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« Topic Start: April 01, 2009, 09:40:04 pm »

I was just curious if anyone had made prayer beads. 

I grew up Catholic, and praying the Rosary was a big part of my practice.  I was thinking of making a Kemetic "rosary" with 42 beads for the 42 negative confessions.  Then I found out that other Kemetics appear to be doing something very similar. Darn that Collective Unconscious, putting similar ideas into everyone's headspace...

Have you used prayer beads in your practice?  If you have, I'd love to hear what you've done.  I'd love to see pictures if you have them. 
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« Reply #1: April 01, 2009, 10:22:39 pm »

Have you used prayer beads in your practice?  If you have, I'd love to hear what you've done.  I'd love to see pictures if you have them. 

I have in the past.  And then they fell apart and I haven't restrung them, though I keep meaning to.

Since my patroness is Kwan Yin, and 108 is a number with some significance in the Far East (definitely in Buddhism, though I think also in Hinduism), I started from the idea that there would be 108 main beads.  This is not exactly a new invention.  108-beaded prayer malas are extremely common, in fact, as is using the mantra "Om mani padme hum" on each.  But as a fellow ex-Catholic, I liked the idea of breaking them up into smaller groupings.  I ended up with four groupings based on a song to Her with four verses.  Using one of those verses at each of the larger beads prompts me to reflect on Her a bit differently during each series of chants, which is a familiar/comfortable pattern.
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« Reply #2: April 02, 2009, 12:41:11 am »

I was just curious if anyone had made prayer beads. 

I grew up Catholic, and praying the Rosary was a big part of my practice.  I was thinking of making a Kemetic "rosary" with 42 beads for the 42 negative confessions.  Then I found out that other Kemetics appear to be doing something very similar. Darn that Collective Unconscious, putting similar ideas into everyone's headspace...

Have you used prayer beads in your practice?  If you have, I'd love to hear what you've done.  I'd love to see pictures if you have them. 

I have a set of prayer beads that I made for Apollo out of glass seed beads, brass-colored sun beads, white, yellow, bronze, lavender and gold pearls, and stones that I associate with him- iolite, red garnets, rutilated quartz, pale yellow citrine and sunstone.

There's a picture of them here, though it's a little dark:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l111/lafiamma/apollobeads.jpg

I also have some for Dionysus made of rhyolite, red garnets, green, lavender and wine-colored pearls and glass beads

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l111/lafiamma/dionysusbeads.jpg
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« Reply #3: April 02, 2009, 01:40:40 am »

I have a set of prayer beads that I made for Apollo

Do you use specific chants or prayers with your beads?  If so, how are they related to the beads?  I mean, is there a bead for each line of the prayer or something like that?
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« Reply #4: April 02, 2009, 01:48:13 am »

Do you use specific chants or prayers with your beads?  If so, how are they related to the beads?  I mean, is there a bead for each line of the prayer or something like that?

Still working that part out. At this point, they're basically an object for focus. Sometimes I'll use them to count recitations of a hymn or something like that, but that's about it right now. I want to write some set prayers for a set of beads, but don't know if these will be it, or if I'll end up making another set specifically for a set of prayers.
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« Reply #5: April 02, 2009, 02:08:37 am »

Still working that part out.

Let us know when you figure that part out.   Cheesy

We've discussed prayer beads here before and I've always liked the idea.  But when I sit down to figure out exactly how I want to use them, I draw a blank.  I think prayer beads make lots of sense in a situation like the rosary or like FierFlye described upthread, where you need to keep count of chants or prayers.

But I'm having trouble translating that to my own practice, in which I don't have any kind of set chant or prayer.

Guess I should think about writing one...
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« Reply #6: April 02, 2009, 07:25:58 am »

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Have you used prayer beads in your practice?  If you have, I'd love to hear what you've done.  I'd love to see pictures if you have them. 

I haven't made them, but I do have two malas ("Buddhist rosaries") I use. The smaller one, the wrist mala, has 27 beads on an elastic cord. The beads themselves are rudraksha ("tears of Shiva") and have a very delicate scent, which is brought out by handling them. The other one is a standard 108-bead mala of crystal and aventurine.

I use one or the other, depending on my mood, when I say my morning and evening prayers to track the recitations of Chenrezig's mantra.
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« Reply #7: April 02, 2009, 02:28:27 pm »

I also have some for Dionysus made of rhyolite, red garnets, green, lavender and wine-colored pearls and glass beads

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l111/lafiamma/dionysusbeads.jpg

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That almost looks like the idea I was trying to make for my own set of prayer beads for Him, although I THINK they may become a necklace now.

