Category Archives: Etsy

New in my Etsy Shop: Wire-wrapped Prayer Beads

I’m actually not quite sure how best to describe these, but basically they are
prayer beads made with rosary-style chain construction. Rosary-style chain is made by threading each bead separately with wire, forming a wire link on either side and joining the beads together with those links. Wire-wrapping adds extra strength and durability to the chain and the finished piece. They have a different “feel” to them in use than the other beads in my shop–kind of an apples-and-oranges thing–and they are way more time-consuming to make, but also a lot of fun.

I listed six to start:

Aphrodite

Athena

Dionysos

Hades

Hestia

Poseidon

Coming soon in my Etsy shop!

chain beads coming soon

New in my Etsy Shop: Goddess Prayer Beads

If you’ve read my blog you know that I honor the gods of several different pantheons in my practice. One of these is a goddess who has not (yet :)) given me a name to call her, or a specific context, cultural or otherwise, with which to approach her. So I call her “Goddess” and I keep an altar to her, with things that just feel right. (She seems to like earthy, mother-goddess imagery.)

Since I realized that I’m not the only one in this situation, I’ve decided to add Goddess Prayer Beads to my shop.

These are meant not only for those who honor an unnamed or unknown goddess, but for those who honor a nonspecific or single Goddess for any reason, and for those who honor the feminine divine.

Here’s a link to the new section: Goddess Prayer Beads

And here are some of the items I’ve just listed:

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I plan to include a variety of goddess-image types because I know that Mother Earth isn’t the only such connection, but I’m starting here because it’s in my comfort zone. If you’re interested in these, and you relate best to a different sort of goddess-image, please let me know and I can try to find something more appropriate (for example, I’m currently looking for a lunar-goddess image, but have not as yet found “the one” :)).

New in my Etsy shop: More Prayer Beads for Egyptian Gods

So the crazy prayer writing is over (meaning that the writing experience is a bit mad, not the actual written work–at least I hope it isn’t :)). I always kind of miss it when the faucet turns off, but since I don’t think it’s something I could reasonably sustain over the long run, it’s probably a good thing that it does.

And as promised, I am adding a new section of pocket prayer beads for Egyptian gods. You can find it here, or look under “Pocket Beads, Egyptian” in my shop.

There are six sets there to start–Hathor, Sekhmet, Horus the Elder, Horus the Younger, Set, and Nepththys–but there will eventually be something over 35. If there is a Kemetic god you would like prayer beads for, let me know–chances are they are already on my list, and if not I can add them!

New in my Etsy Shop: Egyptian God Prayer Beads

I am super-happy to announce that I am adding a line of prayer beads for Egyptian gods to my Etsy shop!

These are pocket beads, each a string of nine beads with an ankh on one end, and a pendant on the other with an image of the god the beads are made for. Each pendant is made with a reproduction of one of my own drawings of the gods, drawn by hand, then scanned, colored and reduced to size electronically, which is then made into a resin pendant.

I’m planning to keep these beads in stock as I do my others, although since the pendants take the better part of a week to make the restocking may be a bit slower. They are great fun to make, there’s just a lot of time involved. 🙂

I’m starting out with five sets of prayer beads to Egyptian gods:

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These beads for Isis (Aset) are made with deep blue fire-polished Czech glass beads, are approximately 10″ (25.5cm) in length, and are available here in my shop.

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These beads for Osiris (Wesir, Asar) are made with deep green fire-polished Czech glass beads, are approximately 10″ (25.5cm) in length, and are available here in my shop.

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These beads for Hathor are made with dark gold-colored fire-polished Czech glass beads, are approximately 10″ (25.5cm) in length, and are available here in my shop.

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These beads for Bast are made with red fire-polished Czech glass beads, are approximately 10″ (25.5cm) in length, and are available here in my shop.

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These beads for Thoth (Dejehuty) are made with deep blue fire-polished Czech glass beads, are approximately 10″ (25.5cm) in length, and are available here in my shop.

I hope you like them as much as I do–you can find them under Egyptian Prayer Beads at my shop!

New in my Etsy Shop: Prayer Beads for Celtic Gods

My relationship with the Celtic gods has been a complicated one over the years; they have not always been a steady presence in my life, but they have been a strong one. I’ve found them to be, on the whole, pretty direct and not inclined to waste a lot of time or effort where it isn’t needed.

Today I’m adding a Celtic section to my shop; the section includes beads made for Irish, Welsh and Gaulish deities. Each set consists of a total of twelve beads. There are three sets of three beads on the loop, signifying the realms of earth, sea and sky, each set separated by a knotwork spacer bead; the loop is approximately 11″ (28cm) in circumference and is joined by a pendant representing the deity. Each set comes with a prayer to the deity the beads were created for, although you can, of course, use the beads with any prayers, or for any god or gods, that you choose or that resonate with you.

