Semele (Thyone) Prayer Bead Necklace: Greek Goddess of Dionysiac Ecstasy and Frenzy, Mother of Dionysos
This set of Semele prayer beads 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 goddess: a pine cone. As mistress of her son Dionysos' ecstatic rites, Semele is here represented by the pine cone that served as tip of the thyrsus, the sacred wand used in those rites.
It is made with 6mm purple jasper gemstone beads and 6mm gold-toned metal divider 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 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 Semele, 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.