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By Kudrat Kaur Khalsa, New Mexico, USA
While talking with Yogi Bhajan about gemstones in the late seventies, he commented on four particular stones that would be very high in healing energy. He said “these are the stones that will stand by you.” Turquoise, known to bring healing, abundance, protection and joy, was one of the four; the others being lapis, carnelian, and coral. This is the interesting combination I often use when creating 108 beaded necklace malas. This combination of stones has often been referred to as “The Tantric Mala” because of its many powerful qualities and is featured on my website.
Turquoise is widely known and respected in the healing arts and is best known for tissue regeneration, lungs and respiratory system, nervous system, aiding circulation, creative expression, communication, friendship and enhancing one’s meditation practice. Though having an affinity with all signs of the Zodiac, turquoise is the common birthstone for those born in the month of December.
The name “turquoise” came from the French ‘pierre Turquoise,’ meaning “Turkish stone.” This is because turquoise reached Europe from the mines in central Asia and followed the trade routes through Turkey. Turquoise was commonly purchased in Turkish bazaars. Today, the best quality turquoise comes from Iran, Afghanistan, Australia, Tibet, and the southwestern United States. The first uses of turquoise were in Mesopotamia (Iraq), where beads dating from 5000 B.C. have been found.
Turquoise is known as the national stone of Persia. In Tibet, turquoise has been considered the most cherished gem, comparable to that of jade in China. Many groups of American Indians regard turquoise as a sacred stone. Being in possession of a piece of turquoise was imperative for a medicine man living on the plains of North America. When added to the end of a bow, it was believed to be of help to warriors and hunters, and many attributed the turquoise to making them become accurate marksmen. Turquoise was also used by horsemen and was said to help one become a better rider and prevent one from falling.
Folklore has it that if a piece of turquoise is offered in friendship, the healing properties are transferred to the person receiving it. The Navajo Indians used turquoise to bring rain by throwing a stone into the river. In both Persian and Hindu beliefs, it is said that seeing the reflection of a new moon on a piece of turquoise would bring protection, great joy, and good fortune.
Turquoise is commonly found in the United States, France, and Tibet. A mineral consisting of copper aluminum phosphate, turquoise ranges in color from brilliant blues to softer greens. Its amazing blue color is caused by copper, and the greenish shades are caused by the presence of iron. The intensity and evenness of color and quality of polish affect the value of turquoise. The beautiful robin’s egg blue color is the most desired. Turquoise is quite soft and subject to scratching and at times its porosity makes it discolor by the absorption of oils and perfumes; this can lead to easy breakage in some varieties. Be sure to store your turquoise laid out on a soft silk or velvet cloth and clean with clear cool water and a cotton cloth after use.
Turquoise has achieved great prominence in recent years as ‘wearable art’ from the Southwest and seems to reflect the person wearing it. Consider adding a few pieces of turquoise to your next meditation mala.
Mala Meditation for Healing and Abundance
Sit in an easy posture with one hand resting in the lap and the other holding the mala. Use the mantra “Har Har Har Har Har Har Hari” (one word on each stone) as you rotate your mala and visualize a joyful heart full of healing and abundance!
Kudrat Kaur currently resides in New Mexico. She is affectionately known as "the mala lady" and can be found at her table full of beautiful mala prayer beads at many 3HO event bazaars. She specializes in creating gemstone malas and teaches how to use them with mantra and meditation to enhance personal projection and spiritual practice. To set up a workshop in your area, contact her at 505-747-8673 or [email protected]. View her custom mala designs at www.themalashop.com