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Passages Handfasting: A Pagan Guide to Commitment Rituals Paperback – December 1, 2007
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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!!
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.
I enjoyed reading this book and it will remain in my library for any future need.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good book if you are planning a Handfasting but not a lot of Pagans will be attending. It gives suggestions for intrafaith ceremonies as well :)Published 13 months ago by Me'urramya Cederstrom
I bought this book after I became ordained to use as backup for variaty of ceremonies. I enjoyed reading it, very helpful tips and FYI tidbits. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Morgan Lawson
I purchased this book to assist some friends and the wedding turned out beautifully. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to use a non-traditional event.Published on January 30, 2014 by NancBinCO
this book was fantastic for planning my handfasting. we didnt have much clue as to what we were doing and this helped tremendouslyPublished on February 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book is absolutely fantastic for anyone wishing to get an idea on the process of handfasting. The author brings the information to you in a way that the reader is able to make... Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Ramzy