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The 108 Necklace is Hespera's new Modern take on the Mala!
The Mala is a traditional necklace used for prayer, prevailing in many different spiritual traditions in the east. The 108 beads holds special significance as it represents the mortal passions and desires of Humanity. These necklaces were used in meditation and prayer to help keep track of ones mantras.
We decided to do a modern, western take on the mala. For us, the symbolism of the passions of man was very important - it connects with the Hespera credo of individuality and proud, confident expression. The stones used in the 108 necklace also holds special significance. We used AAA quality Madagascar Agate for our brilliant colorful Malas, as well as a whole myriad of other high end materials. Each piece has 18, Pyrite Hexagonal prisms -- as the Hebrew word for life "chai" is symbolized by the number 18, and pyrite is the stone of action and individuality which galvanizes our ability to actualize our dreams. On one side, we have 11 Pyrite beads, because the number 11 is often known as the "Illuminator" - representing our place as messengers of peace in our world. The 7 pyrite beads on the the other side represent Rumi's "7 Great Advices", which transcend faith and religion and bring us together at our most human level:
- In generosity and helping others: be like the river
- In compassion and grace: be like the sun.
- In concealing others’ faults: be like the night.
- In anger and fury: be like the dead.
- In modesty and humility: be like the soil.
- In tolerance: be like the ocean.
- Either you appear as you are, or: be as you appear.
Our bright orange Madagascar has a long and storied history, but the most interesting part of it is what this variety of Agate has come to represent:
"Agate can help those who have repressed emotional issues that need to be addressed so that they can let go (release) and heal. Many feel that Agate has an anti-depressant quality. It can be helpful for those who are struggling to be genuine in their lifestyle, as it promotes an understanding of the need for deeper meaning. Agate stimulates the exploration of the unknown and furthers ones quest toward the enlightened state."
-- Made in the USA
-- 50 inches in length
-- Avoid the direct application of perfume as it can damage the natural stones!
-- Originally $250