This “penal rosary” is probably the first art-thing that I ever consciusly made with Eros in mind.
Where is He?
The two green glass beads are for Dionysos —twice-born, God of the Vine, God of Wine….
The four diamond-shaped beads are for Hermes —sacred to Four, protector of gamblers….
The seven silver beads are for Apollon — silver-bowed, seven is sacred, Lord of Moderation in all things….
The big pink quartz “doughnut” is for Eros. When I saw it at Jo-Ann, after browsing paints and canvases, I was inspired to do the rosary as, earlier that week, I had read “A Garland For Zeus” by Drew Campbell on the Hellenion website. I decided on an Irish penal rosary design for a few reasons, though mainly because of my own Irish heritage and as a nod to the time when Catholicism was persecuted in Ireland, much like how Polytheism has been more recently persecuted in modern Greece.
It seemed such an appropriate piece for Eros: It’s circular and unending. It’s pink, a colour associated with love and sex. It’s a large, though palm-sized, and natural, albeit wrought stone (it is said that in Thespiae that they maintained the oldest cult image of Eros, being a large unwrought stone).
I’ve had to re-string this piece at least twice, but it still remains one of my favourite devotional crafts to Eros.