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Another Celtic ritual originating in Scotland, the stone ritual, finds the couple figuratively setting their love in stone by reciting vows while holding a special oathing stone in their hands. When this ritual first emerged, an oath given near stone was considered to be stronger.

One way of carrying out the oathing stone ritual is to pass the stone among your friends and family before you say your vows so they can hold onto it and pass on the best wishes, love, and good vibes. The stone is then passed back to you, and you hold on to it while your vows are said. Couples can have fun selecting their stone, perhaps taking it from a beach or a place that means something to them.

A rock or stone is a sign of strength and endurance, so it is symbolic that it would be used in a wedding ceremony, where a couple pledges strength and endurance to each other.

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Above you are the stars, below you are the stones.
As time passes, remember...
Like a star, should your love be constant,
Like the earth, should your love be firm.
Let the powers of the mind and of the intellect
guide you in your marriage,
Let the strength of your wills bind you together,
Let the power of love and desire make you happy
and the strength of your dedication make you inseparable.
Possess one another, yet be understanding.
Have patience with each other,
For storms will come, and they will go quickly,
Forced to dissipate in the light of your love.
Be free in giving of affection and of warmth.
Have no fear, and let not the ways
Or words of the unenlightened give you unease.
For your love is with you,
Now and always!

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