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permiission.  I will usually say it is okay, but please this is very
personal and special to me.

The <D>, son, him = Dave = Lord MoonLion
The <T>, daughter, her = Tracie = Lady Sharifire

Lady Sharifire

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PRIVATE HANDFASTING

(t) We have come here in celebration of us coming together in this ritual of
love, joining life to life and spirit to spirit.  Ever does the wheel turn
and through each of our live we seek many things.  One of those is to find a
mate and if we are lucky, it is so; on this Beltane join me as a lover just
as the God joins the Goddess.  Let us accord in peace, love, and share in
each other's happiness.  Marriage is a bond, a union of souls to be entered
into only after considerable thought and reflection.  Like the moon has its
cycles, and like any aspect in life it has its ups and downs, its trials and
triumphs.  With full understanding of this we have come here today and ask
the Gods and Goddesses to join us as one in marriage, as we commit one to
the other and have the God and Goddess witness the binding of our hands in
the Light of our Love.

David, as you approach this sacred time, are you properly prepared?

Yes, I am.

Are you David here by your own free will?

Yes I am.

What is your reason for coming before the God and Goddess on this Beltane?

<You say in his own words why you wish to be handfasted on this Beltane>

Tracie, as you approach this sacred time, are you properly prepared?

Yes, I am.

Are you Tracie here by your own free will?

Yes I am.

What is your purpose for coming here before the God and Goddess on this
Beltane?

<I say in my own words why I wish to be handfasted on this Beltane>

(d) Thus it is and thus it has always been, that man and woman are created
equal and in all things remain equal.  That which I lack, you redeem and
what you like I redeem, and what we share, we share in abundance. Thus let
us delight in our joining.

We humbly ask the attendance of the Elements of Life.

East:   Hail Syliphs, Lords of the watchtowers of the East
  Blessings we bring to you as we invite you to be a part of
this sacred celebration.
With clever fingers, weave tightly the bonds of heart, spirit and love
between us!  Let none undo the fabric of our love.
Breathe your wisdom and inspiration through our hearts everyday.
Refresh our hearts often with a renewal of our love for one another.
Bless us and all who we care about during this sacred rite.

South:  Hail Salamanders, Lords of the watchtowers of the South
Blessings we bring to you as we invite you to partake in this sacred
celebration.
Ignite the passion and the love of our hearts.  Ever burning, yet not
consuming one or the other.
Purify and guide us through our life together.
Grant us the will to overcome any obstacles that may stand in our
way.
Allow our lives to be full of creativity, never growing dull.
Bless us and all who we care about during this sacred rite.





West:  Hail Undines, Lords of the watchtowers of the West.
 Blessings we bring to you as we invite you to join us in this sacred
celebration.
Bless us as a couple with a love as deep as any ocean.
Nourish and cleanse our minds, hearts, and spirits as we ask to
become one.
Grant our lives be abundant  with peace, and tranquil as calm sea.
May our separate lives flow together to make one, like two rivers
forming to make a lake.
Bless us and all who we care about during this sacred rite.

North:   Hail Gnomes, Lords of the watchtowers of the North.
  Blessings we bring to you as we invite you to share in this sacred
celebration.
Bless us as a man and woman with the strength and wisdom to be
ours for as long as Love lasts.
Nurture our minds, hearts, and souls as we begin our journey
together.
Provide us a strong foundation to use to grow our relationship on,
 that will never crumble under us.
  Protect us from any harm or negative energies.
  Bless us and all who we care about during this sacred rite.

