Making a Wiccan/Goddess Rosary
- Whew! I just finished a great project for a friend of mine! I was talking
to a group I had offered to make rosaries for and one lady drew me aside
and told me that, since she was Wiccan, she wondered if there was some
special sort of rosary I could make. Well, I'm dead keen on challenges so I
told her I'd research it. She said she didn't want a Christian one or one
that could be mistaken for Christian. I hit the web.
All the Goddess rosaries and Wiccan rosaries were modeled on the Roman
five-decade style but with differences like putting an animal charm or
dolphin or moon or whatever in place of the fall and the Paters. H'mmm...
So I set to work. For the end piece (crucifix) I put a medal with the
Goddess on one side, the labyrinth on the other. It's been kicking around
my whatnot box for a year and I decided this would be the place to use it.
For the Pater beads I used jade beads, hand blown glass beads of a matching
green color and one aventurine bead. For the Aves I used Mary's tears as
they have a nice feel. Since the lady was quite elderly, I used larger
beads and seeds and made the links firmer and larger so that even with
diminished sense of touch she could tell which bead was which. in the
third decade, however, was what I changed in order to make it a *definite*
Wiccan rosary instead of a roman one. I interspersed Mary's tear with metal
letter block beads (bringing that 'decade' to eleven instead of ten beads)
-B o R o I o D o H o E --- to spell out the name BRIDHE (pronounced
BREE-dh-eh, the 'dh' sounded like a medium hard th). I finished the center
with a carved ivory owl (also kicking around my bead bag!) for a lovely and
one-of-a-kind rosary. The extra bead in the central decade is for balance
and to remind the user of the extra blessings we get from the Divine.
I also crafted a prayer for her to use. Each letter of the name stands for
Beauty. My Lady, may my soul reflect Your be3auty this day.
Resilience. My Lady, may my heart be resilient in my faith, to all shocks
Intelligence. My Lady, may I use Thy blessings with thought and care.
Deliberation. Teach my soul, My lady, to slow down and appreciate Your love.
Honesty. Give me, my Lady, the will to be truthful in all my dealings.
Ecstasy. My Lady, my soul turns in rapt wonder at Thy creation!
This will make the rosary like no other on earth! :) I once made a promise
that I'd never make *any* two rosaries alike! So far, I've succeeded!