The Meaning Behind the Wedding Ring

December 7th, 20106:38 pm

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The Meaning Behind the Wedding Ring

Ever wonder why we give our beloved a ring on our wedding day?  It’s not just some scheme that the jewelry companies came up with; it’s an age old tradition that has been carried on throughout the ages, and for good reason.  Nothing can be as eternal and as much of a symbol for the bond of marriage than a ring.  The ring is a representation of the undying love and never-ending vows that we have and keep for our partner.

The ring is also a symbol in astrology to mean the Sun and the Moon. The sun and the moon, in astrological terms, is a reflection of the masculine and feminine energies within the cosmos.  For couples who truly follow this symbolism out to the fullest, one of the partners will receive the gold ring to reflect the sun and the other a silver ring to reflect the moon.

There are also several folktales that are involved in the wearing of the rings.  Rings have been worn for centuries for “protection”, with many believing that the wearer of certain blessed rings will receive certain amounts of protection.  This practice is still carried out in most religious ceremonies today, as the priest “blessing” the two rings during the wedding ceremony is a way of providing protection to the couple.

If you have ever seen a Celtic wedding ring, then you know that there is a bit more to it than just having a “ring” placed on a finger.  Celtic rings own a very long, long history, with most of them involving the geometric knot work that we have all come to recognize as being Celtic artwork and handicraft.  These same knots are embellished on classic Celtic rings.  The flowing knots are thought to be a sign of the spring, which is a reflection of a renewal, fertility, and the reawakening of the life force that surrounds us.

Have you ever wondered why the wedding ring is traditionally worn on the third finger of the left hand, which most of us recognize as being named the “ring finger?  Story has it that the Romans believed that a vein in the ring finger ran directly to the heart.  Having the ring on that finger provides not only protection, but it also fortifies the heart.

Here’s another explanation, again involving astrology.  Some believe that each of the fingers on our hands are associated with a planet.  The left hand ring finger is associated with the sun, so it is thought that wearing a ring on this finger is a symbol of “daylight” or seeing clearly and brightly.

Almost all cultures have their own story behind why they have wedding rings.  If you happen to be fortunate enough to have wedding rings passed down to you from another generation, then you will have even greater stories to tell people about what that wedding ring means to you.  No matter what the story, the wedding ring is a true reflection of the never ending love and partnership that you and your husband (or wife) now share as a single, cooperative unit.

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