Today, more and more couples are looking for a way to express a deeper commitment to each other during the wedding ceremony.
The concept of a Handfasting is said to have originated with the ancient Celtic culture generally thought to be an engagement ceremony binding for a year and a day. But research shows the handfasting ritual (in some form) is found in almost everyone's ancestry and is a permanent commitment ritual of ancient history. Rev Pam helps interested couples today use this magical tradition for ways to show their commitment to each other and blending families together. The term "tie the knot", or "give one's hand in marriage" which is still in common use today, originated with the practice of handfasting. And Rev Pam writes and performs several dozen every year.
Rev Pam notes that many couples have been married before and want their new partner to know a greater level of commitment. Or they have children from another marriage and want them to feel apart of the ceremony that is going to change their lives too. And some are soulmates, and want to declare their love. All perfectly illustrated by adding the symbolic handfasting ritual. Rev Pam is an expert at blending faith, family and tradition into one meaningful wedding ceremony. She writes and performs large or small ceremonies for all couples whether they prefer a religious, spiritual, non-religious, interfaith or multi-cultural ceremony.
Tying the couple's hands together as they say their vows; beautiful & romantic; but be warned this is an ole magickal ritual to bind the couple to their words. A serious vow made connecting the couple and their families FOREVER. It's a very romantic and very serious ritual perfect to incorporate kids and blend families. It's very powerful romantic energy easily takes on the meaning that the couple has for doing it. Please don't take it lightly. This is ole' world tradition - there is no divorce from a handfasting - this IS a life commitment, and some believe it binds you for life-times. Especially if you have a blessed cord.
HEALTH - LOVE - LUCK - CHILDREN - LONG LIFE What do you want for your marriage? It takes 4 hours to make one cord. It is blessed (or charged) and considered a powerful sacred tool to be used to bind the couple to their promises during their ceremony. Each cord has four spells or prayers marked by charms braided into the cord during the ritual. Your cord will include a special "Love" clairvoyant reading and the printed ritual in detail.
Rev Pamela is a Pagan High Priestess and top rated Chicago area Wedding Officiant and travels a four state area officiating legal weddings, civil unions and same-sex marriages, and pagan handfastings (both legal marriages & spiritual ones). She has opened her private 1920s historic home and garden to wedding couples and their guests and will perform high ritual and full pagan circle upon request.
Made to order handfasting cord has five strands braided 7+ feet long during a formal ritual performed by Rev Pam to bless the couple and the cord. The cord colors are selected by the couple according to their magickal properties and powers of good luck for the couple's future.
Rev Pam is an Interfaith wedding officiant who conducts traditional Scottish Celtic and Norse Handfastings, as well as full pagan ritual, namings / wiccanings. This means that you can now have a legally binding marriage ceremony that suits your personal needs at your chosen location, or get married at the High Priestess’ 1920’s home and garden located just minutes from Chicago O'Hare Airport. Her home is called Pine Manor and it's filled with love and positive energy, perfect to complement your binding. At Chicago Pagan Weddings, Rev Pam works as a Wedding Planner, and will take your wedding preparations off your shoulders but never out of your hands.
Choosing an auspicious wedding date will get you started in the right direction & ensure a long life of happiness, harmony and prosperity. Let Rev Pam help you choose the LUCKIEST Day for your wedding nuptials.
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Yellow Elemental air, knowledge magick progress communication, learning, knowledge
Blue Elemental water, Peace, tranquility, calmness, truth, wisdom, justice, understanding, patience, loyalty and honor, sincerity, devotion, healing, femininity
Red Elemental fire, deities of love, passion, sexuality Courage, will-power, determination, assertively, sexual attraction and potency, love and passion, fertility.
Black Elemental earth, deities of the Underworld. Repel and banish evil and negativity, protection, breaking free from bad habits and addictions, deep meditation, opens up deep unconscious levels.
Green Elemental Earth Nature and fertility deities, Mother goddesses growth, healing, prosperity, balance, peace, home, children
Pink Love-goddesses, softness and tenderness, romance, caring, nurturing, youth, peace, friendship, femininity, emotional love, emotional healing.
Gold solar and masculine energy, Abundant self confidence, creativity, perfection, financial richess, magickal power, overcoming bad habits and addictions.
Orange good luck and good fortune. encouragement, stimulation, optimism, success, prosperity, success in legal matters.
Brown Elemental earth, stability, grounding, protection of household, family and pets, to make relationships solid, to attract help in financial crisis.
Silver Female energy, cycles, rebirth, reincarnation, healing of hormonal imbalances, emotional stability, intuition, dreams, psychic abilities Black Elemental earth, Repel and banish evil and negativity, protection, breaking free from bad habits and addictions, deep meditation
White Elemental spirits, Angels, God, divination and prophecy. Purification, purity, innocence, wholeness, completion. truth seeking, consecration, spiritual enlightenment, protection against negativity, divination, inpiration, and clairvoyance. White can be a replacement for any color and should be at least one color in your cord to represent your higher power.
Lavender Purple Psychic abilities, divination, counter-acting negativity, reversing bad luck, psychic healing, psychic power, inspiration, meditation, spirituality, spiritual power, imagination and spirituality.
It is my honor to make a handfasting cord spicifically for the two of you. I will add powerful good energy to help tie you and your sweetheart to your vows, and bind you to your promises to create a life long binding. I will also include a reading from the cards and rune to halp you navigate on your way, which will be included with yur cord.
When should Rev Pam make your Handfasting cord?
The full moons have names corresponding to the calendar months and the seasons of the year. Apx every 20 years, February has no full moon at all and 7 out of every 19 years, two full moons will fall in the same calendar month. The second of the month’s full moons is called the Blue Moon. Because this doesn't happen very often, it gives us the vernacular "Once in a blue moon."
