The past week was one of devotion and quiet creativity, for the most part. As a birthday present to myself, I commissioned a Goddess Rosary from my friend Lunaea Weatherstone, and it arrived this week. I had bought the Guadalupe pendant at a holiday faire here in town; it was made by another friend, Clarissa Callesen. I shipped the pendant down to Lunaea and she made this gorgeous necklace with it. I love the colors, and I love the feel of it in my hands as I pray with it.
Lunaea has been making these rosaries for a long time, at least 15 years. They are divided into 5 sections of 9 each, with 3 beads leading down to the pendant. 5 sets for the four elements plus spirit, 9 the sacred number of the Goddess, the power of 3 times 3. The rosary that I pray is the one Jennifer Berezan wrote for her devotional album “She Carries Me.” I touch each of the nine beads as I pray these words:
1 – Holy Mother full of grace,
2 – Power is with thee.
3 – Blessed are you,
4 – Queen of the Universe
5 – And blessed is all of creation.
6 – Holy Mother,
7 – Maker of all things,
8 – Be with us now and always.
9 – Blessed Be.
I started work on this piece, called the “Girl of Grace” (aka Young Brigid). It is the second in a series of 8 that began with “Dark Madonna & Daughter.” It is an illustration for my book-in-progress, Wheel of a Woman’s Life, and may be part of an oracle deck one day. I didn’t consciously intend for her to look like my granddaughter Gracie, but she sure does. Funny how that works!