What is Hand Fasting
hand-fasting is implicit in the title of the ceremony having been betrothed for
a year and a day the couple could decide whether they wished to stay together or
whether to part without recrimination.
If the decision is
taken to make a life commitment then the couple will put together a ceremony
with the help of friends or a Priestess or celebrant. Hand Fasting is a
beautiful ritual which although was not legally binding has steep spiritual significance
for the participants.
Hand Fasting is
typically associated with paganism although it is increasingly common to have
hand feastings between Pagans and Partners from other religious traditions
Ceremony In Outline
bear in mind that there are many forms of hand-fasting ceremonies. Below I have some of the main features
that you might expect to find although, because they arc
so personalized the format and detail may differ
from hand-fasting to
Celebrant or a Priestess, will cast a circle in which the four elements of
Air, Fire, and Earth will be called upon to outline and create a sealed space in
which the ceremony can
altar would traditionally be placed at the North onto which (amongst
other symbols would be placed two candles representing the couple, along
with a larger candle to
represent the union of the two.
would be invited to form a circle within the sacred space. The two
candles representing the couple would then be lit and the couple
would themselves light the final candle representing their union
symbolise the joining of the couple the Priestess
will 'bind' the couples right hands, often
with ribbon whilst the Goddess is called upon to
bless the couple and prayers and readings from
friends are said.
exchanged their vows the Priestess will place the rings on the couples
fingers and they will share a sip from a chalice of
wine together, before the ribbon is
untied or burnt, signifying that are now willing and
committed to staying together of their own free will.
floral wreath will be presented to the couple again to symbolize their union. This wreath may contain flowers that have been contributed by the
guests each having it's own separate
meaning for the union.
the end of the ceremony the sacred circle
is 'opened' and the guests form an archway under
which the couple process, they are showered with flower petals and rice
as they go. The couple might also conclude the ceremony by jumping over
a besom (broomstick) to
symbolize fortune fertility and luck.
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an option then please visit
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If you would like to conduct the hand fasting
yourselves but would like help in
compiling the ceremony I will be happy to be of