SCOTA GODDESS TEMPLE
WEDDINGS AND CELEBRATIONS
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The Scota Goddess Temple has two Celebrants Authorized by the General Registrar of Scotland and Approved by the Scottish Pagan Federation to perform full legal weddings, also for same sex couples within Scottish territory. In addition to this, the Scota Goddess Temple also provides non-legal unions, such as Handsfastings, as well as other Ceremonies and Rites of Passage, such as naming ceremonies, coming of age ceremonies, rituals to help the soul depart that you can explore by clicking this link.
All our weddings are bespoke, tailored for the couple, after all it is your special day and we will work hand in hand with you so that the celebration matches your expectations, hopes and dreams and that reflects and honors your love, your spiritual path and tradition. We can even include elements of different traditions in the same ceremony if required.
We can Officiate our Ceremonies completely in English, Spanish and partly in French and Italian.
Have you already thought about where you want to celebrate your ceremony? Actually we can celebrate it wherever you want, in a private building, outdoors: on a beach, a picturesque place or even historical place such as a Castle or a Stone Circle, always bearing in mind that the place may require a special permit that must be requested in advance. That is why we recommend that you give us enough time to coordinate these types of details with you. The place is certainly an important part of the ceremony, since it also has to be able to accommodate your guests.
There are many things to prepare for a ceremony, so we repeat, the sooner you contact us the better, especially if you want to reserve an specific date.
Whatever if you want a handfasting or a legal wedding or other ceremony, we recommend reserving the date at least 90 days before the ceremony, to have enough time to create something really special together and be sure that all the necessary documentation is in order.
We will reserve the full day exclusively for your ceremony, so it gives you flexibility to choose the time that best suits you and know that we will be prepared for any last minute hiccups.
A little about our pagan Weddings and Handfastings
As Pagan Celebrants, our Weddings and Handfastings of course contain pagan elements and Earth based Spirituality. Each wedding is unique because each couple is unique. Even in the same couple, each one can have different spiritual practices that can be integrated into the same marriage ritual or handfasting to satisfy both parties, although there are always common elements. Some of the common elements in pagan weddings or handfastings can be the following:
- Offerings to the Spirits of the Place
- Purification of space and assistants
- Opening of sacred space
- Invitation to the spirits or deities
- Exchange of vows
- Sharing food or drink
- Biding of hands
- Jump the broomstick
Of course these are common elements but they do not have to be included all in the ritual since as we said the rituals are bespoke. Anyone with a connection to nature, no matter your tradition or philosophy, can request a Handfasting ceremony.
But what is a Handfasting?
Sure there are people familiar with the concept, but let's talk a bit about it.
The origin of Handfasting is attributed to the Celtic people, who made their way to the British Islands coming from Europe, bringing with them customs, religious practices and their Gods, or at least we can assume that. Be that as it may, we know that the act of binding hands continues through the centuries until the Middle Ages and our times. From what through time and customs was lost from the original rite, the act of joining hands with a cord survives, as a sealing the agreement between the couple.
The Handfasting can have a duration of 1 year and a day, something like a trial pre-marriage, or symbol of the marriage commitment, but the handfasting can also be given another period of duration or be permanent depending on what is established in the vows of the ritual.
Other Celebrations of Life
- Baby Naming and Blessing
- Renewal of Vows
- Unfasting Hands and Soul Parting
- Memorial and Scattering of the Ashes
- Coming on Age for both sexes (Check the page of Rites of Passage)
- Other ceremonies on request
If you want to know more about our Ceremonies, Legal Weddings and the necessary requirements for the different celebrations, you can contact us and request more information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also you can download different PDFs with all the information after this section. There you will find details about the documentation necessary for a legal wedding, what services and elements we include in our celebrations, donations etc. You will also find details about our Celebrants in this page below.
Stephen is the Presiding Officer (elected) of the Pagan Federation (Scotland). He is also their National Interfaith Officer for Scotland, Lead Organizer and curator for the Annual Scottish Pagan Conference and a prominent Pagan rights activist.
Stephen is also a Key Representative of Renfrewshire Interfaith Group. He was the first Pagan to be elected to the role of Chair of a regional Interfaith Group in his home Country.
He sits on the Pagan Heathen Symposium representing both the Pagan Federation (Scotland) and the Temple of Sumer respectively.
Stephen speaks at Pagan events across Scotland and the UK, mainly on Sumerian Paganism, as well as to Colleges, Universities, City and Community Councils, and Museums representing Scottish Paganism in general.
Stephen is a Sumerian Reconstructionist. He is one of the Ensi's of Temple of Sumer, an International Organization dedicated to the study and restoration of the Sumerian and related Near Eastern Religions. He is also the Founder of the Temple of Inanna, and the Founder of the Council of Near Eastern Pagan Religions.
Stephen is currently working on several academic publications, including 'The History of the contemporary Sumerian Pagan Community', the 'Rise and Fall of the controversial Zuist Church', and his much anticipated thesis on the Goddess Ishtar.
Rev. Ness Bosch, is the head of the Scota Goddess Temple. Recognized member of the International Hispanic Pagan Community for her work, before coming to Scotland, Ness was Regional Coordinator for the Pagan Federation Interntional in Spain and Head of the Granada Goddess Temple.
Before founding this last temple, Ness was a Torch Bearer of the Covenant of Hekate, the First Spanish to hold this position in the Covenant, where she actively participated in ritual creation groups and other activities for the Covenant community.
Before being a member of the Covenant, Ness led the Temple of Hakate Tethys Krataiis in Spain, from which they edited first devotional guide of the Goddess Hekate in Spanish. Since 2012 Ness is the Head of the Temple of the Waters and the Covenant of Waters. She is also Founding Member of the Council of Near Eastern Pagan Religions.
Ness coordinated the Online Conference for the SPF in 2020 and previously, organized the International Symposium of the Fellowship of Isis (of which she is Hierophant Priestess, Dame Commander and Archdruidess), the International Congress of Magic and Witchcraft and other events both Online and physical.
Ness has walked the Shamanic path for years, she is a Sundancer on the Lakota Tradition and Pipe Carrier. She travels to different countries sharing her knowledge and experiences on the Path of Bones.
If you want to read more about Ness you can click here.
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