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Brigid is an Irish goddess of poetry, crafts and healing. This set of beads for Brigid is made with 10mm warm orange fire-polished Czech glass beads with an aurora finish, and features a Brigid’s cross, an ancient emblem of the goddess. You can find them here at my Etsy shop.

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The Dagda is an Irish god of protection and abundance. This set of beads for the Dagda is made with 10mm mossy green fire-polished Czech glass beads, and features a symbol representing the god: a club made from jasper. The Dagda carried a club with which he could kill nine opponents at once, or return the dead to life. You can find them here at my Etsy shop.

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Lugh is an Irish god, master of all arts and skills. This set of beads for Lugh is made with 10mm golden yellow fire-polished Czech glass beads, and features a symbol representing the god: a spearhead. Lugh was well known for his skillful wielding of a mighty spear. You can find them here at my Etsy shop.

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Medb (Maeve) is an Irish goddess of sovereignty, sexuality and intoxication. This set of beads for Medb is made with 10mm rosy gold-colored fire-polished Czech glass beads, and features a symbol representing the goddess: a heart. You can find them here at my Etsy shop.

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The Morrigan is an Irish goddess of war, death and sovereignty. This set of beads for the Morrigan is made with 10mm deep red fire-polished Czech glass beads flecked with black, and features a symbol representing the goddess: the raven. The Morrigan often takes the form of the raven or crow. You can find them here at my Etsy shop.

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Nuada is an Irish god of battle and kingship. This set of beads for Nuada is made with 10mm metallic silver Czech glass beads, and features a symbol representing the goddess: a hand, a reminder of the silver hand worn by Nuada when his own hand was cut off in battle. You can find them here at my Etsy shop.

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Cerridwen is a Welsh goddess, the holder of the cauldron of inspiration. This set of beads for Cerridwen is made with 10mm brown and green Czech glass beads, and features a symbol representing the goddess: a cauldron. You can find them here at my Etsy shop.

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Rhiannon is a Welsh goddess of magic and abundance. This set of beads for Rhiannon is made with 10mm bright blue Czech glass beads with an aurora finish, and features a symbol representing the goddess: a bird, reminding us of the goddess’ birds, which had the power to wake the dead and lull the living to sleep. You can find them here at my Etsy shop.

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Belenos (Belenus) is a Gaulish god of the sun. This set of beads for Belenos is made with 10mm coppery bronze Czech glass beads, and features a symbol representing the god: the sun You can find them here at my Etsy shop.

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Cernunnos is a Gaulish god of nature and beasts. This set of beads for Cernunnos is made with 10mm mottled green Czech glass beads, and features a symbol representing the god: an antler. Cernunnos was often depicted in art with horns or antlers. You can find them here at my Etsy shop.

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Nantosuelta is a Gaulish goddess of fertility, abundance, and the arts of the homestead. This set of beads for Nantosuelta is made with 10mm mossy green Czech glass beads, and features a symbol representing the goddess: the honeycomb, appropriate for a goddess of earthly abundance. You can find them here at my Etsy shop.

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Rosmerta is a Gaulish goddess of prosperity and abundance. This set of beads for Rosmerta is made with 10mm honey-colored Czech glass beads, and features a symbol representing the goddess: the cornucopia, appropriate for a goddess of abundance. You can find them here at my Etsy shop.

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Sucellus is a Gaulish god of fertility, agriculture and wine. This set of beads for Sucellus is made with 10mm green and purple Czech glass beads, and features a symbol representing the god: a wine barrel. Sucellus was often depicted in art carrying such a barrel. You can find them here at my Etsy shop.

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Taranis is a Gaulish god of thunder, fertility and protection. This set of beads for Taranis is made with 10mm deep red Czech glass beads, and features a symbol representing the god: a wheel. Taranis was often depicted in art carrying such a wheel. You can find them here at my Etsy shop.

The gods of the Celts, particularly in Gaul, did not typically comprise a solid pantheon; while some were known throughout Gaul, many more were worshipped mainly within a particular region.

I hope to add to this section in the future–if there are any deities you think I should pay particular attention to, please let me know!

(Also, please note that when I describe a deity as “god of” something, it’s only for the sake of simplicity and does not mean that’s all there is to that deity. All gods are complex entities with a wide range of abilities and interests.)

New in my Etsy Shop: Travel Prayer Beads

Sometimes I add something to the shop simply because I want one. This is one of those times.

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This design is meant to be carried on your travels; it is easily hung from the rear view mirror of a car and closes with a strong magnetic clasp. It can also be quickly fastened to and removed from a purse or backpack (inside the bag is safer!), a desk or nightstand lamp, a bedpost, or anywhere you want to keep it handy. The design is based on my pocket prayer beads and comes with the same prayer; it’s intended to be easily attached and removed from a car’s rear view mirror or other fixture, but may also be used to decorate an altar or shrine, or to adorn a statue.

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Right now I have only a few of these beads in the shop (you can see what’s in stock here) but I am adding them as quickly as I can!