Friday Form A Circle – Hand Fasting Ritual

April 16, 2010 at 9:11 am (Beginnings, Beltane, Blessing, Circle, Friday, Handfasting, Love, Magic, Marriage, pagan, Ritual, Witch)

Hand Fasting Ritual
Source: Banshee from
Seasons of the Moon
Found at Daughters of Earth Wisdom Coven Website

Beltane is a special time of year, with love and lust in the air. Beltane, because of its association with fertility, love, and sexual desire, was seen as an excellent time to marry one’s beloved. If you are considering having a handfasting ceremony, renewing your vows, or want to affirm them in a pagan ceremony, consider performing your own handfasting ritual this Beltane season!

Preparation

  • Long ribbon or soft rope (~ 3 feet)
  • Vows to exchange (written by the couple)
  • Small gifts (or rings) to be exchanged by the couple.
  • 5 rose candles (Quarter and god candle (god candle can be red))
  • 1 white candle (Goddess candle)
  • Gifts from the coven/guests for the couple

Ritual 
Cast the circle normally. Invoke the Goddess and God normally, or as below. If no HPs are available or you are a solitary, work all elements of the ritual yourself.
HPriest:

We call upon you in the guise of Eros, 
Kindler of desire, 
Bringer of love, 
to join us here and witness the bonding 
of _____and_____.

HPriestess

We call upon you in the guise of Aphrodite, 
Always desirous one, 
Sensual lover, 
to join us here and witness the joining 
of _____and _____. 
Grounding meditation

The HPriest and HPriestess motion the two people to be hand fasted to join them before the altar. Couple faces the altar.

HPriest:(to one of the couple, the female if the couple are of opposite gender)

Do you _____join us here of your own free will, to acknowledge before the Lord and Lady the bond that is shared between yourself and _____.

Person 1: (responds (hopefully this will be a yes 🙂 if not, go to closing).

HPriestess asks the other the same thing and gets response. Couple turns to face each other and join their left hands. Each now recites the vows they have prepared.

HPriest: (taking the joined left hands, and the rope)

Here before witnesses, _____ and _____ have sworn vows to each other. With this cord, I bind them to the vows that they each have made. (wrap the cord loosely around both arms) However this binding is not tied, so that neither is restricted by the other, and the binding is only enforced by both their wills. 

Couple: (turning to face each other, in unison)

Heart to thee, 
Soul to thee, 
Body to thee, 
Forever and always, 
So mote it be.

Coven:

So mote it be.

Couple unbinds their left arms. Couple exchanges the gifts they have brought for each other. Coven members and guests give couple good wishes and/or gifts. Great Rite and Cakes and Ale. Bid farewell to God and Goddess as usual, or as below.

HPriestess:

We thank you Aphrodite, for your presence among us, and as you take your leave, we ask that you leave among us, in each of us, the ability to each be sensual lover, and desirous one. 
Hail and farewell.

HPriest:

We thank you Eros, for your presence here this day, and ask, as you take your leave, that you leave in each of us, the ability to be 
a bringer of desire, and kindler of love. 
Hail and farewell.

Dismiss the Quarters, and open the circle.

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