Recommitment Blessing Beads:

Renewing Our Vows


Mark & Donald Engstrom-Reese

First Read October 31, 2009

 

* = read by Mark & Donald 

# = read by an individual in attendance

@ = read by all in attendance




Induction (Key Beads):


*Listen Multiverse!

Listen Mysterious Ones!

Listen Ancestors!

Listen Spirit Allies of All Realms!

Listen All Beings of Midgard!

(labradorite)


*We;

Mark John Engstrom-Reese

And Donald LaVerne Engstrom-Reese,

Dare again to declare this day,

Under the Moon, the Sun and the Stars of the Cosmos,

Grounded in the beloved Good Green Earth

        and our Living Hearth-clan,

That we are Husbands, Partners, Lovers and Feres!

(Lake Superior agate)



Repeater:


@May our love deeply nourish each other and all of the worlds.

(indigo pearl)



Question asked by all in attendance:


@Do we enter this circle embracing the reality of love beyond all reason?

(brown glass with spirals)



Repeater:


@May our love deeply nourish each other and all of the worlds.

(indigo pearl)



The Elements:


*We honor the Wind.

(pale blue glass with white band)


*We honor the Flame.

(red glass barrel with yellow dots)


*We honor the Water.

(Green cinnabar fish)


*We honor the Dirt.

(thick brown glass disk)


*We honor the Hub of Beingness.

(turquoise glass with red & white marks)




Repeater:


@May our love deeply nourish each other and all of the worlds.

(indigo pearl)





Ancestors:


*We honor the Ancestors,

The known and the unknown:

(oval blood stone)


*We honor our Ancestors of Blood,

(brown and white ceramic bone with black marks)


*We honor our Ancestors of Spirit,

(brown and white ceramic bone with black marks)


*We honor our Ancestors of Culture.

(brown and white ceramic bone with black marks)



Repeater:


@May our love deeply nourish each other and all of the worlds.

(indigo pearl)



Mysterious Ones called by Name:


*We honor the Mysterious Ones,

The known and the unknown.

(rich yellow glass disk with honey eyes)


*We honor the Phoenix.

(dark red/orange glass oval with iridescent blue mist)


*We honor the Red Dragon.

(black jasper with orange spots)


*We honor Grandmother Bear

(gold & copper glass rectangle)


*We honor Rhea.

(large glass oval with green spots)


*We honor Hera.

(blue chalcedony drusy)


*We honor Ing.

(large pale blue glass disk with black band)


*We honor Janus.

(three faced stone bead)


*We honor Ganesha.

(green glass rectangle with black dots)



Repeater:


@May our love deeply nourish each other and all of the worlds.

(indigo pearl)



Our Intention:


  1. *In the company of our beloved friends, family and feres,

we, Donald LaVerne Engstrom-Reese and Mark John Engstrom-Reese, choose in love and devotion, to renew our commitment to each other and to the joys and challenges of our relationship.

(large beaded brown, copper & pink bead)



Our Vows:


*I, Mark John Engstrom-Reese,

Declare anew,

That I take you,

Donald LaVerne Engstrom-Reese,

to be my husband, partner, lover and fere,

to have and to hold,

for better or for worse,

for richer, for poorer,

in sickness and in health,

to love and to cherish,

from this day forward

until death do us part.

(large faceted clear quartz)


*I, Donald LaVerne Engstrom-Reese,

Declare anew,

That I take you,

Mark John Engstrom-Reese,

to be my husband, partner, lover and fere,

to have and to hold,

for better or for worse,

for richer, for poorer,

in sickness and in health,

to love and to cherish,

from this day forward

until death do us part.

(large faceted clear quartz)



Donald and Mark’s Blessings for each other, 2009:


*Donald Blesses Mark: created anew each time the beads are used.

(purple glass disk with lavender & purple dots)



*Mark Blesses Donald: created anew each time the beads are used.

(enameled scarlet, copper & blue metal globe)



Repeater:


@May our love deeply nourish each other and all of the worlds.

(indigo pearl)



Blessing Tail #1:


The Cross Roads Beads


*The consequence of commitment is change.

(black & white bone tube)


*In the place where we intersect ...

(stone disk with an X)


*I will remember ... [created anew each time the beads are used]

(black faceted glass)



*I will honor ...

(black faceted glass)


*I can/cannot ...

(black faceted glass)


*In the place where we intersect ...

(stone disk with an X)


*I am not fearful ... (angry, etc., etc)

(black faceted glass)


*I am willing ...

(black faceted glass)


*I am able ...

(black faceted glass)


*In the place where we intersect ...

(stone disk with an X)


*I will give ...

(black faceted glass)


*I will trust ...

(black glass globe)


*I will receive ...

(black faceted glass)


*In the place where we intersect ...

(stone disk with an X)


*I love ...

(pink glass globe)



Repeater:


@May our love deeply nourish each other and all of the worlds.

(indigo pearl)




The Communities’ Declaration:


@On this day of renewal,

We the family, friends and feres

Of Mark John Engstrom-Reese,

And Donald LaVerne Engstrom-Reese,

Again declare you husbands, partners, lovers and feres.

We declare that we will,

Support, honor and celebrate your relationship,

For all the days of your lives.

So it has been spoken,

So it shall be.

Blessed be.

(red flattened glass tear drop with eyes)



Repeater:


@May our love deeply nourish each other and all of the worlds.

