Janus Pocket Prayer Beads: Roman God of Beginnings, Endings, Gates and Doors.
This set of Janus prayer beads consists of twelve beads, representing the Dii consentes, the twelve great gods worshipped in Rome (there were, of course, far more than twelve Roman gods, but the Dii consentes comprised a traditional grouping); it is joined by a string of three more beads, a reminder of the Capitoline triad, the three supreme deities of Rome. A pendant represents the god, who is typically portrayed with two faces as he looks both forward and backward.
It is made with 10mm two-toned deep blue and yellow fire-polished glass beads, separated by gold-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 string itself is approximately 11" (28cm) in circumference and is designed to be used in prayer and meditation, to decorate an altar or shrine, and/or to adorn a statue. The small size makes it easy to keep on hand in a drawer, a purse, or a pocket.
The beads come with a prayer to Janus, 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.