This is the second post in a series of four looking at rituals from other cultures which could be included in a Celebrant led ceremony.
"The four directions ritual"
This ritual has it's roots in Native American culture but similar rituals are also present in other cultures too.
Within this ceremony the couple turn to the four directions of the compass. Each holds a special significance and bestows a different blessing.
East - the direction from which the sun rises. This is the area of communication of the heart, mind and body. With each sunrise we begin afresh. The light from the sun can lighten even the darkest times.
South - the warmth of home and the spirit of growth.
West - the element of water. The imagery of water is very evocative. The deep commitment of the lake, the swift excitement of the rive, the cleaning of rain, the passion of the sea.
North - the earth. Firm foundations which can be built on to build a happy and successful partnership
Example of wording which might be used
"Let the qualities of water and the love your feel always flow through your hearts in strong waves."
Next time: Seven steps
This is the first of four posts in which I look at how we can incorporate rituals from other cultures into a Celebrant led ceremony.
The first ritual I have included is taken from the Yoruba culture. The Yoruba are one of the largest African ethnic groups south of the Sahara Desert. They have a wealth of folklore aimed at guiding people on life's journey.
This ritual is called the "Four elements"
The four elements are those of taste - sour, bitter,hot and sweet. Traditionally the couple taste vinegar, lemon, cayenne pepper and honey however these can be substituted for foodstuff with similar tastes.
Each taste represents an aspect of a couple's relationship.
sour - acknowledges that there will be disappointments as well as successes in life. After tasting the couple agree to offer their full support and love to each other
bitter - every life experiences denial and rejections. After tasting the couple promise to offer each other guidance and wisdom.
hot - for the spice and passion in an enduring relationship
sweet - for the abundance of life in all the stages of life together.
Next time : The Four directions ritual
Many parents wish to welcome their new baby by introducing them to family and friends. A Celebrant led ceremony is a wonderful way to do this and ceremonies can be held anywhere - making the organisation so much easier.
Each ceremony is tailor made to your requirements and may include
Choosing a Celebrant to help you create that special ceremony is an important step towards making your occasion a really memorable one. Why not take advantage of the free initial meeting I offer ? I believe it is important to meet informally to discuss your ideas and what I can offer. Meeting also gives us an opportunity to explore the type of ceremony that would best suit your needs.