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Handfastings

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the joining of two paths

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A handfasting is an ancient, sacred marriage ceremony when a community of friends and family come together in a circle to celebrate the joining together of two lovers.

Whenever two paths or two rivers converge into one it is often held to be a sacred place of power. I hold it equally powerful when the paths of two souls merge together and continue to voyage as one.

Even after the advent of Christianity, handfastings continued to be held in the countryside to allow couples to be wed during the long wait before a travelling priest might return to a village.

Handfasting vows can be a lifetime vow, can for a specific period of a year or however long you wish.

I trained and initiated in Glastonbury as a Priest of the Goddess and Priest of Avalon to create sacred ceremonies to celebrate the seasons of the year and the seasons of our lives.

The Goddess holds all love to be sacred and handfastings can be also celebrated between same sex couples with equal sanctity as the joining of man and woman.

 

Please note that in England and Wales an handfasting ceremony is not (yet) recognised as being a legal marriage. To obtain married status in law, a ceremony must be accompanied by a legal marriage or civil partnership ceremony in a registry office.

David Spofforth 2012