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September 24, 2018 by Moonfelt Malas
Types and Styles of Malas

Types and Styles of Malas

Prayer beads are a spiritual tool used by many cultures and religions across the world. Malas are a traditional Buddhist and Hindu item used for counting or keeping track of repetitions of a mantra, breaths, prayers, affirmations, or other means of spiritual practice. They can be used within the context of religious affiliation, but they are also used for secular meditation and mindfulness practices.

They have been used for thousands of years, and can be made of many materials, from wood to semi-precious stones to seeds. Moonfelt Malas is the first line of malas made of felted wool! The oversized wool beads create a tactile experience great for those who want warmth, softness, and ergonomic ease in their prayer bead routine.

Buddhist mala necklaces are most commonly made up of 108 beads plus one larger bead known as the "guru bead." This bead often is connected to a tassel, and is used for keeping track of repetitions. Some people complete a circle of 108 repetitions and turn around when they get to the guru bead; others keep going in the same direction.

Different colors are associated with different energies and benefits, and many people choose a mala for its color association, in order to reinforce the benefits of their mantra or focus. Check out the Moonfelt Malas blog to read more about the associations of each color!

Over the centuries, different styles of the traditional 108-bead mala have emerged, as you can see in the diagram above. Moonfelt Malas offers single-color 108-bead malas, zen-style malas with marker beads at specific intervals, and freestyle malas with modern patterns and colors, including rainbow!

In recent years, malas have also become commonly used as jewelry. For many people, even if they don't practice traditional use of their malas, they still benefit from the sense of calm and centeredness that a mala can bring. Moonfelt Malas can be used as a devotional tool, as a modern accessory, or both. Since they're big enough to loop around 3-4 times and be worn as a scarf, they present the opportunity to wear your prayer beads as a statement piece!

With 32 different colors and styles, browse the collection and find your perfect fit!


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August 10, 2017 by Moonfelt Malas
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Malas and Moons

Malas and Moons

Just as a moon is a constant companion to its planet, a mala is a devotional object to keep close in your daily practice. These malas evoke the orbital energy of planetary moons; each one is named after a moon that exists in our solar system.

Planets have been attributed different correspondences over the centuries, and these can lend more layers of meaning to your mantra work when you direct your focus to those energies. Moonfelt Malas are named for the moons of the different planets, so choosing one that corresponds to the energy you want to invoke can be beneficial.

Mars is associated with: victory, accomplishment, energy, and goals
Moons of Mars: Deimos, Phobos

Jupiter is associated with: abundance, favor, monetary wealth, and good times
Moons of Jupiter: Amalthea, Callisto, Elara, Europa, Ganymede, Himalia, Io, Lysithea

Saturn is associated with: time, schedule, structure, and karmic debts
Moons of Saturn: Atlas, Calypso, Daphnis, Dione, Enceladus, Mimas, Phoebe, Telesto, Titan

Uranus is associated with: destruction of old patterns, change, and the unexpected
Moons of Uranus: Ariel, Cressida, Miranda, Oberon, Titania, Umbriel

Neptune is associated with: expansion, dissolving boundaries, and intuition
Moons of Neptune: Despina, Galatea, Larissa, Thalassa, Triton

Pluto is associated with: deep inner issues, instincts, transformation, and death/rebirth
Moon of Pluto: Charon

Earth's moon is associated with: the unconscious, balance, growth, memory, and mood
Moon of Earth: Luna


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August 10, 2017 by Moonfelt Malas
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Correspondences and meanings of the color red

The Power of Color: Red

Red is an incredibly powerful color. From sunsets to blood to smoldering coals, red shows up in some of the most elemental of human experiences.

Red is associated with:
Appetite, Boldness, Courage, Desire, Drive, Energy, Intensity, Love, Passion, Power, Romance, Strength, Tenacity, Vibrancy, Warmth

Chakra: Root Chakra
Element: Fire
Season: Summer
Planet: Mars
Zodiac Sign: Aries, Scorpio
Deities: Aphrodite, Freya, Ganesha, Helios, Lakshmi, Mars, Mercury, Thor

If Red speaks to you, check out these malas:



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August 10, 2017 by Moonfelt Malas
Correspondences and meanings of the color orange

The Power of Color: Orange

The intense energy of Orange is the first thing you notice. Its depth and brightness can bring up a strong response, great for charisma and motivation.

