The Seventh Chakra
The Track Team - Avatar: The Last Airbender
this is a beautiful recurring theme/leitmotif i noticed in atla. really a pattern of a few notes. it’s never been released or titled but i think the seventh chakra is apt
it shows up in book 2 chapter 19 the guru, when aang is facing his cosmic self and trying to unlock his final chakra, which he interrupts when he has a vision of katara in danger, and then again when he tries again in the crystal catacombs of ba sing se in the climax of the next episode and whole season, book 2 episode 10 the crossroads of destiny. i also noticed it in book 3 episode 6 the avatar and the firelord, first when roku is confronting sozin, then later when roku and then roku and sozin are fighting the volcano that would end in roku’s death.
i’m keeping my ears open for it in the rest of the series and korra, but i’m pretty sure these are the only uses
it’s a totally epic and emotional theme, and i find it interesting where they chose to bring it back for roku’s backstory. the seventh chakra is the one that deals with pure cosmic energy and achieving enlightenment, and is blocked by earthly attachment. i feel like this theme signifies that attachment and being unable to let go of it– it’s obvious with aang and katara, but its use with roku also reveals his attachment to sozin, ta min, and worldly possessions like the village he dies trying to save. there’s a lot of emotion and turmoil wrapped up in it