July 21, 2010
History can be rather convoluted and, at times, not very attractive...including the history of weddings. For instance, the background of “...and a sixpence for your shoe”—the ending of the innocent bridal rhyme representing wishes for wealth and happiness for the couple—is steeped in some rather harsh history. In some cultures, coins depicted a father “selling” his daughter to a future husband, and the use of shoes were seen as a symbol of man’s domination over women.
Some harsh history indeed. But the other side of humans and our history is how we can turn some things into positive and fulfilling symbols and rituals. So the meaning of a coin in your shoe for your wedding has the power that you give it—so give it a wealth of love and all the abundant energy you can muster!
Today, a man and woman’s sense of “wealth” includes riches of the heart and spirit—generating an abundant partnership and deep connection. We are blessed in modern culture to be able to declare our own value. You are an invaluable part of the divine plan—wear it well on your wedding day!
Love. Listen. Let go.
....with love from Cornelia
[Photograph: Julie Mikos]