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The Hand fasting Ceremony                           


Hand fasting is an ancient Celtic wedding ritual in which the coupleís hands are tied together with a ceremonial cloth. Itís often done in modern times with a beautiful ribbon chosen by the couple. Itís tied in a bow with an opening loose enough so that the hands can come out freely, or simply draped across the hands.

The ritual of the ribbon or cord derives from the Celtic farmers who could not afford to buy a gold or silver ring.

Only the rich were able to purchase rings, so the poor devised the idea of joining together their hands with cloth.

Two kinds of hand fasting ceremonies are widely recognised by the Pagan community, the first is known as the 'year-and-a-day' hand fasting, and the other is a lifelong commitment.

The 'year and a day' hand fasting is where a couple enters the ceremony with the intent of joining together for the period of, you guessed it, a year and a day. They may, if they wish, elect to renew that vow the following year on the day the term expires. While it can be a very practical arrangement, it is not recognised by Australian law as a legal marriage. It is, however, a great way for a young couple (and the young at heart) to stand before friends and family and announce their love for one another.

The second kind of hand fasting, entered into as a lifelong commitment, is the equivalent of a civil marriage ceremony. Anyone who wants to be legally married in a hand fasting ceremony  needs simply to have a licensed Marriage Celebrant come and officiate at their ceremony.

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COLOURS       What do the colors mean?

Red: Elemental fire, deities of love, passion, sexuality Courage, will-power, determination, assertively, sexual attraction and potency, love and passion, fertility.
Blue: Elemental water, Peace, tranquility, calmness, truth, wisdom, justice, understanding, patience, loyalty and honor, sincerity, devotion, healing, femininity

Orange: good luck and good fortune. encouragement, stimulation, optimism, success, prosperity, success in legal matters.

Green: Elemental Earth Nature and fertility deities, Mother goddesses growth, healing, prosperity, balance, peace, home, children.

Yellow:  Elemental air, knowledge magick progress communication, learning, knowledge.

Purple: Lavender Purple Psychic abilities, divination, counter-acting negativity, reversing bad luck, psychic healing, psychic power, inspiration, meditation, spirituality, spiritual power, imagination and spirituality.

Black: strength, wisdom, vision, success Black Elemental earth, deities of the Underworld. Repel and banish evil and negativity, protection, breaking free from bad habits and addictions, deep meditation, opens up deep unconscious levels.
Pink: Love-goddesses, softness and tenderness, romance, caring, nurturing, youth, peace, friendship, femininity, emotional love, emotional healing

Brown: Elemental earth, stability, grounding, protection of household, family and pets, to make relationships solid, to attract help in financial crisis.

White:Elemental spirits, Angels, God, divination and prophecy. Purification, purity, innocence, wholeness, completion. truth seeking, consecration, spiritual enlightenment, protection against negativity, divination, inpiration, and clairvoyance. White can be a replacement for any color and should be at least one color in your cord to represent your higher power.


Silver Female energy, cycles, rebirth, reincarnation, healing of hormonal imbalances, emotional stability, intuition, dreams, psychic abilities Black Elemental earth, Repel and banish evil and negativity, protection, breaking free from bad habits and addictions, deep meditation

Gold: solar and masculine energy, Abundant self confidence, creativity, perfection, financial richess, magickal power, overcoming bad habits and addictions.




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