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The Spiritual Meaning of Different Color Mala Meditation Beads

Before we start – I am no ‘guru’ nor a spiritual expert. I just enjoy Meditation and Yoga and wanted to start a blog from my perspective of trying to create a daily routine that allows me a glimpse of the stillness they can bring. I try to link out to as many reputable sources within these posts as I can, some of these external links enable me to earn a commission which helps towards the running of the blog.

Mala beads are used as a tool in mediation in many traditions. Their use is specifically for counting breaths or for keeping track of the number of times a mantra is chanted by pulling each of the beads along the strand with your fingers, like a rosary.

They act as an aid to your breath and chanting rhythm and can help you to access the quiet state required for deep meditation.

There are usually 108 beads along a string, although this can vary. Mala beads are a beautiful tool to add to your own meditation practice and can also be worn as a bracelet or necklace.

Mala beads can be made from different precious stones and minerals, each with their own colors, meanings and healing properties. The color and stone of your mala beads can have deep relevance to your meditation practice and beyond into your everyday life, if you understand their significance. Choosing the right stone and color for you can inspire your practice and help you to live in emotional balance and cultivate positivity in your life.

Colors have their own energy or wave vibrational frequency which can impact a meditation practice positively, opening and amplifying energy and boosting certain qualities such as peace of mind, self esteem, compassion, confidence and many more which we will explore in depth below.

Do not underestimate the power of choosing the right color for you and your personal needs.


Red is the color associated with the root chakra and as such can be used in root chakra healing. The color red has long been connected to qualities of strong energy, passion, anger, action, fire, sexuality, vitality and fertility. It’s a strong and charged color to use for positive, strong emotions.

Different red gemstones and crystals have their own unique properties:

Red Jasper: Promotes organization, encourages groundedness, aids you to be innovative, increases empathy, helps rejuvenate the system, stimulates intellect and awareness, clarifies thought processes and helps with healing from illnesses.

Red Tiger Eye: Will motivate you, shield you, help you increase your intuition and perceptiveness, helps with self esteem and boosts confidence and can also increase passion. It’s a good stone for those who have trouble committing to things and for anyone seeking clarity on their dreams. It can also increase your metabolism and help you to overcome feelings of lethargy.

Garnet: A strong and intense stone that will cleanse and energize the system, increase feelings of love, loyalty, sincerity and understanding, bringing balance to relationships.  This stone promotes courage, self-worth and dissolves inhibitions. It’s a great stone for increasing perception and for controlling anger, especially that aimed at the self.


Pink has a loving, caring energy that increases unconditional love, compassion and tenderness. It has a delicate, loving quality that encourages feelings of peace and hope.

Rose Quartz: Purifies and can help awaken and open the heart. This stone promotes universal love, platonic love, self-love, unconditional love and romantic love. It is a calming, reassuring stone that restores trust, truth and harmony in relationships and also comforts in times of grief. Rose quartz encourages deep inner healing and peace. Physically it can be used to boost fertility, to heal the kidneys and adrenal glands and to boost the circulatory system.

Rhodonite: This stone is an amazing emotional healer. It can provide compassion, balancing emotions and healing emotional wounds and scars instead nurturing love. It’s recommended for anyone dealing with intense emotional issues and can help bring calm and love to situations of codependency and abuse.  It promotes feelings of confidence, self-esteem and self-love and will alleviate confusion in difficult situations. Rhodonite also stimulates, activates and clears the heart chakra and promotes calmness and groundedness. It’s also used for healing arthritis and easing inflammation.

Unakite: This unique pink and green stone provides grounding and gently helps to release anything in the way of your spiritual or psychological path to growth. It’s seen as a balancing stone that facilitates rebirthing and brings emotional coherence to your system. A good stone for people in the middle of major life changes. It’s also used in convalescence from illness and stimulates healthy pregnancies.


Purple is a powerful color associated with spiritual enlightenment and the third eye chakra. Purple can aid with boosting imagination, inspiration, creativity and intellect. Purple gemstones can help you to connect to your divine inner self and are linked to the psychic self.

