The Sand Ceremony Ritual is a great way to include children in the commitment to being a ‘family’. The vase will always be a reminder to them of your and their commitment to always be together.
__________ and __________ you come here today from two different families.
Invite children to come forward. _____________, ______________ and ___________ each of you will today become a new family. At this time I would invite each member of the new family to each take a vial of sand representing yourself. This pouring of sand represents all you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be.
First the parents will take their sand and simultaneously pour the sand into the unity bowl symbolizing the uniting of each other in marriage.
Now the children will take their vial of sand and one at a time pour your sand into the bowl.
As these two containers of sand have been poured into the bowl, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as the grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into individual containers, so will your marriage and new family be forever one.
* this ceremony to include children from previous relationships. Each child has a container of different color sand and they blend their sand with their parents to symbolize the blending of a new family. The colours can be a simple as the children’s favourite, to matching wedding colours, to using the meaning of colours below.
The Meaning of Colors
Each color has many aspects; each color has a vitality, power and symbology of its own; each color heals, enlightens and inspires.
Red: Passion, courage, sexuality, intense emotions, physical strength and vigor.
Pink: Love, honor, friendship, compassion, gentle emotions and relaxation.
Orange: Energy, encouragement, stimulation and confidence.
Yellow: Intellect, confidence, charm, divinity, communication, and optimism.
Green: Prosperity (money), fertility, cooperation, healing, growth and the Earth.
Blue: Healing, peace, psychic activity, patience, happiness, the water and sky.
Purple: Power, spirituality, meditation, royalty, divinity, ambition, and progress.
White: Protection, purification, innocence, potential, spiritual strength, and faith.
Black: Banishes negativity, wisdom, the universe, fertility, and unlimited potential.
Brown: Groundedness, stability, success in business and dependability.
Silver: Light, justice, purity, moon, femininity, women’s spirituality, protection, and reflection.
Gold: Spiritual rewards, God, masculinity, sun, enlightenment, a gift of the gods whether in wisdom or ability.