Around the Cauldron · Celebrating the Sabbats

Blessings of the Solstice

Blessings of the Solstice to all! The Longest Day has arrived and astrologically will be at 9.44pm tonight (in Sydney). It’s a time to celebrate the sunshine, the height of Summer, the warmth of the Sun. My understanding is that it’s traditional to light bonfires to represent the Sun during the Northern Hemispheric celebrations. It’s… Continue reading Blessings of the Solstice

Around the Cauldron · Celebrating the Sabbats · For the Gods

Kings of Oak and Holly on Contract

It all began with an image a friend shared on Facebook. I love the story of the Kings of Oak and Holly, of them battling for control of each half of the year. But this image got me thinking: does the story still “work”? It’s something we seem to do a lot in the Southern… Continue reading Kings of Oak and Holly on Contract

Around the Cauldron · The Goddess Path

The Brighter the Light…

She placed her hands upon my shoulders, looked into my eyes, and pushed me into the river. I saw it from all angles – my large figure falling backwards off the dock, the smack, water droplets flying before enclosing my form within itself. The smile on her face. I did not drown, but fell. Deeper and… Continue reading The Brighter the Light…

30 Days of Devotion · Around the Cauldron · For the Gods

31 Days of Devotion – Finale

  I’ve been holding off on completing this until I knew what I wanted to say. I didn’t want to simply copy and paste from my previous 30D0D. I wanted to write the right words, find the right way to say how important Herne is to me, just how amazing he is. I know I… Continue reading 31 Days of Devotion – Finale

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31 Days of Devotion – Week Four

A quote, a poem, or piece of writing that you think this deity resonates strongly with. Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. – Edgar Allen Poe The most common and widely referenced when speaking of Herne comes to mind… There is… Continue reading 31 Days of Devotion – Week Four

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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… Continue reading 31 Days of Devotion – Week Three

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31 Days of Devotion – Week Two

Variations on this deity (aspects, regional forms, etc.) He was local to London, to Berkshire, and to Windsor Forest. His reach extended out from there through story, through generations, and then through his comparison to Cernunnos. He certainly isn’t Cernunnos, as Cernunnos is as old as time. Herne was once a man. He was a… Continue reading 31 Days of Devotion – Week Two

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31 Days of Devotion – Week One

A basic introduction of the deity. Herne the Hunter is an old British Deity, often associate with Cernunnos and Pan, as they are all antlered Gods. However, they are all very different individuals. Herne was once a Hunter of King Richard II’s court. He was beloved by the King for his ability to always bring… Continue reading 31 Days of Devotion – Week One