Please Note: The following Ritual was created and adapted by Lady Rohanna for a couple who were interested in a 'Warriors" Handfasting, the original idea was presented by the couple from a Star Trek episode, in which a Klingon Marriage Ceremony was presented.
Backdrop, Circle and Aisle are lit by torches. Two brasiers stand on tripods slightly in front of the edges of backdrop.
Drummers are positioned at right and left of backdrop (right hand Drummers are Brides heart, left are Groom's, all join to make final beat)
Children are positioned along the edge of aisle each holding a single red flower.
Left hand drummers begin with a strong heatbeat rythmn.
Speaker 2 remains out of sight,
Speaker 1 approaches the center.
Speaker 1; With Fire and Steel the Ancient Ones did forge the Pagan Heart. So fiercely did it beat, so loud was the sound, that the Ancient Ones cried out,
Speaker 2; "On this day we have brought forth the strongest Heart in Creation, none can stand before it without trembling at its strength".
(drumming softens and faulters)
Speaker 1; But the Pagan heart weakened and Its steady rythmn faultered. The Ancient ones said
Speaker 2; "Why have you weakened so, For We made you the strongest in all creation?"
(Groom approaches Speaker from the side of the Circle)
Speaker 1; And the Heart said:
Groom; I am Alone.
Speaker 1; The Ancient ones knew they had erred so they returned to thier forge and brought forth another Heart.
(Second beat begins strong and loud as the, Bride enters along the aisle collecting the flowers from the children as She goes, she hands them to the speaker)
Speaker 1: But this Heart was stronger than the first and the first was jealous of its power.
(Groom and Bride clash swords)
Speaker 1: Fortunately the second Heart was tempered by wisdom
(Bride holds Her sword at the Grooms heart)
Bride; If we join together no force can stop us.
Speaker 1; And when the two Hearts joined as one, None could oppose their strength, To this day none can oppose the beating of two Pagan Hearts, Joined as one.
(Swords are laid down on the floor - Speaker 2 comes forward, holding nine foot red cord)
Speaker 2; ‘(Groom's name) Son of (Groom's father's name) In the Names of the Ancient Ones, Do you stand here of your own free will, Without doubt, fear or reluctance, To join the beating of your hearts, In front of all who bear witness here?
Groom: I do
Speaker 2: Does your heart beat only for this Womon, Do you swear to join and stand with Her, Against all who would try to separate you?
Groom; I do, I swear
Speaker 2; ‘(Bride's name) Daughter of (Bride's mother's name), In the Names of the Ancient Ones, Do you stand here of your own free will, Without doubt, fear or reluctance, To join the beating of your hearts, In front of all who bear witness here?
Bride: I do
Speaker 2: Does your heart beat only for this Man, Do you swear to join and stand with Him, Against all who would try to separate you?
Bride; I do, I swear
(the couples left hands are bound together with a red cord, drummers join beat to a single powerful heart beat rythmn)
Speaker 2; As above, so below, as within, so without, as their hands are bound so are their hearts.
(couple face the crowd)
All present; So Mote it be!
(crowd then attacks couple with cushions as they stand together for the first time as a couple. The bride is then handed back her flowers - after the ceremony the bride and groom depart along the aisle , the bride hands back the flowers to the children to take to their mothers)
(Feasting begins in the Great Hall, the hands remain bound throughout the feasting to remind the couple that being bound together too tightly can be as much of an issue as not being bound tightly enough)
Couple's bedroom is adorned with flowers, petals, and mead (or wine) is placed in the room, with small sweets for the couple to share later in the evening..