How to Use Your Goddess Rosary or Prayer Beads with Sample Prayers

There is really no one, “right” way to use your Goddess rosary or prayer beads. However, if you are new to using a rosary or prayer beads, here is one way that you can get started. Feel free to re-write the prayers as much as you need to so that they work for you, or, even better, write your own prayers. Remember, they don’t need to be poetical masterpieces, just write from your heart.

Using a Traditional-Style Rosary

Anatomy of a traditional-style rosary

Take a few deep breaths, and focus your attention on your heart. Throughout your prayers, imagine your words coming from your heart-space, and try to keep your heart open as you pray. Praying from your heart like this can be very powerful. You may not be able to keep your focus there the whole time, but bring your attention back to your heart as often as you can remember to do so.

Starting on the pendant, dedicate your prayer session to a particular goal or purpose. You might say, “I dedicate these prayers to creating peace and understanding between people in our country,” or “I dedicate these prayers to healing my anxiety.” Your purpose can be different each time, so simply speak from your heart in the moment.

On each of the introductory beads say, “I come into your presence, thou…” and fill in the blank with whatever inspires you. For example you might use: Mistress of Magic, Foundation of All, Bright Lady, Goddess of Wisdom, She Who Binds Up Broken Hearts, Mother of All, Lady of Compassion, etc. If “thou” doesn’t work for you, feel free to leave it out. If you are working with a specific Goddess, you can use her names and titles on these beads.

On the center bead pray:

Glory Be Prayer
Glory be to the Great Mother, to the Mystery, to the Oneness of All,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
Love without end.
And so it is.*

On the main beads:

You have two options. Traditionally, you would repeat the same prayer on each bead. I find this works best for creating a meditative, trance-like state. You may also say one line of the prayer slowly on each bead. You’ll notice that the “Gracious Goddess” prayer has nine lines and my traditional rosaries have nine main beads in each section, so you can say one line on each bead.

Gracious Goddess Prayer
Gracious Goddess,
Your presence blesses us,
Your love surrounds us,
Your power sustains us,
All of creation sings your praises.
Holy Mother, Creator of All,
Thank you for walking with us,
Today and always.
Blessed be.

On the transition beads pray:

Glory Be Prayer
Glory be to the Great Mother, to the Mystery, to the Oneness of All,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
Love without end.
And so it is.*

You continue in this pattern until you reach the center bead again.

On the center bead pray:

Our Mother Prayer
Our Mother, 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.**

On the introductory beads, moving back towards the pendant say:

Blessed be the Maidens,
Blessed be the Mothers,
Blessed be the Crones.

On the pendant:

Thank Goddess for this time spent with Her in your own words.


Using Pocket Prayer Beads

Anatomy of pocket prayer beads

Take a few deep breaths, and focus your attention on your heart. Throughout your prayers, imagine your words coming from your heart-space, and try to keep your heart open as you pray. Praying from your heart like this can be very powerful. You may not be able to keep your focus there the whole time, but bring your attention back to your heart as often as you can remember to do so.

Starting on the pendant, dedicate your prayer session to a particular goal or purpose. You might say, “I dedicate these prayers to creating peace and understanding between people in our country,” or “I dedicate these prayers to healing my anxiety.” Your purpose can be different each time, so simply speak from your heart in the moment.

On the main beads repeat the same prayer on each bead, such as:

Gracious Goddess Prayer (alternate version)
Gracious Goddess,
I welcome your presence,
I open my heart to your love,
I am blessed by your grace,
As all of creation is blessed.
Holy Mother, Creator of All,
May I walk with you,
Today and always.
Blessed be.

When you return to the pendant, thank Goddess for this time spent with her in your own words.

For more information and a few more prayers, see Goddess Rosaries and Prayer Beads, Part 3: Prayers.

Blessed be!

* This was inspired by the Christian Doxology prayer, which I always loved the rhythm of.
** The first and third lines of this prayer come from a traditional Feri prayer, but the third line is also part of the Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente, and I also discovered that both these lines are found in the Bible, too—well, except for the “Mother” part!