The Shiva/Shakti mala (two designs)
The Shiva/Shakti mala (two designs) The Shiva/Shakti mala (two designs)


The sacred masculine and divine feminine; the rock and the river; static and dynamic; cause and effect; the pre-thought and the action. One could not exist without the other. Ungendered and a part of our essence. This is my respectful take on the traditional Shiva/Shakti mala and this design fills me up with so much love.

The 5-faced rudraksha, signifying Shiva energy, reminds us to find quiet, silence, and spend time in reflection, connected to consciousness in its purest form, open to whatever this may bring. This energy is for nothing without Shakti energy - the divine form of action and creativity. This Shakti is signified by the crystal beads. Traditionally these are clear crystals but for this piece I felt pulled to honour every part of this essence through the three forms of the Mother Goddess. There are so many ways to interpret these archetypes. I love to think of them as mothers, yes, but also creative forces who work together to transform ‘nothing’ into ‘something.’

Durga: the deep wine red of the garnet. The Protectress. Think of her as the protector of the child, or the idea, as it incubates, growing in the warmth of the seat of our creativity: the pelvic bowl. The root of it all. She who creates, maintains and destroys.

Garnet:  Garnet is a powerful energiser and regenerator, cleansing and reenergising the chakras and was, for eons, used as a protective talisman.  It inspires love and devotion and stimulates the controlled rise of the kundalini energy.  It strengthens and activates the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope into seemingly hopeless situations.

Lakshmi: the gentle pink bands of the Rhodochrosite. The Nurturer. She nurses and cares for the child, or idea, keeps it fed, warm and happy. She is the heart, bringing forth abundance through her love and care.

Rhodochrosite:  Pink Rhodochrosite represents selfless love and compassion.  It expands consciousness and integrates the spiritual with material energies.  This stone connects with the heart chakra and imparts a dynamic and positive attitude, healing past emotional wounds.

Saraswati: the soothing energy of the Snow Quartz. The Teacher. Guiding and teaching her creation in order for it to be released into the world, ready to guide and care for others. Wisdom and learning embodied.

Snow Quartz: This is a gentle calming stone, which is said to enhance meditation by allowing you to link to deep inner wisdom. It is also said to provide support while you are learning lessons and to help you to let go of overwhelming responsibilities and limitations. Snow Quartz has the same healing properties as Clear Quartz but with a gentler effect, and is believed to help promote mental clarity. 

Clear Quartz:  The Clear Quartz meru uniting these energies to form a whole: transmuting and clarifying.  It is the most powerful healing and energy amplifier. It absorbs, stores, releases, and regulates energy and is excellent for unblocking it. This stone works at a vibrational level, attuning itself to the specific energy requirements of the person needing healing. It takes the energy to the most perfect state possible, cleansing and enhancing the organs and subtle bodies to act as a deep soul cleanser.

Red: The red cord and tassel to symbolise the blood of the Mother, the One who began it all and whose blood runs through all of our veins. Our shared kinship. 

White:  The white cord and tassel symbolise clarity and wisdom, and the uniting of each energy to form a whole.  It represents the kundalini energy as it rises and the light that exists in us all.