Through the end of October: 10% of all Element Mala sales will be donated to Hurricane Maria and earthquake recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico via Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund (www.hispanicfederation.org)
Aether: God of the Upper Air
In Ancient Greece, Aether was the primordial god of light and the bright, blue ether of the heavens. His mists filled the space between the solid dome of the sky and the transparent mists of the earth-bound air. In the evening his mother Nyx drew her dark veil across the sky, obscuring the ether and bringing night. In the morn his sister and wife Hemera dispersed night's mist to reveal the shining blue ether of day. In the ancient cosmogonies night and day were regarded as elements separate from the sun. The word in Homeric Greek means "pure, fresh air" or "clear sky". In Greek mythology, it was thought to be the pure essence that the gods breathed, filling the space where they lived, analogous to the air breathed by mortals.
This mala necklace is part of our Air 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 Rainbow Moonstone, Sodalite, and Blue Aventurine beads, with Quartz Crystal marker beads and Aquamarine guru bead. The design is intentionally split with the Blue aventurine and Sodalite on the bottom acting as the clear blue sky, while the moonstone on the top portion symbolizes the clouds above. The tassel is 100% spun silk. This necklace has been strung with blue 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 genuine high quality 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 properties include:
-Protection for travelers
-aids in overcoming bad habits
-purifies and cleanses
As ancient as the moon itself, Moonstone holds a powerful mystery locked beneath its pearly veil. Since the earliest times, Moonstone has been used in amulets of protection for travelers, as a gift of lovers for passion, a channel for prophecy, and a path to wisdom. Like the moon that waxes and wanes in cyclic perfection, Moonstone calms and encourages, teaching us the natural rhythms of life. Moonstone is known as the Traveler's Stone for the protection it affords, especially at night. Named for its moon-like sheen, Moonstone is a Feldspar mineral exhibiting a soft, watery opaqueness and a silvery-white reflection. Rainbow Moonstone acts as a prism, diffusing energy throughout the aura. It provides psychic protection, clearing the mind and senses, and aids in lucid dreaming and calm sleep. It deflects negativity and eases emotional trauma. Aligned with the Goddess, Rainbow Moonstones connect with the energies and spirits of Nature. Moonstone bestows a depth of feeling, a gentleness within the self that brings happiness to the environment in which it resides. Associated with the feminine, it enhances the intuitive side of the mind. Moonstone opens the mind to hoping and wishing, inspiration and impulse, serendipity and synchronicity. It brings flashes of insight, keeping one from negatively banishing possibilities. Yet it grants intuitive recognition and allows one to absorb that which is needed from the universe and not necessarily what is wanted.
The name sodalite comes from the Greek words soda and lithos, which means salt stone, as the stone contains a lot of salt. Sodalite was discovered in Canada in 1891 during a visit of the Royal family, which earned it the nickname ‘Princess Blue’. Throughout history it was believed that sodalite improved creativity. This lead to a high use among writers and artists. Sodalite gemstones are also known as "poet's stones." The natural negativity-filtering, communication-enhancing sodalite properties are very beneficial to writers, in keeping with sodalite meaning. Sodalite mineral stones encourage a positive thought process and enhanced communication, both of which are vital to writers. The earth power filter contained in every sodalite mineral stone filters out negative energy, which supports sodalite meaning. Minimizing the negative facilitates a more positive view of others. Sodalite properties help reveal the brighter side of an issue or person, enhancing the ability to give someone the benefit of the doubt, so to speak. Physically, Sodalite can ease anxiety and panic attacks, mental confusion, and fear/phobias. Use Sodalite to strengthen the immune system, ease insomnia and balance metabolism.
Blue Aventurine combines the elements of Wind and Water in a gentle stone that resonates from the mind to the heart, working calmly, rationally, and steadily. It enhances the masculine energy in both males and females, and is a stone of self-discipline and inner strength, assisting one in making clear decisions and sticking by them. Aventurine is a variety of Quartz characterized by bright inclusions of Mica or other minerals that give a shimmering or glistening effect to the stone. As a “take charge” and “stick to it” crystal, Blue Aventurine can be highly beneficial in overcoming bad habits, such as smoking, overeating, and substance-abuse, or in dissolving negative traits, such as selfishness and passive aggression. Blue Aventurine encourages adventure at any age and is a stone of travel, helping to make desired travel plans happen and for protection against travel interruption. Physically, Blue Aventurine ameliorates pain and chronic stiffness, and may help in lessening muscle twitches, spasms and facial tics. It assists in calming hyperactivity, and enhances mental focus and concentration. This crystal is beneficial in overcoming insomnia, lessens migraines and headaches, and aids the eyesight. It has a cooling effect and reduces fever; it is believed to relieve sinus problems, allergies, colds, coughs and congestion.
Quartz crystals are the most common and abundant in the world, comprising the largest and most diverse family in the mineral kingdom. From ancient times to the present day, quartz crystals have been a source of Light to mankind. Clear Quartz, pure silicon dioxide, is also called Rock Crystal or Ice Crystal, from the Greek word "krystallos", meaning "ice", because crystal was believed to be water frozen so hard it could never thaw. It is referred to as "The Perfect Jewel," for in its sparkling light is contained the entire color spectrum. Clear Quartz amplifies whatever energy or intent is programmed into it, and continues to broadcast that energy throughout the world and into the etheric realms. This may accelerate the fulfillment of one's prayers, intensify healing or spiritual growth, or simply allow the crystal to hold a pattern of energy long enough and strongly enough for the manifestation of a goal to occur. Throughout history, Clear Quartz has been valued by nearly every civilization as far back as Atlantis and Lemuria, where the sun's power was believed to be harnessed through a crystal as a source of solar energy refraction. They, along with Native American Indians, African tribes, ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Romans, Scots and countless other cultures used Clear Quartz in diagnostic healing, meditations and spiritual development, as religious objects and in funerary rites, and to dispel evil and magical enchantments. Clear Quartz acts as a deep soul cleanser, purifying and enhancing the body's internal structure and surrounding subtle bodies to connect the physical dimension with the mind. It focuses on inner negativity and stimulates positive thoughts and feelings in its place. With a better perception of the world, Quartz increases awareness and clarity in thinking, and provides enhanced energy, perseverance and patience, teaching one to live, laugh and love with all of humanity.
Aquamarine evokes the purity of crystalline waters, and the exhilaration and relaxation of the sea. It is calming, soothing, and cleansing, and inspires truth, trust and letting go. In ancient lore, Aquamarine was believed to be the treasure of mermaids, and was used by sailors as a talisman of good luck, fearlessness and protection. It was also considered a stone of eternal youth and happiness. Today it protects all who travel by, over, or near water, and opens the channels of clear and heartfelt communication. The name Aquamarine comes from the Latin aqua marinus, meaning "water of the sea," and refers to its sparkling ocean-like color. The pale blue, transparent crystal is a member of the Beryl family. Its color, sometimes bluish green, is caused by iron oxides within the chemical makeup of the stone. Aquamarine emits a gentle and compassionate energy, promoting moderation and responsibility for ones' actions. Aquamarine is a powerful stone for cleansing the emotional body and opening communication. It helps balance excessive anger or fear, and clears past emotional, physical or verbal abuse. Aquamarine is a stone of empowerment, for men and women alike. It helps in the realization that not all power comes from force. There is also power in aligning with the yielding, resilient vitality of life, and in promoting truthful and compassionate 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.
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