THERE are Catholic rosary beads, Eastern Orthodox beads, Swedish Lutheran Frälserkransen beads, Islamic prayer beads, Buddhist meditation beads, Hindu japa mala beads and even Wiccan prayer beads ... now several adherents of Antinous are designing prayer beads.
This photo shows Antinous Prayer Beads designed and created by Antonius Subia. Click here to read how he hand-crafted the FLAMEN ANTONIUS SUBIA PRAYER BEADS.
Priests Uendi and Hernestus also have created their own special prayer beads ... very different in design and function from Antonius Subia's beads.
Priest Hernestus calls his the "Antinous Moon Magic" beads and describes them in full detail HERE.
They consist of 52 beads symbolizing the 52 primary annual lunar phases, each of which represents a specific archetypal spirit in Antinous Moon Magic (photo at left).
In addition, there are some 30 additional beads representing various major "Saints of Antinous" and "Blessed Souls of Antinous."
There are also has beads for what Hernestus calls his "Sorgenkinder" (German for "special needs children") ... beads for persons or situations which require urgent spiritual attention.
Priest Uendi's beads have a unique flavor all their own and she uses them in her daily meditations and prayers (photo below right).
Many other modern-day Antinous adherents have created their own Antinous Prayer Beads.
You can construct a set of prayer beads with a variety of themes and use them in rituals to express your particular beliefs and spiritual interests.
Let's look at ideas for two different types of Pagan prayer beads. The first set is a devotional one that honors the elements, the changing seasons, and the phases of the moon. The second pays tribute to Antinous.
You will need:
- Beads in colors representing ASPECTS OF ANTINOUS you treasure
- Beads that symbolize some of the attributes of the deity
- Spacer beads in color of your choice
- Beading wire or string
Sort your beads and arrange them so they for a pattern that you like. You may want to try different patterns and designs and see which feels right for you.
Once you have your beads aligned the way you like them, string them on the beading wire and knot it securely. To use your beads in ritual, assign a prayer or short devotional to each bead. As you count them, recite the prayers.
For some more great ideas on how to construct and use Antinous prayer beads, read Donald L. Engstrom-Reese's excellent essay at We Are Walking in Beauty.
Here is a stunning set of Antinous Prayer Beads created by a modern-day adherent of the Most Great and Good God Antinous … Angelo Louis Montiserrat: