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Product Details

  • Series: Passages
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Provenance Press (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598694472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598694475
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rev. Dr. Kendra Vaughan Hovey received her Doctorate in Ministry from the University of Sedona. She is the Founding Elder High Priestess of the First Church of Wicca in Duxbury, Massachusetts. She has more than fifteen years of experience in the Wiccan faith as a spiritual leader, healer, and mentor and has written and conducted numerous Wiccan rituals, rites of passage, handfastings, and metaphysical sermons. She is a member of the American Metaphysical Doctor's Association and is ordained by both the First Church of Wicca and the International Metaphysical Ministry. She lives in Duxbury with her husband and two children.

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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 University and a Certificate in Copyediting from Emerson College. In addition, she holds both a DMin from the University of Metaphysics and a PhD from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. She is a member of both the Association of Independent Authors and the American Metaphysical Doctors Association.

Shifra lives a Jewish life on the southeast coast of Massachusetts in a conservative, Christian community by the ocean with her husband, two children, and three cats. She is an avid reader, who enjoys journaling, photography, and walking in the mornings and evenings along the beach.

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It includes a brief history and great suggestions for blending a handfasting into other religious wedding ceremonies.
Victoria Engle
I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to partake in this ceremony or even just wanting to gain more knowledge as to what handfasting is.
Ramzy
Admittedly I did not see the cataloging information on the back cover of this book or I would have know it is a Wicca/ New Age book.
Paladorys

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Summer Jayne on December 4, 2007
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I just finished reading Rev. Dr. Kendra's book on the way to work this morning. Wow!! Now I want to plan a handfasting!

I should probably start by saying that I am single, and there is very little chance of me being handfasted in the near future. Generally, books on marriage/handfasting do nothing for the single person (and arguably, rightly so), but this book was different. There were bits and pieces I could extract and apply to my own life, even though I am not currently in a relationship, which I believe makes this book a rare treasure.

I loved to flow of the book. There was a lot of information in there, but it wasn't overwhelming. I also loved all of the historical tidbits for each of the traditions as well as the metaphysical meanings behind everything. The one that particular struck me was the Samhain themed wedding....I could literally visualized it down to the smallest detail! I consider this book to be a major asset in my metaphysical library. Kudos!!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Hydee Mcmurrian on February 26, 2009
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I was very dissapointed in this book. It was written from a wiccan for wiccans. I don't consider wicca to be the only or even the most common of pagans. There was very little in this book that I could incorporate into my ceremony because everything was wiccan, spells, rubs, herbs, symbols, and all the gods ever created.

I wanted a how to book for someone who is not a witch but still believes in nature and the cycles of life, and celebrating the seasons and all they represent. Without ritual magic.

The title is what sold me on this book, and it could not be less fitting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paladorys on January 11, 2013
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Admittedly I did not see the cataloging information on the back cover of this book or I would have know it is a Wicca/ New Age book. However. I found much of it to be more so about the religious practices of the author herself rather than a book about planning a commitment ritual. Much of the information is creepily Christian-like such as her description of a typical pre-meal prayer to the "God and Goddess"that occurs nightly at her house. Not really my speed.... Some parts sound like bible passages where she has simply added "Goddess" and some natural words to make it more pagan. I am sure there are plenty of folk who are comfortable with that, I am just not one of them. The book seems to wander away from directly wedding/handfasting/commitment related topics and delve more into general Wiccan practices and some preachy bits about the Rule of Three.

All that aside I did find it to be a useful book in terms of references. Quick guide to different gods and goddesses, flowers, oils, etc. I would not buy again but the book isn't a total loss as it contains some things that are not included in some of the other books I have on the subject.

Overall I would not recommend this book to someone trying to plan their first handfasting. It is far to narrow and for someone who is not experienced in that type of ritual it is far too "one size fits all" I found "Handfasting and Wedding Rituals: Welcoming Hera's Blessing" by: Raven Kaldera, Tannin Schwartzstein to be FAR more helpful for planning and more inclusive of non-traditional ritual for same sex couples, transgender couples, etc. Not that a Wiccan perspective on Handfasting is wrong, but Handfasting and Wedding Rituals just included a much broader scope of ideas that I think would be more useful for clergy as a reference book due to the wide array of pagans they might be asked to join.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 17, 2011
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For a book whose subtitle is "A pagan guide to commitment rituals" there's shockingly little about the actual commitment ritual. There's a lot of general information about planning a wedding, specifically the wedding planning process if you're a pagan.

I would recommend this book to a pagan person who is just beginning the wedding planning process.

If you are looking for how to structure a handfasting ceremony, look for a different book.

I was looking for different things to include in the ceremony.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian (aka: Brainwise) on August 7, 2008
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Hovey has written a rather useful introduction to Handfasting. I applaud the attention she has paid to the history of this ritual -- too few pagan writers seem to appreciate the roots, both known and unknown, that have contributed to the way Handfasting is celebrated today. Hovey has striven to provide a rather broad coverage in details of how to find a minister, how to plan/budget for the wedding, etc. She even includes god/desses from various pantheons (while recommending against crossing pantheons/traditions) who, in her mind, are most appropriate entities to invoke. (Sidenote: As a Germanic Reconstructionist myself, I think she missed the boat on the Norse pantheon; why did she not recommend Thor and Sif? They are the epitome of male/feminine, sky/earth, etc. pairs.). This book is aimed at the general neo-pagan or wiccan audience so most heathen types will not likely find much use for her ritual descriptions. Still, it's an overall good introduction and is likely to be a good reference for interfaith ministers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CelestialAxis on December 8, 2007
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This is the perfect book for any couple, whether planning a wedding or not. It not only describes handfastings, weddings, and mixed ceremonies, but provides advice, spells, and wisdom for anyone in love. There is a definite focus on how to blend religions, and options for Pagan or mixed couples. It is full of practical and beautiful spells, meditations, recipes, and ceremonies. It contains a lot of information for such a small book! While it may not be the only wedding guide you use, it is definitely the perfect place to start. It is also a very easy read, not overwhelming or too technical. I highly recommend this book to anyone in love, or just a romantic at heart!
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