Celtic Ceremonies

Many of us have a strong sense of connection with Celtic symbols and symbolism eg the clasped hands carved onto rings, the Celtic knot, the Celtic cross and the handfasting ceremony (tying a (red) cloth around joined hands).

Celtic ceremonies are typically held in Nature, where Celtic goddesses and gods are said to be found.

A rocky outcrop in the bush, a place overlooking an expanse of water or the top of a mountain top all provide the perfect place for you to get in touch with the divinity of the natural world.

In a wedding ceremony with strong Celtic influences, you might include a reverence for circles and spirals (ancient and powerful symbols in many other cultures too) and the concept of Anam Cara or soul friend – the with whom you share your innermost self, your mind and your heart.

Celtic themes, poems and prayers can be incorporated into your wedding ceremony, a naming ceremony or a funeral.

Handfasting is the most well-known Celtic ceremony. It involves two people holding each other’s hands so that an infinity sign is formed. Sometimes the hands are loosely wrapped in ribbon or fabric (all the guests can contribute to making the wrap) and the couple can turn in a full circle while holding hands this way.

Reference: Anam Cara, spiritual wisdom from the Celtic World by John O’Donohue.

Wedding Ceremonies