My experience with Prayer Beads.

Prayer beads! That’s what this article will be all about.

I have always been attracted to the idea of repetitive prayer. Before becoming Pagan I was Christian – but I was Protestant and in the church there were no prayer beads, so I’m not entirely sure where the fascination is coming from. Maybe a past life?

Either way, I’ve always wanted this sort of thing, but I had the thought that I wasn’t “eligible” to use this tool. After poking around online I’ve seen that lots of Pagans use this tool – and MANY religions use a form of prayer beads, in different numbers that are significant to that religion. So, I decided to try to make my own set, but instead of beads, right now I use a knotted cord. If you google how to make a knotted rosary, that’s what I’m using, minus the cross on the end. I’m still trying to figure out how to knot a pentacle, but for now it’s just plain. I made a small “decade” to wear around my wrist as a handy way to conceal the religious tool, while still keeping it close to me so that I can prayer virtually anywhere, at anytime.

If you want to create your own set of beads my suggestion is to first put the pen to the paper. Do some journaling and some brainstorming.

  1. Why do you want to use them? 
  2. Do you have significant numbers to you? 
  3. Do you have an already established set of prayers or do you have to write your own? Or, do you want to just pray “freestyle” for a while, while running the beads through your fingers to keep time? 
  4. Do you want to use this for prayer, or for meditation? If that’s the case do you want different beads so that while you’re meditating they signify different things? A stone bead to come across a rock, a smooth bead for a body of water, etc.?
Of course you can always use your imagination and see what other people have done – there’s nothing wrong with borrowing ideas (as long as you credit the person for their ideas if need be.) 
Either way, I really love my knotted rosary and I think soon I’ll upgrade to beads. Right now I wanted to test out how using an object to help me with prayer worked, and now that I know I like it, I’ll invest a little bit of time and money into it. If you don’t want to make your own, check out Etsy. There are tons of beautiful prayer beads and altar beads in lots of different formats, and it’s always nice to support small businesses and individuals that are trying to make their livelihood while doing something they love. 

Do you use prayer beads? What do you think of the idea? Comment below – I’d love to chat about this with all of you!

Ristoria

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