DID YOU KNOW? Using the seasons and the moon to do prayer work is very old and found in every culture. The Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) calculate the dates for Lent and the date of Easter as the Sunday following the paschal full moon, which is the full moon that falls on or after the vernal (spring) equinox.
New Moon workings can be done from the day of the new moon to three-and-a-half days after. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting.
The waxing moon is for constructive magic, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck and health. Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravity (heavy with child - both philosophical and literal).
Full Moon Magic Prime time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healing for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams.
The waning moon is used for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity.
The dark moon is a time for ridding oneself of bad habits, Binding spells, for exploring our darkest recesses and understanding our angers and passions. Also bringing justice to bear.
The Blue Moon This is an especially magical time, think of it as a lunar bonus round, a chance to ask for special "once in a blue moon" favors, or to work with "once in a lifetime" spells.
What are the names of the full moons and what do they mean.
January: The Wolf Moon Also called the snow moon. The colors associated with the January moon are white, blue-violet and black. The howling of wolves can be heard echoing in the empty cold still air. The corresponding stones are garnet, onyx, jet and chrysoprase. Herbs used in this full moon ritual should include marjoram, holy thistle, nuts and cones. Spells done at this time should be geared toward new beginnings.
February: The Quickening Moon or Snow Moon It's the time of year when new life may be beginning, but it still lies dormant. Pregnant animals, due in the spring, begin to feel the quickening of their unborn young. The earth itself is coming back to life as seeds beneath the soil begin their journey towards the sun. We know these things are coming -- and we know also that this is a good month to make plans for the future for the Quickening Moon include crystals such as rose quartz, amethyst, and jasper, and the deities Brighid and Aphrodite. Magical workings this month should focus on personal achievements and advancement, new beginnings, and new relationships.
March: The Worm Moon The colors associated with the March moon are green and violet. Snow slowly begins to melt, the ground softens, and earthworms show their heads again and their castings or fecal matter can be found. Other signs of spring gave rise to other variations: the cawing of crows (the Crow Moon); the formation of crusts on the snow from repeated thawing and freezing (the Crust Moon); and the time for tapping maple trees (the Sap Moon). The corresponding stones are aquamarine and bloodstone. Irish Moss should be included in this full moon ritual. Spells done at this time should center around success and hope. Christian settlers also called this the Lenten Moon and considered it the last moon of winter.
April: The Pink Moon also been called: the full sprouting grass moon, the egg moon, and among coastal tribes, the full fish moon, because this was the time that they swam upstream to spawn. The colors for the April moon are red and gold, But the moon was named for thre pink spring flowers of the season, including wild ground phlox. with rubies and garnets as the corresponding stones. Herbs used at this ritual should include basil, chives, dragon’s blood, geranium and thistle. Spells performed should deal with preparing and planting your garden.
May: The Flower Moon The colors for May are green, brown and pink. Also called the Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon. Flowers come into full bloom and corn is ready to plant. The corresponding stones are emerald, malachite and amber. Herbs to use during this ritual include elder, mint, rose, mugwort, thyme and yarrow. Perform spells for health, love, romance and wisdom. ( I have mugwart growing wikd in my backyard! )
June: The Strawberry Moon Strawberry-picking season. Colors for this full moon include Orange and yellow-green The associated stones are topaz, agate and alexandrite. Herbs to be used should be skullcap, meadowsweet and parsley. Spellwork for romance and fertility is ideal.
July: The Buck Moon The colors associated with the July full moon are silver and blue-grey. Also called Thunder Moon because of Frequent thunderstorms In July, buck deer start growing hair-covered antlers. The corresponding stones are pearl, moonstone and white agate. Herbs used in the ritual should include honeysuckle, lemon balm and hyssop. Spellwork should focus on enchantments, health, success and strength.
August: The Sturgeon Moon The colors for August are yellow and gold.The sturgeon, a large fish common to the Great Lakes and other nearby bodies of water, is most easily caught during this month. The reddish appearance of the moon through the frequent sultry hazes of August also prompted a few tribes to dub it the Red Moon. Other names included the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon. The stones are cat’s-eye, jasper and fire agate. The herbs to use are chamomile, St. John’s Wort, bay, angelica, fennel, rue and orange. Spells for abundance, plants, agriculture, harvesting and marriage should be performed.
September: The Harvest Moon September colors are brown, yellow-green and yellow. Also called the Corn Moon.The strong light of the Harvest Moon allowed European farmers to work late into the night to harvest their crops. Traditionally, the name goes to the full moon closest to the autumn equinox, which falls during October once or twice a decade. The associated stones are peridot, olivine, chrysolite, and citrine. Herbs used for the September full moon ritual should include copal, fennel, rye, wheat, valerian and skullcap. Perform spells for protection, prosperity and abundance.
October: The Hunter's Moon The best color for the October full moon is dark blue-green.Harvest is done, folage has fallen and the animals are fat and easiy seen when hunting. Stones that can be used are opal, tourmaline and turquoise. Herbs to use for ritual are pennyroyal, thyme, catnip, angelica and burdock. Spells for new goals, protection, spirituality and resolution are best performed at this time.
November: The Beaver Moon The colors for November are grey and sea green. Also called the Frost Moon. At this time of year beavers are busy preparing for winter, and it's time to set beaver traps before the freeze. Stones to use are topaz and lapis lazuli. Herbs to use include verbena and thistle. Do spells for family, friends and divination. December: The Cold Moon This month’s colors are red, white and black. Also called the Long Night Moon as the winter nights lengthen and the moon spends more time above the horizon opposite a low sun. The stones are serpentine and peridot. Herbs to use are holly, English ivy, fir and mistletoe. Work your spells for hope and healing.
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