Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Blogging from A-Z || J || Juju

Juju.....beaded juju, that is!

1. An object used as a fetish, a charm, or an amulet in West Africa.
2. The supernatural power ascribed to such an object.
3. A style of Nigerian popular music featuring electric guitars and traditional drums.

1.    juju - the power associated with a juju
magic, thaumaturgy - any art that invokes supernatural powers
2.    juju -  - a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers
fetich, voodoo, fetish, hoodoo, good luck charm, charm - something believed to bring good luck

Do you believe in juju? I do.  I never thought of it as juju, until I was thinking of a good "J" post...."jumprings" was feeling pretty uninspired to me.  I had jumprings on my A-Z list, until just yesterday. Then, after doing a 'chakra opening' yoga session and found myself compelled to wear green that day - because I wanted to 'keep opening' the heart chakra....which is green.  And I thought, hey I need something beaded on my wrist to remind me about the heart chakra.
 So this was my beaded juju yesterday.  Did it have any 'real power'?  I don't know.  I had this sitting in a drawer and hadn't worn it in over 4 years at least....but I sure felt like it was working for me.

And then there was this other little bit of beaded juju.....I really loved doing this "wavy triangle" pattern.  I enjoyed the color combination and how unique looking it turned out.  It's on the rather large side and I wasn't feeling it when it came time to think about incorporating it into a piece of jewelry.  My son on the other hand, thought this was pretty awesome juju!

It fits perfectly in the palm of his hand, and for some weeks it was either in his hand or in his pocket.  Now, it's mostly on his nightstand, but occasionally, when he feels the need for some juju, it goes in his pocket!


  1. Hi,Amy:-)
    Possibly,as Your Son says:-'it is the perfect juju':-) JUJU - generally sounds great and probably works well:-)...but tell me at least one thing: How to make this triangle....something?? I have seen them somewhere else,but haven't got any slightest idea,how to force the beads to be looking like that:-)))
    Warm Greets-Halinka-
    p.s. I Love Your Blog Posts:-)

  2. I love the wavy triangle! It's orange!! And, yes, I believe in juju.

  3. Well I had an ankle bracelet fall off last week and had a run of bad luck, but things turned around when I put it back on the other day, so maybe that's my juju!! The wavy triangle is beautiful!

  4. Hi Amy,
    Interesting "J" day post. I was unaware of a good JuJu. In the Tarzan movies the natives were always afraid to go somewhere because of bad JuJu and wore amulets to ward off bad JuJu. I have always believed in fate and karma, so these are what I believe to be JuJu for me and my Talisman is a rabbit. The orange wavy triangle is gorgeous! I do not blame your Son for taking it and keeping it close. It was made by you, so it holds your spirit which brings him good luck.


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