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The Wedding Jar

Even the shortest, simplest wedding ceremony deserves to be special. It is, after all, a celebration of love and a commitment intended to last for life. It was for these simple ceremonies that I created a ritual I call “The … Continue reading

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Ritual: GARDEN GIFTS by Zita Christian

Many believe that eating basil will protect you and give you courage. And eating orange peel will make you fertile. True. My daughter Laurie Neronha and I love to cook. Despite the aggression implied in the language of the kitchen … Continue reading

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Ritual: DESTINY AND THE RED CORD by Zita Christian

Ei-ling was delighted that so many members of her family were coming from Taiwan to attend her wedding to Jason. She wanted her mother to have a role in the ceremony but was sensitive to her mother’s concern about speaking … Continue reading

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Ritual: GIFTS FROM THE DRAGONS by Zita Christian

To create meaningful rituals for Couples who don’t want a religious ceremony, I often incorporate their cultural heritage. For Jason and Ei-ling, I explored Polish wedding customs and Chinese mythology. I created several rituals for them. You’ll find one of … Continue reading

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Ritual: WIND HORSE by Zita Christian

Chris and Jennifer had come to Buddhism as adults. They wanted their wedding to give their guests a glimpse into the beauty and serenity they’d found on the spiritual path they’d chosen. With that in mind, I created the ritual … Continue reading

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Ritual: LOVE KNOTS by Zita Christian

I wrote this ritual for Bill and Chelsea’s nautical themed wedding at historic Mystic Seaport in Mystic Connecticut. I’ve included the stage direction so you can visualize how the ritual was enacted. As the wedding officiant, I’m identified as “Celebrant.” … Continue reading

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Be Generous With Your Jellybeans

When my daughter, Laurie Neronha, was a senior in high school, she worked part-time in the candy section of a fancy department store.  One afternoon, I watched her help several customers.  Each one ordered a pound of gourmet jellybeans.  Laurie … Continue reading

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Letting Go – Holding On

In August of 2008, two months before author Liz Aleshire died, I was one of six friends — all women, all writers – who gathered on Cape Cod to complete her manuscript, 101 Ways You Can Help: How To Offer … Continue reading

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Three Words A Year

I meet once a month with a small group of women who come from three different states. We’ve been getting together since 2006. We range in age from mid-forties to late-sixties. Our family scenarios differ, as do our employment situations. … Continue reading

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Maiden, Mother & Crone: Celebrating 3 Generations

Every Maiden isn’t young. Every Mother doesn’t have a child. Every Crone isn’t old. What’s important is the energy each embodies and how it makes itself known. Which Goddess are you? The Maiden embodies the creative force. Like one of … Continue reading

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