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Prayer Beads

The winter has brought back the craft days at Paula’s house (where I learned to knit last year). She ran a little class on prayer beads, their history, their uses, various ways to make them. She provided the book Pagan Prayer Beads: Magic and Meditation with Pagan Rosaries by John Michael Greer and Clare Vaughn and opened up her crafting cabinets to us.
Most of us also brought our own beads. I had hit JoAnn’s the night before and even managed to hit a bead sale, buy one strand get one free. Most of the folks went with an elemental theme, I went with a moon theme. I brought two strands of unakite spherical beads and a strand of howlite disk beads. My plan was to use the howlite to mark the full moons and the unakite as a bead for each week between the moons. And after stringing them all, discovered that I had miscounted and was two unakite beads short. We searched all the bead bags, but no more unakite. So I thought of using a different bead and adding new moons. Paula came to my rescue, finding small howlite spherical beads which worked perfectly with my full moon disks. Fifty-two beads make my strand, a measuring of time.

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Full Moon to Dionysus

Tonight was Oaken Circle‘s full moon ritual. Dionysus was chosen as this moon’s featured deity. Togas were the encouraged dress for the evening, and the pot luck had an Asian flair. Participants were asked to bring a poem or artwork of some sort in honor of one of the arts patron deities.
I, alas, did not make it out on this beautiful blue moon night. I stayed home with hot chocolate and blankets with a thumpy head and sore throat. However, I did craft a poem to share:

fox skin
trickster’s mantle
bringing truth in mischief
unfettered nature flows from wine
Bacchus

A small glass of elderberry wine seems in order before bed.

Fall Tannin Pages

My endeavor of the past week or so:
The Tannin Pages – Oaken Circle’s Newsletter, Fall 2010 edition