Asklepios (Asclepius) Prayer Bead Necklace in Blue Spot Agate: Greek God of Healing and Health, Patron of Physicians
This set of Asklepios (Asclepius, Aesculapius) prayer beads in blue spot agate consists of four sets of twelve beads each on the loop, each set separated by a larger bead. Joining the string is a pendant, a symbol representing the god: the Rod of Asklepios, a staff with a single snake wound around it. (Modern medicine often uses the caduceus--the staff of Hermes, wound with two snakes--as a symbol, due to a modern confusion between the two items.)
It is made with 6mm blue spot agate gemstone beads and silver-toned metal divider beads, separated by silver-toned metal spacer beads, and glass seed beads to provide a comfortable transition from one bead to the next and to make the piece lightweight, supple, and easy to handle. The loop itself is approximately 33" (83.8cm) in circumference. It is designed to be used in prayer and meditation, to decorate an altar or shrine, and/or to adorn a statue.
The beads can also be worn slipped over the head as a necklace. If you plan to wear it, please make sure a 33" (83.8cm) loop will fit easily over your head, as this piece has no clasp (although it can be made with one if desired--please contact me for information on customization!)
The beads come with a prayer to Asklepios, and with a cotton muslin bag for storage.
You can, of course, use the beads with any prayers, or for any god or gods, that you choose or that resonate with you.