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Pagan Prayer Beads: Magic and Meditation with Pagan Rosaries Paperback – May 1, 2007
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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
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.
Diane C. Donovan
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed it! It was a great resource for the pagan prayer bead workshop I did for a local pagan group I am involved in.Published 4 months ago by Hannah Richardson
A great book on making your own prayer beads. While it focuses on more pagan strands, it's a good read that will help you chose beads for any strand you wish to make.Published 18 months ago by michelle hickman
Great if you want to learn beadcraft, disappointing if you wanted more of a prayer book & spell work guide, as I did.Published 18 months ago by aa customer
This book is not the be-all, end-all, but it's a good jumping off point for people who wish to make their own prayer beads and are a little lost on how to begin, or even just how... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Brenna Beattie
I like this book but...I feel as if the pictures being in black and white kind of disappointed me. I think that if they would have been in color you could see the beauty of the... Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by Zabora