Amethyst: This stone is a powerful and protective stone associated with activating spiritual awareness and enhancing psychic abilities. It possesses strong healing and cleansing powers. It motivates, balances, enhances memory, tranquilizes and soothes. It’s a wonderful stress reliever and can help alleviate intense feelings of anxiety, depression and mood swings. It’s ideal for anyone who suffers from addiction problems. It encourages selflessness and spiritual wisdom and is a wonderful stone for protection from psychic attacks, electromagnetic stress and perceived bad luck.

Sugilite: Represents spiritual love, this stone can protect and remove negative attachments and encourage feelings of positivity and calmness. It opens the chakras, balancing them and bringing them into alignment. Protects and removes negative attachments. Promotes positive feelings that eliminate stress and bring calmness. It can help to raise intuition and live from your truth as well as releasing pain and alleviating sorrow or grief.

Purple Fluorite: This stone connects you to the third eye chakra, intensifying intuitive visions and your connection to the divine. It also aids balance emotionally and spiritually.

Lace Agate: A calming stone encouraging focus and concentration, it also promotes self-acceptance and boosts self-confidence. It can clear energy blockages and absorb and release emotional pain stored in the body. bead, fosters self-acceptance and self-confidence.


Green has always been connected to the idea of luck, abundance, new beginnings and growth. The color of nature, it makes sense that it stimulates the idea of renewal and prosperity, creation and enlightenment.  Green also balances the heart and emotions and represents the heart chakra and heart chakra healing. Green stones emit a powerful growth energy, which can help you to expand your desires and increase your positivity in new experiences and ventures.

Amazonite: A stone that soothes the nervous system and emotional trauma. It can help you to see both sides of an issue and balance the yin and yang inside you – the masculine and feminine energies. It can also help to dispel negative energy.

Aventurine: A strong stone of prosperity it can help with decision making and promotes compassion, empathy, well-being and calmness. It’s a wonderful stone for a stable state of mind and works well for leaders and executives. It’s also great for calming feelings of anger and irritability.

Jade: Jade is a symbol of purity and serenity. It balances the heart chakra and increases nurturing love. It is also a stone of good luck and fortune and friendship, soothes restless thoughts, stabilizes the emotions and mind and encourages the truth self to emerge. It’s a dream stone too which means it can bring deep, insightful dreams that aid you in life.

Moss Agate: This is a stone of new beginnings that brings refreshment and rebirth to the soul. It can help with issues of self-esteem, attracts abundance and balances the emotions. It’s a positive stone to help inspire new ideas and experiences after a period of stagnation. Midwives use it to stimulate painless delivery of babies.

Malachite: This stone absorbs negative energies and guards against radiation and pollution. It clears and activates the chakras, lifting your vibration and attuning you to spiritual guidance. It can encourage heart opening and awareness to unconditional love and intensifies your ability to take responsibility for your life through your thoughts and feelings.



The color blue is associated with honesty, trust, peace and tranquility. Blue symbolizes calmness and communication; blue stones can be worn to enhance self-expression and clarity of thought as well as increasing a sense of peace. Blue is also the color that rules the throat chakra.

Blue Tiger Eye Blue Tiger Eye eases stress and brings a sense of calm. It allows your metabolism to slow down and is a great aif for anxiety or quick-tempered people who need a calming, cooling stone.

Lapislazuli: Lapislazuli is a stone of protection that increases inner truth and self-awareness. It brings peace, harmony and a sense of knowing the self on a profound level. It allows for increased self-expression and helps the mind to be alert for clear thought and quick decision making in an assertive way. It’s also a good creativity boosting stone. In relationships this stone can help communication and truth, promoting deep bonding through expression of feelings and emotions.

Blue Aventurine: This stone aids anyone with addiction issues to overcome them and take responsibility for their own issues. It clears old and stagnant issues and helps with communication and truthful expression.


Orange is a vibrant color connected with warmth, creativity, joy, sunlight and adventure.  Orange minerals and gemstones bring happiness, confidence and general wellbeing. Orange is also associated with the sacral chakra.

Carnelian: A stone that stimulates creativity and restores vitality and motivation for positive life choices and decision-making. It helps to increase passion, stimulates sexuality and boosts fertility.  It’s a great stone for anyone who wants to increase their self-trust and overcome issues of abuse and negativity. Carnelian also sharpens concentration and improves your analytic abilities.

