Birch Pathway - from £280

LOGISITICS FOR YOUR HARP MUSIC ON THE BIRCH PATHWAY

CHOOSING YOUR HARP MUSIC ON THE BIRCH PATHWAY

THE BIRCH PATHWAY

CEREMONY ONLY INCLUDES

  • Background instrumental harp music as the guests gather in the ceremony space.
    Usually a maximum of 20mins depending on when the venue send the guests through, how close the gathering area is to the ceremony area, and how on time the bridal party is!
  • The Big Entrance Number!
    If you have an entire squadron as a bridal party, or a very large and long aisle, then you might even have time for 2 pieces of music on the harp. Or you might want to have an entrance piece for both of you. This takes some thinking abut time-wise and some coordinating with the registrars but is totally doable.
  • Optional Solo in place of a reading.
    If you have a particularly special song you want people to listen to in full, this is a good idea
  • Something for the signing of the registers.
    We usually need 3 pieces of harp music here
  • The Big Exit
    For when you take your first steps together as a married couple to the rapturous applause of your guests!
  • Choosing Your Music
    I have an online database for you to use to select your pre-ceremony music as well as the special ceremony songs themselves. For the ceremony music I will invite you along to one of my Open Harp Surgeries (!) to listen to your selections ahead of the big day, and finalise or change anything.

Birch

The Silver Maiden or Lady Of The Woods

Gaelic: Beith (pron. Bey) / Latin: Betula Pendula

This symbol is from the Druidic Tree Alphabet dating from 300CE known as, Ogham (pron. Oh-um).This is a simple system of lines carved into mainly wood but also stone (which is how it survives).

Other Associations

  • Planetary body: Venus
  • Element: Air
  • Seasonal Festival: Samhain (Halloween), and Beltane (May Day)
  • Celtic Celebrity: Taliesin, Brighid
  • Stone: Clear Quartz Crystal
  • Fauna & Flora: White Cow, Pheasant & Fly Agaric Mushroom

Silver Birch Lore

Sometimes known as the “Lady Of The Woods”, the Birch is a pioneer tree of new beginnings. Highly adaptable in harsh conditions, Birch repopulates places damaged by fire or clearings, and colonised Britain as the ice retreated at the end of the last ice age. 

Birch is also traditionally used as the Maypole, the centrepiece of our May Day  (Beltane) celebrations rooted in ancient fertility customs, and symbolising the young lover’s dance. Cut at dawn and then decorated for the dance, the Maypole was burned later at the Beltane fire.

Birch also symbolises protection. Brooms made of Birch twigs were used to drive out the spirits of the old year, as well as being used to ‘beat the bounds’ of one's property for protection.

Meanings: New beginnings, initiation, protection, fertility.

Birch Magic 

  • Write a wish on birch bark with the tip of a burned birch twig. Keep it hidden and your wish will be fulfilled. 
  • Burn a little birch bark or dried leaf at the start of any important new beginning.
  • Herd your cow with a birch stick and she will be fertile and birth healthy calves.
  • Cradles were made of Birch to protect the bairn from faeries seeking to switch the child with a changeling.