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
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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.
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).
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.
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.