Handfasting Ritual - 1995 - Akathia

The entire area is first consecrated with salt, water, and
purifying incense such as ceder, frankincense, sage, or sandalwood.
Erect an altar and place upon it two, white, illumination candles, a
censor of incense, a dish of salt or soil, a brass altar bell, a wand,
a chalice of water, a cup of rose oil, a quartz crystal, the wedding rings,
and two white cords.

Cast a circle in a clock-wise direction using an athame or ceremonial sword.
Bless each guest with greetings and incense, then ring the altar bell thrice.

The couple enter the circle holding hands. They face the altar (north)
and bless them with greetings and incense. The wedding guests form a
human circle chain around the altar with the High Priest/ess and the
couple in the center. The High Priest/ess raises her arms to the sky
and says:

 IN THIS SACRED CIRCLE OF LIGHT
 WE GATHER IN PERFECT LOVE
 AND PERFECT TRUST
 O GODDESS OF DIVINE LOVE
 I ASK THEE TO BLESS THIS COUPLE
 THEIR LOVE, AND THEIR MARRIAGE
 FOR AS LONG AS THEY SHALL LIVE
 IN LOVE TOGETHER
 MAY THEY EACH ENJOY A HEALTHY LIFE
 FILLED WITH JOY, LOVE, STABILITY
 AND FERTILITY.

Hold the dish of salt or soil before them and let each of
them place their right hand over the dish.

 BLESSED BE
 BY THE ANCIENT AND MYSTICAL
 ELEMENT OF EARTH

The couple must than face east. Ring the altar bell thrice
and smudge the couple with incense.

 BLESSED BE
 BY THE ANCIENT AND MYSTICAL
 ELEMENT OF AIR

The couple must then face south. Hand each of them a white candle
to be held in their right hand. Light the candles and hold the wand
above them as the High Priest/ess says.

 BLESSED BE
 BY THE ANCIENT AND MYSTICAL
 ELEMENT OF FIRE

The couple must now face west. Sprinkle the water from the chalice
over their heads.

 BLESSED BE
 BY THE ANCIENT AND MYSTICAL
 ELEMENT OF WATER

They must then return to the North. Anoint their foreheads with Rose oil
and hold the crystal above them.

 MAY THE DIVINE GODDESS OF LOVE
 IN ALL HER GLORY
 BLESS YE WITH TOGETHERNESS
 HONESTY AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH
 FOR AS LONG AS YE BOTH SHALL LIVE
 FOR THE MARRIAGE IS THE SACRED UNION
 OF THE FEMALE AND MALE ASPECTS
 OF DIVINITY

Then consecrate the rings with salt water.

 LET ALL NEGATIVE VIBRATIONS
 IMPURITIES AND HINDRANCES
 BE CAST FORTH HENCE FROM
 AND LET ALL THAT IS POSITIVE
 LOVING AND GOOD
 ENTER HEREIN
 BLESSED BE THESE RINGS
 IN THE DIVINE NAME OF THE GODDESS
 SO MOTE IT BE.

They place the rings upon each other's fingers.
They exchange their vows and poetry.
Then consecrate the cords as the rings.
Then hold the cords side by side and have the man and woman take an end
and tie a knot. Tie it in the middle of the cord and say:

 BY THE KNOTS ON THIS CORD
 YOUR LOVE IS UNITED

Tie the hands of the couple together with the cord and have all the guests
visualize a white light of energy surround the couple as their auras join.
Everyone must raise the energy by chanting love!

 BY THE POWER OF THE GODDESS
 AND HER HORNED CONSORT
 I NOW PRONOUNCE YE
 HUSBAND AND WIFE
 FOR AS LONG AS YE BOTH
 SHALL LIVE TOGETHER IN LOVE
        SO MOTE IT BE.





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