HANDFASTING

Welcome to all pagan couples!

We will celebrate the pagan wedding ritual for you. The ceremony will be organized and kept by a very esteemed and experienced Druid, member of the international Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and official Druid of the Conciliabolo Celtico di Toscana.

Handfasting was the word used by the ancient Celts to describe their traditional trial-marriage ceremony, during which couples were literally bound together. At our ceremony we will bind your hands with colourful stripes, to symbolize your union and commitment.

The handfasting was once a temporary agreement, that expired after a year and a day. However, it could be made permanent after that, if both spouses agreed.

Handfasting was the word used throughout the once-Celtic lands of Scotland and Northern England to refer to a commitment of betrothal or engagement. It was a ceremony in which the couple publicly declared their intention to marry one year and a day in the future.

In 1820, Sir Walter Scott used the term to refer to a fictional sacred ritual that bound the couple in a form of temporary marriage for a year and a day. He wrote of it in his book The Monastery: "When we are handfasted, as we term it, we are man and wife for a year and a day; that space gone by, each may choose another mate, or, at their pleasure, may call the priest to marry them for life; and this we call handfasting".

Handfasting was suppressed following the Synod of Whitby in 664 (A.C.)...when Celtic Christianity was abandoned for the Catholic Church.

During the 1995 movie Braveheart, Mel Gibson, in the role of William Wallace, was handfasted with his girlfriend Murron. Handfasting has since grown in popularity among Cowans (non-Pagans) -- particularly those whose distant ancestors lived in ancient Celtic lands.

Like every magic ritual, however, handfasting also takes its power from the emotional energy of the people. The ritual is only the official celebration, but the love has to come from your heart ;)

 

SHAMAN WEDDING

The ceremony will be celebrated by the Shaman Akün Sumiruna
The ceremony is considered much more important than any common conjugal union between two people, for all the energy that nature creates during the same ceremony, conducted by a Shaman priest.
During the ceremony are considered all the sacred deities of Italica Spirituality. Here, we mention the main ones that make up the duality: Fufluns (Spirits of the Mountain), which represent the masculine side and Semia, the Pacha Mama of Andini (Mother Earth) representing the woman and in addition to these two main deity is regarded as creator element, the water, which represents purity and symbolizes strength, (Nethuns: was, initially, the divinity of the wells, and later became the god of the waters and sea).
Shaman Italians continue the traditions Etruscan ancestors believed that the sacred bond between a man and a woman. Bond perfect obtained through the rituals in which the couple was made wealthy and received the complete happiness, through the receipt by the Mother Earth, of all the products of which could need. Furthermore, the pair received protection.
Shamanic wedding is a very simple rite, rebuilt following short stories passed down by Latin writers, in which the couple wears simple clothes and no luxuries. The ceremony begins in the morning, or at least would be indicated and occurs in a place outside the city, outdoors.
The ritual begins with the Purification and Flowering Ceremony, followed by the Ceremony of the Four Elements: Water, air, earth and fire.
Then they perform a series of actions with which the pair of elements carries with it:
- The bracelets or rings, which should preferably be silver or gold, which are exchanged.
- Various items that the couple will exchange and each object will have a special meaning.
- A toast with spiced wine that serves to strengthen the marital bond.

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Thank you very much!