 Blessings and honor we bring thee Great God
 You who are known by many different names and faces
 Oak King, Horned one of the forest
 Lord of the Sun
 Born of the darkness of the Winter
 Bringer of warmth and light
 You who run with a swift stag
 who soar with the birds in the sky
 Consort of the Goddess
 And protector of all the Mother's children
 Protector of Nature
 Avenger of wrongs
 You who are born of the Goddess
 Her lover, and Her son; as are all men
 As you smile upon us from the heavens
 Be with me now, and with my lover
 We invite you to share in this sacred rite
 Bring forth all your love
 To manifest upon us as we gather here on this day
 to celebrate and commemorate the love between us
 Bless this union as it takes place before you
 Grant Peace and Love to us
 And harm to none.
  Blessings and honor to thee Great Goddess
 You are known by many different names and faces
 The Earth is your body
 The Air, your breath
 The Fire, Your spirit
 The Water, your blood
 Maiden of the dancing waves and glittering stars
 With your beautiful spirit
 Your wild, independent ways
 Yet loving and powerful
 Mother from whose all life is birthed
 With your sensual, all-loving, compassionate aura
 Yet strong and healing
 You who are all things to women
 Full of exuberance and vitality of youth,
 The tender compassion of womanhood,
 You who dwell within all
 As you smile upon us from the heavens
 We invite you to share with us in this sacred rite
 Be with me now, and with my lover
 Bring forth all your love to manifest us as we gather here today
 to celebrate and commemorate the love between us
 As you mature from the Maiden to the Mother
 Bless this union as it takes place before you
 Joining David with me as the God joins you on this Beltane
 Bring peace and love to us
 And harm to none

This sacred circle is now cast
 A place which is not a place
 In a time where there is no time
 Here may we ever be under your protection
 Lord and Lady of the dance
 May you bless this union
 That is new formed in your presence
 Let no one enter this sacred circle
 Save those who may enter into the presence
 Of the God and Goddess
 Bearing no wish for harm
 And of free will
 May the will of the Divine be done this night
 As the Goddess so bid, we say these words,
 I will love and harm none
 I will live, love, die, and live again
 I will meet and remember, know
 And embrace once more!
 For the free will of all, and with harm to none
 As is now alone
 SO MOTE IT BE!

Tracie, daughter of the Goddess and God; is there any other name that you
are recognized by?

Yes, there is; Sharifire Ivy Moonbeam

David, son of the Goddess and God; is there nay other name that you are
recognized by?

Yes, there is; Moonlion Stormtree




Tracie, are there any past hurt and/or bad experiences that are holding you
back?

Yes there is

David, are there any past hurts and/or bad experiences that are holding you
back?

Yes there is

(t) Salt of the Earth, I ask that you absorb my pain and bad experiences,
Because of them I have built walls
Keeping my Beloved from entering my heart fully
And also keeping the bad in as a part of me.
Grant me the release of my negative past experiences
Taking down those walls and allowing me to be strong
And give a 100% of my heart and myself

(d) By the Powers of the Earth, be purified and strengthened
Let down your walls my dear
My love is pure and will not hurt you
Allow my love to strengthen you

(t) Essence of the Air, I ask that you cleanse my thoughts of my hurtful
past
Free me of the pain of the past, and grant me the wisdom to see that the pas
t won't repeat itself
Let me see clearly that my Beloved love is strong and won't cause me pain
Allow me the power to give 100% of my heart and myself

(d) By the Powers of the Air, be cleansed of your past hurts
As surely as a strong wind blows away dust
Share your thoughts and feelings with me.

(t) Powers of Water, wash away any and all pain
That has held me back from my Beloved
Take away my fears and sorrows
And allow my feelings and love to flow like a soft stream.

(d) By the Powers of Water, may your heart be cleansed and filled with love
Beloved, trust me
My heart and soul are filled with love for you
I want to fulfill our potential for a deep love and commitment
May we find together an ever-flowing foundation of love and joy

(t) Forces of Fire, purify my soul
Grant me the courage to express myself emotionally as well as sexually
Without any fear of hurt
Help me find the power to release all harmful past energy
And allow me to create a beautiful, passionate relationship with my darling.

(d) By the Powers of Fire, may you be purified and inspired
To a new level in your life
Be with me in love, passion, and desire
For that I will return it threefold

(t) My Beloved, take this flower,
Like us, it was two parts that came together to be whole.
Let it represent the bloom of our love,
A new love, free from past pains.
Take this flower as a thank you and to keep as a reminder of our new found
love





(d) By the powers of the God and Goddess,
 I hereby sweep away all your past hurt and pain
 Let all the bad experiences which may have,
 in the past, troubled you in love or made it
 difficult to trust, be swept away.
 Allow yourself to trust again and
 to embrace me and my love
Release the past and go forward
 into a bright future together with me.

