Symbolism of Wedding Rings

Written by Peter Breslin

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Wedding rings have most commonly been worn onrepparttar third finger ofrepparttar 122004 left hand. Speculation has it that this is becauserepparttar 122005 Romans believed that a vein ran directly from this finger torepparttar 122006 heart. An alternate suggestion for this tradition is that each finger onrepparttar 122007 hand is associated with a planet inrepparttar 122008 ancient systems of astrology, andrepparttar 122009 ring finger ofrepparttar 122010 left hand was associated withrepparttar 122011 Sun. In this way,repparttar 122012 wearing of a wedding ring on that finger signifiesrepparttar 122013 public proclamation ofrepparttar 122014 union inrepparttar 122015 daylight, in other words,repparttar 122016 conscious and clearly visible world of human community. This correspondence is perhaps even more strongly emphasized byrepparttar 122017 general tendency to craft wedding rings out of gold, which is symbolicallyrepparttar 122018 metal ofrepparttar 122019 Sun throughout folk history and across cultures. Wedding rings capturerepparttar 122020 full range ofrepparttar 122021 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 122022 art ofrepparttar 122023 jeweler,repparttar 122024 reverence ofrepparttar 122025 betrothed, andrepparttar 122026 beauty of love and partnership in a single, resonant symbol.

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Peter Breslin is a musician, astrologer, Tarot reader, teacher and freelance writer for and living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has taught mathematics, music, writing, and literature in the course of a 20-year teaching career in Pennsylvania, New York, New Mexico, and California. Writings include a variety of pieces for publications online and otherwise. He is currently at work on a novel.

Women Own The Holidays!

Written by Ed Williams

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$$$ Advantage: Women.

4. Christmas - If Christmas was any more oriented towards women, Santa would physically resemble Martha Stewart. But, donít take my word for it, research it yourself - visit a Sears one day, walk throughrepparttar store, and tell me if at least two-thirds ofrepparttar 122003 items in there arenĎt oriented towards women? I think thatís why Sears is still hanging on inrepparttar 122004 retail world. If you want to see what happens when a store tries offering a more gender balanced mix of products, visit a JCPenney's (while you still can). Theyíre learningrepparttar 122005 hard way what it means to not openly cater to women.

$$$ Advantage: Women.

5. Easter - When I was a boy growing up, I got lots of Easter candy each year, so Iíll admit that food wiserepparttar 122006 holiday is a break even between boys and girls. However, what slants this one towards women arerepparttar 122007 clothes. Have you ever seen a young woman on Easter without a new dress and accompanying accessories? As for us guys, I can remember some years just being handed a new tie if I could still fit into my previous yearís stuff.

$$$ Advantage: Women.

6. Fatherís Day - This isrepparttar 122008 only holiday where men rake in most ofrepparttar 122009 loot. But, most wives, recognizing that, purchase gifts for their honey that ultimately end up benefiting them - stuff like gutter cleaners, new paint brushes, woodworking equipment, andrepparttar 122010 like. And guess what - all those things end up producing goods or services that ultimately benefitrepparttar 122011 woman.

$$$ Advantage: Debatable.

And there you have it - clear, non-biased proof that most gift giving holidays favorrepparttar 122012 woman. I guess this is to be expected, and is just as nature intended. Iíd like to discuss this topic even more, but, I have to finish up this column right now. The upstairs bathtub is clogged, and thisíll berepparttar 122013 first chance Iíve had to use that new super strength plunger I received this past Christmas. And guess who gave it to me?

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