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.
After a year goes by (a handfasting was once believed to last a year and a day), the couple could either split as if they had never been married or could decide to enter permanently into marriage.
Today, Wiccans and Pagans have embraced handfasting as a part of their wedding ceremony.
After the bride and groom both declare their intent to enter into this union, the hands of the couple are clasped and fastened together with a cord or cords just before, just after, or during their vows are made to one another. The handfasting knot that is tied is a symbolic representation of oneness between the couple.
In a show of unity, they become bound to each other. One custom may have the couple facing each other, binding both pairs of hands of the bride and groom.
A handfasting can either be a legal marriage (depending on state law), or a commitment for "as long as love shall last." A handfasting ceremony can be tailor made to suit the couple.
There are many variations of the traditional handfasting.Another custom is to have only the right hands, and another one of each right and left. It all depends on the bride, groom, and the High Priest/ whom they chose to preside over their wedding ceremony.The handfasting ritual is a beautiful, magickal rite of passage.The above photo is from a collection of photos of forest lookouts in Oregon.Most of which were taken in the last few years, but a few like the above, back to 1984.1954, A photo by Ansel Adams entitled “Rails and Jet Trails” 1945, Europe: Contrails from fighter escorts (P-51s). You see lots of these types of photos when people try to debunk chemtrails, the believers say that engines back then were less efficient, so produced more trails.