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.

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Willendorf!

 

 

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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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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New Goddess Brighid Prayer Beads

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The Goddess Brighid is a fire Goddess. When she was born it was reported that flames were leaping from the roof of her house. The uniqueness of Brighid’s fire is that is a fire of compassion rather than a flame that burns. The main carnelian stone of this prayer bead set represents Brighid’s fire for the stone holds a medicine of inspiring creativity and motivation.

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Brighid is known for her mantle which had magical qualities. It is a healing cloak that offers great comfort when it’s wrapped around you. This blue/green form of African Bloodstone offers the same qualities of all bloodstone, which are all a form of Jasper, which helps us in nourishing our roots allowing us to feel more comfortable in our own body.
This set of prayer beads offer working with the magic of Brighid’s mantle wrapped around us and the stone medicine of drawing courage from that protection and the confidence to face whatever it is we need to face in our lives while we remain grounded.

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The pink of the adventurine beads is symbolic of the first rays of Imbolc light, it’s not yet spring but the new light carries Brighid’s blessings as she ‘breathes life into the mouth of the dead Winter’.

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New Brighid online courses launching this week: 

Weaving Brighid’s protection

Creative Imbolc Ideas

Breejah’s Daughters – Exploring the path of bear, Goddess and Mary of the Gael

Thundersnow Prayer Beads

 

“When winter comes to a woman’s soul, she withdraws into her inner self, her deepest spaces. She is creating a new universe within herself, examining and breaking old patterns, destroying what should not be revived, feeding in secret what needs to thrive. Look out of your own winter eyes. You too can see the future. ”  Patricia Monaghan

I vividly remember one snowy morning when I was 14 or 15. My brother, sister and I were beginning the 15-minute walk to school. It was snowy and overcast and at around 8 am on a Scottish snowy morning there wouldn’t have been much light. There hadn’t been much traffic that morning for I remember the road was snowy and you couldn’t quite decern where the pavement ended and the road began. While I don’t remember hearing andy thunder I will always remember the lightning. The lightning struck the lamppost, for there was a huge spark and an explosion and what I remember most was the explosion was in pink and each of us kids fell onto our backs. It was pretty impressive. I can still remember the light of the explosion and the sensation of falling. When I tell that story no one seems to believe me and someone always replies saying you don’t get lightning when it snows but now there is a term for it – THUNDERSNOW!!! And so when it snows I often think back to that morning of the pink-snow-lightning-explosion!

I was particularly reminded of it as I was making these pink adventurine prayer beads. I don’t often go into the description of the stones letting people be drawn to the stones themselves as if I am just a mediator creating the prayer bead sets.

Pink sunset on a snowy landscape

This time of the Winter Solstice offers us an invitation to slow down, quieten our minds a lesson that the trees, plants and hibernating creatures offer.Snow blankets everything and inspires our sense of adventure and fun and offers us a view of looking at the world with new eyes. The spirit of pink adventurine can inspire us in seeing new pathways in our own life especially when we seem stuck in the same old rut. We shovel snow in this weather creating a path where we want, uncovering old paths yet making new ones as we head off bundled up and stomp through fields of snow. We are remaking our own paths. Pink adventurine can aid us in making these new pathways by strengthening our circulation and allowing us creativity in order to plan and imagine those new pathways we might wish to create. I think of adventurine offering her medicine to help us dream at this time of the year. The old symbolism of the Winter Sosltice as embodied by the sun illuminating the chamber of Newgrange offering rebirth. What rebirth would we offer ourselves if we covered up old the old pathways and could begin them again?

 

The pink hue of thundersnow

Enjoy the snow if you have some, here in the foothills of the Appalachians we are enjoying a very expected 10 inches of snow!!! Go explore this wintery landscape where everything has been wiped clean. The snow muffles all the worldly noise and allows our head to clear and come to stillness.

 

Click on the prayer bead image above for more details on this rather special set of prayer beads or get in touch to discuss your very own custom order set.

 

 

 

 

A Gift From the Cailleach

As we approach Winter Solstice there are many wonderful tales to tell. Tales that have been shared around fires for thousands of years.I have been working a lot creating prayer beads and this is a rather special limited edition set inspired by the Cailleach. They were made on the day of the full moon and now in the time of the waning moon as we approach the Winter Solstice the white moonstone holds that magic of the stillness and quiet this time of year can offer if we step away from the maddening crowds and take our inspiration from the landscape whose tres and plants have returned deep down to their roots.

There is only one set left of these limited edition beads and they come as a Winter Solstice Bundle with a set of Cailleach cards and a small bottle o water from Allt Caillich, the stream of the Cailleach which runs by Tigh na Bodach, the shrine of the Cailleach which is said could be thousands of years old.

The guided meditation (see below) tells a little of what the Cailleach is up to these days.

 


If you’d like to take a journey with the Cailleach you can now take the Cailleach course as a go at your own pace course – you’ll have access to the materials for the next couple of years so ample time to revisit. Click on the image to read more and to register.