I have a reading that I do after I perform the Celtic Traditional Handfasting ritual and it just says so much about the couple who are standing there holding hands anticipating what their new lives are going to be together. Usually they have been bound together in a beautiful tartan or some coloured ribbons. Handfasting, is the traditional Celtic ritual. We bound the couple's hands together and finish off by tying a knot. Hence the term "Tying the Knot" referring to getting married. This ritual started in the 16th Century but I perform it in many different ways to modernise this lovely old fashioned tradition. Here is the reading.....
"These hands holding you on your wedding day are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your future.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear and grief wracks your mind. The hands that will wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children and will help you hold your family as one, and give you strength when you need it.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.”