AmberSmooth and honey-toned, this fossilized pine resin has been used since antiquity to make beads and amulets. In Tibet, where orthodox Buddhist teachings blend with indigenous folk practices, amber beads are believed to protect the wearer from evil spirits. Ancient Greeks believed amber fragments were the hardened rays of the sun.

Spiritual Properties
Amber is a balancing stone that both calms and energies the spirit. Yogis believe it awakens and stabilizes Kundalini (a powerful energy that rises through the chakras, awakening each in turn.)

Physical Properties
Energizes on a physical as well as spiritual plane. Eases aggression and tightness, promotes altruism and a more open personality. Soothes emotions during post-operative care.

  • Chakra: Solar plexus
  • Element(s): Fire
  • Zodiac Sign(s): Leo, Virgo, Sagittarius
  • Planet(s): Sun, Mars

Dharma Beads: Making and Using Your Own Buddhist Malas
Joanna Arettam (2000) Journey Editions; Tuttle Publishing