As I watched the Presidential Inauguration in January, I was inspired by seeing Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama, and Amanda Gorman and created this mala while watching the event. The beauty and power of feminine strength is something to behold and that energy is infused into this mala.
A mala is a set of beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. They are sacred and beautiful and can be worn as a necklace or wrapped around your wrist multiple times. Malas are made with 108 beads and a guru bead. They can be made with fewer beads, such as 18, 27, or 54, which would require the user to make several rotations to complete their full meditation. The number 108 has spiritual significance as it is believed that we have 108 lines of energy in our bodies which converge to form the anahata, or the heart chakra.
This mala is made with 6mm matte and polished Amethyst and matte and polished Garnet beads. The guru stone is Venus Jasper. Copper plated accent beads are next to the guru stone and at the halfway marker. The mala is strung on lilac colored C-Lon thread and is hand knotted between each stone.
Jasper is known as the "supreme nurturer". It sustains and supports during times of stress, bringing a sense of tranquility and wholeness. It helps calm the mind and ease anxiety to provide balance, patience, and peace.
Amethyst helps calm the mind and ease anxiety and provides balance, patience, and peace. It helps you tune into your intuition as well. It the birthstone for February.
Garnet is a good stone for depression, bringing joy and hope to its user, and helps lessen anger, especially toward oneself. Garnet’s fire stimulates the survival instinct, bringing willpower and courage to a situation. Garnet will quickly “light a fire” under you, bringing those internalized ideas and feelings you have to the surface to be acted upon and carried out. It is a stone of passion and love. Garnet is the birthstone for January and the stone that celebrates the 2nd anniversary of marriage.