Symbolism Of Wedding Rings

Written by Peter Breslin

"The meeting of two personalities is likerepparttar contact of

two chemical substances; if there is any reaction,

both are transformed."

-C.G. Jung

Rings have been exchanged as a symbol ofrepparttar 105649 bond of marriage for so long, and in so many different cultures, thatrepparttar 105650 origin ofrepparttar 105651 practice is obscure. Certainly,repparttar 105652 circle of a ring represents undying love andrepparttar 105653 continually renewed vows ofrepparttar 105654 married couple. Circles have long been archetypes for not only timelessness, but also wholeness and homecoming. The circle also speaks torepparttar 105655 constant round ofrepparttar 105656 heavens, as well asrepparttar 105657 eternal return ofrepparttar 105658 seasons, marked by cyclical ritual and celebration.

In addition,repparttar 105659 circle in rock art, sacred stone arrays, and astrology represents bothrepparttar 105660 Sun andrepparttar 105661 Moon, themselves astrological and alchemical symbols forrepparttar 105662 masculine and feminine aspects ofrepparttar 105663 cosmos. This correspondence withrepparttar 105664 Sun and Moon is emphasized byrepparttar 105665 frequent practice of choosing gold for one betrothed and silver forrepparttar 105666 other, as gold and silver arerepparttar 105667 metals long associated withrepparttar 105668 Sun and Moon respectively.

Rings in general have a deeply rooted magical significance. Enchanted rings figure in many ancient folk tales. Incantations and spells forrepparttar 105669 protection ofrepparttar 105670 wearer of rings are common motifs. Today, in traditional religious ceremonies, Christian and otherwise,repparttar 105671 wedding rings are blessed by a minister or priest, thus continuingrepparttar 105672 symbolic practice of imbuing rings with protective powers.

The widespread tradition of embellishingrepparttar 105673 plain gold or silver wedding band with various designs and patterns has been known since at least 700 AD, in both Pan-Hellenic and Celtic cultures. The quite ancient symbol ofrepparttar 105674 ouroboros,repparttar 105675 serpent which consumes its own tail, was a theme used for wedding rings made of iron in Rome. The ouroboros itself is a symbol ofrepparttar 105676 oneness of creation and destruction in renewal, andrepparttar 105677 life principle which timelessly feeds on its own inspiration. It also representsrepparttar 105678 hope for a lifelong marriage union that’s continually renewed.

Successful Dating and Marriage (1)

Written by Arthur Zulu

Chapter One

“In a high-divorce society, not only are more unhappy marriages likely to end in divorce, but in addition, more marriages are likely to become unhappy." -- COUNCIL ON FAMILIES IN AMERICA.


When Japanese government officials conceived building an airport in Narita, little did they know thatrepparttar airport will later come to be associated with divorce. Evenrepparttar 105648 engineers and architects, who dreamt uprepparttar 105649 plan, forgot to dream about wed locks and goodbyes. Morpheus,repparttar 105650 god of dreams, did not remind them.

Now,repparttar 105651 term Narita divorce, has been coined forrepparttar 105652 newlyweds who on arrival at Narita Airport after a honeymoon, immediately head torepparttar 105653 court to file divorce papers. Bad word!

Marriages have been known to hitrepparttar 105654 rocks,repparttar 105655 night afterrepparttar 105656 weeding day. Some may wait to happen afterrepparttar 105657 birth ofrepparttar 105658 first child, while others may choose to divorce after their golden jubilee.

The story of broken marriages -- marital bliss turned marital misery, is worldwide. And this is happening despite an army of psychologists, psychiatrists, clergymen, and other counselors offering advice on marriage, including a horde of publications onrepparttar 105659 subject. People have even written best-sellers, offering advice on broken families. Ask Inyanla Vanzant,repparttar 105660 author ofrepparttar 105661 book, Yesterday I Cried.

Let's get some statistics. Britain hasrepparttar 105662 highest divorce rate in Europe (4 out of 10 marriages), Canada and Japan (1 out of 3 marriages), Zimbabwe (2 out of every 5 marriage) and Spain (1 out of 8 marriages.) Also in Australia, divorce rates have quadrupled sincerepparttar 105663 1980's, and inrepparttar 105664 United States and other lands, teenage mothers and children born out of wedlock, have been onrepparttar 105665 rise.

In other countries, like Germany,repparttar 105666 traditional family has totally been abandoned. In that country, single persons and individuals account for a majority ofrepparttar 105667 families. And in France, people are marrying less, and divorcing more.

The effect of broken families --repparttar 105668 oldest human institution -- is already telling on us. What withrepparttar 105669 violence that we see around us today?

Family disintegration has led torepparttar 105670 fall of great empires like Rome and Greece. May it not lead torepparttar 105671 end of our civilization!

But why are married couples increasingly getting divorce certificates or simply living as roommates, or what has been called emotional divorce? Because they started their marriages withrepparttar 105672 wrong foot. And head torepparttar 105673 wrong people to seek advice -- marriage counselors.

These series of articles will help you to get your marriage on a good start, and stay married. Because it will tell you God's view about marriage. And since God isrepparttar 105674 creator and originator of marriage, he isrepparttar 105675 best authority on this matter.

In these series, you will find answers to questions that you may have asked such as: How can I find a compatible mate? What arerepparttar 105676 rules of dating? How do I know if I am ready for marriage? What happens onrepparttar 105677 wedding day? What is needed for a successful marriage? How should disagreements be settled? What is my role inrepparttar 105678 family? How can a husband get his wife's respect? Why does a wife need her husband's love? Who isrepparttar 105679 decision maker? What aboutrepparttar 105680 children? And many more…

But first; folks, let us look out forrepparttar 105681 dangers in a marriage. Knowing these dangers, like a sailor knowingrepparttar 105682 location ofrepparttar 105683 hidden rocks underrepparttar 105684 sea, will help you to find success in your courtship and marriage, sex and happiness.

So, what are they?

Chapter Two

"It seems much easier to fall in love than to stay in love." --DR. KAREN KAYSER.


Would you want to marry in haste and repent at leisure? No, folk. May that not be your destiny. But you see, marriage is like a packed theater with some uninterested spectators wanting to get out, and other interested ones waiting outside, wishing to get in.

If you think though that marriage can solve all of your problems, you are mistaken. Ask a married friend. But it can give you a measure of security and satisfaction if you play byrepparttar 105685 rules.

But we forgetrepparttar 105686 rules before we rush into matrimony. And when a sailor forgets his navigation rules, he suffers a shipwreck.

You see, people enter into marriage relationships with little or no preparation. If you were enteringrepparttar 105687 university for example, you will be asked to sit for a qualifying exam. You may even be asked to show other supporting qualifications likerepparttar 105688 TOEFL if you were heading for a U.S. university.

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