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Horns of Power: Manifestations of the Horned God: An anthology of essays exploring the Horned Gods of myth and folklore, ancient history through to modern times

Horns of Power: Manifestations of the Horned God: An anthology of essays exploring the Horned Gods of myth and folklore, ancient history through to modern times [Kindle Edition]

David Rankine , Kim Huggens , John Canard , Sorita d'Este
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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, the goat and the 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 beyond.

This unique anthology brings together the work of more than twenty people, including that of dedicated scholars and 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 works exploring horned goddesses, such as the lunar horned Hekate, Selene and Artemis and the antlered Elen.

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 contribution provides a window into the wonders and mystery of the enduring magick of the horned gods.

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
Horn at Dawn by Rhys Chisnall
The Song of Amergin
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
Meditation Journey with Gwynn ap Nudd by Gareth Gerrard
Hymn to Amen-Ra
Journey to the Mound by Gulia Laini
The Fire Horns by Lupus
Luna’s Shining Horns by Gulia Laini
Triple Horns of the Greek Magical Papyri by Sorita d’Este
Ode to the Horned Goddess by Nina Falaise
In Pursuit of Elen by Jenny Sumaya

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Horns are synonymous with masculine strength and primal power across the world throughout history. Why should horns have such an enduring and universal appeal? Perhaps it is because they are found in so many different forms and sizes. The branched antlers of a stag, the spiral horns of a ram, and the curved horns of a bull, all portray a very different message to those viewing them. Where the stag's antlers might recall the forest through their branchlike appearance, the spiral horns of the ram suggest a journey into mystery, and the horns of a bull hint at the lunar crescent, lifted up to the skies to receive the power of the heavens.
Horns have a magickal polarity which is very masculine, being outwardly active and inwardly passive. Physically they are active, as nature's weapon on the male animal to defend his mate and young, but magickally they are passive, drawing power in from the environment and down from the heavens. This symbolism was known in the ancient world, where the mysteries of the bull gods of Sumeria and ram and bull gods of ancient Egypt were transmitted into the civilizations that would follow.
This is perfectly demonstrated in the person of Alexander the Great, who was often called Karnayn (Horned) and depicted with horns, to emphasise his great martial prowess and supremacy as a leader, whilst also hinting at his divine origins and authority. It was not just the Greeks who expressed the power of horns, seen in the many horned gods found in their pantheon. The early Jews celebrated the power of the bull, associated with storms and a natural symbol of Yahweh, as seen in the horns on the altar of Moses.
Evidence from thousands of years before civilization of the earliest recorded images and archaeological remains abound with horns, showing their enduring and universal appeal. Items made from horn, such as horned headdresses and helmets, horned staffs and tools carved from horn have been found in grave goods for many thousands of years, and antlers bedeck the most famous of all cave figures, the `Sorceror', drawn more than 32,000 years ago, and found in Les Trois-Frères at Ariège in France.
Horned helmets as a symbol of ferocity and power have been seen in cultures from ancient Sumeria through to the Celts and Vikings. By sympathetic magick the wearer of the helmet drew on the immense strength and endurance of the bull or other horned beast represented thereon. The same is of course true of the other uses of horn in magickal tools from drinking horns to horn trumpets to horn wands and staffs.
Indeed, not content with the wide range of horns in nature, man has even invented horned creatures to express the magickal nature of horn in other ways. This idea is explored in detail in two of the essays in this collection, Horn of the Unicorn and The Horned Serpent. The horned beast as an expression of the divine is another common theme in mythology, and we see this in The Battle of the Bulls.
The word horn really only applies to the bony centre covered in keratin and other proteins, as is found in animals such as the goat, ram and bull. Antlers are not horn, as the bone is not covered with a horn coating, rather it is covered with vascular skin whilst it grows, known as velvet. Unlike other horns, rhinoceros horn is made only from keratin with no bony core. And the narwhale tusk, so long confused with the horn of the unicorn, is in fact a giant tooth. Keratin itself is the hard structural protein which also forms nails and hairs in humans. The occurrence of keratin in all these types of horn as well as in us as a species emphasises the personal connection we all have to the strength and power of horn.
To many people horns represent the image of the horned god. But which horned god exactly? The horns of power manifest in many different ways, relevant to people and places, the worshippers and the sacred landscape they live in. In the twenty-first century, with more and more people living in urban centres, it might be argued that the horned gods are more appropriate to the countryside, and yet the horned gods of the Egyptian temple religions can equally easily be worshipped in the city, and who can say where a trickster like Puck will show up?
Horns can represent the primal power of nature, expressed through the strength of a bull or the unstoppable power of a charging herd of buffalo or caribou, the majesty and raw virility of a roaring stag with its antlers silhouetted against the morning sun. They also represent the lunar power in the heavens, lighting the night sky and drawing the tides as the moon waxes and wanes. These different horns emphasise the union of the divine and the animal, man's path from the past to the future, drawing on both to attain balance and gain the power that they all have to offer.
In this anthology essays by a number of scholars, Pagan Priests and Priestesses and other individuals with a special interest in the horned deities of our ancestors are brought together, clearly showing the diversity and widespread belief in these beings in the ancient world as well as providing us with examples of such encounters in the here and now. Furthermore, you will find throughout this volume, examples of evocations, invocations and oracles honouring the horned gods throughout history, breaking through the boundaries of time and space. These have been included to inspire and to induce an atmosphere in which the horned deities on these pages can gain a life of their own in the minds and hearts of the readers, singing their song to the sound of distant music and the dance of the beating heart of the wildwood.
A final section includes a few essays considering the divine feminine as being horned, including the horns and associations with horned deities found in the Greek Magical Papyri related to the goddesses Hekate, Artemis and Selene, and an experiential journey of a Priestess seeking to understand the horned lady Elen. The horned lunar goddess emphasises different types of power to the horned god, but is at least as significant in her dominion. The most obvious indication of this, where the lunar goddess with her crescent horns assumes centre stage, is of course the Wiccan tradition and its many pagan derivatives; some of which also include the horned god.
And so now it is time to hand you, the reader, the cornucopia of knowledge and experience of horned deities that has gathered to the call blown on the horn of convocation, offerings of labour and wisdom inspired by the horns of power.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horns of Power 8 Oct 2012
By Merissa
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What an amazing book!

