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Ægir: The Sea Personified
In Norse mythology, the name Ægir translates to "ocean." Ægir and his wife Ran are seen as the animating powers of the ocean and it's various qualities. Ægir is often portrayed as a gracious host to the gods, and personifies the more benevolent aspects of the sea, while Ran seems to correspond to its more sinister aspects, usually mentioned in the context of growing unfortunate seafarers and dragging them down to the depths of the sea. Together the couple has nine daughters, often interpreted as being spirits of the waves.
This mala necklace is part of our Water Collection. This traditional Tibetan mala has 108 beads, plus 3 marker beads (not to be counted in meditation), and a guru bead and silk tassel. This particular mala is comprised of Sea Sediment Jasper, with frosted white Sea Glass marker beads and guru bead. The tassel is 100% spun silk in variegated shades of blue, turquoise, purple and white. This necklace has been strung with white color Nylon thread for its strength and durability, especially important when working with natural stones, as their hard edges can sometimes rub against and weaken other threads such as cotton or silk. All of our malas are hand-knotted between each bead, which protects your beads should the necklace ever break. It also helps alleviate potential damage caused by beads rubbing against each other.
Note: This mala is available in two different sizes, with 6mm or 8mm stones. Please select size during checkout.
Natural Stone Properties
All of our malas are made with semi-precious stones that each carry their own special and specific energetic properties to help you attract or overcome certain feelings, thoughts and emotions. This mala's metaphysical properties include:
-Helps embrace transformation
Sea Sediment Jasper
Sea Sediment Jasper, also sometimes referred to as Impression Jasper, or Ocean Jasper, is rare Orbicular Jasper collected from the remote shores of northwestern Madagascar and can only be mined at low tide. It is sometimes referred to as The Atlantis Stone. It caries a gentle nurturing energy that, when used regularly, assists in developing self-love and empathy for others. Known as the "Supreme Nurturer," Jasper is a stone of grounding and stability, providing comfort and security, strength and healing. Historically, Jasper is traceable to all ancient peoples and civilizations. Worn by shamans, priests and kings, it was considered sacred and a powerful protection stone, for both the physical world and in the spiritual realm. Its presence balances the aura to a level of wholeness and peace, and acts as a reminder that one is not here on the physical plane simply for oneself, but to bring joy and substance to others.
One of the most ancient stone used by man, the first glass used was natural obsidian, volcanic glass, used to make arrowheads, knives, jewelry, etc. Objects created of manmade glass are reported to have been found from as early as 4,500 BC in Mesopotamia and 3,000 BC in ancient Egypt. Glass is a melding of all four of the traditional elements, because through fire and air the silica earth element is made molten and transmuted into a liquid only to return to its earthly state as a solid. It takes years for the ocean to do its work on a piece of discarded glass. Each coveted smoothed and weathered piece of sea glass was at one time a piece of discarded “junk.” The discarded glass thrown away long ago may have been from a jar or bottle, but sooner or later, its purpose no longer needed, it ends up on the ocean floor. A piece of sea glass is polished smooth on its journey from junk to jewel. This journey for the glass can be harsh at times while the glass is being churned over and over by the pressures of water and sand. Water and sand work on sea glass as pressure and fire worked for the alchemists in the transformation of metals. Similar to how the unconscious works on the personality, the sea works on transforming discarded sea glass into smoothed, rounded, and colorful gems. Each discovered piece of sea glass is entirely unique just like the uniqueness of each personality and their individuation process. Metaphysically, glass represents and carries the energies of transformation, merging of elements, rebirth, focus and communication.
With the constant overstimulation of our minds and the stress of everyday life, it's easy to get swept up in the chaos and forget how to be present. It's so tempting to waste our mental energy agonizing over the mistakes of our past, or worrying about the implications of the future. The only way to avoid these distractions is to be.
To practice mindfulness, simply, is to practice being- truly being- in moments as they are. When we challenge ourselves to be present, it brings our mind and body into alignment, and it becomes easier to let go of worry. Bringing your focus to your breath, feeling the air as it fills your lungs, and acknowledging and appreciating your surroundings is mindfulness in its purest state. Mindfulness involves a deep connection between soul and body. By bringing these two into harmony, we can find a stillness- stillness from which we can derive peace.
What are mala beads?
Malas are necklaces that are traditionally used in a form of meditation called Japa, found in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. When practicing Japa, one recites a mantra (either vocally or internally) 108 times. The number 108 holds a great amount of significance in many aspects of Buddhist culture, including the section of the Lankavatara sutra in which Bodhisattva Mahamati asks Buddha 108 questions, the 108 earthly temptations to overcome in search of Nirvana, and the 108 feelings it is believed a person can experience.
Traditional Tibetan malas have 108 beads, as well as three marker beads and a guru bead. The marker beads are not counted in the meditation, and are usually made from a different material than the others to introduce a tactile difference and assist the user in tracking their progress while meditating. The 109th stone, referred to as the guru bead, or sumeru, represents the relationship between student and teacher. Traditionally, meditations are started to the left side of the sumeru, with the beads held between the thumb and either the middle or ring finger. The index finger should be extended outwards, as it represents ego. Working clockwise, the user recites their mantra once on each bead, completing the meditation on the other side of the sumeru. It is important to note that the sumeru should not be crossed over during the course of meditation.
These beads are not intended to get wet. If they are submerged in water, the tassel may begin to unravel slightly, or the organic materials, such as wood beads or seeds, may fade or change colors.
Ægir 27 Bead Pocket Mala: www.awareboutique.com/malas/aegir-pocket
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