A Prayer for the Dying

by Patti Wigington

Time has passed, the Wheel has turned.
It is time for me to move on.
I will walk hand in hand with the Ancient Ones,
and with my ancestors who came before me.

Great Mother, welcome me back into your womb,
I come to you and know I am blessed,
for my life has been one I am proud of.
As I enter your world, wrap me in your loving arms,
and welcome me.

Lord of Death, I wait for you to take me,
I come to you willingly, with eyes wide open,
as my last moment approaches on the horizon.
May I look upon you without fear, without pain,
and knowing that those who walked before me,
await me on the other side.

O Ancient Ones, give me strength to take these final steps,
and allow me to do so with peace and dignity.
Let my family mourn my passing but not my loss,
and let them heal knowing I will see them again.
Time has passed and the Wheel has turned.
It is time for me to move on.

NOTES:

https://www.thoughtco.com/a-prayer-for-the-dying-2562568

From Goddess Rosary

This design is inspired by “From the Goddess” by Desert Wind.  It creates a rosary/necklace that measures 37″ around the main part. (Not counting the white finishing beads/tails at the bottom.)

SUPPLIES

DESIGN

Make sure you understand the basic skills required.

Fold the cord in half and cut so you have two lengths each 10 ft long.

Using both cords, tie an over hand knot 12″ from one end.

The first section of beads to “cross thread” on is

  • 2 red
  • 4 black

In this design, you tie an over hand knot in between EACH BEAD.

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Check your work after each segment to make sure it is correct.  It’s not hard to untie satin cord if you accidentally skip a bead, but it’s easier to check along the way! At the start of the necklace be patient sliding the beads to the starting knot.  It’s a lot of cord.  It will get better as you move through the process.  The cord will get taken up in the knots between each bead.

The second section of beads is

  • 2 white
  • 2 red
  • 10 black

Check your work.

The third section of beads is

  • 2 white
  • 2 red
  • 10 black

Check your work.

The fourth section of beads is

  • 2 white
  • 2 red
  • 4 black

This completes the main part of the rosary.

FINISHING

Using all four cords, tie an overhand knot taking care to place it beneath the small end knots that are already there. You want your “big knot” under the red starting bead and under the last black bead.  You are basically bringing the line of beads together as a circle with this big knot.

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Slip all 4 tails through a white pony bead.

Tie an over hand knot with all 4 tails.

Slip the last white bead on.  Tie a final overhand knot. Trim tails as desired. Your rosary is done at this point.

You may add an optional goddess pendant to the bottom with a jump ring — like the Tudor rose pentacle or goddess charm.  Loosen your final “big knot” to make getting the jump ring on a bit easier with pliers and then tighten the knot back up. Alternately slide the jump ring on one of the cords and then tie the last big knot taking care the jump ring ends up where you want it.

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HOW TO USE

Each bead color has its own saying.  Start at the bottom near the tails.  You begin going up the white beads, then to the left toward the red beads.  You “count” your way around the circle as you listen to the “From the Goddess” song.  Then come back down the white beads toward the tails. You can also simply recite the verses without listening to the song.

GIFT CARDS

If you are making these as simple gifts, you can include this card.  Print on white card stock, cut out, and place with the beads inside a white organza bag.  While you can choose other color bags, white makes it easy to read through the mesh.

Two are “already colored dots” and two are “blank dots.”  If you used a different color scheme, you can color in the dots with fine tip marker to match your design.From Goddess BWR screenshot

From Goddess BWR gift card

Enjoy!

“From the Goddess” Prayer Beads

This design is inspired by “From the Goddess” by Desert Wind.

SUPPLIES

DESIGN

Make sure you understand the basic skills required.

Fold the cord in half and tie a lark’s head knot to attach it to the split ring.

The first segment consists of 2 pink, 2 magenta, and 4 purple.  Thread the beads on in that order and use an over hand knot before changing colors.  It should look like this:

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Prayer Beads: Basic Skills

I wanted budget friendly and kid friendly prayer or meditation beads so I started making  them this way.  These are the “basic skills” you will need to make the pony bead designs.  If you want to make a lot, consider getting

Prayer beads go through your hands, so you might not want “pure white” cord since it will show dirt easier.

Additional supplies that are nice:

LARK HEAD KNOT

First you make a lark head knot to attach the satin cord to the split ring. You do this by first folding the cord in half and laying the split ring on the folded part.

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Who Closes My Eyes: A Blessing At Bedtime

(From http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jewish-bedtime-prayers)

Praised are You, Adonai, our God, Ruler of the universe, who closes my eyes in sleep, my eyelids in slumber.

May it be Your will, Adonai, My God and the God of my ancestors, to lie me down in peace and then to raise me up in peace.

Let no disturbing thoughts upset me, no evil dreams nor troubling fantasies.

May my bed be complete and whole in Your sight.

Grant me light so that I do not sleep the sleep of death, for it is You who illumines and enlightens.

Praised are You, Adonai, whose majesty gives light to the universe.