30 Days of Devotion · Around the Cauldron

31 Days of Devotion – Week Three

Any mundane practices that are associated with this deity?

I don’t see anything that he does as mundane, so I’ll leave this post here and come back to it.

How do you think this deity represents the values of their pantheon and cultural origins?

Being that he began his journey as a man, he is true to that time. For those who see him as Celtic (I don’t, I see him as a Brit) he is true to that pantheon of strong characters who stand up for what they believe and mean business. He is loyal to the Crown, to his country and his land. I think he represents the a particular part of British society.

(I’ll come back to this. I can’t find the words right now.)

How does this deity relate to other gods and other pantheons?

I’ve never really asked, however intuition tells me he’s one of “the boys”. He is who he is, he lends an ear to those who need it, can be a sounding board when required. He’s respected by others as much as he respects them.

I don’t know for sure – this is what I’m feeling.

From the way Sovereignty acted and carried herself around him when he introduced me to her, I’d say “respected” is the right word. From conversations with others who honour him, he is well respected.

It’s no different to us in this world – there is always someone we can’t stand. He won’t tell me who that person is, though!

How does this deity stand in terms of gender and sexuality? (historical and/or UPG)

Historically, I can’t find anything. We can assume what he may have been like due to the Christian stigma at the time.

UPG, this was his reaction when I asked.

*shrugs* To each their own.

What quality or qualities of this god do you most admire? What quality or qualities of them do you find the most troubling?

The quality I admire the most is definitely his strength of self. A lot has happened to him since he hung himself, and I admire how he has taken the position he found himself in and embraced it.

I will never pooh-pooh him for his suicide as he did what he felt he had to do. Having “been there, attempted that” I get it, and I understand completely where his mind was, and why he choose to do what he did.

I appreciate how he has been patient with me and our relationship. He pushes me when I need a push, he understandings when shit is going on and I can’t be the Daughter and Student I should be. He is a wonderful teacher, an amazing man, and someone with such a fantastic sense of humour!

That all said, I have felt his darkness, and he has been angry and cross with me. And I know that there are sides to him that I haven’t seen, and that he may never show me, or show anyone. I respect that, and as much as I’d love to see a different side of him I don’t dare push it because I’m scared of what I’ll see.

Art that reminds you of this deity.

Herne the Hunter by swandog @ dA
Herne the Hunter by swandog @ dA
I first saw this print ten years ago, and have always loved it.
"Herne the Hunter" by Marc Potts
“Herne the Hunter” by Marc Potts
This is the very first image of Herne I ever saw, and it is what set me on the path of wanting to work with him, honour him, and now resides on my altar.
by Helen Wells
by Helen Wells
The original of this is on my altar, below my Marc Potts print!
Seán George as The Horned God in "The Spirit of Albion: the Movie"
Seán George as The Horned God in “The Spirit of Albion: the Movie”

Music that makes you think of this deity.

I have a “Herne the Hunter” playlist on my iPod (yes, people still use those) which consists of music that is either about Herne, or that I relate to him:

Assembly of the Sacred Wheel – Herne Hunter of Souls
Seenlenlicht – Herne the Hunter
Gravenhurst – Herne the Hunter
Kenny Klein – Herne the Hunter
Damh the Bard – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone (youtube vid below)
Damh the Bard – The Horned God
Damh the Bard – Land, Sea and Sky
Damh the Bard – Green and Grey (youtube vid below)
Damh the Bard – Spirit of Albion
Damh the Bard – Noon of the Solstice
Damh the Bard – The Winter King
S.J. Tucker – Hymn to Herne

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