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« Reply #3: May 11, 2009, 02:09:52 pm »

I'd love to hear more about this too.  In one of the books I read recently (and I've read so many I can't remember which one), I remember mention of a pagan divorce ritual.  It was like a reversal of an handfasting (I'll see if I can find it).  I remember thinking what a great idea it is to have a spiritual ending to a marriage.  My marriage was so easy to do, but the divorce took almost a year, lawyers and more money than I care to think about.  It left me feeling angry and bitter.  I did make up my own personal ritual on the one year divorceiversary which included writing down my feelings, burning them and reading a poem I'd written.  For me, it was very cleansing and I really have felt better since.  I wish I could have done it with my X or that he were able to do something similar so he too could let go and move forward.



I've read of a ritual like that as well. I just can't remember where it was that I read it! Both of my marriages were civil ceremonies, since my ex was an atheist and mh current husband is agnostic. He would not have minded a Pagan handfasting, but I have never been publically active in the Pagan community, so I didn't know anyone who could've performed the ceremony.

I like the idea of a personal ritual to end a marriage. I really could've used one to end my first marriage, but my ex had browbeat me so badly about my religion that I had packed away all my books and took down my altar in an effort to keep the peace. I thought that in the end I had abandoned my God/desses, but They had not abandoned me. It's only been in the last couple of years that I've been able to connect with Them again.
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