This, as you may already be aware, is a collection of different people's thoughts, meditations, dreams and meetings with the Horned God. As you read through each story you will travel the world, from Crete to Egypt to the wilds of Wales to London. Each story is as individual as the author and I loved every one of them, although I admit that I read the ones about Egypt and Crete with a mostly detached but isn't this informative kind of air.

The Horned God that I love, the one that has fascinated me all of my life is Cernunnos, the Lord of the Forest and the Wild Animals. For me, one of the best stories in the book was A Quest For Horns by Stephen Blake, and not only because he mentions Robin of Sherwood which still remains a favourite of mine!

Unfortunately, as people begin looking at Paganism to see if it is right for them, they usually tend to favour the Goddess only as they are usually changing from a patriarchal religion. This may work for a while but you need balance, and the Horned God is part of the equation!

If you have any interest in Herne the Hunter, Cernunnos, Pan or Puck then this is the book for you.

"Above me and around me he roared and I, like the mouse, curled up, safe, secure and loved by this storm of rage; the emotional and physical pain that had engulfed me fled before his terrible gaze and I fell asleep. The rage of the Horned God is mighty indeed, but the love and blessings he bestows are greater still."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading 30 April 2012
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I purchased this book on a whim as it looked like a good read. It was one of the best things I've done. It contains a veritable trove of information about the Horned God in all his guises and oozes knowledge. I found it very informative and learned much about the mythology surrounding the various faces of the Horned One.

I would recomend it for anyone interested in learning more about the masculine aspect to Paganism and the Horned God.
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4.0 out of 5 stars brillant description but it's not an analysis 26 Jan 2013
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This book is an excellent description of what people are doing and their personal beliefs, but there is no psychological analysis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hail to the Horned God 27 Mar 2010
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With a distinct lack of books about the Pagan God, the Divine Masculine, this book is long overdue.

An anthology of various aspects and guises of the Horn'd God, impregnanted with artwork, poetry and photographs, makes this book a joy to read.

Common and not so common Gods are mentioned, each author themselves allowing their own passion and desire for their choosen subject to be heard.

I am onto my third copy of this book as previous copies find other homes due to not only the lack of books on this topic but the high standard of articles this book presents in itself.

Definite a must for anyone walking a Pagan, and in particular a Wiccan, path who is seeking balance between the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horns of Power: A Must Read 13 Mar 2012
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I used to be a Christian (shocker I know), when I left I sought the Craft because there was a Divine Feminine, something totally missing in the patriarchal traditions. Like many of those who are refugees from the heavy handed and jealous God; I found it hard to look to the Divine Masculine the way I embraced the Divine Feminine, and for that reason I found it especially hard to reconcile or even work with the male energies within the Craft. Obviously knowing this the God stepped back and allowed me to grow in my understanding of myself and my faith in the Goddess before stepping back into my life.

