Honoring and remembrance of the power of best friends.
I decided to do a bracelet that I could wear and remind myself of my two best friends, how much they mean to me, the type of healing women they are, and and how much they give to me by their presence in my life. I decided to use three different kinds of beads to represent me and my two friends, together on the bracelet.
I decided to use a stretchy bead stringing material. It is easy to tie the stretchy string, easy to make, and so it the easiest and most affordable way for me to make a bracelet, especially with my beads and craft materials in storage. I enjoy wearing bracelets that I have made with this stretchy quality to them in the past and they were comfortable as well, an important issue for me. I bought it at walmart, though I know it is available at craft stores as well. The stretchy string can be tied and then I use clear nail polish on the knots so they do not unwind. Let that dry overnight and they are done.
I picked out three kinds of beads to represent the three of us. They were all together on a string for sale at walmart. They are glass beads and are somewhat clear, with some color on each three kinds. One has a green tint and has the puff oval shape. I used seven of these beads.
The other two are more clear and have red through the middle lining of the hole of the beads. One of those clear ones are small and tube shaped (used eight of these) and the other beads are bicone, which looks like two small cones laid against one another (used ten of these beads).
I looked up the symbolic meanings of the numbers seven, eight, and ten at.
This is some of what I learned there:
The central of the spiral is humanity’s connection to its source, God, whatever you call it.
Seven is the number of the universe.
It is the three of the heavens (soul) combined with the four (body) of the earth, being the first number containing both the spiritual and the temporal.
Seven represents the virginity of the Great Mother– feminine archetype.
In cultures, myths, and legends it represents:
completeness and totality
Spiritually eight is the goal of the initiate, having gone through the seven stages. Eight is Infinity – Paradise regained.
Eight is solidarity as the first cube and it denotes perfection by virtue of it’s six surfaces. There are eight winds and intermediate directions of space. Eight represents the pairs of opposites. The octagon is the beginning of the transformation of the square into a circle and vice versa.
cultural and ideological meanings:
10 = 1 = Rebirth – that which stirs and awakens your soul at this time.
Ten is the number of the cosmos—the paradigm of creation. The decad contains all numbers and therefore all things and possibilities. It is the radix or turning point of all counting.
Ten is all-inclusive representing law; order and dominion.
It is seen as the perfect–the return to unity.
I think of me as the seven beads, my friend LC as being the eight beads, and my friend Fish being the ten beads. There are parts of the meanings that make me think of each one of us so that is how I chose which beads stand for each of us.
For myself I have always felt the strongest connection to the number seven. The part that spoke to me the most was the spiritual and the temporal combined. That is a good way of looking at my life. For LC I chose the number eight because of the connection to the spiritual and goals. For Fish I chose the number ten because ten is the number of the cosmos and perfection. I think that Fish is perfection.
I wore the bracelet today. I try to remind myself of all that my two friends are to me, what they give me, and honor them and the universe for bringing them into my life. Truly I am not alone, for I carry them around with me, in my mind, in my body, in my soul every day. Now I carry them around on my wrist as well.