(indigo pearl)



The Community Blessings:



#Our community blesses you.

(red glass lozenge with clear spirals)


#Blessings on your Journey together.

(deep purple glass globe)


#May every step you take

Carry you closer to each other

And deeper into the Mystery.

(large clear globe with multicolored core with yellow & orange flowers)


#Together, you are wandering with wonder

Through the Light of Delight.

(large reconstituted amber disk)


#Love, Loving Love ...

We hold you both in our hearts.

(Clear crystal heart)


#May your passion burn warm and bright.

(a string of garnets & white glass disk with red sparkles)


#May your Queer Love and Lust

Cause all of the Earth to Flourish!

(iridescent layered purple glass rectangle)


#We give to you the reddest red we have, true heart to true heart.

(red coral)



Repeater:



@May our love deeply nourish each other and all of the worlds.

(indigo pearl)



The Community Blessings:


#May your relationship always be rich, deep and nurturing.

(medium blue opaque glass globe)


#Wisdom, wealth and an exceedingly long joyful life

Shall surely be yours!

(double green jade turtles)


#May your love be blessed

By continual delightful Surprises!

(black & white African bone bead)


#May this day, this eve, this night and forevermore

Be filled with the love between you.

(deep yellow glass barrel with red, turquoise & white)


#May you be blessed each day by your love for one another.

(silver bead)


#May all good things come your way.

(green glass with gold & blue marks)


#We are Wishing you many, many Happy Anniversaries

Filled with love, desire and beauty.

(pewter gyfu medallion)



Repeater:


@May our love deeply nourish each other and all of the worlds.

(indigo pearls)




The Community Blessings:


#May your love and friendship never diminish.

(dark ambar)


#May your love for each other continue in kindness.

(dark ambar)


#May your kindness toward each other

Always be among your acts of love.

(dark ambar)


#May your kindness never diminish;

May it always be there.

(brown stone bead)


#The blessings of your similarities

Bring you comfort, compassion and companionship.

(black femo globe with metal globes embedded in its surface)


#The blessings of your differences

Excite, challenge and inspire you.

(black femo globe with metal globes embedded in its surface)


#Mystery holds you as you dance in desire into life,

Cloaked in the sky and your love.

(black femo globe with metal globes embedded in its surface)


#May your love enrich us all.

(blue stone oval)



Repeater:


@May our love deeply nourish each other and all of the worlds.

(indigo pearl)



Blessing Tails 2 & 3:


#2

*The Green Magic of the Mistletoe to you.

(green & yellow glass lozenge)


*The Sweetness of the Wren’s song to you.

(green barrel through blue globe, glass)


*The Safety of the Nest to you.

(amber glass globe with black dots)


#3

*The Promise of the Acorn to you.

(black glass)


*The Embrace of the Roots to you.

(black glass)


*The Beauty of the Leaves to you.

(black glass)


*The Warmth of the Fire from the Fallen Branch to you.

(black glass)


*The Strength of the Sacred Oak to you.

(red, black & white glass acorn)



Repeater:


@May our love deeply nourish each other and all of the worlds.

(indigo pearl)



The Community Blessings:


#May you know how much you are loved everyday.

(large green stone leaf)


#May your love and commitment to one another

Continue to be a blessing to your communities.

(orange, blue & white glass disk)


#May the ancestors continually send you

        seeds of inspiration and insight.

(a rudraksha seed)


#Dear Friends, Sweet Friends,

You inspire our lives, our spirit.

Every day we share is a Treasure.

We love you so.

(large green, turquoise and brown jasper tear drop)



#Breath in the love and care of all of us surrounding you.

Breath out the ecstasy of your connection,

Threads of Honey feeding the Multiverse.

(large oval brown feathered glass)


#This is for Fun!

(large silver V with a single rhinestone)



Repeater:


@May our love deeply nourish each other and all of the worlds.

(indigo pearl)



The Farewells:


*Farewell to the Mysterious Ones,

The known and the unknown.

(rich yellow glass disk with honey eyes)


*Farewell to the Ancestors,

The known and the unknown.

(brown and white ceramic bone with black marks)


*Farewell to the Hub of Beingness.

(turquoise glass with red & white marks)


*Farewell to the Dirt.

(thick brown glass disk)


*Farewell to the Water.

(Green cinnabar fish)


*Farewell to the Flame.

(red glass barrel with yellow dots)


*Farewell to the Wind.

(pale blue glass with white band)



Repeater:


@May our love deeply nourish each other and all of the worlds.

(indigo pearl)



Closing (The Key Beads):


*Listen Multiverse!

Listen Mysterious Ones!

Listen Ancestors!

Listen Spirit Allies of All Realms!

Listen All Beings of Midgard!

(labradorite)


*We; Mark John Engstrom-Reese and Donald LaVerne Engstrom-Reese,

Dare again to declare this day,

Under the Moon, the Sun and the Stars of the Cosmos,

Grounded in the beloved Good Green Earth and our Living Clan-hearth,

That we are Husbands, Partners, Lovers and Feres!

(Lake Superior agate)



Blessing Tails 4 & 5:


#4.

*And Blossom?

We both did!

(blue Greek protection from the evil eye bead)


#5

*Bless the Bees!

(orange glass barrel)


*Bless the Bears!

(brown & cream glass barrel)


*Bless the Cherry Trees!

(turquoise glass barrel with red marks)