Prayer Bead Sale

As we move towards spring equinox it is time for us to leave the winter cave. This is not an easy time as I am really getting into the rhythm of hibernation, dreaming and exploring it all in art. Trees full of spring bloom entice out as well as mild weather, until some snow and we feel justified again to retreat.

To help with the shift I’m offering 10% of all prayer beads sets. The circle of beads is divided into eight sections which represent the wheel of the year, the diving beads mark the threshold and a point where we are equally between two festivals. I created these beads as I am not of the tradition which mala’s or rosary beads belong to.

There are many ways to work with these beads and I find as my fingers move around the beads it naturally quietens my mind. Breathing in and out of the circle o beads is also calming, as I hold them in my hand and let the medicine of the stones work is effective,

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Spiritual Warrior Beads with Wolf & Bloodstone

These prayer beads are imbued with the spirit of wolf, acknowledging how their very presence helps a landscape flourish and yet that these beautiful creatures are persecuted. These prayer beads are inspired by the spirit of the wolf and paired with the medicine of a stone which is called the stone of spiritual warriors.

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Sheela na Gig Prayer Beads with Carnelian 

The theme of these Celtic Soul Prayer beads is set by the Sheela na gig pendant a figure found adorning medieval church entrance ways whose origins go back to Paleolithic cave art. Starr Goode author of ‘Sheela na gig: The Dark Goddess of Sacred Power’ describes her as a renewing life force of the universe. She is a symbol of birth and rebirth and all the creative powers of the cosmos.


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Woman of Willendorf Prayer Beads with Picture Jasper

The Woman of Willendorf is probably the most well known of the ancient female figurines. She represents many things to many people and to me she represents the female lineages, my foremothers. We can only imagine the world of the people who created her, what she meant to them and their deep relationship to the land.


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Edgewalker Antlered Prayer Beads with Hematite and Mystic Quartz

The beads separating the sections in the Celtic Soul Prayer beads represent the thresholds, the edges of one holyday as we move into another. The threshold beads on this set are purposely large with the use of mystic quart crystal to represent being at the edge of things. Thresholds are in between places – not quite fully in one and not fully the other yet somehow a combination of both. The main hematite beads provide a strong grounding and protecting force in the work you do on the edges – be that in an otherworldly realm, in your community or even at the edge of your own thinking or interacting.


Spring Equinox Workshop

Around the world, the balance of night and day which happens twice a year at spring and autumn equinoxes is played out by great mysteries such as the story of Persephone and Demeter. The first emergence story was that of the bear, she who went into hibernation around the autumn equinox, slept through the dark months to awaken again at Spring Equinox. This is a time on the Ancestral Mothers of Scotland wheel of the year which explains the bear’s emergence, her relationship with Brighid and why the Cailleach’s day is 3/25, all stories we will explore on this day workshop.

Grandmother doll

Throughout the dark months of winter, the bear has slept in her cave, the Cave of the Grandmothers. Women throughout the ages have journeyed to this cave to ask the guidance of the Bear grandmothers

To celebrate the Spring Equinox we will take an otherworldly journey to the Cave of the Grandmothers as the bear prepares for her emergence back into the world. 

  • Sharing bear stories & the story of the Goddess Brighid as Bear
  • Explore the Ancestral Mothers of Scotland Wheel of the Year
  • Guided journey
  • Art, collage & writing
  • Instructions on needle felting
  • Weaving intentions into your doll & how to work with dolls
  • Creating Grandmother dolls – all materials provided

We’ll make a grandmother doll from a stick or sticks. Your doll will be a talisman of what you are taking from the dark of the year and mark what you wish to leave behind. These are dolls which you can hang outside or hang from a wall and act as a reminder that whatever the time of year you can return back to the Cave of the Grandmothers to ask for their advice.








Willendorf has been in the news this week with Facebook banning her image calling it ‘pornographic’, while that decision was reversed our reaction to these ancient female figurines (Venus’s) says volumes to our values. The Woman of Hole Fels – 40,000 BCE

In 2009 when the Woman of Hole Fels was discovered she was met with these headlines:


Even the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna where she is on display has a description which read ‘Early Mother or Pin-Up Girl’

When I hold replica’s of them in my hands I consider the intention, the hours of work that went into their creation, I wonder what intention the maker held and I wonder about the relationship these people had with the world around them. While we will never know for sure the intentions and the reasons for these figurines we do know that some interpretations are life-sustaining while others are life-threatening. There is a danger in interpreting these figurines in a purely sexual context as it results in unintended social consequences such as giving the message that objectification of women is acceptable. It is also ridiculous to try and interpret their meaning while you’re analysis is rooted in today’s mindset.

