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Understanding Pagan Rituals

There is often a misunderstanding about what pagan, wiccan, and nature- based ceremonies are all about. Occasionally I have requests to include pagan rituals in weddings and I’m happy to do so. Now, I am no expert, and certainly am not conducting a true Wiccan or Pagan wedding ceremony, but it is fun to include [...]

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All About Literally Tying the Knot

Most people have heard the expression ‘tying the knot,’ but may not be familiar with the origins of this phrase. Also known as Handfasting, tying the knot is one of the oldest wedding rituals we know. There are many variations and stories about this symbolic act. Here are a few of them: The ancient Celtic [...]

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Ritual is the language of ceremony

RITUAL It’s what takes it to another level. All cultures, religions, ethnicities, groups, have their distinctive traditions. They also borrow from, and influence each other. Weddings are full of ritual. No matter what your background, whether you marry in a church or standing by a stream, you will exchange vows and rings, and these are rituals. [...]

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Tying the Knot

The expression ‘tying the knot’ comes from the ancient Celtic Handfasting ritual which is the actual tying of a cord or cloth around the bride and groom’s hands or wrists (often with wrists crossed and hands joined). This custom is back in fashion, and if you have one once of Irish, Scottish or Celtic background [...]

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