Month for Loki, Day 22: Prayer beads.
Some time ago, I purchased some prayer beads from Fiberwytch on Etsy:
Though I’ve written before on how these prayer beads are one of my favorite devotional possessions, I’d like to point out as much as I loved them and I purchased them upon first sight, I hadn’t any knowledge of how to use prayer beads.
I was familiar – in theory – with rosary beads* due to my extended biological relatives being devout Roman Catholics – but it’s not as if I knew how to incorporate such an item into my devotional practices.
So, once I’d purchased them, I immediately began searching for ‘how-to’ information as well as a few appropriate prayers.
Most of what I’d found seemed tailored to use with larger lengths of beads counted off in specific order, similar to the rosary bead configurations. At first, I was confused by this, but then I realized that I just needed to adapt the structures a little.
Here is a portion of a lovely but much longer prayer that I found here.
The prayer, from which this portion is taken, was written by Elizabeth Vongsivith:
In the name of Loki, Shape-strong and wily Trickster, may I never take myself too seriously.
In the name of Angrboda, Chieftain and Hagia of the Iron Wood, may I value others for their knowledge and abilities.
In the name of Sigyn, Lady of Endurance, may I endure my own suffering without complaint.
In the name of Fenrir, great chained Wolf, may I have the strength to control my inner monsters.
In the name of Jormungand, mighty World-serpent, may I maintain appropriate boundaries.
In the name of Sleipnir, eight-legged son of Loki, may I carry my burdens with good will.
In the name of Narvi, eldest son of Sigyn and Loki, may I remember those who died unjustly.
In the name of Vali, youngest son of Sigyn and Loki, may I be an advocate for those who suffer unjustly.
In the name of Laufey, Lady of the Leafy Isle, may I remain mindful of the green growing things of forest and field.
In the name of Farbauti, Flaming Arrow, may my will to survive remain strong.
In the name of Surt, Lord of Muspellheim, may I show respect to those who stood in my place before me.
In the name of Utgard-Loki, wise and crafty Sorcerer-king, may I know when to speak and when to remain silent.
In the name of Gunnlod, fair-voiced Lady Under the Mountain, may I find beauty and contentment wherever I am.
In the name of Hyndla, Hagia of the Northern Mountains, may I see clearly into the bloodlines I walk.
In the name of Mengloth, Healer of Lyfja Mount, may I be aware when I cause pain to others.
In the name of Hati, Chaser of the Moon, may I accept my most unwelcome tasks.
In the name of Skoll, Pursuer of the Sun, may I find what joy I can in my most unwelcome tasks.
In the name of Mordgud, Guardian of Helheim’s gate, may I have discipline and self-respect.
In the name of Nidhogg, Gnawer at the World-tree’s roots, may I remember that there is no such place as “away.”
In the name of Hela, Goddess of the Dead, may I honor the beloved dead, revere the mighty dead, and have compassion for the forgotten and unknown dead.
As well, I have shorter prayers that I recite – such as this adaptation of a Enochian prayer by Sophie Reicher:
Teach me, oh my Gods, to have correct knowledge and understanding, for Your blessing is all that I desire. Speak Your words in my ear, oh Makers of all Things, and set Your wisdom in my heart
A shorter prayer like this feels appropriate at times (like now when it is 4 AM or so) and I cannot sleep, much less focus, and repetition is helpful to me.
* I am excited and must make a note of this, Galina Krasskova wrote a post on the Gods’ Mouths here, concerning that very thing that I had been looking for, concerning re-working the rosary prayers that she first became familiar with in childhood…and I was delighted to note that she references the above prayer in her post. ❤
Ive been thinking about making some prayer beads for myself and didnt know how they were used. Thank you for this explaination amd the beautiful poem. I would have a hard time with the unwelcome tasks part though. Work is such drugery. I mean my driving job, not my Making one. That is everything but.