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Handfasting and Wedding Rituals
Handfasting and Wedding Rituals
Welcoming Hera's Blessing

By: Raven Kaldera, Tannin Schwartzstein
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738704708
English  |  336 pages | 8 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: December 2003
Price: $19.95 US,  $22.95 CAN
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Preface, ix

chapter 1: Pagan couples . . . 1

chapter 2: Handfasting history . . . 7

chapter 3: Magical aesthetics . . . 11

chapter 4: The prenuptial ritual . . . 27

chapter 5: Quarter castings . . . 33

chapter 6: Deities and invocations . . . 45

chapter 7: Vows . . . 57

chapter 8: Words of spirit . . . 73

chapter 9: Mytheatrics . . . 93
The Legend of Tam Lin, 97
The Wedding of Ariadne and Dionysus, 107
The Tale of Shiva and Parvati, 112
The Story of Hades and Persephone, 115

chapter 10: Nontraditionalists . . . 121
Men's Handfasting Ritual, 123
Women's Four Corners Wedding Rite, 128
Women's Chalice and Wand Wedding, 134
Shapeshifter's Handfasting, 137
The Rite of Aphrodite Urania, 140
Many Hands of Love: A Polyamorous Handfasting Rite, 147

chapter 11: Children and ritual . . . 155

chapter 12: Interfaith marriages . . . 163
Pagan-Catholic Interfaith Handfasting, 168
Pagan-Protestant Interfaith Handfasting, 174
Pagan-Muslim Wedding, 182
Pagan-Buddhist Wedding, 185
Pagan-Hindu Wedding, 188
Judeo-Pagan Wedding, 191

chapter 13: Full rites . . . 197
Rose Garden Handfasting, 198
Language of Flowers Handfasting, 199
Heathen Runic Handfasting, 204
Tarot Handfasting Ritual, 209
Astrological Challenge Handfasting Rite, 214
Faery Wedding, 219
Peasant Tradition Handfasting, 224
Romany-Inspired Handfasting, 229
Druidic Handfasting Rite, 232
Celtic Sacred Grove Handfasting, 237
Heathen Marriage Rite, 242
Grecian Wedding, 248
Raven's Star's Thelemic Marriage Rite, 253
Warrior's Wedding, 255
Night's Children Wedding, 260
Pagan Handfasting Vow Renewal, 266

chapter 14: Handpartings . . . 269
Handparting, Both Individuals Present, 273
Handparting Ritual for One Person, 277
Handparting Ritual for Couples with Children, 280

chapter 15: A note to pagan clergy . . . 283
Appendix A: Choosing Your Wedding Date Astrologically, 289
Appendix B: Symbols of Marriage and Union, 293
Appendix C: Flowers of Love, 301
Suggested Reading, 311
Index, 315




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