Celtic Handfasting Cords for a Pagan Wedding
Pagan wedding rites are called handfastings for a reason. Tying the cord is when the couple are joined. Buy a cord for a handfasting, which reflects your Celtic heritage.
There is nothing more symbolic in a Wiccan wedding (or any other Pagan marriage ceremony for that matter) than the moment of handfasting.
This is when all eyes are upon the wrists of the happy couple, as the cord wraps round and around. It's when two people are united as a pair, their destinies interwoven.
Naturally any old tatty bit of string would do, but this is your handfasting day. If there was ever an excuse to splash out on something special, then you have found it. Look at these beautiful handfasting cords to check out the alternatives.
Celtic Pagan Wedding Handfasting Cords
You don't need to buy a bespoke handfasting cord for a Celtic wedding ceremony. You don't need to get handfast to be in love either. But this isn't about 'need', it's about 'want'.
When your hand is bound to that of your partner, you could technically be looking down at a piece of unadorned twine, the belt from a bathroom robe, a bit of grimy parcel string from the back of your junk drawer or a plain cord that could otherwise be used to pull shut a curtain.
Or you could go for a beautifully crafted handfasting cord. Something that was designed for the purpose by a Pagan artist, who knew exactly what it signifies.
Call me an incurable romantic, but I know which way I'd jump.
Celtic Knot Pagan Wedding Handfasting Cord
I know that the crafter knows what they're about with these cords. They've added 'excellent for officiant to wrap with ease' to the selling points. As someone who has officiated at many Wiccan weddings, let me tell you that this is very good to read!
You want that moment to go smoothly. Whether you buy a cord for handfasting that's festooned with pretty things or not, please do opt for something easy to wrap around the hands of those being handfast. Otherwise it just looks clumsy and causes everyone watching to wince in pity.
Celtic Knot Pagan Forest Green Wedding Handfasting Cord
The Celtic Knot handfasting cords are braided ribbon with scallop ends. The silver or copper charms upon them are smaller than dimes. They'll look very pretty wrapped around the hands of the couple in union, and they each come in an Organza bag for safe-keeping.
Of course, the Celtic Knot pattern itself is highly symbolic for those who keep the old ways. The interweaving wraps together the Earth, the water and the sky; this world, the Otherworld and the Afterworld; the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone; the Warrior, the Father and the Elder. It brings together all that was, all that is and all that's yet to come.
If you know your Celtic spirituality, then the weaving is the perfect addition to your union.
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Silver Triquetra Wedding Handfasting Cord
Celtic Triquetra Handfasting Cord for Pagans
If it was my handfasting, then this would be the one. The Celtic Triquetra is so dear to me that I have it tattooed upon my back.
The Trinity appears everywhere in Celtic legends, religion and spirituality. It's one of our most deep-seated instincts to band all things together in triplicate. Whether it's the Triple Goddess, or telling ourselves that things always happen in threes, it runs as an undercurrent through our lives.
Its symbolism within the Triquetra (or Triskele) is much the same as that which I've described for the Celtic Knot.
All things run their course intertwined, only to return to the beginning in the endless cycle of life.
Your handfasting is part of a much bigger picture, and binds you within the Mysteries.
Irish Handfasting Cord for Pagan Wedding Rites
The Celtic Knot isn't the only spiritual tradition carried by Pagan Celts. The Irish shamrock was linked to the Mother Goddess long before it was attached to St Patrick.
Wherever She walked, the three-leafed clover sprang up in Her footprints. Fertility blooming across the whole of nature. What better precedent for an Irish Pagan wedding ceremony?
Shamrock has come to symbolize good luck, particularly when it's one with four leaves. For Pagans in Ireland, that is merely another way to say that the Lady has given Her blessing.
Your green handfasting cord would be fairly bubbling with symbolic meaning, if you opted for this one. Moreover, those non-Pagan watching would undoubtedly get the hint too, if only because the shamrock's meaning is so ubiquitous!
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