Ever since man could tie a knot they have held a fascination that has inspired works of art appeared in literature and where even used in religious practice some still to this day. The religious references of knot appear in nearly all religions including:- Catholic – it was traditional when calling on a saint a catholic would tie a knot which is said to bind the saint to the person until was requested had been completed. Islam – in Islam Mohammed was cured by a knot and would of died due to the curse. The finding and un-knotting the knot breaks the curse saving Mohammed’s life In Islam tying a knot in the beard would protect from the evil eye. And while at sea knots would be tied to end strong and violent winds. It is also forbidden to have any knots in clothing if your visiting Mecca. Buddhist – according to The Penguin Dictionary buying prescription drugs online without a prescription of Symbols (Penguin Dictionaries). the untying of a knot is referred as a “process of libation” Hinduism – Knot are commonly associated with the gods of death. Even in historical societies and cultures knot have appeared and been used, drawn and wrote about. knot have also played a major part in their mythologies. On of the most well know mythologies regarding knots is the Fate the weavers, knotters and cutters of the threads of life giving rise to the idea that tying two bits of sting together was a symbol of a union.
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The following wedding ceremony was written to provide for Pagans who must of necessity be wed in the presence of the uninitiated who are not pagan and are perhaps unaware that the bride and groom are pagan. Replace the words Bride and Groom below with the names of the happy couple. This ceremony was used by both my wife and myself and by my sister and her husband. They modified the text at the point below where it says “loving each other wholly and completely” to add the phrase “forsaking all others” as they are into monogamy. Either version works beautifully, I recommend the participants rewrite where necessary to form a legal contract that they can and will keep. It is easy to avoid being an oathbreaker if you only swear to that you will keep and avoid swearing to something just because the other party wants it or because it might be “expected” by the family. Notice: parts of this ritual were cribbed from the writings of others. I apologize in advance for failure to reference sources but after the fifteenth rewrite we had forgotten where we got the text and what was and what was not original to us. I doubt if there are quotes from other sources longer than paragraph length and thus should not be a copyright problem. If you see something that is yours, please send me mail and I will reference you in the future. Our thanks to those who paved the way. Ryan Hunter [PRIEST] We have come
The Handfasting was a traditional marriage agreement, which was the popular form of binding two people together based on marriages formed by mutual consent and subsequent sexual intercourse. This marriage arrangement fell out of fashion after the council of Trent decreed that no marriage was valid unless a priest was present. The term handfasting comes from the Norse “hand-festa “to strike a bargain by joining hands” Or from German, “Hände fest halten” that is to hold hands firmly and fixedly. The handfasting somewhere along the line became seen as a trial marriage it was A. E. Anton, in Handfasting in Scotland (1958), who finds that the first reference to such a “trial marriage” is by Thomas Pennant in his 1790 Tour in Scotland. This report had been taken at face value throughout the 19th century, and was perpetuated in Walter Scott‘s 1820 novel The Monastery. During the reclaiming of the old ways Gerald Gardner and Doreen Valiente — searched for a non-Christian term for their wedding ceremonies. The decided to use the Celtic Handfasting. The modern pagan handfasting is seen as a more practical solution to the “Marriage agreement”. The handfasting is a contact where two people are bound in love, which usually held in, secrete amongst coven members. Although nowadays the handfasting is used to join same-sex couples, polyamorus families, transgender couples, etc. The handfasting can in someway be treated as a semi permanent agreement one that can be renewed each year or be broken with a hand-parting ritual. The idea that love does