Waist Bead Origin
The traditional custom of waist beads dates back all the way to the 15th century, by the Egyptians. Women wearing waist beads were illustrated in hieroglyphics, and while this is some of the earliest evidence of their existence, it's likely that women began wearing them even earlier. It has been adapted by numerous African tribes that still practice this tradition today. Waist beads are small jewelry that decorate the waistline often made from glass, crystal, stone, wood, and even metal. Originally, these beads were made from seeds, shells and stones. The beads are customarily strung on a thread or string, often by a healer or someone very spiritual. There is extreme attention to detail for each item that is chosen and put together with a specific purpose in mind. Waist beads bring a specific beauty to a woman's physique that decorates the waist in adorned jewelry to celebrate the natural, feminine curves.
We honor this tradition respectfully by educating ourselves on the cultural and geographic history and understanding this practice as a significant stepping stone in our journey of self love for our personal embodiment of feminine expression.
Precious Stone Meanings
Purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace.
An emotional balancer that clears away emotional wounds and scars from the past, and nurtures love in return.
Harmonizes and balances energy by absorbing, amplifying, transmitting and channeling universal energy.
Protective stone that helps to relieve stress, anxiety and the symptoms that accompany it. also aids in cell regeneration.
Mental clarity and focus, helping individuals stay focused and present. It is also believed to increase self-confidence and inner strength.
Eases insomnia, stabilize mood, improves memory, focus and concentration. Attract prosperity and enhances dreams.
Each Waist Bead includes the following in the kit:
Bird's Feather (air), Seashell or Mother of Pearl (water), Rose Petals or Rose Bud (fire), and Sage (earth)
We move through the four elements,
as we give them shape and meaning,
I will channel the Goddess within through
empowering the divine feminine:
Air: breath and inspiration.
Fire: transformation and action.
Water: feeling and reflection.
Earth: balance and wisdom.
Questions & Answers
1 / Am I allowed to take my Waist Beads off?
Traditionally, these are meant to be tied on permanently. The only way to take it off is to cut it off. However, there are some waist beads that have an elastic band so it can easily be taken off and put back on. Ask about your specific waist beads.
2 / How tights should I tie my Waist Beads?
Most people prefer waist beads that are snug but not too tight. If they are too loose, they may move around or fall off.
3 / Where should my Waist Beads sit on my body
Typically, the Waist Beads are adjusted to your waist size. First, take the thread, and tie it above your navel. Then, tie 3 to 4 knots. cut the thread and enjoy. Keep in mind, if you have an elastic band, leave a few inches before cutting! Also, be prepared for the band to stretch out even more and it may need to be retied.
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