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I also have in the works some prayer beads/necklace for Grandmother Salvia, and I'm thinking at some point I should make some for either Bast or Kybele-Rheia. I still need to decide on whats going where before I order (since I am going to purchase online and buy in bulk, which is cheaper).
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« Reply #8: April 02, 2009, 08:44:04 pm »

But I'm having trouble translating that to my own practice, in which I don't have any kind of set chant or prayer.

Guess I should think about writing one...

I had a website bookmarked with some Celtic and Wiccan ideas on making prayer beads. Of course, that was on the PC that needs a new hard drive. I really want to make a set to help me with daily devotional chants/prayers, but starting from scratch seems to just be too intimidating. I can't ever think of where to start with it.

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« Reply #9: April 02, 2009, 09:14:58 pm »

I was just curious if anyone had made prayer beads. 

I grew up Catholic, and praying the Rosary was a big part of my practice.  I was thinking of making a Kemetic "rosary" with 42 beads for the 42 negative confessions.  Then I found out that other Kemetics appear to be doing something very similar. Darn that Collective Unconscious, putting similar ideas into everyone's headspace...

Have you used prayer beads in your practice?  If you have, I'd love to hear what you've done.  I'd love to see pictures if you have them. 

I make prayer beads relatively frequently. This is the first set I made. It's not the best picture and it was taken before I made some alterations to them . Unfortunately they got mislaid a while back...

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p206/crazyfish666/DSCN2155.jpg

All of the beads had meanings and different mantras to go with them. I've put off making another proper set until I have a set of beads with at least as much meaning for me.

The pair I'm currently using I made a few weeks ago out of an old necklace. I don't have a pic. It's essentially a pretty traditional looking mala with various shades of mottled stone beads (not really sure what stone). It only has 78 beads, but it serves its purpose well enough.
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« Reply #10: April 03, 2009, 01:16:30 am »

I really want to make a set to help me with daily devotional chants/prayers, but starting from scratch seems to just be too intimidating. I can't ever think of where to start with it.

Do you mean that the beading part is too intimidating or that the daily prayers/chants part is too intimidating?

Beading is really very easy, once you know what you're doing.  (And we live in the same area, so I could teach you if you want.)  To me, the prayer/mantra part is the hard part.  I just don't really know how to do that...   Embarrassed
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« Reply #11: April 03, 2009, 01:17:28 am »

I make prayer beads relatively frequently.

Very nice, Kasmira!

What kinds of beads did you use?

And how do you use them?  Do you have chants or prayers that go with specific beads?
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« Reply #12: April 03, 2009, 03:35:24 pm »

Very nice, Kasmira!

What kinds of beads did you use?

And how do you use them?  Do you have chants or prayers that go with specific beads?

It was the first set I made so it's kinda clunky. The big beads represent the five elements and are coral (blue and red), agate, a carved seed, and a milky white semi precious stone I never did get a name for. Then there's tiger's eye, carnelian (a very important stone for me), seed beads (as in made out of seeds, not the little beads that go by that name), dichromic glass, and various semi precious stones.

The numbers and symbolism are all important to me and play into what mantras and how many repetitions thereof I used with them. The beads had specific mantras I used generally. Depending upon the focus of the meditation I would use different mantras or just move the beads through my hands w/ my breathing.

I've made a number of other sets for other people and the way they have intended to use them varies a good bit. Largely I think it is to have a physical representation of their beliefs and things that are important to them. Each bead can hold meaning as can their combinations and arrangement. Overall you can get in a ton of symbolism. Somehow having that physical representation there is kind of calming and comforting.
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Do you mean that the beading part is too intimidating or that the daily prayers/chants part is too intimidating?

Beading is really very easy, once you know what you're doing.  (And we live in the same area, so I could teach you if you want.)  To me, the prayer/mantra part is the hard part.  I just don't really know how to do that...   Embarrassed

Not the actual beading part, no. I make chain mail jewelry... the only think I find tricky about jewelry is wire-wrapping the ends of the head pins for some types of projects. They always turn out uneven.

It's designing the rosary that I find challenging. Picking the right beads, putting in the right number of clusters, etc, for what I want to do. And the prayer part. Though once I have an intent in focus and start designing a rosary, I'm betting the prayer would come to me eventually. Brigit would make sure of that, I'm sure.

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« Reply #14: April 03, 2009, 11:22:12 pm »

Not the actual beading part, no. I make chain mail jewelry... the only think I find tricky about jewelry is wire-wrapping the ends of the head pins for some types of projects. They always turn out uneven.

Crimping, I have found, is my enemy. So instead I have enlisted my boyfriend to help me with crimping the ends of my soon-to-be works, as he is awesome at painting miniatures and the like.  Cheesy
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