Reblogging this because the seriousness of this type of commitment (see my last post regarding my own Sacred Marriage vows to Odin ten years ago) can never be stressed enough. Not only that, but if you are serious about your vows, make no mistake: your commitment will be sorely tested, and your life will change irrevocably. As Heather mentions in her post, it is sad but true that often people of the monotheistic faiths seem to understand this better than many pagans do, but then paganism has been so widely promoted as a path of rebellion, of doing what feels good and then quitting when you no longer feel like doing it. This level of commitment means sticking to it even when you hit the rough patches (and you will); it is for a lifetime and beyond. Also, the monotheistic faiths have structures in place (monasteries, convents, etc.) to support this type of intensely devoted religious lifestyle. Perhaps some of the pagan faiths would too, if they had been allowed to continue unbroken until the present day.