Published: Thursday, Mar. 31st, 2022
Symbolic offerings are a unique part of a Pagan wedding ceremony, and the tradition of offering gifts to gods, spirits, and ancestors can be traced back thousands of years.
Everyday items take on extraordinary meaning in these ceremonies, whether placed on a marriage altar, burned in a ceremonial fire, poured onto hearthstones, or presented as part of a blessing ceremony.
Offerings are usually simple objects, such as herbs, fruits, wine, or cloth, that are chosen because they embody the qualities or blessings of a specific god or ancestor whose favor is desired. For example, fresh milk is a fitting offering for a god or goddess of the home, such as Brighid or Frigg, but wouldn’t be used to honor Mars, the Roman god of war.
If you’ve been asked to perform a Pagan wedding ceremony, or are planning one of your own, use the list below as inspiration for meaningful offerings.
Other common ingredients in a Pagan wedding ceremony: Offerings made to deities and spirits aren’t the only ingredients found in most Pagan weddings… Handfasting, sacred circles, candle lighting, and an abundance of natural beauty are also common, although these customs vary depending on whether a couple practices Wicca, Druidism, Asatru, or another branch of Paganism. You might also see couples jumping a fire, jumping a broom, calling on the four elements, participating in a stone blessing ceremony, or sharing in another special ritual or spell.
Gods of Romance and Marriage
(Aphrodite, Frigga/ Frigg, Hathor, Hera, Parvati, and others)
Gods of Fertility, Sexuality, and Abundance
(Beset / Bes, Gefion/ Gefn, Freyja, Oshun, Cernunnos, and others)
Gods of Home and Hearth
(Ancestral spirits, Brigid/ Brigit, Frigga/ Frigg, Hestia, and others)
Gods of Wealth and Good Fortune
(Fortuna / Tyche, Hermes / Mercury, Toutatis, and others)
An illustrated article by Jessica Levey
Magic, love, & symbolism come together on a Pagan wedding altar. Learn some of the most common items you can expect, using a Wiccan Year and a Day ritual as an example. For officiants, wedding guests, and curious couples. Read now.
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