SEPTEMBER BIRTHSTONE: SAPPHIRE
The rich blue tones of September’s birthstone—sapphire—remind me of deep ocean blues, the blue hour after the sun has set, and deep space (can we pause for a moment in awe of the images from the Webb Telescope). Sapphire is a variety of corundum, consisting of aluminum oxide with traces of iron, magnesium, chromium, and titanium. It is part of the hexagonal crystal system, and scores 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. Sapphire is related to ruby, but the presence of iron lends it its deep blue coloring.
Sapphire takes its name from the Greek word Sappheiros and the Latin Sapphirus, which both translate to “blue stone.” [A little side note: Before the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli was known as sapphire.] The Greeks used the stone to garner favor with Apollo. Sapphire was connected with Abraham, and is believed to have decorated the breastplate of the High Priest. And, the Persian rulers believed that the sky received its blue color from the reflection that bounced off the stone.
The meaning of sapphire is joy and wisdom. Its energetic properties include truth, clarity, courage, and protection. Sapphire’s calming energy helps promote peace, deep rest, and balanced emotions. Sapphire resonates with the Throat and Third Eye Chakras. Cleanse your sapphires by running under cool water, full moon bathing, or smudging (sage, or other favorite spiritual scent).
One day my favorite much-used mala broke. I set about re-making it, and haven’t stopped knotting since! During my early teens I had a passion for making macrame jewelry. It was tiny, intricate work that I loved very much. Making malas has reconnected me with that early creative drive.
Japamala (mantra recitation) is a significant part of my yoga practice, and I use my malas to recite mantra during meditation. There are 108 beads (not counting seed beads, extra decorative elements, or the guru bead) on a mala. Each round of 108 recitations is like sending out 108 prayers to the universe.
My little labor of love is now LIVE on ETSY! I design and hand-knot unique one-of-a-kind japa malas. I also offer custom made-to-order malas, along with repair or restring of an existing mala. Each mala I create is imbued with mantra as I knot. My intention is for these small offerings to bring peace to each wearer/user. It would bring me great joy if you checked my little shop out.