Searching for the beads & charms you envision in your head can be both fun & frustrating. There may be times that you have to compromise a bit. You will not always find exactly what you are looking for but don't loose sight of your goal....to create a set of prayer beads that have special meaning to you. Take the time you need to find the elements you desire. It's not a race, it's a journey.
I feel a great affinity & connection to the cycle of the seasons, so I included single beads to represent them. The green aventurine for spring & new growth, yellow jade for summer & sunny flowers, peach aventurine for autumn & the changing leaves, and white jade for winter & the blanket of snow that covers the fields. These four beads also symbolize the four directions (north, east, south & west) and the four elements (earth, air, fire & water).
There are five amethyst beads between each of the seasons beads for a total of twenty-five. Why? I'm not really sure...I just know that ever since I was a child the numbers 5 and 25 have been two of my favourites. It just seemed 'right' to include them somehow in my bead set. My other favourite number, twelve, is represented in the green, yellow, orange & white beads....4 seasons + 4 directions + 4 elements = 12.
This set of prayer beads will be my 'everyday' beads...the ones that I will carry with me at all times...the ones that I will pray and meditate with daily...the ones that will provide comfort & strength to ground me when the world around me is going haywire (as it often does). Each time I hold them a sense of calm envelopes me and the spiritual energies flow through me. It's an incredible physical sensation that fills my whole being. I can't really find the words to describe it.