The meanings are extracted from “The Dzi bead Handbook”

Many people look for the meanings of the number of “eyes” on a Dzi stone when collecting. But there are also many Dzi stones that have symbols or images on them too. These are also attributed with special focused abilities. Here are a few….

Banded or Striped Dzi Bead: There are three classes of beads that are often confused for one another. They are the thread bead, the striped bead, and the banded bead. Thread is the smallest marking. Striped beads have a little larger than thread marking. Banded beads have large swatches of markings. Beads can have bands separated by stripes. Thread beads are always single marking and not combined with other symbols. Each striped and banded beads can have one or more markings going across the bead. Threads are always some form of healer, Stripes are always some form of wealth or money, Banded are always comfort, luxury, or lifestyle. Please read description under Striped Dzi Beads.

Bat Dzi Bead: The word bat means birth. The bat Dzi works with all things having to do with birth and beginnings. The bat has excellent radar and sonar and can travel easily avoiding running into walls, trees and the like. The Bat Dzi will help the owner with sonar and radar assisting with all forms of navigation. This Dzi always strives to keep things new, fresh and beginning. Where some Dzi help with endings the bat strives always to begin. It does not like to focus on finishing or ending. For the entrepreneur the bat assists the owner in continuously fresh ideas. The bat is nocturnal bringing to the owner nocturnal navigation as well as daytime. The nocturnal navigation assists the dream body as well as the subconscious and unconscious minds in navigating their realms. In Tibet as well as all of China the bat is seen as a very lucky omen. The bat Dzi is good for all aspects of the mind, but strongest on the subconscious and unconscious minds. This Dzi assists the owner in all forms of navigating. This Dzi assists its owner in understanding that newness and beginnings represent change, and that change does not have to be fearful or stressful. The bat is connected historically to healing, spells, potions, and all forms of magic. The bat is often associated with the world of witches, wizards, and alchemy itself being an ingredient in many potions and spells. In the world of the Tibetan the bat is seen as a familiar to shamans, witchdoctors, and sometimes evil doers. The bat is again another Dzi whose direction is determined by the owner. If the owner has ill intent the bat Dzi will be used negatively and cause karma. If the owner uses the bat with an openness of love and freedom from ego the owner will accrue merit and grace. The bat can assist the owner in having a magical life free from evil and negativity. The bat may not be alone on the bead. You will need to study the other symbols in order to understand everything that the Bat Dzi Bead can do for its owner.

“Bodhi” Dzi Bead: Establishes good virtues and eliminates misfortune in your life, gives you a generous and lenient heart. This Dzi bead helps to avoid dangers, Growth in Compassion, Wisdom & Enlightenment. In Buddhist lore, Prince Siddhartha Gautama was enlightened after meditating under a Bodhi tree some 2548 years ago. He is now popularly known as the Buddha Shakyamuni or the Lord Buddha and recognized as the founder of Buddhism. The Bodhi tree Dzi establishes good virtues and eliminates life’s misfortunes.

Broken Dzi Bead: This can be any bead that has broken off a chunk of itself. Some small tiny little chips around the thread holes can make it a tonic bead. (Read tonic Dzi bead) In the case of Fire Burial beads they may have a small divot or chip any where on the bead. These are sometimes caused during the time the bead is in the fire. These pieces are released from the body of the bead due to heating and cooling that the bead goes through. These divots/chips will always be used for medicine or potions. (See Fire Burial Dzi Bead) To tell whether the bead qualifies to be considered broken, check to see if any portion of the bead’s symbols, lines, eyes, etc. have been broken into. If the bead’s symbols have been broken it is considered broken. If the symbols are in tact it is considered still viable. When a large portion of the bead breaks off the bead is seen as being finished with its work. It is time for the bead to be retired and allowed to rest as its reward for all of the work it has done. Some times the beads energy is spent. Some times the bead has collected so much negativity that it causes it to break or burst in order to relieve the negativity. When one of your beads break, bury it some where in or around your home. You can bury it in a house plant, or outside near a tree or you can create a sacred place for it to be buried. You may also find a nice place in nature to bury the bead. The bead will continue indefinitely to radiate energy even if it will no longer take an active role in the owner’s life.

Da Ren Dzi Bead: (Looks like a stick figure of a man with a head at both ends.) This Dzi beads can help with karma Cleansing, Determination & Safety.

Dharma Hat Dzi Bead: Looks like a heart shape that is smashed down, and has a small hook in it. The Dharma Hat motif on this Dzi bead is a symbol of holy protection. As such, this Dzi bead is a spiritual object or talisman. “Dharma” means “protection”. By practicing Buddha’s teachings we protect our self from suffering and problems. All the problems we experience during daily life originate in ignorance, and the method for eliminating ignorance is to practice Dharma. Practicing Dharma and “wearing” the Dharma hat is the method for improving the quality of our human life. The quality of life depends not upon external development or material progress, but upon the inner development of peace and happiness which Dharma bestows on us. For example, in the past many Buddhists lived in poor and underdeveloped countries, but they were able to find pure, lasting happiness by practicing what Buddha had taught.

Diamond Dzi Bead: Represents the Dorje/Vajra. The Dorje/Vajra is a thunderbolt that destroys all kinds of ignorance, & is itself indestructible. It represents the male aspect in a ritual process. The wearer will face less hindrance in whatever he does & work can proceed smoothly with ease. Owner will be surrounded by positive vibrant energies. Just as each diamond must be found and then faceted to show its hidden beauty. The self also lays waiting with its many facets wanting to be discovered and revealed. The diamond bead assists in bringing to light all that is beautiful or dormant within the self. It allows the owner to live in a state of beauty and brilliance. The brilliance of the diamond shines on the wearer to illuminate and chase away that which is ugly, leaving only beauty to shine through. The bead with the diamond usually is found with another symbol on it. Read the description for the other symbology. The diamond bead is rare.

Diamond & Pestle Dzi Bead: This bead is one of the healer beads. This bead assists the mind of the healer and will be of most benefit in the hands of a healer rather than a layman. It has diamonds with pestles in between the diamonds. Mortar and pestle is used to grind herbs into medicines. This bead enhances the mind of the healer to assist in finding the recipes that will do the greatest good for the patient. The medicine god and medicine Buddha are beckoned to assist in locating and creating the best formulas for the ill. While the pestle assists with formulas for the body. The diamond assists in shining its brilliance onto formulas that will assist the mind and spirit to heal. The Diamond Pestle Dzi is known as a magic instrument to keep ghost from human body and improve health & wisdom. This bead is scarce and hard to find. Those that own this bead are not quick to let them go.

Dorje Dzi Bead: Also referred to as the “Dharma Dzi Bead” or the “Dorje & Diamond Dzi Bead”. The dorje is a sacred tool that Tibetans and Buddhists use to help them reach enlightenment. The Dorje assists in connecting to Vajradhara. Vajradhara is the primordial Buddha, the dharmakaya Buddha. Vajradhara, depicted as dark blue in color, expresses the quintessence of Buddha hood itself. Vajradhara represents the essence of the historical Buddha’s realization of enlightenment. In addition to assisting the owner in their realization of enlightenment the “Dorje Dzi Bead” possesses special powers, immeasurable control and increases concentration.