A Handfasting Chant The Marraige Tablet A Handfasting Ceremony
Green Magick Handfasing Ceremony Wishing Well Handparting Ceremony



A Handfasting Chant
By Savannah Skye

The beginning is spoken.
The Two middle parts are sung.
The ending is spoken.
The last line is to be spoken together.

The Beginning
I Bind My Hands to Yours

In the presence and witness of Mother Gaia
I bind my hands to yours

In the presence and witness of all Gods and Goddesses
I bind my hands to yours

In the presence and witness of all four directions
I bind my hands to yours

In the presence and witness of all four elements
I bind my hands to yours

In the presence and witness of all our loved ones
I bind my hands to yours



Middle Part One

I bind my love to yours
As I bind my hands to yours

I bind my heart to yours
As I bind my hands to yours

I bind my soul to yours
As I bind my hands to yours

I bind my faith in yours
As I bind my hands to yours

I bind my life to yours
As I bind my hands to yours

I bind my future to yours As I bind my hands to yours



Middle Part Two

As I vow my love to you
My hands are bound to yours

My heart is bound to yours
As my hands are bound to yours

My soul is bound to yours
As my hands are bound to yours

My faith is bound in yours
As my hands are bound to yours

My life is bound to yours
As my hands are bound to yours

My future is bound to yours
As my hands are bound to yours

My lips are bound to yours
As my hands are bound to yours

Our hands are bound together by our rings
As our hearts are bound to each other by our love



The Ending

Under the consecration and witness of all
our loved ones
My hands are bound to yours

Under the consecration and witness of all
four elements
My hands are bound to yours

Under the consecration and witness of all
four directions
My hands are bound to yours

Under the consecration and witness of all
Gods and Goddesses
My hands are bound to yours

Under the consecration and witness of Mother Gaia
My hands are bound to yours



Last Line

Blessed be.

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The Marriage Tablet
By Sybil Leek

These, thy tow followers, declare thy supreme sovereignty and eternal might,
O Triple Goddess who hath decreed all things! Proclaiming their belief in
thee, and bearing witness to their humble and unqualified submission to thy
Sacred Law of Life, O Everlasting Goddess and Mother of both gods and men, they
unite themselves in marriage beneath the canopy of they gracious spirit.

This woman acknowledges the validity and power of thy changeless essence, and
vow to reflect as a polished mirror thy compassion and mercy.

This man hath seen the rebirth of thy primeval kingdom, and hath perceived the
dawn of they greater epoch, O Supreme Goddess of boundless light. And he hath
knelt in submission before the portal of thy mystic face. This man hath abandoned
the tattered tent of the invalidated past, O Supreme Goddess, just as this woman
hath accepted the diadem of glory from thy hand!

Bless then, O Infinite Goddess of heaven and earth, their awareness of thee and
of themselves. Permit their wedding to be a foreshadowing of thy greater
epoch, which now cometh.

All present say: Blessed be, O Supreme Goddess, in all thy many names
and manifold attributes!

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A Handfasting Ceremony

A handfasting can be sealed for either a lifetime or for a year and a day,
at which time the couple may either renew their union or let it dissolve.

Cast a nine-foot circle and lay nosegays, flowers and ribbons around the
circumference. Family, other witches and close friends stand just inside of
the circle to form an inner ring around the altar. Drape the altar in pink,
white and black cloth. On the altar, frankincense and myrrh, combined with
other love incense, should be set to burn throughout the entire ritual, two
chalices of wine or spring water should be placed between one white and one
black candle and, next to the two chalices, are the two wedding rings go.

The bride and groom are lead into the circle from the north. Once inside,
the priestess casts the circle with her wand, and the bride and groom greet
the powers of the four directions as they walk around the circle, hand-in-hand.
Next, the priestess sweeps the circle with a besom, brushing away all harmful
events in the couple’s past lives. The lovers then kneel, facing each other,
in front of the altar, and the priestess charges the rings and chalices. Next,
the couple casts their own verbal love spell to seal their commitment to each
other, while looking into each other’s eyes. The spell should state, in their
own words, their love for each other and the goals they share within this union.

Each lover picks up the other’s wedding ring and drops it into the opposite chalice.
Then, each of the lovers picks up the chalice that contains the ring that they will
be wearing and they cross their forearms so that the priestess can loosely bind them
with a black silk cord draped in a figure eight. Next, they take a sip from each
other’s chalices. The rest of the wine is poured into a bowl, from which the rings
are removed and, then, placed into the hands of the bride and groom. The priestess
then removes the silk cord, holds it over the heads of the couple and pulls the knot
as tight as she says:

“I tie the knot.”

Next, she gives one end of the cord to each lover for them to hold between them as a
symbol of their handfasting. The high priestess than places a hand on each of their
heads and announces to them and to the witnesses,

“You are bound in the sight of the Goddess and the God as husband and wife.
So mote it be.”

Then, the priestess charges all of the wedding gifts and magickal presents
that were placed under the altar prior to the ritual beginning. Then the
circle is opened and the celebrating begins!

