The meanings are extracted from “The Dzi beads 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….

Garuda Healing Dzi Bead: One side of this bead contains 5 circles or eyes that make up a cross in the center of the bead. The 5 circles represent the directional wealth gods, and the directional medicine Buddhas. The five directions represented are North, South, East, West, and above. The opposite side has what looks like a geometric shape of some kind. This glyph represents lightening. Lightening destroys ignorance. Sometimes this bead is referred to as a lightening bead. Helps To Overcome Negative Forces, Clears Obstacles and Increases Merits & Longevity, Subdue Demons, Blessings From the 5 Directional Wealth Gods, Gather Wealth & Brings Good Fortune. Sound of the Garuda beads will have Kwan Yin rather than lightening on the other side. One should also read about the 5 eyed Dzi bead. There is an additional Garuda Dzi bead the has the outline of a bird on the bead. The design runs the length of the bead. The reverse may have another bird, or a cross of 5 eyes, or a symbol of lightening. This form of Garuda is by far the hardest and scarcest to find. Not very many were ever made with the bird motif. The Garuda is a magical bird from the Hindu religion and is popular in much of Indonesia and other areas where Hinduism and Buddhism have mingled together.

Heart Dzi Bead: Hearts are generally not alone, but rather come inside of nectar bottles. Whether the heart is inside nectar bottle or standing alone or with a cross or hat on top of it, it will always represent life. The heart when in combination brings life to the other symbols. When the heart appears to be on its own it will represent the universal life force that flows through each human. The heart Dzi can add life to anything it is connected with. This bead can assist the owner to feel more alive. It can assist the owner to get into contact with their own life force. This bead can assist the owner in learning how to use their life force in different and unusual ways the owner may not have thought of before.

Heaven & Earth Dzi Bead: Earth is square. Heaven is circle. This Dzi bead combines the 3 main forces in the Universe: Dzi Heaven, Earth & Human. Captures the Energy from the Heaven & Earth, converts it into continuous moving energy to achieve one’s goal. It can help you to make your dreams come true. Flawlessness in all areas of one’s life. It is believed that the sky and earth Dzi bead will assist its owner in achieving balance and harmony in his life. It’ll also help to clear any obstacles which may cause harm to its owner. Wealth and good health will also be bestowed on its owner. Businessmen are fond of this Dzi bead as they believe that this bead will bring them great wealth and prosperity.

“Herb” Dzi Bead: 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. The herb bead attacks at the roots of disease rather than the symptoms. This bead can assist to remove the roots of diseases, and controls their growth. This Dzi ensures health. This bead is extremely rare. This Dzi assists the owner to plant new roots of health. Creates balance so that wellness can be maintained. Helps the owner to have a healthy focus, and a healthy mind. Helps remove diseased attitudes, replacing them with healthy ones. Assists in obtaining a wellness lifestyle. This Dzi is probably one of the strongest healing bead if available. The herb Dzi bead is often times considered too strong for the lay person. Many Tibetans believe herb beads should be in the hands of healers to be able to access the full potential. The herb bead is also a medicine bead, this means it assists owner in finding the correct “medicine” for the disease or condition one is experiencing. The herb Dzi bead is an extremely scarce bead.

Horse Dzi Bead: To the Tibetans the horse represents a very sacred animal. The Tibetan name is “Tasso” meaning Windhorse. The Windhorse carries prayers to the heavens and bring blessings back from the heavens. The horse is thought to be a spiritual communicator, messenger, and carrier. The Dzi bead with a horse will assist the owner in connecting with and communicating with the spiritual world of being. This Dzi bead will assist in maintaining the strongest connections possible with the owner’s guidance and own spiritual self. The horse Dzi assists the owner in developing a self that includes their spiritual side. The horse represents stamina, endurance, beauty, elegance and freedom and will bring these things to the owner. The horse will assist the owner in staying free of troubles and avoiding pitfalls and danger. The Windhorse will assist in setting the mind free so that it may soar. The horse has been used for a long time for transportation. The horse of the Dzi bead will assist the owner in many forms of transporting and transportation. Horses can be very great jumpers, assisting the owner in jumping over hurdles and dangers. Will assist the owner in leaping to things before they are missed, thus opening more doors, being in the right place at the right time, etc. Horses are known to have great speed, thus creating a quickening within the mind and soul of the owner. This allows the owner to evolve spiritually and mentally at a much faster or quickened rate. Horses can become very loyal to their owners, just as the horse Dzi bead will become very affectionate and loyal to its owner. The horse is considered the premier remover of obstacles. The horse does not remove obstacles as much as it leaps or jumps over them. The horse is generally not alone on a Dzi bead, so you will need to understand the other symbols in order to see the whole picture of what the horse Dzi bead can do for its owner. Also read Tasso Dzi Bead.

