Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Handfasting Ritual by Autumn Ravenflower


Handfasting Ritual by Autumn Ravenflower

Set up an altar with the following:

Roses for love and violet for loyalty and faithfulness
Rose Quartz crystals for love and friendship
Jasmine incense for emotional connections
Pink candle for romantic love
Orange candle for happiness
Royal Blue candle to promote laughter and loyalty.

Besom decorated with pink, orange and royal blue ribbons

3 cords of these colours are also to be used in the handfasting.

A posy of: Red roses for love and respect
Lavender for luck and devotion
Ivy to symbolise everlasting and eternal love

Or this can be worn in the hair as a headdress

The guests gather around in a circle so that they may see the couple who will stand in front of the priestess/priest or person initiating the ceremony.

The person initiating the handfasting will call the elements:

We call to the element of Earth and invite you to join us on this special day
To bless the happy couple with your strength, your stability.
To look to you for your realm of wisdom so that they may grow and prosper
Hail and Welcome!

We call to the element of Air and invite you to join us on this special day
To bless the happy couple with communication and inspiration.
To look to you for dreams, wishes and desires so that they may attain joy in their new life together
Hail and Welcome!

We call to the element of Fire and invite you to join us on this special day
To bless the happy couple with passion and willpower.
To look to you for creativity, sensuality and motivation so that they may spark the flames of their lives together
Hail and Welcome!

We call to the element of Water and invite you to join us on this special day
To bless the happy couple with the essence of love.
To look to you for friendship compassion and healing so that they may seek comfort in one another.
Hail and Welcome!


The couple hold hands and facing each other say verbal declarations to each other: why they are marrying, what they promise to one another, what they appreciate in the other person.

The priest or priestess will then tie the cords to the couples joined hands saying a few words of their own.

The couple take a ceremonial sip of mead from a chalice and walk outside the circle to symbolise their old life and then walk back into the circle to symbolise new beginnings and their new life together before jumping the besom.

The priestess/priest thanks the elements for their part in the ceremony:

Earth - element of stability and strong foundations
We thank you for your presence here today
Hail and Farewell!

Air - element of inspiration and clarity
We thank you for your presence here today
Hail and Farewell!

Fire - element of passion and strength
We thank you for your presence here today
Hail and Farewell!

Water - element of emotions and friendship
We thank you for your presence here today
Hail and Farewell!

The couple and guests eat, drink and dance in celebration!



Autumn Ravenflower

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