Hearthfire Handworks — Pagan Practices

Spiritual Tools: Prayer Beads

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First off, this is not a post about the history of prayer beads in paganism, because the use of prayer beads is not a historically attested practice in any of the pagan traditions I am familiar with. It's about how to use them. There are various official formats associated with the use of prayer beads in other faiths; there are many different ways to pray the Catholic rosary, for example, depending on which sort of rosary you happen to have. Buddhist or Hindu malas can also be used to keep count of various meditative or prayerful things, most notably mantras....

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Answered Prayers: The Votive Formula

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We can thank the Romans for a great deal of what we know about the gods of Britain, continental Gaul and Germania. Partly this has to do with surviving writings such as […]

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Praying on Autopilot

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Ideally we do all things mindfully and with full awareness. Less ideally but perhaps more frequently, we sometimes do things without that full awareness, particularly things that we do often. Like when […]

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On the Evolution of Personal Polytheism

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I’ve been pagan for over 20 years, and actively a polytheist for perhaps 17 of those years. My practice back then was quite a bit different from my practice now; some things […]

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Breaking the Rules

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There’s something I heard, a rule of art, when I was young that has stuck with me over the years: you have to know the rules before you can break them. I’ve […]

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