Itâ€™s hard to get out of bed some days. As the world changes it becomes overwhelming to hear about all the hate that is rapidly spreading. Despite this though life has gotten better. Itâ€™s better than it was 20 years ago, 50 years ago, 100 etc., That doesnâ€™t mean it canâ€™t go backwards. This is why it is so important we are the best we can be and work positively to influence change. It is for these reasons that I have spent the last three years researching and testing alternatives to Paramahansa Yoganandaâ€™s Astrological Bangle. This amulet is both cumbersome and expensive. Expecting anyone on a spiritual path to be able to fork over $1000 to $2800 USD for one is madness or worse spiritual materialism.
Paramahansa Yogananda first gave mention of the astrological bangle in his book “Autobiography of a Yogi” The book was first published in 1946. In 1946 the price of gold per troy ounce was $38.25 the equivalent inflationary price of $512.55 at time of writing this. The total cost to get an astrological bangle then would have been no less than about $525.00. This is significantly cheaper than today’s actual cost to have a bangle produced, which at the time of writing this is between $2100 – $2200. A price many people would struggle to scrape together, charge on a credit card, or have to forgo all together.
Iâ€™m sure if Yogananda had known the impact the Astrological Bangle would have had on his readers perhaps he would have omitted or lessened the importance of the tool. Alas, such was not the case. Currently there are no alternatives to the gold, silver, and copper bangle. This is why I have taken it upon myself to identify a much more affordable alternative. Because, if it were the will of God that everyone should have such a tool to aid in their spiritual journey then it should be affordable to all. There is brief mention of alternatives which I will get into another day but here is the excerpt by Sri Yuketswar.
“All human ills arise from some transgression of universal law. The scriptures point out that man must satisfy the laws of nature, while not discrediting the divine omnipotence. He should say: ‘Lord, I trust in Thee, and know Thou canst help me, but I too will do my best to undo any wrong I have done.’ By a number of means â€” by prayer, by will power, by yoga meditation, by consultation with saints, by use of astrological bangles â€” the adverse effects of past wrongs can be minimized or nullified.
“Just as a house can be fitted with a copper rod to absorb the shock of lightning, so the bodily temple can be benefited by various protective measures. Ages ago our yogis discovered that pure metals emit an astral light which is powerfully counteractive to negative pulls of the planets. Subtle electrical and magnetic radiations are constantly circulating in the universe; when a manâ€™s body is being aided, he does not know it; when it is being disintegrated, he is still in ignorance. Can he do anything about it?”
“This problem received attention from our rishis; they found helpful not only a combination of metals, but also of plants and â€” most effective of all â€” faultless jewels of not less than two carats. The preventive uses of astrology have seldom been seriously studied outside of India. One little-known fact is that the proper jewels, metals, or plant preparations are valueless unless the required weight is secured, and unless these remedial agents are worn next to the skin.”
In order to find an alternative, I would need to get all three metals in pure form on their own. Easier said than done as the cost of pure gold is relatively prohibitive with my limited budget. One by one I assessed each metal. As long as I can remember I have been able to feel the energy in objects, and living things. It is a skill I’ve had decades to hone. It would be this skill that allows me to find an alternative. I will describe each metal and its corresponding energy but it is a lot like describing flavors to someone with no taste buds.
The first item and the most easily accessible is copper. Copper’s energy is somewhat dense, and this is used as a grounding metal to bring silver and gold in alignment and not overwhelm the wearer with the elements in pure form. It is also for attuning your own energy. Copper and silver today are well-known anti-bacterial agents.
The second item and slightly more challenging to acquire was silver. Most common forms of silver used in jewelry are called sterling. Sterling is 92.5% pure often mixed with copper to increase the hardness/durability of silver. This however changes the energy vibration of silver ever so slightly. I wanted to create a bangle as close as possible to the one from Sri Yuketswar’s formula.
The pure gold wire in the SRF three metal bangle weighs a little over 33 grams, which is the same weight as the three pure gold spring links.
The pure silver wire in the SRF three metal astrological bangle weighs a little under 24 grams.
The pure copper wire weighs a little under 13 grams, which is close to the weight of the 3 pure copper spring links.
The three metal bangle that SRF makes weighs a little under 72 grams.
Pure silver can easily be acquired from any coin dealer. Many of the world’s mints have offered pure silver 1oz coins. Silver had a similar grounding effect to copper but its energy is lighter, it aids in focus, and clarity. I imagine this to be the equivalent of the mind, copper the body. When paired with copper though the two metals would react, and the copper often overpowered the silver. Which is why 92.5 sterling won’t work.
