem a step into a more enlightened cycle begins. At the end of, or during, the second cycle would come death. Interestingly at age 70/71 the harmony cycle begins again.

    So much of vedic thought is movement and energy based making in hard to convey. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Hello,
    Just found this website and it intrigues me,not the content but the comments!
    I hope you all realise that we go through our lives never knowing anything about this subject,but we still get by don’t we,we can still enjoy being normal everyday people,my third eye was opened on my 28th birthday.
    You know you are at a certain point on the evolutionary ladder just by being “you” and if you look back on your life in 7 year increments you can see if you are at the incarnation where you start to progress spiritually, special things happened to me at aged 7,14,21,28 then stopped.
    After my brow chakra was opened I seemed to leave the 7 year cycle,it was then obsolete.

    Just my thoughts on it,I am 66 now and still see the future, I suppose I am a precog.

    Cheers Billy.

  15. Very interesting blog, can anyone tell me if the years themselves are related to chakras? (2019,2018,2017 etc)

    1. That’s a great question Jason. Unfortunately, I do not know the answer, and I don’t want to speculate. Maybe someone else in the comments will be more knowledgable than I am in this area.

  16. Malavika, this is a fantastic chart and theory behind. As a spiritual healer I learnt this many years ago. I am teaching a new healing modality and would like your permission to use this source and print it. I will give credit to you for the work.
    many thanks

  17. Doing this with the 6 chakras found within the body would be good thought experiment. Where the years of the crown and root chakra overlap. Ie year/steps 7 and 8 dont contradict or happen one after the other, but happen simultaneously at year/step 7.

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