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 122004 bond of marriage for so long, and in so many different cultures, thatrepparttar 122005 origin ofrepparttar 122006 practice is obscure. Certainly,repparttar 122007 circle of a ring represents undying love andrepparttar 122008 continually renewed vows ofrepparttar 122009 married couple. Circles have long been archetypes for not only timelessness, but also wholeness and homecoming. The circle also speaks torepparttar 122010 constant round ofrepparttar 122011 heavens, as well asrepparttar 122012 eternal return ofrepparttar 122013 seasons, marked by cyclical ritual and celebration. In addition,repparttar 122014 circle in rock art, sacred stone arrays, and astrology represents bothrepparttar 122015 Sun andrepparttar 122016 Moon, themselves astrological and alchemical symbols forrepparttar 122017 masculine and feminine aspects ofrepparttar 122018 cosmos. This correspondence withrepparttar 122019 Sun and Moon is emphasized byrepparttar 122020 frequent practice of choosing gold for one betrothed and silver forrepparttar 122021 other, as gold and silver arerepparttar 122022 metals long associated withrepparttar 122023 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 122024 protection ofrepparttar 122025 wearer of rings are common motifs. Today, in traditional religious ceremonies, Christian and otherwise,repparttar 122026 wedding rings are blessed by a minister or priest, thus continuingrepparttar 122027 symbolic practice of imbuing rings with protective powers. The widespread tradition of embellishingrepparttar 122028 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 122029 ouroboros,repparttar 122030 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 122031 oneness of creation and destruction in renewal, andrepparttar 122032 life principle which timelessly feeds on its own inspiration. It also representsrepparttar 122033 hope for a lifelong marriage union thatís continually renewed. Celtic wedding rings are often gorgeously decorated with geometric 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 122034 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 122035 curves and spirals found in nature. Indeed,repparttar 122036 Celtic Knots that embellish wedding rings heraldrepparttar 122037 ideas of spring, fertility, andrepparttar 122038 eternal reawakening ofrepparttar 122039 life force - all of which bode well for a fruitful life partnership.

Women Own The Holidays!

Written by Ed Williams

This week weíre gonna get serious and deal with one of lifeís greatest mysteries - why are almost all ofrepparttar gift giving holidays slanted towards women?

I know, I know, this is gonna arouse a little controversy, especially from some of you women out there. And ladies, please donít take thisrepparttar 122003 wrong way - I still love yaĎll as much as ever, but I have to tell it like it is. Bottom line, gift giving holidays are geared towards women receivingrepparttar 122004 majority ofrepparttar 122005 gifts. Itís as simple as that.

Yaíll should know me well enough by now to know that Iím not going to say something like that without being able to back it up. Itís my responsibility as a serious journalist to support my statements with facts. So, in that spirit, hereís a list ofrepparttar 122006 six major gift giving holidays along with where all those gifts seem to be going:

1. Valentineís Day - Is there any couple alive who can honestly say on Valentineís Day that more money was spent onrepparttar 122007 man thanrepparttar 122008 woman? If thereís a couple like that out there, please write me, cause your story would make a full length column in and of itself. We all know, just by what is put on sale on Valentineís Day, that this holiday is slanted towards women. If you donít believe me, kindly tell me many men out there are longing for gifts like flowers, balloons, heart shaped boxes of candy, or edible underwear? Hmmm?

$$$ Advantage: Women.

2. Anniversaries - This is a slam dunk for women. Anniversaries exist solely to pay homage torepparttar 122009 female inrepparttar 122010 relationship. Most times, she gets expensive jewelry, nice clothing items, trips, cars, etc., etc. What doesrepparttar 122011 man typically receive? Usually either a mailbox, some work clothes, or a gift certificate to a store that doesnít exactly sell male oriented items (Victoriaís Secret, for example). In fact, to no manís surprise, this certificate usually ends up being redeemed for items that benefitrepparttar 122012 woman.

$$$ Advantage: Women.

3. Motherís Day - I canít knock this one at all, but obviouslyrepparttar 122013 gifts all go to women on this day. In fact, any man worth his britches loves his mama and should be glad to pony up big on this holiday. I know I wish I could.

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