The third and trickiest item to acquire was pure 24kt gold. Gold is one of the rarest metals on earth, and it coincidentally has one of the highest vibrations. Pure gold is corrosion resistant and appears in nature like silver and copper can as an actual nugget. Gold’s vibration is so strong it can resonate through plastic. I was unable to acquire an ounce of pure gold. I had to settle for what I could afford which is 2.5 grams of gold. This was enough. The gold had a much higher vibration, and had almost a cleaning effect. I could see an ounce of it being able to disorient. Gold like silver often has other metals mixed in with it. 18kt, 14kt, 12kt etc., when each karat lessens the amount of other metals increases. These can include, copper, silver, nickel and other metals. When gold is diluted with another metal it changes the vibration of it, electrum is a naturally occurring form of gold and silver. An ounce and a half of gold would be enough to make sensitive individuals light headed. Gold is the metallurgical equivalent of the soul.
The three metals combined gold, silver and copper, balance each other out and do indeed act as a lightning rod between you and the universe. The efficaciousness of this item cannot be argued and definitely aids in accelerating the individual’s progress. However it’s still crazy expensive.
Hunting for alternate metals was a bit trickier than it might sound. In my quest for creating a new astrological bangle I first ruled out items by cost. I wanted to find something that could be relatively affordable and might still be attainable in the future. I suspect in another 100 years someone will need to re-investigate this as well. That said I looked into newer composited materials, tungsten, steel (around before yogananda’s time), aluminum, nickel, titanium, magnesium, copper, silver. I even investigated gem stones but gems in general have a different effect than metals. From the list I narrowed it down to just two metals that seemed to accomplish the same thing as three metal bangle.
Test Scenario One – Titatnium
It was about the same year Yogananda’s book was published that titanium was first forged into a usable alloy. Still too costly or even probable for any yogi to have possibly encountered. Or if they had simply dismissed as not common enough. Titanium is one of the most common metals of earth, it has a high corrosion resistance, it is light weight, and it is affordable. Itâ€™s back story is equally impressive. I first tested two bracelets made of titanium grade 2 for a year. Titanium grade 2 is pure titanium similar to 24kt gold is pure. The effects of wearing the bangles were quite noticeable more so than my makeshift combo of gold, silver and copper coins.
The bracelets had some interesting qualities they could be treated with heat to any color of the rainbow. They never got cold even when exposed to ice. They were incredibly durable and lightweight. They also are used in surgeries and biologically compatible. My biggest worry about them was they could not meet the weight requirements of Gold. But the formula from the Self Realization Fellowship is slightly different and has proportionate amount of metal to size. In further tests of other titanium grades and commercial jewelry none matched the grade 2 direct sourced titanium.
Test Scenario two – Iron & Titanium
After great success with titanium on itâ€™s own I decided to test it with a similar grounding metal to copper and one that has equally ancient associations to it, Iron. I forged an iron and titanium bangle. This was to determine if the intertwined nature of the astrological bangle had any merit, does titanium need a corresponding grounding element? I wore this bangle for 6 months. The amount of titanium in it was greater than the single bangles i had made. It also was heavier and could not be worn at night. Ouch. Iron isnâ€™t malleable like gold, silver and copper. The use of this I would consider a success. I came to realize though that similar to how Yogananda had a silver lead bangle iron was particular to me. This left one final test.
Test Scenario three – Astrological Bangle
Eventually, I was able to get my hands on an official issue Self Realization Fellowship bangle from the mother center. Itâ€™s effect was indeed electric. It was large, heavy and really uncomfortable. The limited mobility I had with it compared to my two previous bangles was startling. I could however notice itâ€™s impact near instantly. I continued to wear this bangle for six months. I alternated between this and the titanium bangles and the titanium and iron bangle. The energy frequency was near identical with the titanium iron. When I wore the titanium bangles along with the astrological three metal bangle the impact was increased 10 fold. With both I felt I was the best self I could be.
Conclusion – The Affordable Astrological Bangle
The effectiveness of the Astrological Bangle is very real. At the end of my test I worried that my alternative while accurate would still be very challenging to create. Except it is quite simple and anyone with a pair of round nose pliers, a file, and protective eye wear can make one.
The best part all you need is $5.00 – $50 depending upon where you source it.
The affordable astrological bangle is made with grade 2 titanium and I got enough to create two bangles one for each wrist. Alternately you may be able to find a metalsmith or jeweler who can make them for you with the sourced material if you are uncomfortable with the DIY approach.
First wrap a string around your wrist and mark the point where it intersects. Measure this length and subtract one inch. This will be the length you need your bracelet to be. The titanium I recommend for these bangles is semi malleable meaning it is annealed. With a hacksaw or jewelers saw cut the length of wire you need. Use a file to round the edges and sand paper to smooth any rough spots. Start at 600 grit then work your way up to 1000 – 2000. This is effectively polishing the length of titanium you will use.
Now using the round nose pliers begin to bend the metal in at about the 3 inch mark moving slightly and turning until they are partially rounded do this for both sides.The below bangles are .125â€ grade 2 titanium half hard temper.
I opted to get a little creative with the ones I created and then used a torch to make them golden color. However, the purpose and function is the same. You may wear one on each wrist and gain the benefits of an astrological bangle.