EverQuest Wiccan Handfasting Ceremony
This is the ceremony I did in EverQuest as Isolde Whitehands, for two
friends who wanted their characters to be married in a Wiccan handfasting
ceremony. It's culled from several different sources, noted at the bottom.
Xircon, the bride, afterwards was kind enough to say that it was the
wedding she wished she could've gotten in real life...and to be incredibly
immodest, me too. I tweaked it in one spot to reflect the game's
mythology, but other than that, it's something I'd use for a real
EverQuest Handfasting Ritual
PRIEST(ESS): May the place of this rite be consecrated before the Gods.
We gather here in a ritual of love. There are two here who would be wed,
BRIDE and GROOM. [BRIDE and GROOM step forward toward PRIEST(ESS).]These
two who are joined in love now have the desire to make their bond a matter
of record, so that their friends and the society in which they live may
witness it, and lend to them the support of their hearts and minds.
and Adonis, Ishtar and Tammuz, Freya and Odin, Ceridwen and Cernunos...by
these and other names in other worlds are divine lovers known. Under the
skies and on the face of Norrath, I call upon Erollisi Marr and Karana to
bless this union!
[PRIEST(ESS) takes up incense from the altar and holds
it towards the East.] Be here with us, Powers of Air! With your clever
fingers, tie close the bonds between these two!
[PRIEST(ESS) takes up a red candle from the
altar and holds it towards the South.] Be with us here, Powers of Fire!
Give their love and passion your all-consuming ardor!
[PRIEST(ESS) takes up a chalice filled
with water from the altar and holds it towards the West.] Be with us here,
Powers of Water! Give them the deepest of love and grant them your wisdom!
up a crystal from the altar and holds it towards the North.] Be with us
here, Powers of Earth! Let your strength and constancy be theirs as long
as they desire to remain together!
Loving Goddess, mighty God, give to these before us, we
do ask, your love & protection! So Mote It Be!
Up until this moment
you have been separate in thought, word and action. As this cord binds
together your hands, so do your lives become joined. [PRIEST(ESS) takes up
a cord from the altar and ties together GROOM'S left and BRIDE'S right
GROOM, you bring the energy of yang, active, bright, logical and
hard. I bid you blend these energies with BRIDE'S to make your lives
together whole. Wield this blade as a symbol of your love. [PRIEST(ESS)
takes up a blade from the altar and puts it in GROOM'S right hand.]
you bring the energy of yin, dark, intuitive, flowing and soft. I bid you
blend these energies with GROOM'S to make your lives together whole. Take
this cup as a symbol of your love. [PRIEST(ESS) takes the chalice from the
altar and puts it in BRIDE'S left hand.]
GROOM: I pledge my blade, as I
pledge my soul, ever to your service. Like this blade my love for you will
be strong and enduring, so that our lives together will always be
protected. Accept it, my beloved, and with it all that is mine also
becomes yours. Even if our paths should later diverge, yet I will always
be your true friend, to love you and lend you aid and protection. By seed
and root, by bud and stem, by leaf and flower and fruit, by life and love,
in the name of all the Goddesses and Gods, I, GROOM, take you, BRIDE, to
my hand, my heart, and my spirit.
BRIDE: I pledge this chalice, as I
pledge my soul, ever to your service. As from this cup, my love for you
will pour forth so that our lives together will be nourished. Accept it,
my beloved, and with it all that is mine also becomes yours. Even if our
paths should later diverge, yet I will always be your true friend, to love
you and lend you aid and protection. By seed and root, by bud and stem, by
leaf and flower and fruit, by life and love, in the name of all the
Goddesses and Gods, I, BRIDE, take you, GROOM, to my hand, my heart, and
[GROOM dips the blade into the chalice.]
PRIEST(ESS): Yin and
yang, female and male, dark and light...neither has meaning without the
other, but out of their eternal interplay the universe is born.
[PRIEST(ESS) takes the blade and chalice and puts them on the altar.]This
bond I draw between you; though you are parted in mind or in body, there
will be a call in the core of you, one to the other, to which nothing and
no one else will answer. By the secrets of earth and water is this bond
woven, unbreakable, irrevocable. By the law that created fire and wind is
this bond written in your souls. [PRIEST(ESS) unties the cord that binds
BRIDE'S and GROOM'S hands and places it on the altar. PRIEST(ESS) takes up
a wand off the altar, upon which are the couple's rings.] Your vows have
been made before Goddess, God, Elemental Powers and friends. These rings,
like your vows, are without beginning or end. They are the physical
representation of your promises to each other's spirits. [BRIDE takes
GROOM'S ring from the wand and places it on his finger. GROOM takes
BRIDE'S ring from the wand and places it on her finger.]
Above you are the
stars, below you are the stones. As time passes, remember — like a star
should your love be constant, like the earth should your love be firm.
Have no fear, and let not the ways or words of the unenlightened give you
unease, for the Gods are with you, now and always! I now proclaim you
husband and wife! Thus are your hands fasted, the two are one. The work of
joy is done, and yet begun!
[BRIDE and GROOM kiss.]
BRIDE: Powers of
Earth, we thank you for your guidance. For your strength, we will always
GROOM: Powers of Air, we thank you for your knowledge. For
your inspiration, we will always be thankful.Powers of Fire, we thank you
for your passion. For your spark, we will always be thankful.
BRIDE: Powers of Water we thank you for your wisdom. For your love, we will
always be thankful.
PRIEST(ESS): Loving Goddess, mighty God, we thank you
for the blessing of your love that you rain down upon us, for we are your
children. Now our circle is open, but unbroken. Merry did we meet, merry
do we part, and merry meet again!
Handfasting by She-Wolf - Litha Issue, http://www.newavalon.com/issue2/handfst.html • Broken, New Avalon re-formatted their site.
Pagan Handfasting Ceremony I, http://www.darkcastle.net/pagan/handfasting1.htm
Tailltean marriage, http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Studios/1318/marriage.htm
HANDFASTING - FULL CEREMONIAL FORM, http://www.witchery.com/handfst1.html
Handfasting Ceremony, http://pages.ivillage.com/misc/atemlos/HF.html • Broken, user doesn't seem to have an iVillage page anymore.
RITE OF HANDFASTING from Joy Williams, ftp://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/religion/neopagan/Rituals/Bonding/wedding1.gz
Pagan Wedding Posting from Mechelle Jeneene Haga, ftp://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/religion/neopagan/Rituals/Bonding/wedding2.gz
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