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Have you ever wondered where the term “ Tiring the knot” came from. It’s from the Handfasting ritual that tires your union together into a knot of love. This ritual is an old Pagan custom, dating back to the time of the ancient Celts. Handfastings were originally more like an engagement period, where two people would declare a binding union between themselves for a year and a day. The original handfasting was a trial marriage. It gave the couple the chance to see if they could survive marriage to each other. After a year goes by (a handfasting was once believed to last a year and a day), the couple could either split as if they had never been married or could decide to enter permanently into marriage.
Today, it’s not only Pagans that have embraced Handfasting Ritual as a part of their wedding ceremony and the ceremony can be tailor made to suit the couple.
The Handfasting Ceremony
There are many variations of the traditional Handfasting. After the bride and groom both declare their intent to enter into this union, the hands of the couple are clasped and fastened together with cords or ribbons as their vows are made to one another. The wrapping of the cord forms an infinity symbol, & then pulled tightly to form the knot of love. The handfasting knot that is tied is a symbolic representation of oneness between the couple. In a show of unity, they become bound to each other.
The Cords or Ribbons
Each Persons path has different decrees concerning the colour, length, type and number of cords used to handfast the couple. Picking the colours of each ribbon or cord should hold meaning for you both as should each talisman that is sewn in.
There are many variations to a handfasting rite. It all depends on the bride, groom and the High Priestess whom they chose to preside over their wedding ceremony and arrangements should be agreed with all 3 people.
The handfasting ritual is a beautiful, magickal rite of passage, Many non-Pagan couples are adopting this old custom & are loving the symbolic meaning behind each part of this beautiful tradition.
Our Handfasting ribbons are Handmade by our Hedge Witch using the Sacred teachings from our Ancestors.
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