Insect Dzi Bead: (Also called Felicity bead) Looks like a two headed insect. Is often considered to appear to appear to be the underside of the bat. Enhances longevity and health. Helps reveal early warning signs of illness getting started. Assists body in sloughing off attitudes that could lead to disease and illness. Helps to focus mind on healing, and healthy attitudes.

Kwan Yin Dzi Bead: Kwan Yin Pu Sa (also known as Chenrezig in Tibet) is the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion, & is one of the most popular Bodhisattvas in all of Asia. Her name roughly translates as “The One who Hears the Cries of the World.” It is reckoned that Kwan Yin Dzi brings forth mental tranquility, and ensures safety in traffic. Kwan Yin is also often times referred to as the green Tara. Many around the world make offerings to Kwan yin regularly. She is believed to hear the cries of humans and attempts to assists with reliving the pain human experience. There is often another figure on the other side of the Kwan Yin. These second figures can be a wide variety of symbols. Once would need to read for the other symbol as well as for Kwan Yin.

Kubera Dzi Bead – 3 eyed: This 3 eyed represents the Tibetan Wealth Deity Kubera bestowing of wealth, jagged triangular motif symbolizing protection and a stripe at each end, indicating a stable career with smooth promotion… A beautiful chalcedony stone bead for a smooth career, protection, and lots of wealth luck. The 3 Eyed Dzi bead is said to be the manifestation of the expression of the Hindu wealth god, the Kubera. He originates from the Himalayas, but is worshiped by other Buddhists as well from around the world. Two eyes representing his eyes, and lines bridging down his nose and surrounding his mouth. Having performed austerities for a thousand years, in regard for which Brahma asked him to safeguard and distribute evenly the treasures of the earth by karmic rewards. Among the Dzi bead culture, the 3 eyed Dzi bead is regarded as the unofficial “wealth” bead. It is believed to still possess the power to make conditions favorable, for which you could make the most of to enjoy general fortune, not only in terms of wealth, but in general prosperity and well-being.

Lightning Dzi Bead: It is believed that lightning destroys ignorance. Ignorance is seen as the path of pain and suffering. The destruction of ignorance allows room for knowledge to be obtained. This Dzi bead will assist the owner in destroying duality and those sides of ones self that create limitation, lack of change, disease, depression and all forms of sadness. The lightning can destroy the cloud and fog many minds contain. Lightning is the tool of Kali, one of the aspects of Shiva. Kali’s entire purpose for being is to destroy ignorance in all of its forms.

Longevity Bottle Dzi Bead: The longevity bottle looks like a nectar bottle with a heart inside of the bottle. The longevity bottle will appear as a heart within a heart topped by a cross. This Dzi bead assists the owner by preventing disease. The longevity bottle Dzi bead can help the owner to increase their income. It is believed that this Dzi bead has the power to eradicate sadness and suffering. The longevity bottle bead is said to attract luck for its owner. The longevity bottle bead helps the owner to make money and become healthier. The longevity bottle Dzi bead is always a target for Dzi bead collectors making good beads harder to find.

Lotiform Dzi Bead: (Lotiform/Dharma looks like a string of half circles) The Lotiform Dzi bead is known as a magic instrument that can ward away ghosts and dissolve misadventure. A fabulous protective charm to keep one healthy and safe from any evil spiritual mishaps and harm.