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Raven Kaldera , Tannin Schwartzstein
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29 Aug 2003
Handfasting and Wedding Rituals has everything you need to plan the perfect Pagan wedding. You'll find advice and examples to help you with basic wedding planning, writing vows, and ritual construction, along with practical tips and great ideas about everything from low-cost wedding favors to candle and bonfire safety. Handfasting and Wedding Rituals also includes sixteen full rites honoring a wide variety of Pagan traditions. Rituals in their full form can be used exactly as printed or modified to fit your needs. Each rite is categorized as level one, two, or three depending on their level of overt Pagan content and degree of participation expected from your guests.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; Reprint edition (29 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738704709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738704708
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.3 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As Pagan clergypeople, one of the great parts of our community service work is marrying people. Read the first page
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Resource 16 Jun 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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far more practical than it looks 4 Sep 2009
By E. Goss
Brilliant - when I first saw it I thought - Oh no, not ANOTHER happy-clappy book with no actual information in it, but it's got lots of actual bits to include in your ritual - and takes into account unusual family situations. We've chosen a set of vows from here, because when we both individually read them, they made us cry! And there's loads that will at least prompt you to think about what you DO want, even if there's bits you DON'T want. All in all, a pretty well thought out book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great 13 Jun 2010
I was looking for a book with information about how to go about planning a Pagan Handfasting - this has everything!
It gives info that you can use in levels to really personalise the event, which is exactly what I wanted to know
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 Jun 2014
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Outstanding resource that makes my role as a celebrant much easier
the book gives a wide range of opportunities for every occasion and also enables more acceptable and inclusive inter-faith weddings to take place that are meaningful in many more ways
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 15 Jan 2014
By Jenn
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Bought partly for my own interest, and partly for my Uni. project this book is ideal for anyone interested in Handfasting. It has beginner's introduction on what handfasting is and also some really good advice! If you're thinking of doing a handfasting this is the book to get, very good sample handfastings and also ideas - so great inspiration for your day.
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