Monday, March 05, 2007

Goddess Rosaries

As with many other religions, Neo-Pagan paths, including Goddess religions, are often syncretic . That is, we combine traditions from various spiritual paths, cultures, time periods. So the emergence of the "Goddess Rosary" among Goddess folk should come as no big surprise. Interest in both the rosary beads and images on them, such as a goddess figures and pentacles, and the prayers said with them, seems to have increased recently, probably helped along by internet sites and blogs where we can see what other people are doing so easily. What may be somewhat surprising, and pleasing certainly to me, is the use of Goddess rosaries among Christians. Maybe not so surprising among Gnostic Christians , but certainly an amazing grace among Lutheran women at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in San Francisco, who conduct a Goddess rosary prayer every week and make their own Goddess rosaries that include Goddess figurines. They have a picture of one such rosary on their website and quote a variation of the "Hail Mary" by Goddess author Carol Christ.

You can imagine how this is going over among conservative and even apparently mainstream Christians. You can’t imagine? Well here are a few links– they are so, ah, incensed, that though they began about a year ago and they still continued last month:
Catholic blogger at Sentire cum Ecclesia

Lutheran blogger at Cleveland Confessional Lutheranism, "A Goddess Rosary! Lord Have Mercy!"
Christian, sect unspecified:
--Posted last Christmas Eve: Weapons of Mass Destruction . Blogger is talk show host.

--Posted on Feb. 1 2007 on Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear. Post title, "Luke 11:35"
--Posted on Feb. 8 2007 on Beggars All: Reformation and Apologetics. Post title: "Goddess Lutherans :The sifting of Christianity Through Feminism," by James Swan, who describes himself as a part-time seminary student. Swan concludes:"One cannot sift Christianity through feminism. Christianity comes with a particular vocabulary." And I conclude, that vocabulary includes calling God only by male names.

Praise to the ELC women for not allowing these uninformed comments to deter them from their blessed path.

Though associated in modern times with Roman Catholicism, according to a number of the sites advocating Goddess rosaries, there is a long tradition of rosaries and/or prayer beads in many different spiritual paths. Here are a few sites I came across in the first 3 pages of a Google search for: goddess+rosary OR rosaries:
Links where you can buy Goddess rosaries

The Lutheran women’s group discussed above.

Calls them prayer beads. Custom made.

Designed by Lunaea Weatherstone, former editor of SageWoman. Rosaries include Goddess pendants/medals, including "Our Lady of the Bagel," that strongly resembles traditional Madonna and child.

Crystal Sage’s site. Uses pendants (medals). Custom orders available.

Willendorf rosary with suggested prayers

Pagan rosary how-to-use, including prayers.

Links with Goddess/Pagan Rosary Prayers (no beads): Pagan rosary how-to Celtic Pagan prayers with how-to

Of course, I couldn’t resist getting into this:
Adaptations of Hail Mary & Lord’s Prayer, written for Goddess Rosaries
by Judith Laura
(Variation 1)
Hail Mary, full of grace, you are with us.
Blessed are you and blessed are we, your children.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, be with us now and always.
So be it.

(Variation 2)
Hail Goddess, full of grace, you are with us.
Blessed are you and blessed are we your children.
Great Goddess, Mother of God, be with us now and always.
Blessed be.
So be it.

(Variation 3)
Greetings Goddess, full of life, you are with us.
Blessed are you and blessed are we, your children.
Dear Goddess, Mother of all, be with us now
and always blessed be.
So be it.

"Our Mother"
Our Mother, who fills the Universe, blessed be thy name.
Thy time has come; thy good be done on Earth as it is in Spirit.
Bring forth the grain of our daily bread,
and teach us to forgive ourselves as we forgive each other.
And protect us from oppression, that we may live forever in freedom.
So be it.


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At Monday, March 05, 2007 8:58:00 PM, Blogger Hecate said...

I have a gorgeous Hecate rosary that Lunea Weatherstone made for me and I bought a beautiful spring green Brigid rosary from her for my daughter-in-law when she was pregnant. Growing up Catholic, I loved to pray the rosary. As a Pagan, I say a different prayer, but I still love the practice

At Wednesday, March 07, 2007 11:01:00 AM, Anonymous Graham Burgess said...

As a male with a strong female side that I do seek to celebrate through artsitic works I am always very inspired by women who truly understand their feminine side and power. After building a garden based on devas at britains first Hampton Court Palace International Flower Show I made contact with Dana Osborn of Deva Gardening in Glen Ellen, California.Now there is a resource that supports creative feminism albeit with great difficulty in respect of home gardens and public landscapes.

Graham Burgess, England.

At Friday, October 12, 2007 2:41:00 AM, Anonymous Tempest said...

The FluidArtist link has changed :)

At Tuesday, February 24, 2009 12:33:00 PM, Anonymous Tara said...

I'm writing a blog post on pagan rosaries and prayer beads and will certainly link back to this page--thanks for a great source of information and insight!


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