Greek God Prayer Bead Bracelet in Amethyst: For the Gods of Olympus, the Dodecatheon
This prayer bead bracelet for the Greek gods consists of thirteen beads and twelve charms representing the Greek dodecatheon of twelve gods; there are many more than twelve Greek gods, but most cities had their own group of twelve.
While the membership of the dodecatheon did vary, the one we are most familiar with--and the one represented in this set of beads--is that of Athens. Their membership did vary over time; in early days the twelfth seat was held by Hestia, who according to myth later gave her seat to Dionysos in order to sit at the hearthside. As Hestia is such an important goddess, who held such a central role in ancient Greek religion, she is included in this set of beads as well--at the end, where she begins and ends the set of prayers.
Each charm on the bracelet represents a different deity: Zeus (lightning), Hera (peacock), Poseidon (dolphins), Demeter (wheat sheaf), Athena (owl), Apollo (lyre), Artemis (bow and arrow), Ares (sword), Aphrodite (heart), Hephaistos (blacksmith's hammer), Hermes (caduceus), and Dionysos (grapes). The adjustable chain ends with a fire charm to represent Hestia.
If you would prefer different gods to be represented on your bracelet, please contact me for information on customization.
The bracelet is made from 6mm amethyst gemstone 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. It is approximately 6 inches (17.8cm) long with a 2-inch (5cm) chain to adjust for size and fit; it adjusts from 6-8 inches (15.2-20.3cm) in length and fits most 6-8" wrists. It is designed to be worn and used in prayer or meditation, but may also be used to decorate an altar or shrine, or to adorn a statue.
The beads come with a prayer to the thirteen gods, written specifically to be used with this prayer bead design, 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.