Visiting the Goddess Temple: A Goddess Rosary Meditation

A few months ago as I was praying with my Goddess rosary, I found myself visualizing the rosary beads as steps into and through a Goddess temple. Since then, this meditation has become a regular part of my work with my prayer beads, and I wanted to share it with you. As always, feel free to edit the meditation elements and the prayers to suit your own beliefs.

In this meditation, you will be visualizing yourself entering and moving through a Goddess temple of your own design. Allow yourself to build it in you mind’s eye, however you want it to look. What is it made out of? Stone? Wood? Marble? What is the shape of the temple? Round? Square? Or perhaps it is a grove of trees or a cave. As I walk you through the meditation below, adjust the imagery to fit your Goddess temple. For example in my meditation I picture myself going up steps, but maybe you are stepping down into a cave, or through a sacred arch into a grove of trees. Create the perfect temple for yourself and your Goddess!

This meditation specifically follows the layout of the rosaries that I make, and I’ve provided an anatomy of one of them below so you can follow along, but you could adapt this to suit any rosary or prayer beads that you use.

Anatomy of the rosary I use for this meditation

On the pendant, I speak a spontaneous prayer and generally set an intention for my prayer session. You could say something as simple as, “Goddess, I come into your presence and ask your blessing upon this time spent with you.”

On the first introductory bead, imagine that you are standing on the first step leading up to the temple door. It is the step dedicated to the Maiden Goddess. Say a prayer to the Maiden such as, “May my heart be open to your lightness, joy and inspiration.”

On the next introductory bead, you move onto the next temple step, dedicated to the Mother Goddess. Say a prayer such as, “May my heart be open in gratitude for your nourishment and care.”

On the last introductory bead, step up onto the third step, dedicated to the Crone Goddess. Say a prayer such as, “May my heart be open to your deep wisdom and the mysteries of the dark.”

On the center bead, imagine you are now standing in the open doorway of the temple and say the Great Goddess Prayer:

Honor be to the Great Goddess, to the Mystery, to the Oneness of All. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, love without end. So mote it be.

As you begin the first section of main beads, imagine that you are now standing in front of an altar dedicated to the Maiden. Picture what images and items decorate this altar. Say the following prayer, speaking one line per bead (or alternatively, you can say the prayer nine times, once on each bead):

Gracious Maiden,
I welcome your presence,
I open my heart to your love,
I am blessed by your grace,
As all of creation is blessed.
Maiden of Wonder, Bringer of Light,
May I walk with you,
Today and always.
Blessed be.

When you come to the transition beads, picture yourself turning to face the center of the temple, where there is a representation of the Great Goddess, the Goddess as One, Unity, or Mystery, however you want to visualize Her, and whatever symbol  you see representing Her. Repeat the Great Goddess Prayer:

Honor be to the Great Goddess, to the Mystery, to the Oneness of All. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, love without end. So mote it be.

As you move to the second set of main beads, you are now standing before the Mother altar. Picture what images and items decorate this altar. Say the following prayer, speaking one line per bead (or alternatively, you can say the prayer nine times, once on each bead):

Gracious Mother,
I welcome your presence,
I open my heart to your love,
I am blessed by your grace,
As all of creation is blessed.
Nourishing Mother, Giver of Life,
May I walk with you,
Today and always.
Blessed be.

On the transition bead, again turn to face the center of the temple and repeat the Great Goddess Prayer:

Honor be to the Great Goddess, to the Mystery, to the Oneness of All. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, love without end. So mote it be.

At the third set of main beads, you are standing before the Crone altar. Visualize what images and items decorate this altar. Say the following prayer, speaking one line per bead (or alternatively, you can say the prayer nine times, once on each bead):

Gracious Crone,
I welcome your presence,
I open my heart to your love,
I am blessed by your grace,
As all of creation is blessed.
Cauldron of Transformation, Dark Lady of Wisdom,
May I walk with you,
Today and always.
Blessed be.

On the center bead, face the center of the temple once more and say this prayer:

Our Lady, in whom we live, move, and have our being,
Blessed be your many names.
From you all things emerge, and unto you all things return.
Open our hearts, that we may be filled with compassion.
Guide us, that we may walk with wisdom.
Help us to know our connection to all things.
For you dwell among us, within us, around us,
And we are blessed by your grace, your power, and your love.
And so it is.

Move back down the introductory beads, and back down the steps of the temple, giving thanks to the Crone, the Mother, and the Maiden as you descend.

On the pendant, you can express your gratitude for this time of prayer and meditation.

I have found this combination of meditation and prayer to be very rich, and I hope you will find it a blessing as well.

Blessed be!

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