Symbolism Of Wedding Rings

Written by Peter Breslin

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Celtic wedding rings are often gorgeously decorated with geometrically knot work patterns that have a long history and central place in Celtic art. These patterns are strongly vegetative, suggesting tendrils and vines. In fact, in much of Celtic art, includingrepparttar famous illuminated Bible, The Book of Kells, these Celtic Knots emerge from or transform into vegetative foliage. The beautiful symmetry of these woven patterns is often not square, rigid, or overly formal, but organic, flowing, and a stylized reflection ofrepparttar 105649 curves and spirals found in nature. Indeed,repparttar 105650 Celtic Knots that embellish wedding rings heraldrepparttar 105651 ideas of spring, fertility, andrepparttar 105652 eternal reawakening ofrepparttar 105653 life force- all of which bode well for a fruitful life partnership.

Wedding rings have most commonly been worn onrepparttar 105654 third finger ofrepparttar 105655 left hand. Speculation has it that this is becauserepparttar 105656 Romans believed that a vein ran directly from this finger torepparttar 105657 heart. An alternate suggestion for this tradition is that each finger onrepparttar 105658 hand is associated with a planet inrepparttar 105659 ancient systems of astrology, andrepparttar 105660 ring finger ofrepparttar 105661 left hand was associated withrepparttar 105662 Sun. In this way,repparttar 105663 wearing of a wedding ring on that finger signifiesrepparttar 105664 public proclamation ofrepparttar 105665 union inrepparttar 105666 daylight, in other words,repparttar 105667 conscious and clearly visible world of human community. This correspondence is perhaps even more strongly emphasized byrepparttar 105668 general tendency to craft wedding rings out of gold, which is symbolicallyrepparttar 105669 metal ofrepparttar 105670 Sun throughout folk history and across cultures.

Wedding rings capturerepparttar 105671 full range ofrepparttar 105672 ceremonial, symbolic, and communal aspects of marriage, and preserve these many levels of significance as a durable and constant reminder. Ancient yet contemporary, steeped in lore and mystery yet almost universally exchanged, wedding rings combinerepparttar 105673 art ofrepparttar 105674 jeweler,repparttar 105675 reverence ofrepparttar 105676 betrothed, andrepparttar 105677 beauty of love and partnership in a single, resonant symbol.

Peter Breslin is a musician, astrologer, Tarot reader, teacher and freelance writer for and living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has a teacher for over twenty years in Pennsylvania, New York, New Mexico, and California. He is currently at work on a novel. Please send email inquiries to:

Successful Dating and Marriage (1)

Written by Arthur Zulu

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But these are small things compared torepparttar permanent relationship of marriage. Yetrepparttar 105648 only requirement inrepparttar 105649 marriage registry is your signature. Nothing else.

However, there are dangers to watch out for just before you append your signature to that marriage certificate. And what are they?

Failed Expectations

People think of marriage as a kind of fiction story whererepparttar 105650 characters "live happily ever after." But it is never so. Becauserepparttar 105651 great expectation of your Sleeping Beauty or Prince Charming may turn out to be a bad dream. The love, attention and support that you badly craved before marriage may turn out to be a tale of rejection and disillusion.


You may also discover afterrepparttar 105652 marriage that both of you are poles apart -- with different interests. Those characteristics which were hidden beforerepparttar 105653 marriage now becomes manifest. And it becomes a story of "if I had known." (No thanks to mismatch and your beguiling mate!)


Your Happy Valley or Fortunate Isles, now turns to be a battlefield of squabbling, fighting, and God forbid -- physical violence. The very sweet words, like honeycombs which were used to win your hand in marriage now become weapons of abuse and "war."


It may be that you will one day find yourself saying: "I am no longer interested." And thenrepparttar 105654 marriage drags on and on, like a factory worker tolerating a bad job -- to keep body and soul together. And one day, apathy turns to hate, and you find yourself telling your partner thatrepparttar 105655 "game" is up!


Do not deceive yourself thinking that money will make you happy. It doesrepparttar 105656 opposite, says Paul Gettyrepparttar 105657 American millionaire.

Now suppose there is bickering over money in a joint venture? Or suppose your previously rich spouse now suffers financial misfortune? And you who were used to summer holidays inrepparttar 105658 Virgin Islands, and cruising in yachts inrepparttar 105659 Mediterranean now see poverty and hardship staring at you inrepparttar 105660 face? What will you do?


You may find out thatrepparttar 105661 love you had for your mate now begins to drop when children start coming in. The reason may be that you no longer have time for each other, or your mate is now getting old. Is it time to sue for divorce?


It may vex you to find out that you are living with an infidel, a betrayal of trust, and not a friend and confidant. Now, suppose you find out that your mate lied to you about his or her history beforerepparttar 105662 marriage? Or what if you find that your mate was cheating on you -- committing adultery?


Suppose your partner starts depriving you of sex? Or what if sex, which was supposed for enjoyment now becomes mechanical? Some have even used sex as a bargain tool : Buy me a Swiss gold watch, and I will give you sex!

Some wives have woken up afterrepparttar 105663 wedding day to find out that their husbands were impotents, or eunuchs. Husbands have also been told by their wives that they would die if they had sex together. Because they have husbands who satisfy their sexual desires inrepparttar 105664 spirit world! What would you call that?


This may also affect your marriage depending on where you live. Barrenness, miscarriages, unseen attacks, deaths and broken marriages have been supposedly caused by wicked spirits. Does this bother you? Maybe not. But know that wicked spirits exist.


If you allow your in-laws to intrude into your family, they may ruin your marriage. Both of you are now one, and should be able to solve your marital problems without frequenting your parents, or relations for advice.


What kinds of associates do you and your mate have? Are they unwholesome friends? They will not help your marriage. Know that bad company can corrupt good manners.

These are some ofrepparttar 105665 things may shipwreck a marriage. They may not berepparttar 105666 case with your family. But know that there is no perfect family on this earth. So there must be one kind of problem orrepparttar 105667 other in your family. Now what are required to make a marriage successful?

To be continued


ARTHUR ZULU is an editor, book reviewer, and author of Chasing Shadows! and How to Write a Best-seller. For his works and free helps for writers, goto: mailto: Web search: Arthur Zulu

Arthur Zulu is an editor, book reviewer, and pubished writer.

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