Rosaries and prayer beads have always fascinated me. This is likely due to the fact that I’m the granddaughter of a jeweler and silversmith, so all jewelry is appealing to me. (It’s just something I grew up with and so it’s something I love and enjoy.) When I came across prayer beads at the beginning of my Pagan studies in earnest, the idea settled into my mind and refused to be evicted: I knew that, one day, I would need a set of my own.
Lately I’ve been thinking on them more earnestly, the phantom feel of a hand-strung set of prayer beads running through my fingers. I’ve had many sets of beads and necklaces over the years, but none suit my desire for a set of prayer beads.
Tonight I began to do more research into prayer beads: how to make them, different types, and the types of beads I’d like to use. My first set will be for Anubis, a thank you and devotional work for my patron. I’ve been chatting with people online about the colors and possible stones I might use, but I think it’ll likely be up to Anubis to help me decide. I associate black and red with him most strongly, so that will probably end up being the colors I go with.
But reading on prayer beads, I realize I’ve got a mild problem: what prayers do I murmur while I work on the set? There’s a few longer prayers that I’ve found to him, but nothing that really strikes my interest. I want a shorter prayer, only a few lines. Perhaps I should just murmur my intent over it and concentrate on that during the creation process.
Though I am still faced with the problem of deciding a prayer. The entire point of prayer beads is to use them in one’s prayers, but I have none to recite, none that appeal to me anyway, and I can’t find many prayers to him online.
So I’ll likely have to write one.
But…just how does one write a prayer?