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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Goddess Prayer Beads

I've long been fascinated with prayer beads, but not being Catholic, I didn't give much thought about incorporating them into my practice. And then I came across some lovely Goddess prayer beads and I became fascinated by them. The more research I did, the more I realized that I could, in fact, use them in my daily prayer as a Wiccan.

I chose to have my beads represent the Maiden (white), Mother (red) and Crone (black), although at times I do incorporate the Lord's Prayer to add balance and acknowledge the God (which I normally view as Lugh, the Sun God).

This first set I purchased from the lovely lady at Infinitely Spiritual. She makes the most divine rosaries of all kinds and when I contacted her to make a custom set for me, she didn't hesitate. She made my rosary and shipped it to me within a week. I highly recommend her.

My other set of rosary beads was purchased from My Rosary Beads. It has a prayer ball at the end of it into which I can slip a short prayer or request. 'My Rosary Beads' is a terrific site where you can find more information on rosary beads and they ship very quickly as well.

I love both sets and use one or the other depending on my mood and what my intention is for the day. I begin my prayer by holding the goddess charm (or prayer ball) and saying:

"I call upon the goddess of perfect love,
who purifies the seas in which worlds are born.
Behold her image, crowned with the deepest glory of the sunset,
silver, and crystal, robed in the deepest black.
I call upon the goddess who sets the stars in motion
upon the endless mirror of night; Maiden, Mother, Crone."

The Goddess Rosary

The prayer below can be said while fingering the big beads on the Rosary. You can alternate and say the regular Lord's prayer every other time for balance if you wish. Use the Glory Be (shown further below) for the wire/string before the large beads, and then finger the large bead and say:

Our Lady who is the Essence of the Earth,
We have called you by many names.*
Return now unto Your people,
Speak Your will, and it shall be done,
As Above, so Below.
Please give us each moment our life, light and love.
If we have let you down,
Please forgive us and cleanse us,
According to our own willingness to forgive others.
Lead us away from Lures,
And deliver us from Evil,
For You are Goddess, Queen of the Universe.
Yours is the Power, the Grace, the Wisdom, and the Beauty,
Age unto Ages,

*Here you have the option of inserting a mini-litany of your favorite Goddess names, such as: Artemis, Astarte, Athene, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Cybele, Arianrhod, Isis, Diana, Tara, Brigit, Demeter, Freya, Gaia, Quan-Yin . . .

The Glory Be

Glory Be to the Father, to the Mother,
And to the Sacred Son,
And to the Lady Holy Spirit,
They are the Four-in-One.

As it was in the beginning,
Is now and ever shall be,
World without end,
Age to Ages,

Here is another way to pray the Goddess Rosary.

Goddess Bless!



Mina said...

Those beads are beautiful. I think we can use anything in our spirituality that feels right. Our intent is everything.

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Anonymous said...

How beautiful. I agree with Mina, I think using anything in our spirituality that feels right is a.o.k.

ernie said...

wow! nice pictures

Aine O'Brien said...

Oh, so lovely! Personally I connect the rosary with the Goddess.I was born and raised Catholic - and was very close to The Goddess even then (the goddess being Mary, the Holy Mother, of course) and because the rosary is specifically Mary's I see it more connect to The Goddess than to Catholicism. These are beautiful.

Plumrose Lane said...

Wonderful post Tereza! I've never been one for the ritualism of religion, but that probably stems from a childhood drama of my Mom taking my beads away from me, I do however see the beauty it inspires both inside and out! What lovely, lovely sets!

Barbara Graver said...

Gorgeous prayers beads and such a great post. Thank you!

Lyn said...

I love your prayer beads. I have the same design of Goddess on a pendant from the first set of photos.

I made my own prayer beads - an excellent craft project ;-) There's a book written by John Michael Greer on the topic (not bad but not enough pictures)

Suzanne said...

Very Nice!

Danica-Christine J/v Vuuren said...

Absolutely stunning, thank you for sharing! I love Rosaries as well, and would love to make (or buy) a pair of Goddess beads.

Campbell said...

My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

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