(d) Salt of the Earth, I ask that you absorb my pain and bad experiences,
Because of them I have built walls
Keeping my Beloved from entering my heart fully
And also keeping the bad in as a part of me.
Grant me the release of my negative past experiences
Taking down those walls and allowing me to be strong
And give a 100% of my heart and myself

(t) By the Powers of the Earth, be purified and strengthened
Let down your walls my dear
My love is pure and will not hurt you
Allow my love to strengthen you

(d) Essence of the Air, I ask that you cleanse my thoughts of my hurtful
past
Free me of the pain of the past, and grant me the wisdom to see that the
past won't repeat itself
Let me see clearly that my Beloved love is strong and won't cause me pain
Allow me the power to give 100% of my heart and myself

(t) By the Powers of the Air, be cleansed of your past hurts
As surely as a strong wind blows away dust
Share your thoughts and feelings with me.

(d) Powers of Water, wash away any and all pain
That has held me back from my Beloved
Take away my fears and sorrows
And allow my feelings and love to flow like a soft stream.

(t) By the Powers of Water, may your heart be cleansed and filled with love
Beloved, trust me
My heart and soul are filled with love for you
I want to fulfill our potential for a deep love and commitment
May we find together an ever-flowing foundation of love and joy

(d) Forces of Fire, purify my soul
Grant me the courage to express myself emotionally as well as sexually
Without any fear of hurt
Help me find the power to release all harmful past energy
And allow me to create a beautiful, passionate relationship with my darling.

(t) By the Powers of Fire, may you be purified and inspired
To a new level in your life
Be with me in love, passion, and desire
For that I will return it threefold

(d) My Beloved, take this flower,
Like us, it was two parts that came together to be whole.
Let it represent the bloom of our love,
A new love, free from past pains.
Take this flower as a thank you and to keep as a reminder of our new found
love



(t) By the powers of the God and Goddess,
 I hereby sweep away all your past hurt and pain
 Let all the bad experiences which may have,
 in the past, troubled you in love or made it
 difficult to trust, be swept away.
 Allow yourself to trust again and
 to embrace me and my love
Release the past and go forward
 into a bright future together with me.

(t) May the God and Goddess be witness to this handfasting,
and help us celebrate our joining which we have chosen freely and in love.
Although the physical bonds may be removed, the spiritual bonds will
continue
as long as love lasts.

(east): Hear our promise to honor each other as intelligent individuals....
  to share wisdom....to strive always to inspire one another, and to
 learn and grow together in harmony.

(south): Hear our promise to always hold in pour hearts and souls the
  passion we now have for each other.. to create for one another
 something meaningful in the eyes of all.

(west): Hear our promise to love each other fully and completely...to share
  in our emotions, fears, honestly and in perfect trust and love.

(north):  Hear our promise to be steadfast in our devotion to one another...
to be the rock of strength for each other .....to build a home and family
full of love.

Till now, we have been as these candles
 Each shining our light, but two beings...
 let us light now the third candle....
 This is as we are now...once separate,
 now bound together in love and commitment,
 to share our life and hearts together with each other
 to laugh and cry
 to talk and argue
 to live, love, learn, and grow together.
 Like a flower I am the seed and you are the water
 together we will blossom and show the world our
 love and beauty

 Let these rings symbolize our love,
 which does honor to the Goddess and God
 and is harmonious with their ways,
 which like the circle has no beginning or end.

Into this cup of love, I pour my heart and soul.

Into this cup of love, I pour my heart and soul.

As we have poured our souls forth - bring it to the chalice of union.
In this chalice of union there is no limit to love,
 No strings and no price.  Only the divine union of
 two souls, drink now - deeply from this chalice of love.







By the powers of Earth and Water I consecrate these rings, that they may
be a constant reminder of the purity of our unfailing love and devotion.
Just as a circle has no beginning, no end, no flaws, neither shall our love.

 By the powers of Fire and Air I consecrate these rings, that they may be a
symbol of our passion and commitment.  Just as the smoke rises from
this censer, may the sir of communication forever fuel the flame in our
hearts.

