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. 

The Prayers/Chants/Invocations

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 Hail Mary (Ave Maria) in its earliest form was, “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
This was a prayer based on two separate pieces of new testament scripture: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;” and, “Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” The later addition of “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death,” was added later in the 14th Century, along with naming Jesus as the fruit of Mary’s womb.

I see Mary as a biblical symbol for the womb and the divine mother. I also see the Hail Mary as a form of goddess worship adapted from earlier pagan times.The form of the prayer I developed for use when using the Witch’s Rosary is thus:

Holy Mother, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. So mote it be.

This is a potent prayer to and invocation of the Divine Mother that gives the practitioner a visceral experience of the presence of the Universal Goddess in a very pure form:

  1. We address her: “Holy Mother”

  2. We name her nature: “full of grace”

  3. We acknowledge her consort: “the Lord is with you”

  4. We acknowledge her universality: “blessed are you among women”

  5. We acknowledge her as the mother of all things: “blessed is the fruit of your womb.”

The God Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer, taken from the New Testament, is one of the simplest, yet most remarkable invocations ever written.

The common prayer is prayed as this:“Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”

A version which I found that can be adopted is this:

Our Father, in Heaven, your name is sacred. Your Kingdom is come, your will is done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we have forgiven our debtors. Lead us out of temptation, and deliver us from evil. So mote it be.

  1. It is clear that we are addressing the masculine god form (Chokma on the Tree of Life) in the opening, “Our Father.”

  2. In the bible, the name of something is its nature. It is the nature of the Father in Heaven to be sacred. You could thus very easily encapsulate the opening line of this prayer as Father Sky, you are sacred.Try praying the Lord’s Prayer that way and see how it feels. The occult meaning for Heaven or “sky” is not a place separate and distinct from us. It is the realm of the Superconscious, which is within us.

  3. In the next lines, two important Hermetic principles are stated. a)“Your kingdom is come, your will is done” states that Power flows from the causative plane into manifestation; and, b). “On earth as it is in heaven,” states That which is above, is reflected below.

  4. “Give us this day our daily bread” means “fulfill all our needs this day.” We are expressing the fact that we receive the means to fulfill all of our needs on a daily basis. We are not saying, “Give us enough for the rest of this month,” we are claiming our faith in the Power, by stating, “fulfill our needs this day.” We have absolute certainty that tomorrow’s needs will be filled tomorrow.

  5. “Forgive us our debts as we HAVE forgiven our debtors.” Notice the tense being used in this version. We are claiming forgiveness of all of our own errors, transgressions and mistakes because we acknowledge that we have already forgiven everyone who has been indebted to us on any level. We are simply stating a magical law. We owe no Karmic debts because we have already done our part by forgiving all others; therefore, we can claim forgiveness for ourselves liberally, here and now.

  6. “Lead us out of temptation and deliver us from evil,” encapsulates simply the thought, “give me the guidance in each moment to make the correct choices, and keep my mind, body and actions focused on that which is for my highest good.”

The basic thoughts encapsulated in our chant are,“Father Sky, you are sacred. Your power is here, now. Your will is done; as is above, so is below. Meet all my needs this day. Forgive all my debts, as I have forgiven all my debtors. Give me the guidance in each moment to make only right choices and right actions; and keep me focussed on only that which is for the highest good.”The Lord’s Prayer is commonly spoken in the royal “we,” however you can see that you may easily pray it in the first person if you desire to, as well. There is no reason you can’t make any prayer, spell, invocation or incantation your own as long as you understand what you are doing and why you are doing it.

The Crossing

The act of crossing oneself did not originate with Christianity. It is a universal method of blessing that is used as a way of grounding and centering and self blessing. The Catholic version of crossing oneself, names the Christian trinity by stating, “In the name of the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.” The trinity of the Christian belief seems also to be something that was borrowed from earlier practices, but was obviously changed and made purely masculine.

To me....the Holy Spirit / Divine is the combination of Goddess and God or feminine and masculine energies. I am the physical realm creation of them (or that energy), therefore, I am the Holy Child (which denotes the Higher Self).
So I relate here to the primitive version of the holy trinity in its original form, which is simply Father, Mother, Child.

I use a method of crossing myself which I find to be quite effective, and in keeping with my understanding of the inner mysteries.

I touch my forehead and say, “I call on the Father.”

I touch my breast, and say, “the Mother,

I touch first one shoulder, and then the other with saying, “and the Holy Child,”

I bring my hands together over my heart and say, “Blessed be.”
This means I have called upon the energies of the feminine divine, masculine divine, and my higher self.

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.

  1. Begin by dedicating your rosary session to a specific goal: “I dedicate this rosary to perfect harmony in my home,” “I dedicate this rosary to a ten percent increase in my salary,” “I dedicate this rosary to the complete health of my mother’s body,” etc.;

  2. Perform a crossing ritual, or a grounding and centering meditation.

  3. Begin on your first large bead, by chanting one God prayer;

  4. For each of the 10 smaller beads which follow chant one Goddess prayer (10 prayers in all);

  5. Repeat this process until all 5 decades of your Rosary have been completed;

  6. Feel and state gratitude that it is done;

  7. Complete a total of three rounds for the same purpose throughout the day if possible. While three rounds daily is recommended, even one or two rounds per day is remarkably effective.

  8. Take time while reciting the prayers to feel the meaning of each prayer to the best of your ability, but also keep a consistent rhythm whilst chanting.

  9. Take time to envision your goal either during the recitations, just prior and/or after you have completed the rosary.

  10. Perform a final crossing, or grounding and centering.

Feel free to experiment. You may want to use completely different prayers than those given here; or you may be lead to use all Goddess prayers, or all God prayers in a particular session with your Rosary.

In my experience, the Witch’s Rosary as I have presented it here, is one of the most satisfying and highly effective magickal techniques I have ever used. I hope you try it and find it to be as much of a blessing in your life as it is in mine.

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*some information on this page is shared from Ariel Gatoga.