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About the Author

John Michael Greer is the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America and a widely respected writer and teacher. He is the author of numerous articles and ten books, including Learning Ritual Magic and The Druidry Handbook. He lives in Ashland, Oregon.

Clare Vaughn is a longtime beader who currently makes Pagan rosaries and holds frequent workshops on making and using prayer beads. Clare is an experienced ceremonial magician and a practioner of plant-spirit magic, as well as the co-author of Learning Ritual Magic. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books; 1st Printing edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781578633845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578633845
  • ASIN: 1578633842
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm an experienced beader, but have never ventured into making rosaries. This book is great for folks who know their way around beads, and probably for beginners too. The authors give practical advice and suggestions, as well as creative ideas for personalizing your rosary. They give detailed information about what materials to use (beads, stringing materials, crimps, etc) and good descriptions of how to make the different designs. My only minor complaint is I wish the pics had been in color (such beautiful designs, and I'm sure they would have looked even better in color), and some pictures of the actual process of making them would have been nice, especially for beginners. But overall a great book that I would definitely recommend!
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I bought this book in hopes of learning, not just how to create a meaningful and useful personal prayer tool, but also the variety of ways I can use one of these beautiful creations.

What I got, instead, was a book about beading. That's about it. The bulk of the book focuses on how to design and construct a pretty necklace or bracelet or other jewelry, interspersed with personal stories of how others have gone about the asthetic process. There seemed to be no mention or thought about what purpose the final product would serve. Some of the book does touch on various corrospondances that can be easily gained from other books (colors and their associations, gemstones and their uses etc) and there are many examples of how certain beads or charms can be used as symbols, but there is only one chapter, a footnote really of less than 20 pages (out of the 180 pages), on various things to do with the pretty necklace once you've made it.

While the book was written, apearently, by members of the pagan community and contains recipes and tips for constructing Wiccan, Druidic, Goddess and Fairy jewelry, there is hardly a mention of how to use these creations for the "prayer and meditation" mentioned in the title once you've tied and hidden your final knot.

I ask, how can I design a set of prayer beads if I don't have a plan for what I'm going to do with it when I'm done? What purpose is my rosary going to serve etc? This question is left without much guidance or suggestions by the authors... I was very dissapointed considering what I'd hoped for... I would have liked MUCH greater depth in the possible uses for each of the designs as, to me, the purpose dictates the design and rosaries or prayer beads are much more to me than a pretty string of beads.
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This book is a fantastic resource for anyone who has ever considered designing his or her own prayer beads but had no idea where to start, how to work with beading wire, or which types of beads correspond to the specific purpose and/or intent. Different styles and techniques are shown (symmetrical/asymmetrical, for example) and explained in enough detail to help you through, but not enough that it becomes a substitute for your own ideas. The tone and language are uplifting and encouraging.

The only thing I'd change about the book if I could would be the images. As beautiful as the images are, it would be so much more helpful to someone with little to no understanding of color correspondences to actually see specific colors in use.

Even without the color images this is now one of my new favorite books - I will definitely be going back to it when I'm ready to start working a bit more with the beading wire.
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The contents page looked as if this was what I'd been looking for: a comprehensive how-to guide. But it was overly simplistic in some areas ('string your beads on the cord one at a time....') while not giving details on more difficult issues (don't use a 'granny knot', but no good explanation of what knot to use). Only contains black-and-white pictures which show finished designs, but not any how-to's; it would have been dramatically better if close-up pictures or drawings had been used to illustrate. Overly detailed descriptions on how many of what beads for what design, but again, no illustrations of the process of securing in different ways. That said the book does give some good basic info on symbolism, choosing materials and basic beading how-to's. It was also nice to have a decidedly non-Catholic view of the ancient use of beads for praying and meditation.
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PAGAN PRAYER BEADS: MAGIC AND MEDITATION WITH PAGAN ROSARIES comes from a beading expert who covers the meditative qualities of Pagan rosaries - and is the first book to do so. New Age libraries will find it an excellent and unique survey which provides explanations and keys to understanding the rituals associated with different kinds of rosary beads, covering everything from making and stringing a rosary to using it properly.

Diane C. Donovan
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This book is basic, to the point, and very informative. It is filled with personal insights and examples which give energy to the subject. The book presents a a brief history of malas or prayer strands and then techniques for making them as well as magical elements to consider when designing them. It also gives patterns for meditation/prayer strands which the author and associates have designed and created. Also included are chants or meditations for several of the designs presented in the book. Over all a very useful tool for creating meditation tools for yourself or others. A wonderful introduction into a fascinating subject.
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