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A Romantic Guide to Handfasting: Rituals, Recipes and Lore Paperback – 1 Jan 2005

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073870668X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738706689
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,176,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anna Franklin (England) has been a witch for 30 years, and a Pagan in her heart for all her life. She has conducted many rituals, handfastings and sabbat rites. She is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, a coven of the Coranieid Clan, a group of traditional witches with their roots in the New Forest, and branches in several parts of the UK. The Hearth publishes the long-running Silver Wheel Magazine, runs teaching circles and postal courses, and is also a working coven. Anna Franklin is the author of eighteen books on the Craft, including the popular Sacred Circle Tarot, Midsummer, Lammas (with Paul Mason), and The Fairy Ring.


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The idea of this book is to offer a planning guide for anyone looking at having a pagan handfasting ritual. The author has laid out the basic components of putting together a modern handfasting with all the romantic trimmings.
There is a lot here on tradition and background. The opening of the book gives a good basic overview of handfastings and their historical background. Also further along in the book the author covers are some wedding traditions from various countries.
The author includes a kind of "checklist" for organizing your event. Tips include budgeting, members of the wedding party, family and friends and writing your own commitment.
The ritual part contains two basic rituals, one being pagan, or very general, and the other being "Wiccan" or path specific. The idea is that you take the basics and embellish it to suit your own spiritual or ritualistic needs. Further along in the book there are blessings, poems, and other ideas for these embellishments. Ms. Franklin as even included a "hand parting" ritual.
The balance of the book contains the "embellishments" to add to your handfasting. Covered are various Gods and Goddesses that you may want to include in your ritual along with some background on those discussed. There is also a chapter on picking a date in accordance with phases of the moon, time of day, particular holiday, and specific month or day.
There are "themes" presented for your celebration. Everything from "simple pagan" or "formal Wiccan" to Viking, Roman or culturally based wedding traditions, these basics will give you something to think about and possibly consider adding to your celebration.
There are correspondence tables for woods for brooms, if you are going to include this in your handfasting.
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Very useful book if planning a handfasting. Lots of advice, ideas and instruction for the big day. Information on handfasting with interesting insights
on modern day weddings.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x948ca828) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91e593c0) out of 5 stars great book 9 Mar. 2010
By Toni M. Mann - Published on Amazon.com
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I am having a handfasting in May and my priestess suggested that I take a look at this book. It is very informative and I read it in like two days. there are maybe three ways to approach a handfasting and you can choose from the rituals in the book. I will happily pass it on to the next person that would like ideas to handfasting.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91e5960c) out of 5 stars Insightful 20 Mar. 2013
By Ginger - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book to help me find a handfasting that I liked. They were very insightful, and had lots of suggestions. I did have to go online to find more in-depth information, but I wouldn't have known where to go without this book! Thanks
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91e595d0) out of 5 stars has some great information in it 7 July 2015
By Cupidsmyth - Published on Amazon.com
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It's ok, has some great information in it. I wish it had more ceremony examples in it not just information about ideas and traditions. But it does have some great info in it, just not exactly what I wanted.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91e598c4) out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Sept. 2015
By Amanda - Published on Amazon.com
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It gave me so many beautiful ideas for my handfasting!
HASH(0x91e59924) out of 5 stars It's an awesome place to start 20 Dec. 2015
By Ang - Published on Amazon.com
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It is all in composing but I don't like that the writer starts out as dismissive of couples that wish to do an eternal bond. It's a good base book for those who are going to have an alternative marriage ceremony.
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