Prayer Beads

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Growing up in America, specifically a Roman Catholic dominated area, I was exposed to rosaries. I still have the one gifted to me for my first holy communion. It is still in the white purse with the never opened prayer book and a saint card, sitting in the attic of my childhood home. My parents where paper Catholics as adults and they attempted to pass Catholicism onto myself and my sister.  I never took to it, though I do use some of the practices, like candle burning, incense, and now prayer beads.  Yes, I know these are all common to a lot of religions not just the domain of Catholicism.

It took many years to be comfortable with prayer beads. I always associated it with being Catholic, not pagan. After reading and learning about history and different religions I came to understand that it is another practice widely used in many religions.

Why would a Pagan, or a Witch use prayer beads? My answer is to create the right atmosphere for your mind to practice magik, receive messages, or to calm your mind. Using a set of prayer beads to put your mind on magik is easy. Before you do any work, grab your prayer beads get comfortable. Stat with holding a bead, then thank each deity, spirit, entity that you work with. If you only have one that you work with, start by thanking that diety. you can then move on to naming all the epithets they may have, listing accomplishments they have, or thank them for the gifts they have given you.

If you have several ingredients in a spell, you may also use your prayer beads to focus on the aspect of each of the ingredients needed for your work. For example, a love spell is what you are going to do today and you are using red candles, rose petals, jasmine incense. You may use just four beads of your prayer beads to focus on each ingredient. Pray to each ingredient, seeing each, feeling each becoming that ingredient for the time period spent holding a bead.  Some people may find this redundant, as they do this already when they do their work. That is ok. Others may find this as a useful key to unlocking greater efficacy of personal work.

How does one make prayer beads? The method is easy.

1. Decide on the number of beads in a set.

2. Decide on the number of sets.

3. Acquire beads and material to string them together.

The colors and types of beads may also be a consideration. In the picture at the beginning of this article is my homemade prayer beads. I chose to keep the traditional number of 5 sets for a rosary, however, I use seven beads and not ten normally used.  The skulls where a bead I liked and I found hematite separator beads to go in between the sets of skull beads. I could not find a suitable metal pendant and had to make my own using a bottle cap. The Santa Muerte pendant was ordered from Frater Setnakh.
Prayer bead may be as simple as a strand of beads, they do not need to emulate any other template. The most important thing is to make it work for you.

Until Next Time,

May your Roots never rot, and May your growing never stop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crafting Rune Sets

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Today I am discussing how to make a rune set out of materials that are not traditional materials.  I have a love of runes that runs deep into my spiritual path. Ever since I first picked up that Big Blue Book 20 years ago, those magick sigils have not left me. I have experimented with store-bought sets, both rock and wood types. I have attempted to created wooden ones( wood crafter I am not).  I have made clay ones, pictured above. Although the most striking set I have made, they clay set did not hold up to repeated use.

Why should you make your own set? Why aren’t purchased sets good? Will a gifted set work? These are all great questions with answers that are different to each person and their set of circumstances. For me creating my own brings me closer to their mystery. That may not be answer suited to your life. You have different priorities than I that do not leave you with time to craft. You may actually dislike crafting. That is fine, it is your path you are walking, own it! Spend time deciding why you want to make your own set versus acquiring a set through the various means available.

Making your own set lets birth yourself into them in ways different than a purchased or gifted set. Those different ways maybe exactly what you need in your life at that time.

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My preferred material of recent years are glass gems. They are available in many colors and sizes. You may buy them box stores to craft stores, to thrift stores, and yard sales. You may find on the sides of streets. They are ubiquitous.

I use acrylic paint to put the runes on each gem. It takes a few coats, and some practice to get the desired result. I also paint the bottom to prevent seeing what rune is on the face. In some readings I do I lay them face down and run my finger over them, other times I pull some out of the cloth, and others times I throw them.

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The one on the right was a new experiment, I tried using mod podge to seal the paint. It did not turn out very well. I use a clear polyurethane spray to seal them.  Once they are dry, I prepare them for use. The preparation is different for each person. The most important thing to remember is, Do what comes naturally from your intuition!

You maybe wondering what to keep them in once they are crafted. I keep mine in a fat quarter.

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It takes me about a day to finish the set, that is with dry time, and final preparation.

Until Next Time,

May your Roots never rot, and May your growing never stop.

 

 

 

 

How to clean glass jars and bottles for repurposing

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I like to use glass jars and bottles for everything possible. My friends can attest to witnessing all sorts of bottles, and jars in stages of being decorated, undecorated, to be actually functional.  To get the clean pristine glass to a lot of experimenting with different cleaning techniques, and cleaning products.

Peanut butter turned out to be the most effective technique for myself. A side benefit of my technique is finding out if your home has mice. The steps I  take to have a clean and sticky-free jar/bottle are as follows :

  • Clean inside of jar and lids with hot soapy water, and let air dry.
  • Remove top layer of label either through peeling or scrapping.
  • Apply a generous layer of peanut butter to the entire area of the label.
  • Let the peanut butter sit so that the oils may work on breaking down the adhesive.  ( The length of time varies. I usually let sit overnight. I have had success with a 30 minute soak time)
  • When the appropriate time has passed, prepare a bowl of hot soapy water.
  • Wipe of peanut butter, and with a scrub brush ( i use an old toothbrush), scrub the label off. It is a relatively easy and quick process.
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