As I have grown in the Craft I noticed that the God has taken on a stronger role in my life. One of my Patrons who came looking for me was Anubis, of the Kemetic tradition. Since the Kemetic tradition is based mostly on academic research and the left over tales, legends, myths, rituals and actually written texts of Egypt, there is plenty of information on which to base my practice on. I am also heavily influenced by the Celtic traditions, and was fascinated by Herne, here however there wasn't as much.
When I realized I was comfortable working with the male energy I went seeking to understand the Horned God and discovered that unlike the deluge of books dedicated to the Goddess in all her guises, and traditions very few were written on the God. The few that were written were directed at men in the craft. That left me with very little to fall back on or to even guide me in my workings with Him.

I recently was told about this book being offered by amazon for kindle for free and i went ahead and downloaded it. It sat on my pc for a few weeks until I got an android phone and downloaded the kindle app there. That was probably one of my better decisions.

This books is amazing. I read and fell in love with the poetry, the well researched and referenced articles,the amazing artwork. This book is so good I'm purchasing a physical copy to have as reference for myself. In a Craft that discusses balance this book is a well needed tome that speaks to balance; giving the God his due as much as the Goddess has.

Each author did their level best not just to give the academic knowledge of the article but their personal stories as well. Those that could not empirically prove thier points academically made sure to note that even though there is no 'known' proof having worked with the God themselves they can share this information. Each author let the love of the God and all he meant and does mean to their tradition shine through.

From discussion of known Gods and their connections to the different kinds of horns of power to the little known Gods and their own manifestations. There were even articles that dealt with the Goddesses who had Horns of Power as well. The God was discussed in such a way as to make him real and accessible to any who wished to meet him. There are even meditations on how to meet and walk with certain Gods.

For me reading the personal stories made the God come alive like never before. This wasn't just a dry academic tome about the 'how' of the God but a living translation of the 'who' the God is.

I love this book and think it should be included in every witch's bookshelf who wishes to become more well rounded and balanced.

A burn rubber to get this amazing book.
I give it a 5/5 for overall book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Faces of the Horned God 16 Feb 2012
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One of my first exposures to the horned God was back in my high school days when I was doing my first magical working. Cernunnos was the deity I invoked. I loved that oil I bought as well. Since then I have been hooked. In modern times not much is known about the horned God or other horned spirits for that matter. Authors David Rankine have compiled an excellent collection of article that not only give the reader a broader view of the horned gods but also they go into appreciable depth.

In Europe among the Gauls there were statues of a horned God with variations in the name Cernunnos. One said Ernunno,Caronos. Some of the inscription were in Latin of Greek.Statues to Cernunnos are found all across Europe stretching all the way to Central Europe. There were even shrines to him found in Northern Italy. The horns represented robustness, virility, assertiveness, power and strength. It also represented royalty. In modern.paganism the horned God is often associated with sun and solar qualities. But look at the horns carefully sometimes they even represent the crescent moon. Horns have a lunar aspect as well. In many pantheon's the lunar gods are masculine.

Anyone familiar with the different forms of Paganism will realize that Cernunnos is not the only horned God. Let us not forget Pan,Aries or Dionysus. When Romans came to Europe they came across other horned deities as well. Cernunnos was at first identified with Mercury.Julios Cesar equated him with Jupiter. The other horned Gods found in.Northern England were conflated with Aries.

Sorita gives a full glossary of Egyptian Horned Gods and Goddesses. David Rankine goes into depth on Pan. Not only gods are discussed but so are those mischievious Puccas and unicorns.

The second part of the book is about personal experiences with the horned God. Authors write about meditations, encounters in the woods and personal anecdotes. The third part deals with horned Goddesses. They too had some power. The most written about are Hekate,Seleneand Artemis. The thee goddesses are thought to be three parts of one goddess. Superb job!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horns Of Power 25 Dec 2010
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This book has many different viewpoints on the Horned God. It also had a lot of information that I have not found elsewhere, and each article has a bibliography, so I can do further reading. I'm enjoying it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Invoke the GOD! 25 April 2014
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This is one of those books that keep me in good mental form. Lots of great essays, powerful like the horned GOD!
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