The Witch's Rosary
There is a common practice in modern witchcraft to use a type of rosary called A Witch’s Ladder. This can be a string of beads or a cord with knots. The number of beads or knots used varies depending on the practitioner and their tradition, or the symbolism desired by the practitioner. The Witch’s ladder is used in a similar fashion to other types of prayer beads, as well as being a counting device for incantations, affirmations and chants. Above you see a witch's ladder type rosary in the middle picture with a 3, 3, 3 count.
An interesting note: the pagan origins of the Rosary are one of the fundamental reasons many non-Catholic Christians cite as being their aversion to the use of the Rosary*.
How to work the Witch’s Rosary
The system of Rosary Magic I am presenting here is one that I began using after coming across the information last year. I have come to realize that it is one of those practices that gives impeccable results. Everyone I know who has used it sincerely and regularly for a few months has agreed with me. I certainly hope you try it.
In a pinch, a regular Catholic Rosary can be used to work this operation. You can find a simple Catholic Rosary pretty easily and inexpensively, and it will work beautifully.
However, I found I didn't really want a crucifix on my rosary. It's a tool of my Craft and I wanted a WITCH'S Rosary.
I began to make them for myself and soon realized that others were asking where they could get their own.
And thus was born the Witch's Rosary section of offerings! Each of my rosary offerings are hand made by me during ritual. I choose each item, bless each item, and imbue each item with it's magickal intention. The rosary is then assembled within ritual and is then blessed upon my altar in the following new and full moons. This means each one processes through at least one full lunar cycle with me. I then take the pictures and place them on my altar one final time for a cleansing and final blessing before being presented for sale.
I still suggest that you cleanse your new rosary upon receipt. I enclose a candle and incense cone with each package for you to use if you'd like.
Being that the early church tended to “borrow” many pagan customs, I saw no problem in “borrowing back” several of them for my magickal practices. A witch tends to use whatever works right?!?
I discovered the Witch’s Rosary is a highly effective method of magick that always gives me wonderful results. I have paired it with my candle magick workings and it's been a remarkable asset.
I have adopted the earliest forms of the prayers and written them in a manner that is as clear and free of superstition as possible.
Also, the earliest known form of the rosary itself is what is called for in this operation: a five decade circle with no tail.
(a decade is what one large bead with 10 small beads is called)
These chants and this rosary practice are the closest proximity to their original pre-christian roots that I could come up with.
The Goddess Prayer
The God Prayer
The Rosary Spell
The performance of Rosary magic is quite simple. You will undoubtedly notice the great power that is raised when performing the ritual. It becomes more potent the more you practice it. You may notice that you go into an altered state as a result of the repetitive chants. This is a good thing. Just do your best to stay focused on your goal and also on the meaning behind the words you are chanting, even as you go into a trance. I have noticed that it is most effective when chanted aloud, but if you prefer to do it in silence that is fine as well. Try it both ways and notice the difference you experience between the two.
You may choose to use the set as shown below OR you may choose to use them for your own personal incantations or any spell desire you wish. I've used the witch's ladder for the 3, 3, 3 count and 3, 6, 9, count of magickal incantations during ritual and the rosaries as a way to connect with guides for clearer connection. It really is such a useful tool in so many ways!!
Note: a decade is what they call 1 big bead and 10 small beads together. There are 5 decades on my round rosaries. The witch's ladders will have 3, 3, 3 or 3, 6, 9 counts.
Here is a standard rosary set you may wish to follow. Try all different things though until you find what feels best for you because that is what will work best for you.
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*some information on this page is shared from Ariel Gatoga.