Grandmother Bear Prayer Beads

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New prayer beads made under the waning moon as we approach the autumn equinox. I really like these new ‘Bear’ prayer beads. Autumn equinox is a time of balance and stillness before we make the descent into the dark of the year. It is an invitation for us to stop and evaluate how we really are. What things do we need to let go of and what things do we wish to take into the dark with us?

With working with the most ancient grandmothers and bear the first animal humans ever honored we enter into her great dreaming cycle with her, we call her cave home and can return there throughout the winter months when the franticness of the human world with its consumerism and endless distraction becomes too much. When we’re able to sink down to our roots we can weave the wisdom of bear into our lives.

 

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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

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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

Celtic Soul Prayer Beads

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I’ve always felt the steady rhythm of beads moving through your fingers comforting. When growing up I would have a collection of ‘borrowed’ rosary beads although that faith never quite fitted. Then there was mala’s journeyed with a mantra – but then that was also a borrowed from a different faith. While I am vaguely familiar with the Celtic Paidirinean that’s also a little out of reach. So I decided to combine my love of beads with figures from my tradition to create Celtic Soul Craft Prayer Beads inspired by my tradition stretching back through generations of wise women, of women who knew the thresholds of life and death, women who carried the stream of their ancestors voices. These women are shaman, weavers, singers and part of the same circle culture that I am of. They are women versed in herbalism, stone medicine and doll making, ritual and ceremony and dancers between the worlds.
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Bone Mother beads – click image to view in shop

How to Use Celtic Soul Prayer Beads

These beads have eight sections corresponding to the eight holydays of the Wheel of the Year. there are five beads for each position of the wheel with a dividing bead as you cross to the next festival.
The beads begin with the pendant which sets the tone and the insight for the theme, followed by three beads which representing the three main stages of a woman’s life or the power of the triple Goddess (such as the Goddess Brighid for example – a triad made up of Brighid and her two sisters also called Brighid).
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Deer Goddess Prayer Beads – SOLD
Next is the largest bead in the prayer circle the Mystery bead – which invites us to consider the mystery that exists in all things and is the source of everything – before moving around the beads in a sun-wise direction. You may follow the beads with your own mantra or use them as a comfort when holding a thought or no thought in meditation as your fingers move you through the Wheel of the Year.
Full details of options of how to work with the bead are included inviting you to find a way that is most suited to your personal needs.
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triskele-celtic-soul-prayer-beadsCustom Orders

I do take custom order requests – matching your theme with a pendant as well as the particular semi previous beads you would like. To talk about a custom set of Celtic Soul Prayer Beads just get in touch via the contact page of the website.