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le 16 juin 2004
While there are a couple of rituals on line and scattered about in various books on Wicca or the Rites of Passage, there isn't much out there in the way of a single good book that would cover a variety of pagan 'wedding' rituals. Or is there?
'Handfasting and Wedding Ritual' offers just what you might want to consider for the pagan handfasting. This book offers a variety of rituals that you can take as they are or use as a starting place to develop your own.
The book covers the history of 'handfastings' as well as discussing how it relates to being pagan. There is discussion on preparations, the steps to plan in ritual, and how you might approach these various aspects of ritual as well as aesthetics.
This book does not focus on any particular person being in need of this material. The book is a handbook for use by pagan clergy or it can be used by the couple to plan with their clergy. It can be used for legal ceremonies as well as those that are not legally binding but are heart bound.
Also included in the book are the stories from myth of famous couples, such as Tam Lin and Shiva and Parvati. The book covers male rituals, female rituals, polyamorous handfastings, various mixed faiths weddings, heathen handfastings, Faery Weddings, Warrior's Wedding and many more. A very inclusive volume of different styles and beliefs is presented here.
Also included is a section on 'handparting' with rituals for bringing about closure as well as healing.
The book closes with some words to the pagan clergy about handfastings. Here is shared some experiences, some insights and some discussion on ethics and your duty. There is some wonderful material here for the new as well as experienced pagan clergy in regards to handfasting and should be considered required reading by anyone who is looking at or involved in this calling to community service.
Appendix's include astrological planning, symbols, flowers and very well laid out index.
Whether planning a handfasting, or looking at being pagan clergy or if you are pagan clergy, this book is probably the best investment you can make to help you along with plans, problems and performance. Well thought out, well put together and easy to follow, it is a book that approaches the pagan bonding ritual with no boundaries but has plenty of common sense and good advice. boudica