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The significance of 108: Unlocking the Mysteries of sacred numbers in Mala Bead Necklaces

Updated: Jun 21

Mala Bead necklaces are made with a total of 108 beads. There are many ideas surrounding the reasons that 108 has such importance and here I'd like to share with you some of what I have learnt.


Key Takeaways:

  1. Spiritual Symbolism: 108 beads in Mala necklaces symbolise overcoming human passions for enlightenment in Buddhist traditions.

  2. Cosmic Significance: Hindu cosmology sees 108 as representing the entirety of creation and consciousness.

  3. Astrological Insights: The number 108 is derived from the multiplication of 12 houses and 9 planets, echoing cosmic harmony.

  4. Physical Manifestations: The distance between the sun and moon to Earth is 108 times their diameters, influencing ancient beliefs.

  5. Energetic Alignment: 108 energy lines converge at the heart chakra, guiding spiritual seekers toward self-realisation.


Colourful Mala bead necklace with 108 beads and silk tassle
Mala bead necklaces are traditionally crafted with 108 beads, each holding deep spiritual significance

Mala bead necklaces are traditionally crafted with 108 beads, each holding deep spiritual significance. In Buddhism, 108 beads symbolize overcoming 108 human passions to achieve enlightenment—past, present, and future. Hindu cosmologists view 108 as the number representing ultimate consciousness, echoing in 108 Vedic texts and sacred sites in India. Astrologically, 108 relates to the 12 houses and 9 planets, while the distance between the sun and moon to Earth is 108 times their diameters. The heart chakra, where 108 energy lines converge, is pivotal in spiritual practices, guiding seekers toward self-realisation via the path of sushumna.

Mala bead mantle with a mala being made on it
This is my Mala Mantle that I use to when making my Malas

In the symbolism of 108:

  • 1 represents new beginnings, intuition, and insight.

  • 0 signifies the development of one's spiritual journey and the importance of listening to intuition.

  • 8 symbolises manifesting positive abundance, personal power, a desire for peace, and a love of humanity.


Interestingly, Stonehenge, the renowned prehistoric monument in England, has a diameter of precisely 108 feet, further emphasising the cosmic and spiritual significance attributed to this number.


Venus Malas are crafted with meticulous attention to detail, incorporating 108 beads in alignment with the profound symbolism surrounding this number. Whether you're drawn to the spiritual depth rooted in ancient traditions or the cosmic resonances echoed in astrology and geometry, the significance of 108 invites contemplation and connection. Each bead is not merely a component but a reflection of intention, purpose, and the journey towards mindfulness and spiritual awakening. Embrace the essence of 108 in your own spiritual practices and adornments, allowing each Mala bead to guide you on a path of enlightenment and inner peace.


With love,

Vee xx

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