Updated: May 16, 2021
A mala (meaning ‘garland’ or ‘wreath’ in Sanskrit) is a praying necklace used widely in both Hindu and Buddhist traditions (also similar to the Christian prayer beads or rosary) for keeping count whilst reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity.
To me a mala can be seen as a symbolic mirror of the cyclical nature of all life, of the Earth and Moon cycles and of women’s bodies, as we all go through our inner cycles at our own pace: a cycle of the Earth seasons takes 365 days or thirteen moons, a cycle of the Moon takes approximatively 29.5 days and a menstrual cycle takes on average the same (although lots of women have shorter or longer cycles), whilst a life cycle takes a life time...
Whilst meditating with my mala I came to realise that our going through the different cycles of life with full conscious awareness is a sacred practice, just as sacred as using a mala for prayers and invocations.
And so Earth Moon Mala was born.
The logo came to me through much musing and dreaming and was designed by my dear friend, amazing mum and creative goddess Georgina Rose Anand, to whom I am profoundly grateful!
We decided to use 28 beads to roughly match the menstrual and moon cycles and we put different colours beads to symbolise the four seasons of the earth, the inner seasons of the menstrual cycles and four main moon phases, which are all a mirror of one another.
What do you think about it?
This logo is so filled with creative force as two babies were conceived along the way. Georgina's daughter was conceived a few weeks before Georgina started working on the design project and the final logo was handed over to me just before she was born! Then it took me almost six more months to finally launch the Earth Moon Mala work and website and when I did, I conceived my son a couple of days after!