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Metaphysical Dictionary

The dictionary posted here is a sampling of an over 4,700 word compilation of many years research about metaphysical terms from Pagan, Wiccan, Druid, Occult and other related terms.

These works are to be published in book format and all of the contents are copyrighted (c) 2005-2009 by Magickal Winds. This book will be available in our online store soon.

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Definition of Handfasting

(1) Wiccan/Pagan marriage ceremony. (TRASB) (2) Wiccan wedding ceremony. Usually renewed annually. (3) a pagan marriage ceremony. (4) The Wiccan equivalent of a wedding ceremony. It is only legal if performed by a registered clergyman. Handfasting vows are meant to be renewed annually, and thus are a "safer" commitment than marriage unless made legal (5) A Wiccan, Pagan or Gypsy wedding. More broadly, any wedding or solemn betrothal. (6) A wedding or betrothal ceremony. (7) This is the Rite of Pagan marriage, traditionally contracted for a specific period of time depending on ones tradition. It is renewed only if both parties agree. In Old Irish the word for handfasting is lanamnas. Within the Druidic traditions this was usually an eternal vow taken with a soul mate. (8) 1) the Wiccan, Pagan, & Gypsy wedding. 2) can also refer to a solemn betrothal. In some traditions, it is a permanent joining while in others it is only for as long as both partners agree to be joined. There are 3 basic marriage handfasting: a year & a day; lifetime; and time & eternity. Unlike a marriage until 'death do you part', a handfasting will stop, if the love stops (usually). (9) Wiccan equivalent of a wedding. It can be made legal if the Priestess and/or Priest are registered as clergy with the local authorities, or it may only be considered binding within the coven. (10) Pagan marriage, traditionally contracted for a nine-year period, then renewed if agreed upon by both parties. (11) The joining of two humans in a bond of love before the goddess and god. Yes, they can be made to be a legal marriage, there is no requirement that a marriage be Christian to be legal in the U.S. (separation of church and state).

 

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