|In our last Show, the Spring Equinox 2009 Holiday Special we brought you an abridged version of the Sorita D’Este section entitled The Witch God Cernunnos from the book Horns of Power. This book is packed full of articles about the different forms of the old Celtic Horned God and is well worth a read and discussing here further. Not only are there essays on most of the Horned mythological survivals (including some female ones!) but there are also some modern experiences recorded with these Gods. The book is published by Avalonia books - so let’s find out what they can tell us about it.
The raw, ancient and primordial force symbolised by horns has long had associations with mystery, magick and power. Our ancestors often envisaged their gods as anthropomorphic beings who encapsulated this wild essence. Today the gods of the bull, the ram, goat and stag still hold tremendous power and are invoked at rituals by a new priesthood who continue to seek the wildness of nature and the inspiration that it holds. These deities transcend the safe and known boundaries of human structure, sometimes even luring us across the threshold of the known into the unknown worlds.
This unique anthology brings together the work of more than twenty dedicated scholars with that of modern day mystics. Through their written and artistic contributions they illustrate some of the many manifestations of the Horned God.
A true cornucopia of both insightful and well researched essays takes us from the well known Celtic Cernunnos and the legend of Herne the Hunter, to the goat-footed Greek Pan, the lesser known Slavic Veles and Egyptian Khnum. Horned serpents, unicorns, the tale of the Battle of the Bulls in the Irish Táin Bó Cúailnge, the Welsh Gwyn Ap Nudd and the faery Puck are all also considered.
Then a wild hunt as we journey with the mystics who share their own experiences of the gods of the wildwood and untamed beasts. Each story is as different as the person who experienced it – and each illustrating in its own unique way a Horned God who is wild, unpredictable, loving – and at heart a trickster. For those who wish to dare a bit more than others, visionary meditation journeys to explore the mysteries of Cernunnos and Gwyn Ap Nudd are included.
Horns of power would of course be nothing without the horns of beauty of the feminine divine, and in the final section of this anthology the reader is presented with essays exploring horned goddesses.
Whether through the mysteries of their existence, the vast scope of their influence or the endurance of their survival through to the modern day, each contributor provides a window into the wonders and magick of the enduring Horned God.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CORNUCOPIA: HISTORY & MYTH
The Witch God Cernunnos By Sorita d’Este
Herne: The Royal Hunter By Hortus St Michael
Hero Lord of Annwfn By Gareth Gerrard
Pan: The Hidden All By David Rankine
Veles in Slavic Myth By Kim Huggens
Romano-Celtic Horns By Zachary Yardley
The Horned Serpent By Frater Nechesh
Battle of the Bulls By Dafydd ap Bran
Puck: Forgotten Devil God? By Beth Raven
The Potter from the Nile By Sorita d’Este
Horns From Egypt By Phil Lightwood-Jones
Horn of the Unicorn By Janet Nancy James
Stag & Unicorn (From the Book of Lambspring)
WILD HUNT: RITES & EXPERIENCES
Horn at Dawn By Rhys Chisnall
The Song of Amergin (Irish Poem)
Light in the Earth By John Canard
The Horned One Rises By Peter J. Jaynes
My Bearded Man By Thea Faye
A Small Mouse By Magin
Encounters In the Woods By Harry Barron
A Quest For Horns By Stephen Blake
Dancing with Bulls By Zagreus
Journey With Gwynn ap Nudd By Gareth Gerrard
Hymn to Amen-Ra (Ancient Egyptian Hymn)
Journey to the Mound By Giulia Liani
The Fire Horns By Lupus
HORNS OF BEAUTY: HORNED GODDESSES
Luna’s Shining Horns By Giulia Laini
Ode to the Horned Goddess By Nina Falaise
Goddess Horns in the PGM (Greek Magical Papyri) By Sorita d’Este
In Pursuit of the Horned Goddess Elen By Jenny Sumaya