David: VOWS

Tracie: VOWS

By the powers of Earth and Water I consecrate this cord that it may
be a constant reminder of the purity of our unfailing love and devotion.
Just as a circle is binding, so shall our love be.

 By the powers of Fire and Air I consecrate this cord, that it may be a
symbol of our passion and commitment.  Just as the smoke rises from
this censer, may the sir of communication forever fuel the flame in our
hearts.
Just as a circle is binging, so shall our love be.


East:  Blessed be!  The Guardian of the East,
  They bring us the gift of Air, symbolized in this incense.
As this incense passes over us remember ever the lessons of the
East, the lessons of communication and wisdom.
 Remember that every successful marriage requires that we keep
communication open and free between us temper our words and actions with
wisdom.
They also bring us the gift of a knot in our cord.
With this knot know that the Powers of the East are forever with us.
May we enjoy a wonderful life together full of open and honest
communication and an abundance of wisdom.

South:  Blessed be! The Guardian of the South,
  They bring us the gift of Fire, symbolized by this apple.
  The apple is a fruit of balance and of passion.
  As you eat of this apple, remember ever the lessons of the South,
  the lessons of passion and romance.
  Remember every successful marriage requires us to keep passion
and romance a daily part of our relationship.
  They also bring us the gift of a knot in our cord.
  With this knot know that the Powers of the South are forever with
us.
  May we enjoy a passionate and romantic life together.

West:  Blessed be!  The Guardian of the West,
  They bring us the gift of water, symbolized in this wine.
  As we drink this wine, remember the lessons of the West,
  the lessons of sensuality and emotions.
  Remember every successful marriage requires
  fluidity of emotions, sharing them freely between one
  another, and of sensuality, that love often takes a
  more gentle touch.
  They also bring us the gift of a knot in our cord.
  With this knot know that the Powers of the West are
  forever with us.
  May we enjoy a emotional and sensual life together.

North:  Blessed be!  The Guardian of the North,
  They bring us the gift of Earth, symbolized in this bread.
  As we eat this bread, remember the lessons of the North,
  that of foundation, and of growth.
  Remember every successful marriage requires
  constant growth, ever changing and adapting
  to the needs of the other, and a firm foundation
  of lasting love and friendship between us.
  They also bring us the gift of a knot in our cord.
  With this knot know that the Powers of the North are
forever with us.
  May we enjoy a firm and ever-growing life together.

(d) Thus we have entered our life together.
 A beautiful journey to share with each other.
 Ever remember the lessons we have heard
 here as well as the joy we have now for each other
 LET US NEVER FORGET THEM!!
 We have come before the Goddess and the God
 to pledge our love for one another and make
 promises to be equal and join together as one.
 We are now one within their sight.
 Blessed Be and may our union be lasting throughout
 this life and those that follow.

(t) This is the beginning of our life together.
 We have promised our love, and life to one another
 before the Lord and the Lady,
 though we must come together again next year to renew our vows
 before them again.
 Until then, let us rejoice in our new life together.

<After we light the joint candle we sit down together facing one another and
take turns presenting gifts that we feel expresses our love for the other.
Could be anything, new or old>

1st gift = Dave, take this gift in honor of the God who is within you
 Accept it as a token of my love and devotion.

1st gift = Tracie, take this gift in honor of the Goddess who is within you
 Accept it as a token of my love and devotion.

<after the final gifts are exchanged, we disrobe and stand facing one
another to begin the blessings>






Bless me Mother, for I am your daughter.
Blessed be my mind which perceives the beauty and mysteries of the Divine
Blessed be my eyes that I may see you in my Beloved
Blessed be my nose, that of which smells the scent of love
Blessed be my ears, which here the sweet melody of love composes
Blessed be my lips, which speak the melody of our love
Blessed be my arms, may they be strong enough to hold my Beloved
Blessed be my hands, may they be soft to touch and caress him with
Blessed be my breasts, for like the Mother they may nourish him
Blessed be my womb, for it gives me the power to create a new life with you
out of love
Blessed be my spot which pleasures in the ecstasy of our love
Blessed be my legs, for they are my support for our journey through life
together
Blessed be my feet, which have steered me in the right path to find my
Beloved as a partner and a
soulmate.

