Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
LLEWELLYN JOURNAL
Article Topics
List of Articles
RSS Data Feeds
Mission Statement
Use of Our Articles
Writers' Guidelines

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

March/April 2017 Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.


The Llewellyn Journal
Print this Article Print this Article

Magickal handfasting

This article was written by Elysia Gallo
posted under Pagan


Now join hands, and with your hands your hearts.
— William Shakespeare

Early summer is a magickal time for a wedding or a handfasting. Make it special by using a few witchy tricks to imbue it with a deeper meaning.

First off, what would a wedding be without flowers? You don’t need to hire an expensive florist; check your local area for a flower market where prices will be more reasonable and put together a selection of flowers that mean something to you. Besides the bouquet, flowers can also serve as boutonnieres, wreaths, and table centerpieces. Count how many flowers you will need ahead of time, and buy a little extra just in case. What you don’t use, you can give to any children present—this will make the entire proceedings even more festive and grand.

What flowers to use? Hibiscus, according to A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, attracts love and is widely used in love spells. Lavender posies were often given to newly married couples to bring luck for the future. The rose has always been an emblem of love, and is even considered an aphrodisiac. In alchemy, it symbolizes mystical or divine love. If you want a little greenery, try some flowing ivy, a symbol of that which is undying and eternal — the perfect symbol of constancy.

To explore the symbolism of flowers, just pick up a book and find the right combination for your unique relationship. Herb Magic for Beginners is also a good place to start. There’s an entire chapter titled “Herb Magic for Love and Happiness,” which includes a section on the use of rosemary in weddings.

The color scheme also plays an important role in weddings. Besides just “bridesmaid dresses,” think about table linens, centerpieces, and even the cake decorations! You can use the magical meanings of colors to guide your decision if you don’t already have a natural favorite. Red is the color of life, passion, lust, and vitality; green is associated with fertility, prosperity, growth, and love; pink signifies love, friendship, happiness, and romance. For a complete overview of color symbolism, read Color Magic for Beginners. You could choose a color in harmony with your astrological signs, with the day of the week (Saturday’s color is violet), or even with the precise hour of the day the ceremony will take place.

Right—don’t forget about the ceremony! These days, couples wish to have both of their traditions blended harmoniously in the ceremony. In Handfasting and Wedding Rituals, you will find unique ceremonies of all kinds: a Heathen runic handfasting, a tarot handfasting ritual, plus Druidic, Romany-inspired and Celtic rituals, just to name a few. There are also several interfaith ceremonies that Pagans can use if marrying a Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, or Jewish partner. After reading this book, you may wish to take full advantage of the “year and a day” clause and plan a new handfasting every year!


RELATED PRODUCTS

Handfasting and Wedding Rituals
Handfasting and Wedding Rituals
Welcoming Hera's Blessing
Raven Kaldera, Tannin Schwartzstein
$21.99 US,  $25.50 CAN | Add to Cart

Please note that the use of Llewellyn Journal articles
is subject to certain Terms and Conditions

In the Major Arcana of the Tarot, the Fool goes on a journey. This is similar to the Hero's Journey in mythology, and some view the ups and downs of the Major Arcana as the pathway the Fool takes to wisdom. Most people take the "Fool's Journey" several times during their life. If we hold the journey up as a template against our own life, it can... read this article
Five Aids to Magical Thought: Dion Fortune and the Path of Occult Fiction
The Angels of Your Sun Sign
Twelve Ways Your Chakras Can Enhance Your Decisions
4 Simple Steps to Receiving Angelic Guidance
The Hearth Witch in March

Most recent posts:
5 Ways to Make the Cards Your Own
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Melissa Cynova, author of the new Kitchen Table Tarot. I've been reading cards for nearly 30 years,...

How to Really Bring the Tarot to Life
Bringing the Tarot to Life In my many years of acquiring books and decks for Llewellyn, I’m always looking for something that is new and...

Learning from Childhood Magic
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Penny Billington, author of The Path of Druidry and The Wisdom of Birch, Oak, and Yew as well as...





Treble at the Jam Fest Treble at the Jam Fest
By: Leslie Budewitz
Price: $14.99 US,  $17.50 CAN
Bad to the Bone Bad to the Bone
By: Linda O. Johnston
Price: $14.99 US,  $17.50 CAN
Uncorking a Lie Uncorking a Lie
By: Nadine Nettmann
Price: $14.99 US,  $17.50 CAN
Journey of Souls Journey of Souls
Case Studies of Life Between Lives

By: Michael Newton
Price: $17.99 US,  $20.95 CAN
Easy Tarot Easy Tarot
Learn to Read the Cards Once and For All!

By: Josephine Ellershaw, Ciro Marchetti
Price: $19.95 US,  $21.95 CAN