Bless your belly, life, and sex. Womb chains or waist beads is a tradition that comes from Africa, and many believe before that from ancient Egypt. They can be worn over clothing as adornment, or as a private practice under clothes as a symbol of femininity and empowerment. Traditionally they have been gifted to infants during naming ceremonies, gifted to young ones as they reach womanhood, gifted by a suitor, or worn during pregnancy to call bless the womb. They can also be worn to honor a woman’s sexuality, and to create desire in a man. Womb chains have been believed to invoke blessings, power, and abundance to the wearer and can be worn as a reminder of a woman’s innate beauty, strength, or the intentions set by the woman wearing them. They accentuate the hips and bring our awareness and love to our wombs, our creative center.
Womb chains were also traditionally a built in weight tracker as they used to be worn without a clasp. So if one gained weight the beads would roll higher onto the waist and if one lost weight it would fall lower onto the hips and eventually off the body.
AyaPapaya womb chains were intentionally crafted with love using all brass beads and crystals. Each crystal used has been handpicked with healing and loving intention, and comes in four different styles calling in the elements.
Our chains come with a clasp so that they can be taken on and off but some women choose to wear them all the time.
When you receive your womb chain take time to set an intention and send your prayers into the chain before wearing it for the first time. Some women will choose to cleanse the crystals, and beads in salt water over night, or lay it out in the full moon for energetic clearing. Also traditionally waist beads are believed to fall off or break when your intention or a cycle has come to completion. Pay attention to when that happens, it’s often in perfect timing. You can either save the beads to be strung into a new womb chain, or choose to gift it back into the earth burying it, or giving it to the ocean.
Air is represented by the wing and adorned with rainbow moonstone, rose quartz, and amethyst. To connect with the air element:
~ Air points us upwards towards the heavens. It can be a way for us to tap into our guides, angles or spirits. Rainbow Moonstone is traditionally thought of as the angel’s stone because of it’s vibrant flash of color and it’s opaque hue.
~ It symbolizes life as a newborn comes into the world with breath, and we cannot live without this breath. Allow air to blow in vitality and a renewed sense of strength.
~ Air points us towards our breath. Syncing with our own natural rhythms and noticing moving through any blocks through breath. It creates movement where things may feel rigid or tense and the winds of change blow through to create new pathways when we feel stuck.