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Green Magick Handfasting Ceremony
By Ann Moura

You will need:
A bell, on the altar
A besom, placed against the altar
Two wreaths of flowers, with marigold included
A wand decorated with colorful ribbons (either yellow and white or pink and pale green)
A white pillar candle (may be decorated for the wedding)
A white satin cord, on the altar

Ring a bell three times, then the priest or priestess may then say,
“Today we are gathered for a Handfasting ceremony between _______ and
_______ before the Lady and the Lord of Greenwood.”

The male partner may then says, “Before the Lady and the Lord of Greenwood do I pledge to love and
honor this woman, that we be in the image of the Divine, two who are one.”

The female may then say, “Before the Lady and the Lord of Greenwood do I pledge to love this man
and honor him, that we be in the image of the Divine, two who are one.”

The priestess then places the wreaths on the heads of the partners, and
then picks up the wand and hands it to them, to hold between them, while
she wraps the satin cord around their hands.

The couple may then say, one at a time, and to each other,
“With the wand of life do I pledge myself unto you in the bonds of matrimony.
Let there always be joy between us as we live together in perfect love and perfect trust.”

The priestess then removes the cord and places the wand on the altar.

Then, if they wish, the couple may exchange rings, and say,
“This ring is a symbol of the love and the honor I give unto you.
With this circle do I bind myself to the one I love.”

The couple then lights the candle, from the altar candle, together.


The priest or priestess then says,
“Before the Lady and the Lord, before the elementals, before your
friends and family, you are now wed. Two are made one.”

The bride and groom now jump over the broomstick as the besom is held
slightly aloft by a member of the circle (or placed upon two footstools).

The priest or priestess then says, “May the Lady and the Lord bless you and keep you both in their love. May
they shower you with their bounty and may you bring forth fruit from the
cauldron of life.

The priest or priestess then rings the bell three times and the Cakes and Ale
Ceremony is begun, the wedding feast of most mainstream marriages. Traditional
foods include a white cake, perhaps with a silver ring hidden inside as a Wishing
Ring for the one who finds it (be sure to warn guests so that they eat their cake
carefully), champagne, (elder, if you can find it), fruit and nuts (candied almonds),
and a spread of various other foods. Maypole dancing should also be included
in the ceremony.

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Wishing Well



Needed:

Large pail with the handle removed
Sateen or satin in appropriate colors
And matching cording for trim
Thick, corrugated cardboard
Wedding wrapping paper
Artificial ivy and flowers to match wedding colors
Ribbons in contrasting wedding colors
2” wide lace (amount is up to you)
Clear, hot glue
Wide tape
Scissors or a rotary cutter



Directions:

1. Place the pail upside-down, on top of the cardboard, trace, and
cut a circle out.

2. Fold the cardboard neatly in half (partially scoring one side
helps) and cut a slot in the middle (across the folded seam.)

3. Use more cardboard to create a roof. You will need two 14 ½” x 9”
rectangular pieces for the sides, and two triangles, with 12 ½” bases
for the ends.

4. Cover each of the roof’s pieces with wrapping paper (or fabric, if you
prefer), and glue them together to form a peaked roof.

5. Cut six 18- 20” long x 1 ¾” wide pieces of cardboard. For each
triangular roof support, glue th4e sides of 3 of these together. Taper
the tops a bit to fit inside the pitch of the roof. Cover these with
wrapping paper, or fabric, as well.

6. Cover the pail with fabric, glue the seam, bottom, and inside the
top of the pail.

7. Glue the roof supports inside each side of the pail securely.

8. Take the large disk that you cut out in step 1, and cut each side
(or fold the edges) so that it fits around the roof supports. The disk
should be able to rest on top of the pail with the fold/slot running
between both roof supports. Once it fits correctly, cover the top with
fabric or paper.

9. If desired, glue lace around the pail about ¾ inches from the top.
Cover the top edge of the pail with the cording. You can also glue 5 or
6 layers of laced across the roof top, topping off the peak with the cording.
Now, let your imagination run wild with the ivy, ribbons, and flowers to
decorate the wishing well roof, sides, and cover.

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Handparting



A civil court must be involved for a legal status of divorce to be entered
into the records, otherwise the marriage will remain legally binding.

The priest or priestess rings a bell three times, and then says,
“Today we are gathered to witness the parting of hands and shedding of the
hands of matrimony between ­­­­­­­_______ and _______.”

The couple stand together, holding hands, and the officiator then may say,
“Do you seek the parting of your hands that you may both live apart and yet
remain as friends?”

The couple then says,
“We seek to part our hands and live our separate lives by the love and grace
of the Lady and the Lord.”

The officiator then takes both of the couple’s hands into theirs and pulls them
apart, leaving the couple to stand with their hands at their sides.

The officiator then says,
“This union is ended, but like all things, one ending is a new beginning. The wheel
turns on and we turn in it. I call upon the Lady and the Lord, ­­­­_______, to keep
you both in their love.”

The officiator then rings the bell nine times.
Finish with the Cakes and Ale Ceremony.

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