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Gatherers and Hunters

To me, they form part of my own tradition in doll making. I interpret those ancients hands created these figurines in honor of their god – who was female. Ursula Le Guin in discussing Elizabeth Fisher’s work explains that some of the earliest cultural inventions came from women’s inspiration, this gather’s story birthed containers in a sling style, counting sticks used to measure the phases of the moon and the red ochre of handprints in dark cave recesses were predominantly made by women.

The hunter’s story,  the one our patriarchal culture glorifies,  lies in the hunter hero retelling the story of blood and guts, killing and slaying. When interpreting the practices of both into a modern context the gather’s story is one in which we care for each other, consider everyone’s needs and ensure all are provided for while the hunter’s story extends itself to the raping and killing story which is the dominating narrative in our culture today.

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The Facebook censorship of the Woman of Willendorf (although that decision has now been overturned) invites us into this greater story we choose, do you wish to live by the gatherers or the hunter’s story? Willendorf stands powerful (at just 11.1 cm 4.4 inches) to remind us things weren’t always this way. God was female for THOUSANDS of years and cultures were rooted in those life-sustaining values. She stands to remind us that..


This is an excerpt from my essay ‘Radical Doll Making From Willendorf to Today’ – you can read the essay by clicking here 






New in the Shop


Prayer Beads for the Spiritual Warrior

Wolf and bloodstone prayer beads – click on photo to view in shop


Edgewalker Prayer Beads

Antlered hematite and mystic quartz prayer beads – click on photo to view in shop

Ancestral Guidance Prayer Beads

Antlered mookiate prayer beads – click on photo to view in shop

Bee Priestess Earrings

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Sheela na Gig Prayer beads

I’ve always enjoyed hunting out Sheela na gig figurines in old churches in the West Country of England such as this one I got to visit at St Mary and St David’s Church in Kilpeck, Herefordshire (not my photo).

This wonderful curious figure is often a liminal figure as you enter into a church a reminder that your entering into sacredness, a sacredness that Starr Goode in her book Sheela na gig: The Dark Goddess of Sacred Power links the Sheela na gig to Paleolithic cave art and relates the sacred display of the vulva to be a universal archetype and the most enduring image of creativity throughout the world. 

The Sheela na gig prayer beads are inspired to bring you into alignment with this cosmological creative force, she who gives both life and death.

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Click above to listen to Karen Tate radio interview The Mysterious and Sacred Sheela Na Gig with Starr Goode author of Sheela na gig: The Dark Goddess of Sacred Power. 






Remembering Your Non Human Past Lives


Howlite is a stone that looks like ancient bleached bones. In fact, it can help absorb calcium and strengthen teeth and bones, yet its bone-like appearance can connect us to the bones of our previous lives.

While many people will tell you tales of previous lives at King Arthur’s court or their life as Egyptian royalty,  howlite helps us to remembers past lives and maybe it will tell you of your previous life of fox, owl or even a great elk. This set feature a wonderfully gnarly antler tip from a wildcrafted naturally shed White-tailed deer antler, maybe you might remember a previous life as deer? Surely all our previous lives weren’t human and for those lives that were human who is to say that they were lived out on planet Earth!

Priestess Zhann from the show TV Farscape

Howlite also offers us qualities of soothing our emotions whether that be anger or stress. It calms an overactive mind and howlite prayer beads are particularly useful in meditating with before sleep to help calm your mind if it often races with worries which keep you awake. It is a stone beneficial in recalling information – wither it’s the past lives we mentioned earlier but if you’re like me and have trouble remembering your dreams, howlite can help recall that wisdom that came to us when sleeping.


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Prayer Beads for the Spiritual Warrior

These beads are now sold – get in touch if you’d like a set made just for you 

These prayer beads are imbued with the spirit of the wolf, of knowing their plight in today’s world yet acknowledging how their very presence helps a landscape flourish. With the inspiration of wolf and the medicine this stone provides is a wonderful tool for today’s spiritual warriors. These beads were made as we approach the first full moon – the Wolf Moon and the first supermoon of 2018.
Stone Medicine Qualities

Bloodstone is known as the stone of spiritual warriors. The energy of bloodstone offers support and courage during times of adversity – offering the courage to take the right action to help fulfill commitments in the face of obstacles. It helps strengthen the physical body and help maintain stamina during extreme difficulty. It offers emotional support to find the courage to follow your own heart and take action on what you know in your own heart to be true.
Working with bloodstone (as well as wearing or carrying it) can help foster an increased zest for living and manifest physical endurance which in today’s world is something much needed by spiritual warriors.

You can learn more about how to use Celtic Prayer beads and the symbolism of the layout of the beads here

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