Happy Solstice and Yule everyone! Here on the Isle of Avalon there is a sprinkling of magic in the air as we prepare for Winter Solstice. The beautiful Isle of Avalon is lightly dusted with sparkling snow.The Goddess Temple is now re-dressed by the Temple dressing team, dismantled lovingly from sombre black for Samhain and the Goddess Kerridwen, to gorgeous silver and white for Yuletide and the Goddess Danu. We are also excitedly preparing for our last Sacred Marriage of the year to be held at Winter Solstice Night. It will be a magickal candlelit ceremony. Staying in touch with our inner child is truly the spirit of Yuletide. It is this same wonderment that is spun and woven into each Sacred Marriage between us all here at Goddess Temple Weddings and our gorgeous couples. It makes each wedding and reception beautifully bespoke, taking on the total essence of the beloveds.
For us in the Sacred Marriage team this is a cosy time where we celebrate the year past, have our Yuletide dinner together at the Bocabar, which has a wonderful function room for Wedding Receptions, and reminisce over bubbly, reflecting on the wonderful ceremonies that we have held in 2017. This year we have conducted 13 Sacred Marriages in the Temple and we are looking forward to many more as we are fast becoming booked up for 2018.
Each Sacred Marriage is unique as you co-create with your Priestess how your ceremony will be, making it a memorable experience that lives in the hearts of all who enter the experience with you.
Our Wedding Melissas: Trevor Nuthall, Manon Latete, Cristina Granada and Mandy Kaye care for each couple and all of the Wedding party on your special day. They work hard to make sure that everything is how you have dreamed it to be, dressing the sacred space, the bridal entrance and keeping a watchful presence for any needs that couples and guests may have during the ceremony. They keep a strong and deeply spiritual core for you and we simply could not conduct without them.
Happy Samhain everyone! We are delighted to share that soon we will have an official Goddess Temple Weddings headquarters!! As we write this, our new space at Goddess House is being painted and decorated… transforming it into a beautiful place for us to work and create our sacred weddings. Exciting! The Temple has been redressed in black, and Kerridwen, the dark Mother, heads the altar. It is lit with candle lights and feels truly magical, like being in a cave of love.
As October turns to November here on the Isle of Avalon, it is time to observe the sacred time of Samhain which originated in Ancient Europe as one of the four Celtic Fire Festivals and is now observed throughout the world. ‘Samhain’, pronounced ‘saah-win’ or ‘saa-ween’, means ‘Summer’s End’ is the celebration of the end of the harvest and the start of the colder half of the year. It is the time where we honour Cerridwen, the Crone, the Dark Mother, the Goddess of Transformation. Read More…
The Wheel of Avalon turns again, the wheat is ripening in the fields surrounding the Isle! Sunflowers raise their heads to the sun. Lammas is approaching. Here at the Temple we celebrate the Goddess Ker in Her aspect as Harvest Mother, Grain Goddess, Lady of Abundance.
Lammas is the Festival celebrating the first fruits of Mother Earth’s harvest, where we see the first grains of wheat appear, alongside ripening fruits, such as apples and pears. The word ‘Lammas’ is derived from ‘loaf mass’ and is indicative of how central and honoured is the first grain and the first loaf of the harvesting cycle. The first sheaf would often be ceremonially cut at dawn, winnowed, ground and baked into the Harvest Bread which was then shared by the community in thanks. The first barley stalks would be made into the first beer of the season. The last sheaf was also ceremonially cut, often made into a ‘corn dolly’, carried to the village with festivity and was central to the Harvest Supper. The corn dolly was made into a Corn Maiden (after a good harvest) or a cailleach, hag or cone (after a bad harvest). She could be dressed with ribbons, even clothed. Read More…
Solstice, and the Festival of Litha, is the time where we honour the Goddess of Water, Domnu. Domnu is the Mother of Oceans and Queen of the deep who brings flow and emotion into our lives. It is the time when we dive deeply into our emotional beings, allowing our hearts to open and our creative tears to flow. Like cascading waterfalls of love, She touches the places we are often afraid to open… as with the Oyster, there is something vulnerable and sensitive within. Her sacred animals are all creatures of the Oceans, Rivers and Seas. She cries out to us to care for Her. We are guardians of this most sacred Earth, the body of the Mother and her waters are the amniotic fluids that support life.
Now more than ever before it is vital to see and know that Her sacred waters are the sweet fluids of life and we must be mindful. To honour this precious element as Goddess transforms our understanding of that which is often taken for granted and pollute. Water has the power to transform its molecular structure when prayer, intention and thought are projected.
I stepped out into my garden this morning, to be greeted by an abundance of flowers! The Love-in-a-Mist has delightfully self-seeded itself throughout the garden. It is popular for country style bridal bouquets.
This led me to find out more about the Language of Flowers. The history of flower symbolism, meanings and ‘sentiments’ reaches back into early Chinese Dynasties. Selam, the oriental Language of Flowers, was introduced into Europe by Charles II, King of Sweden after five years of exile in Turkey, living at the Ottoman Court and returning to Sweden in 1714, from where his courtiers began sharing and promoting the Flower Language around the Western World.
In 1718, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, wife of the Ambassador to the Port of Constantinople, became fascinated with the coded messages used by Turkish harems and introduced the symbolic language to the UK. However, it was not until 1809 that the first published use of the phrase ‘Language of Flowers’ came into being. Queen Victoria became so enamoured by the Language of Flowers that she spread the tradition throughout the British Empire! Read More…
We are delighted to share that we can now offer you your own ritual objects that you take home and place in your sacred space. Along with your incense, handfasting candles and hoop and wand, we can now also offer sacred chalices and incense bowls for your handfasting ceremony.
We have an amazing ceramist who creates these beautiful chalices and bowls containing a swirl of natural red clay collected from the landscape of the Isle of Avalon, together with the sacred waters collected from the red and white spring.
Each Chalice has Glastonbury Tor lovingly hand carved into the wet clay and glazed showing the layers of the magical seven circuit labyrinth. These beautiful and incredibly powerful ritual objects will have only been used in your ceremony, unique to you, vibrating with your love and heart song. Each one contains a little piece of Avalon and the four elements: Earth – the clay and earth of Avalon, Water sacred spring waters to mould and shape, each drop infused into the clay, Air – to dry the ritual chalices before the firing Process, and Fire – the kiln and the firing. Read More…
A legal marriage in the Goddess Temple is unique in the fact that it is in the format of a Handfasting, an ancient Pagan sacred marriage ceremony.
As the sacred marriage ceremony takes the couple on a journey around the four elements of air, fire, water and earth, so it includes a ritual for each of the elements.
We provide the equipment needed, such as incense bowl and incense for the air ritual, which represents the beginning of your relationship. The Priestess Celebrant smudges you both with incense hand blended by Priestesses and Temple Melissae to cleanse and make ready for your new life together as married beloveds.
At fire we bless your union with the sacred temple flame, the Flame of Avalon. Fire represents passion and the fire of love in your relationship. During the ritual you are both invited to light your own candle from the temple flame and so keep it as a perpetual flame to love with the deep connection to the Goddess Temple wherein you spoke your words of truth and love. Read More…