Orange is associated with:
Attention, Cheerfulness, Confidence, Courage, Curiosity, Energy, Enthusiasm, Excitement, Friendliness, Fun, Happiness, Innovation, Logic, Luck, Magnetism, Success, Vitality, and Warmth.

Chakra: Sacral Chakra
Element: Air, Fire
Season: Summer, Autumn
Planet: Mercury
Zodiac Sign: Gemini, Sagittarius
Deities: Apollo, Aine

If Orange speaks to you, check out these malas:



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August 10, 2017 by Moonfelt Malas
Correspondences and meanings of the color yellow

The Power of Color: Yellow

The radiance of Yellow seems to illuminate anything around it. Yellow invokes abundance and joy wherever it is found.

Yellow is associated with:
Bravery, Cheerfulness, Communication, Concentration, Confidence, Creativity, Excitement, Happiness, Innocence, Intellect, Learning, Light, Optimism, Positivity, Prosperity, Radiance, Success, Timelessness

Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra
Element: Air
Season: Spring, Summer
Planet: The Sun
Zodiac Sign: Leo, Libra, Gemini, Taurus
Deities: Apollo, Aphrodite, all Sun gods

Need more Yellow in your life? Check out these malas:



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August 10, 2017 by Moonfelt Malas
Correspondences and meanings of the color green

The Power of Color: Green

Green is one of the most common colors in nature, and it is no wonder that humans are drawn to it. A sign of life and thriving, green is very good for the spirit.

Green is associated with:
Abundance, Awakening, Balance, Calm, Fertility, Gentleness, Good Fortune, Growth, Healing, Health, Idealism, Learning, Money, Nature, Productivity, Reassurance, Relaxation, Renewal, Safety

Chakra: Heart Chakra
Element: Earth
Season: Spring
Planet: Venus
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Deities: Flora, Freya, Mercury, Osiris

If Green speaks to you, check out these malas:



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August 10, 2017 by Moonfelt Malas
Correspondences and meanings of the color teal

The Power of Color: Teal

Teal is an enchanting color that conveys depth and mystery. Its beauty derives from the mixing of blue and green, pleasing to the eye and calming.

Teal is associated with:
Calm, Cleansing, Discovery, Dreaminess, Empathy, Flexibility, Openness, Protection, Serenity, Softness, Sophistication, Spirituality, Understanding

Chakra: Throat Chakra
Element: Water
Season: Winter
Planet: Neptune
Deities: Isis

If Teal speaks to you, check out these malas:



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August 10, 2017 by Moonfelt Malas
Correspondences and meanings of the color blue

The Power of Color: Blue

As the color of the sky and the sea, Blue is a constant in the lives of humans. It's no wonder that its influence has been welcome throughout time.

Blue is associated with:
Calm, Confidence, Dependability, Faith, Freshness, Honor, Hope, Integrity, Loyalty, Maturity, Patience, Peace, Purification, Reflection, Respect, Serenity, Sincerity, Strength, Tranquility, Truth

Chakra: Third Eye Chakra
Element: Water
Season: Winter
Planet: Jupiter, Neptune
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius, Cancer, Pisces
Deities: Aphrodite, Kali, Mary, Selene

If Blue speaks to you, check out these malas:



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August 10, 2017 by Moonfelt Malas
Correspondences and meanings of the color purple

The Power of Color: Purple

The enchantment of Purple is powerful. From dark depths of eggplant to playful pastel lavender, its magic is undeniable.

Purple is associated with:
Art, Creativity, Dignity, Dreams, Eccentricity, Elegance, Enlightenment, Good Judgment, Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition, Long Life, Luxury, Magic, Mystery, Passion, Regality, Respect, Spirituality, Success, Truth, Wisdom

Chakra: Crown Chakra
Element: Air
Season: Winter
Planet: Jupiter
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Deities: Jupiter

Need more Purple in your life? Check out these malas:



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August 10, 2017 by Moonfelt Malas