I've been doing a lot of handfasting recently. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it is a traditional ceremony of Celtic origin, where the bride and groom's hands are literally bound together with a cord. It's pretty lovely, actually.
I'm working with a couple who brought a bit more to the tradition by letting their family add cords of different colors to the equation. Each cord symbolizes something different. And, with each color, we are adding a blessing. I think it's a cool idea, so I thought I would share it with you! The ceremony text is as follows:
• We will begin the hand fasting ceremony with _______. He is presenting the first cord, Brown, the color of earth, symbolic of grounding and dependability. May the two of you always be able to lean on each other, find support in each others' arms, and keep each other centered.
• The second cord is Red. I invite _______ to come up and wrap their hands in the blessing of strength and passion. May your lives and hearts not only experience the hot passion of young love, but also the thick, slow burning embers of lifelong passion.
• Next, I’d like _______ to come forward with a pink cord, bringing a blessing of spontaneity to your lives. May you remember to allow your lives to dictate your schedule, and always remember to make time for life to happen.
• _______ will be tying a purple cord for the couple today. Purple also represents the color of humility and responsibility. As you enter into the next phase of your lives, may you have compassion for each other and respect for your partnership.
• _______ will present the green cord, Green, wishing our couple prosperity, good health, and fertility. Much like sun and water, these elements will allow your union grow into a home shared with each other, regardless what garden you two find yourselves in.
• _______ brings with him a copper cord, representing healing, skill and talent. May you be confident in your gifts and share them with each other and the world.
• _______'s color, blue, is symbolic of patience and devotion, two elements critical to a marriage! May marriage allow you the time and space to allow each other to blossom, while staying strong as one.
• _______ brings forth yellow, a blessing of light and nourishment to the young union. May you find in each other a balm for your emotional hurts and may you find yourselves sharing more joys together than sorrows.
• Finally, _______Charlie finishes with the contribution of a black cord, symbolic of strength, wisdom and success. May your hearts remain strong, your minds expand, and your marriage thrive!
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