Goldstone: Goldstone is the stone of ambition and drive. This stone will aid with courage, confidence and energy, an uplifting stone it will promote the kind of attitude needed to succeed and increase energy and vitality.

Amber: Amber is actually fossilized tree resin and is a powerful cleanser of the mind, body and spirit. It is a great attractor of love, pleasure and joy. Amber dissolves depressive tendencies, enhances the intellect and boosts creative expression and confidence.


Yellow is the color of hope, sunlight, positivity and happiness. It is the symbolic color of the earth’s riches, clarity, and energy and is associated with the solar plexus chakra.
Yellow stones can help with communication and expression, clarity, decision-making and increasing your overall energy.

Citrine: Citrine is an uplifting, energizing and prosperous stone that inspires success and abundance. It is the most joyous of gemstones, attracting delight, enthusiasm and happiness. It also promotes motivation, increases creativity and strengthens the intellect. It’s a concentration enhancer and releases any negative emotions.

Yellow Jade: This is a stimulating and energetic stone bringing a sense of happiness and uplifting energy. It inspires wisdom and an opening of perceptions to understand the connectedness of all things in the Universe. Yellow jade is also a promoter of deep empathy and compassion for others.


White stones are considered master healer stones as white is the complete energy of light. White is associated with purity, innocence, protection, illumination and renewal.

Clear Quartz: Known as the master healer stone this quartz amplifies thought and energy and the effects of all other crystals. It’s wonderful for meditation and clears all negativity acting as a deep soul cleanser and purifier, regulator and releaser of energy. It’s a stone that brings alignment and balance to the physical and emotional body and will inspire psychic connections.

Mother of Pearl: This is a protection stone that brings relaxation and relieves stress. Mother of Pearl helps to harmonize emotions and express love with more ease. It’s also a wonderful stone for enhancing imagination, intuition and to soothe fearfulness. It helps to make decisions with clarity and promotes organization and endurance.

White Howlite: A balancing stone for patience and calm. White Howlite is an aid for insomnia and helps to eliminate rage, pain, stress and overactive minds. It’s great for anyone who feels angry, disappointed or impatient. It also strengthens memory and facilitates learning.


Black is the color that signifies absence, emptiness or the zen like state of meditation. Black is also seen as the color of power, strength and authority. Black stones can offer strength, protection and invisibility.

Obsidian: Obsidian is a strongly protective stone that can form a shield to block negativity. It also clears emotional blockages and past emotional traumas. It enhances the truth, brings clarity to the mind and is growth stimulating. Obsidian can help you to understand who you truly are. It highlights compassion and relieves tension and mental stresses.

Smoky Quartz: Very grounding, smoky quartz is a great detoxifier and promoter of positivity. It can aid with communication and expression and brings calm serenity and inner strength in moments of difficulty.

Black Onyx: Promotes strength and vigor, increases stamina and health. It’s also great for a boost of confidence and dissolves grief. It can also help you relax and be at ease in your surroundings and brings happiness and abundance.


Brown is about the rawness and groundedness of Earth. Brown gemstones offer security, stability and reliability.  They can promote a stable connection with the earth and allow you to think from a calm, grounded perspective.

Tiger Eye: Tiger eye brings good luck and protection. It emits the energetic power to focus the mind, making sure you can resolve problems with clarity and objectivity. It is also good for enhancing willpower, confidence and purpose in life and for giving inspiration to accomplish goals. It also stabilizes emotions and brings them into balance.

Bodhi Seed: This is associated with awakening, enlightenment and spiritual faith. The Buddha of course, gained his enlightenment as he sat beneath the Bodhi Tree. This can help aid meditation and spiritual experiences.

Brown Agate: This can stimulate confidence, inner balance, composure and maturity. It will help with attention, concentration, perception and intellectual skills. It is also a wonderful tone for improving relationship issues and encouraging forgiveness.

Charlie Morley

I'm Charlie. I’m not a ‘guru’ or yogi with ten vipassana retreats under my belt. Far from it. I just enjoy Meditation and Yoga and want to create a daily routine that allows me to be present, mindful and in touch with consciousness and thought I would blog about the process.

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