In the long-ago past, the agricultural year was readily recognized as being symbolic of the life cycle of the God and Goddess, whose energy was embodied within the land itself. Handfastings were once community events in which the entire clan or village participated.

The earliest wedding cakes were made of grains, symbolic of fertility and abundance.

A wedding drink popular among the Britons and Celts was meade. Meade is a rich honey-ale combining masculine and feminine elements, and it further underscores the handfasting as a symbolic union of the dieties.

Sample of a handfasting ceremony