Bless me Father, for I am your son.
Blessed be my mind which perceives the beauty and mysteries of the Divine
Blessed be my eyes that I may see you in my Beloved
Blessed be my nose, that of which smells the scent of love
Blessed be my ears, which here the sweet melody of love composes
Blessed be my lips, which speak the melody of our love
Blessed be my arms, may they be strong enough to hold my Beloved
Blessed be my hands, may they be soft to touch and caress him with
Blessed be my spot which pleasures in the ecstasy of our love
Blessed be my legs, for they are my support for our journey through life
together
Blessed be my feet, which have steered me in the right path to find my
Beloved as a partner and a
soulmate.

 Bless him Mother for he is your son and my Beloved
Bless his mind so he can share his ideas with me
Bless his eyes so he can behold the Goddess within me
Bless his nose, allowing it to breathe the essence of our love
Bless his lips, which may kiss me tenderly
Bless his arms, so they may they be strong to hold me
Bless his hands, may they be soft to caress me with
Bless his spot so it can pleasure in the ecstasy of our love
Bless his legs, to support him on our journey through life together
Bless his feet, which have allowed him to find me.

Bless her Father for she is your daughter and my Beloved
Bless her mind so she can share his ideas with me
Bless her eyes so she can behold the God within me
Bless her nose, allowing it to breathe the essence of our love
Bless her lips, which may kiss me tenderly
Bless her arms, so they may they be strong to hold me
Bless her hands, may they be soft to caress me with
Bless her spot so it can pleasure in the ecstasy of our love
Bless her legs, to support her on our journey through life together
Bless her feet, which have allowed her to find me.

Blessed are your feet, they have brought you in these ways
Blessed are your knees, that kneel at the scared altar
Blessed is your sex, without which we could not be
Blessed are your breasts, formed in strength and beauty
Blessed are your lips, which shall speak the sacred names

Blessed are your feet, they have brought you in these ways
Blessed are your knees, that kneel at the scared altar
Blessed is your sex, without which we could not be
Blessed are your breasts, formed in strength and beauty
Blessed are your lips, which shall speak the sacred names


Magnificent Lord, we ask that you bless these cakes.
 It represents your body that you willingly sacrifice for the rebirth of all
the Earth
That they may be of nourishing value to our bodies as we
 toast our union.
 Bless these cakes and bless the love of we who share them now in Your
honor.

 Beautiful Lady, we ask that you bless this wine.
 It represents your blood, the life force that flows in me and in all
 That it may be of nourishing value to our bodies as we
 toast our union.
 Bless this wine and bless the love of we who share them now in Your honor.

Great Goddess, Mighty Mother,
 You are known by many different names and faces
 We thank you for having come to us this day
 to celebrate with us
 and bring us your blessing upon our joyous union
 On your day, Beltane, the day when you, the Maiden
 mature into the Mother.
 As you leave us tonight, leave your blessings
 of peace and love upon us,
 and harm to no one.

 Great God, Mighty Father, Great Oak King
 You are known by many different names and faces
 We thank you for having joined us this day
 to celebrate with us
 and bring us your blessing upon our joyous union
 On your day, Beltane, the day when you mature
 from the son to the companion of our Mother
 As you leave us tonight, leave your blessings
 of peace and love upon us,
 and harm to no one.

West:  Hail Undines, Lords of the watchtowers of the West
  We thank you for joining us on this joyous occasion.
  Leave with us your blessings as we bid you farewell.
  Blessed Be!!

South:  Hail Salamanders, Lords of the watchtowers of the South
  We thank you for sharing this special occasion with us
  Leave us your blessings as we bid you farewell.
  Blessed Be!!

East:  Hail Syliphs, Lords of the watchtowers of the East
  We thank you for you attendance in this sacred rite.
  Leave us your blessings as we bid you farewell.
  Blessed Be!!

North:  Hail Gnomes, Lords of the watchtowers of the North
  We thank you for being with us tonight for this union
  Leave us with your blessings as we bid you farewell.
  Blessed Be!!

The circle is open, but unbroken.
May the peace of the God and Goddess go ever in your hearts..

 Merry Meet, Merry Part, Merry Meet again