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Handfasting invitations-created for you by the very talented Lora Craig-Gaddis
Handfasting Prayer"Marry me under a garland of stars,
Conifers silent witness
To night wind's echoed vows.
Bearing our promises upward
Through universal whiteness
To the sepulchre of God.
Touch me once for all time,
All lives that are to be...
Our love enshrined.
Marry me under the gaze of stars.
Celestial concourse, bless our joy
Now and forevermore..."
The HandfastingLynn Whitehead
In the wood the sound of bell
summoned us into the dell
eagerly we climbed the path
for bride and groom who followed last
Then purified by fire and water
spun into circle with much laughter
by power beyond both time and space
the circle made a holy place
We danced to raise the sacred power
to fill and bless their bridal bower
then bride and groom their love declared
and song and dance of joy was heard
Then feast to honour bridal pair
and Lord and Lady, all things fair
the woods they rang with merry laughter
may joy and fortune follow after!
Both pieces found at: http://www.paganlibrary.com/music_poetry/index.php
Handfasting Oil7 drops Palmarosa
5 drops Ylang-ylang
1 drop Ginger
2 drops Rosemary
1 drop Cardamom
Wear as a personal oil and anoint candles during handfasting rituals.
Poppy Seed and Honey Handfasting Cake1 c Poppy seed
1/3 c Honey
1 c Butter or shortening
1 1/2 c Sugar
4 Eggs, separated
1 tsp Vanilla
1 c Sour cream
2 1/2 c Sifted all purpose flour
1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Salt
2 tbl Butter or margarine
1 3/4 c Sifted icing (confectioners)Sugar
2 tbl Milk
3/4 tsp Vanilla
Cook poppy seed with honey and 1/4 cup water in small saucepan for 5 - 7 minutes. Cool. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Addpoppy seed mixture. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in vanilla and sour cream. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt; add gradually to poppy seed mixture, beating well after each addition. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into batter. Pour into greased and lightly floured 9 inch tube pan. Bake in moderate oven (350F) about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until done. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Frost.
Frosting - Cream butter until soft and fluffy. Add icing sugar alternately with milk until mixture is spreading consistency. Blend in salt and vanilla. Spread over top of cake; let icing dribble down sides of cake. Sprinkle poppy seed on top.
Attributes: love, luck, fertility, prosperity and a life full of sweetness.