A handfasting is an old Pagan custom, dating back to the time of the ancient Celts.Handfasting was originally more like an engagement period, where two people would declare a binding union between themselves for a year and a day. (Always good to have a trial before a real marriage, rather than a rushed marriage resulting in a trial!) In ye olden days, after the year had gone by, the couple could either split as if they had never been married or could decide to enter permanently into marriage.
Today, the tradition continues, albeit in a more symbolic way. There are many variations of the traditional handfasting, but in each, the wrapping of the cord forms an infinity symbol.
The handfasting ritual is a beautiful, magical rite of passage. Many non-Pagan and non-Wiccan couples are adopting this old custom, much like when couples borrow from other traditions to craft their own ceremony to match their distinctive personalities.
Flipside Handfasting cords can be made from 3, 4, 5 or 6 strands of ribbon. They can have charms woven in along their length, or at the ends.
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