Antlered Prayer Beads

Prayer bead with Rhodonite – click image to view in shop

As my fingers move around the sacred circle of the beads I feel my mind quietening. I come to a still place which often feels a little between the worlds. The antler connects me to ancient herds migrating through the landscape as if they themselves are moving through space and time. This reminds me of our migration around the wheel of the year – honoring the growing life through the phases of a women’s life – from girl child to maiden, amazon to mid life woman, from crone to ancestor.

 

‘My beads have become constant companions as I go through the day‘,

A. Harrison

 

Prayer Beads with Golden Black Obsidian – click on image to view in shop

‘Powerful and beautiful soul practice tools. Working these beads through my hands I can feel the strength, love and intention in their creation and I’m so grateful that they have come to me. Thank you for your incredible work in the world and on this rosary’.

L Blinn

Prayer beads with Amazoite beads – Click on image to view in shop

I received the prayer beads today, and the are beautiful – thank you again for crafting something so powerful and full of medicine and magic.

Jane V.

Prayer beads with Spider Web Jasper – click image to view in shop

Click below to join the Sisterhood of the Antlers Facebook group and be in the drawing to win a set of prayer beads.

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The People Who Follow the Reindeer

I find something so soothing about moving my fingers silently around the sacred circle of prayer beads. It gives my hands something to do and makes it easier for thoughts to to simply fall like leaves rather than constantly having to engage with them. I decided to make my own prayer beads as rosary or mala beads belong to a completely different faith.

Antler Prayer Beads with rhodonite – Click image to view in the online shop

These beads speak to my linage of the people who followed the reindeer herds across the frozen tundra of mainland europe thousands of years ago. A nomadic people building seasonal shelters from mammoth bones and skins.

Antler Prayer Beads with amazonite –  Click image to view in the online shop

While we live in a far different age I have the songs and stories of those people knitted into my bones.

Antler Prayer Beads with spider jasper –  Click image to view in the online shop

Be in the draw to win a set of prayer beads by clicking above and joining our ‘Sisterhood of the Antlers Facebook group

Sisterhood of the Antlers – Win a set of antler prayer beads

Sisterhood of the Antlers is a gathering place for women – sometimes in person, sometimes nomadic and sometimes virtual where we learn, share and inspire through online courses, workshops and journeys to the lands of the Ancestral Mothers of Scotland. Most of all we remember that although we were born into a patriarchal warring culture things weren’t always this way!

Sisterhood

As women come together in circle, as they have for countless generations (why do I know this? for the simple reason that circle keeps us sane!)  we rebuild the ancient temples once dedicated to the great Goddess. Each women plays her part – some carry the light and so tend to the candles, another woman carries the sacred songs, some are called to roles such as guardian and gatekeeper and some remember the ancient script which they paint on banners. Others create glorious altars, some step into the role of priestess, some are keepers of the drum, others keeper of the rattles, some are called to tell the old stories and together they all create ritual and ceremony and dance between the worlds to ask the old ones, the foremothers and most ancient grandmothers for their insight and wisdom.

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The Women Who Followed the Reindeer

Since I could walk up my local hills I have always been fascinated by some of the first peoples to arrive in this area. After learning about a reindeer antler which was found not too far from those same hills, that belonged to the time of the great ice – my imagination was fired! Britain at that times was connected to mainland Europe by the land bridge of Doggerland which now lies submerged beneath the North Sea. I imagine picking up that antler on the day it was shed from one of the female reindeer of those great migrating herds (of all deer it is only the female reindeer who have antlers). Just as fascinating as witnessing the great herds would have been in seeing the people that followed the reindeer. As the female reindeer led her herd I imagine the people being led by she-who-follows-the-reindeer. Of those women some gathered under dark and full moons in ritual and ceremony, wearing clothes made from reindeer skins and headdresses adorned with antlers as they raised their drums and chanted as they began their dance between the worlds to petition their foremothers and the great antlered one herself.

Antlered Prayer Beads – click to view on Etsy


Weaving Wisdom

We keep many of their traditions such as gathering in circle, picking up our drum as we dance between the worlds to petition those old ones for for insight and wisdom. We do this and share our experiences in circle so we can make sense of them – sometimes we create art from these stories – through doll making and painting, gathering natural materials or clay. We do all this so we can weave that wisdom into our daily lives and let it feed our actions in the world – with each other, our community and the work we do in the world.


Antler Prayer beads with Golden Black Obsidian 

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 Support

This year Sisterhood of the Antlers is supporting Equality Now! helping to support their work to end FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), to end sex trafficking as well as to end the practice of Child Brides. You can learn more about their work by clicking on the image above. Equality Now! are partners with Girls Not Brides in working to end child violence through forced marriages. We are also supporting Kiva through providing micro loans for women around the world.

Win a Set of Antler Prayer Beads

To be in the winning either join our Faceboook group or sign up for the Sisterhood of the Antlers (previously celtic Soul School). These prayer beads are made with spider web jasper, as you use the prayers beads your intention, prayers, gratitudes or worries move out from your fingers and onto the great web web which connects everything. With jasper a great nurturing stone it can bring tranquility in times of stress.