friends, as we gather to celebrate the marriage of
One, I ask thee to bless this couple, their love, and their marriage as
long as they shall live in love together.
each enjoy a healthy life filled with joy, love, stability and fertility.
be by the element of air.
be blessed with communication, intellectual growth, and wisdom.
be by the element of fire.
be blessed with harmony, vitality, creativity, and passion.
be by the element of water.
be blessed with friendship, intuition, caring, understanding, and love.
be by the element of earth.
May you be
blessed with tenderness, happiness, compassion, and sensuality.
In all the
eons, the long slow climb of evolution has no greater culmination than
the union of people in love.
time the first amoeba fissioned into two, there has been the possibility of
companionship -- and the possibility of loneliness.
time Nature invented sexual reproduction, love has been a quickening.
In humans as
self-aware beings, sexuality provided a way that love can conjoin the bodies,
hearts, minds, and souls of those who love.
Humans have sadly turned away from Nature's harmony for most of our lives.
war, loneliness, and desolation, and the soul of Nature mourns.
there are those of us who love enough to make a commitment such as this
one tonight between Bride and
the very stars rejoice at the rediscovery
of love, joy, and bounty.
Love has its seasons the same as does the Earth.
In the spring of love is the discovery of each other, the pulse of the senses,
the getting to know the mind and heart of the other; a blooming like the buds
and flowers of springtime.
In the summer of love comes the strength, the commitment to each other, the most
active part of life, perhaps including the giving of life back to itself through
children; the sharing of joys and sorrows, the learning to be humans who are
each complete and whole but who can merge each with the other, as the trees grow
green and tall in the heat of the sun.
In the fall
of love is the contentment of love that knows the other completely. Passion
remains, and ease of companionship.
The heart smoothes love into a
steady light, glorious as the autumn leaves.
In the winter of love, there is parting, and sorrow. But love remains, as do the
stark and bare tree trunks in the snow, ready for the renewal of love in the
spring as life and love begin anew.
Now is the
time of summer.
Groom have gathered before their friends to make a statement of their
commitment to each other, to their love.
They face each other.
Do you now commit to each other to love, honor, respect each other, to
communicate with each other, to look to your own emotional health so that you
can relate in a healthy way, and provide a healthy home for children if you
choose to have them; to be a support and comfort for your partner in times of
sickness and health, as long as love shall last ?
Together they say: We do.
Then recite the vows you have written for each other.
The couple moves first to the East, then around the directions.
Couple and Priestess move to table where sits 3 candles.
Priestess asks them to each light a candle, they do.
candles are yourselves.
you is a whole and complete human being.
Groom speak to us of who you are.
Groom describes himself.
, speak to us of who you are
Bride describes herself.
Together, light the third candle, but extinguish not the first two.
marriage you do not lose yourself; you add something new, a relationship,
the capacity to merge into one another without losing sight of your individual
to us of who you are as a couple.
Groom alternate speaking of what they are as a couple.
Let us bless the rings.
Circles represent eternity, and though our lives are finite, love is
everlasting, the creative force that binds us together, the force that gives new
The blessings of the wind upon these rings and your love, that you share
communication and creativity.
The blessings of fire upon these rings and your love, that you share passion and
The blessings of water upon these rings and your love, that you
share love and compassion.
The blessings of the earth upon these rings and
your love, that you share health and sexuality.
We humans are
born of stardust and deepest oceans, of erupting volcanoes and the bones of the
In celebrating love you celebrate a heritage of all these things, and
of the love of all humans from the dawn of time.
In making a commitment to
loving each other, you share that which is best in us and give a moment of light
to the world.
Bride, place the ring on
Groom's finger and repeat after me:
ring, I thee wed.
the ring on Bride's hand and repeat after me:
ring, I thee wed.
I now pronounce
each and together be blessed with health, happiness, harmony, and love.
(© 1994 by Mary A. Axford; may be reproduced as long as this copyright