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The Inspiration behind the new Dark goddess Mala necklace

The Dark Goddess Mala is inspired by the Hindu deity Kali and aims to bring to its wearer:

  • Clarity
  • Protection
  • Objectivity
  • Courage
  • Order

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~ e.e. cummings

Kali, whose name comes from the word ‘time’ in Sanskrit, cleanses the old and make way for the new. She brings death of the ego and of the blinding self-centered view of reality. She empowers us to reach our full potential.

Kali is described as carrying a sword of knowledge with which she slices through delusions and frees us from any limitations. She has a necklace made out of heads which symbolizes the ego and a skirt made of human arms. Kali is often portrayed as black or dark blue in color. She has four arms. Her eyes are red, filled with rage. She has fangs and a split tongue.

Illustration by Junior Beckley

Despite of her terrible form, Kali is often considered the kindest and is also seen as a great protector against evil and negative energy. Kali provides clarity and insight which help us to firmly make decisions, to let go of fantasy, and to move toward the truth.

Affirmation/ Mantra

“I let go of worries or emotions that drain me.”

Let go of worries and emotions which clog up your mind and fog your heart. Release all negative emotions and be open to love and goodness. Don’t allow the ego to get attached to negative thoughts or feelings.

“My heart is open and my mind is clear.”

Remind yourself to let go of any negativity. Let go of judgement. Open your heart and see the goodness in the world and you will free your mind to be clear and focused.

Thank you for reading and hopefully this article reveals a little bit of the process and inspiration behind making this necklace. Check out the Dark Goddess Mala available now in our Etsy shop!

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Inspiration behind the New Agni Bliss of Inner Fire mala necklace

“… Be aflame in your hearts and create with love!”

 

Inspired by the Agni, one of the most important Vedic deities, the Bliss of Inner Fire necklace is made with the power of flame in mind.

Agni represents the vital spark of life and is therefore a part of all living things. Agni was said to be the son of ten mothers who were also sisters and who symbolize the ten fingers of the human hands. Another story suggests that Agni consumed his parents when he was born – a reference to how fire born out of two sticks rubbed together quickly burns and consumes them. Agni is described with two faces, suggesting both his destructive and beneficent qualities, with golden teeth, six eyes, seven hands, four horns, three legs, and seven fiery tongues. His skin is red. He has long black hair and eyes. He rides a ram and seven rays of light emanate from his body.

agni godAs an embodiment of fire, Agni can represent destruction and insatiable desires. However, Agni can also symbolize the natural ever awake inner will which aspires for the highest knowledge, for wisdom, for light. It is transformation through life time, energy, and action. Agni is a reminder to do everything with passion and to strive for more. It is a symbol of life and activity.

Agni is deeply connected to the earth because his birth brought light into the darkness. The earthy shades of the Agni Bliss of Inner Fire mala remind of this connection with gemstones like Snakeskin Jasper, Onyx, and Quartz. Snakeskin Jasper, for example, is a stone of courage and determination. Just like a snake, it allows the wearer to get rid of old patterns and habits and to embrace change. On the other hands, Gold Quartz, Fire Agate, and Carnelian remind of the fiery power of Agni. They enhance personal power, courage, and vitality.

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With the use of the Agni Bliss of Inner Fire mala in meditation the practitioner can awaken confidence, energy, and vitality. The necklace represents enlightenment, disappearance of empty illusions and destruction of fears. It is approaching life and whatever it may bring with no fear.

 

Image and thanks to Ancient History Encyclopedia

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A Day at the Museum

Today we spent a very inspiring day at the museum visiting the Met’s Cosmic Buddhas in the Himalayas. It is a celebration of the tantric pantheon of Buddhist gods and goddesses, all depicted in beautiful colors and forms. These peaceful compositions with their vivid palette were profoundly inspirational and meditative.

Tantric Buddhism started as a movement in eastern India and is characterized by the usage of mantras and yoga to evoke experiences that enable the realization of enlightenment.

The simple message of inner peace is responsible for the appeal of the Buddhist art and what keeps on inspiring us in the creation of our jewelry.

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About beads and malas

Meditation, quiet reflection, prayer…Beads are present in all of these moments of deep introspection and are used in various religious traditions all around the world. Catholics have rosary, Muslims have tasbih, Buddhists and Hindus use japa mala. They all have a different number of beads and different names but what they all have in common is that they assist in reciting and counting specific prayers or incantations. They help achieve a state of calm, create a place of peace, and get in touch with spirituality.

In recent years, prayer beads have become quite the fashion accessory. Yoga practice has increased the popularity of beaded necklaces and bracelets, especially of malas.

Malas are traditionally made of 108 gemstone beads plus a guru bead. There are many theories behind the significance of the number 108. Some believe that the number 1 stands for the universe and highest truth, 0 symbolizes emptiness and humility in spiritual practice, and 8 represents infinity and timelessness. The addition of the number’s digits (1+0+8) also equals 9, a number with great significance and meaning. It stands for eternity, faith, spiritual enlightenment and awakening.

In the Hindu tradition malas are made of 32 to 108 rudraksha beads, carved from the seeds of a tree unique to the island of Java in Indonesia. These rough seeds represent the difficult and rigid life required of the worshippers of Siva. Buddhist mala also typically consist of strands of 108 beads, reflecting the religion’s historical connection to Hinduism. In Buddhism, the 108 beads represent the impurities that one overcomes in the path to Nirvana. Buddhist prayer beads have traditionally been made from the wood or seeds of the sacred Bodhi tree. Bodhi in sanskrit translates to “enlightened” and reflects Buddha’s understanding of the true nature of things.

Hope, this was helpful.

Research and info thanks to Museum of Anthropology

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Hello World!

Colorful pebbles stones

In our first post we would like to introduce our shop and share the reasons why it was created.
A Little Bead Shop was conceived out of love for handmade jewelry. We love everything about it! We like to buy it, we like to wear it, and mostly we love to make it!
Every handmade piece of jewelry is quite unique. We are especially fond of gemstones. Natural gemstone beads are one of a kind and beautiful. Adding them together makes amazing pieces of jewelry. We love the fact that handmade jewelry is, duh!, jewelry made with hands, meaning that each item requires an involvement by the maker and it is therefore imbued with energy and significance.
Furthermore, gemstones possess metaphysical qualities that can be greatly beneficial and healing. We are quite interested in – borderline obsessed with – these qualities and how combining different gemstones can create a bracelet or a necklace that can increase inner peace, help with emotional trauma, or protect against negative energy. Simply amazing! Nature is simply amazing. Respect.