Passages Handfasting: A Pagan Guide to Commitment Rituals
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Passages Handfasting: A Pagan Guide to Commitment Rituals

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The day you exchange vows with the person you love is one of the most important days of your life. What better way to celebrate your commitment to one another than with handfasting-the blessed marriage rite in which the hands of you and your beloved are wrapped in ribbon as you tie the knot.This symbolic binding together of your two loving souls is a timeless way to begin...more
Unknown Binding, 258 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Provenance Press (first published November 1st 2007)
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If you are a pagan looking to plan a handfasting, run, don't walk, as far as you can away from this book. As soon as I got into reading it, I realized that it was very problematic and by the end, I was glad I had gotten my copy from the public library so I didn't spend any money on this crap.

The problem is that Hovey approaches handfasting from an extremely limited perspective that is highly structured and leaves little room for individual practices, thoughts, and opinions. Everything in this b...more
I bought this before my own handfasting to help my husband and I plan the event, four years ago. The book has recently come back into my hands, and I am enjoying looking through it once again. This book is extremely informative and covers a wide range of topics related to the spiritual union of marriage. Included are brief descriptions of various gods and goddesses who can be invoked to bless your union with their divine qualities. The author explains the mysteries behind wedding customs that pe...more
There is some good information in here, though not as thorough as I would have liked.
I found the history extremely interesting and enjoyed learning some about the pagan religious ceremony
This was a great reference when I began officiating Handfastings, gave me lots of ideas.
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Shifra Hovey is the author of Handfasting: A Pagan Guide to Commitment Rituals and was an acquisitions editor, ghostwriter, and copyeditor for the anthology Out of the Broom Closet. In addition, Shifra was a featured contributor in The Afterlife Survey and has written and copyedited both fiction and nonfiction spiritual writings.

Shifra holds a BS in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales...more
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