Cernunnos Of Celtic Paganism
I have, for quite some time, written a lot about different Goddesses that are in Paganism but not so much about the male deities. I have to come to realize recently that I have been lacking in that department and I figure I can start to make up for that by writing first about the ancient Celtic God known as Cernunnos.
Cernunnos is a very ancient Celtic deity, also called by the Horned One or Great Horned one and with in this hub you will many things about this God. When he is celebrated, who he is, correspondences and many different kinds of information.
Cernunnos is a fertility God and is often also seen as a death God as well. He is the God of life, animals, wealth, and the underworld. This Celtic deity is often compared to the Greek's God Pan, in all aspects they are indeed quite a bit alike.
He may be called upon in rituals to do with the hunt, woodland, fertility, magick, sacrifice, and animals. Cernunnos is an easy God to work with but said to be shy and timid. One may often find him in the woods.
Sacred Wheel Of Seasons
Cernunnos and celebrated and honored as the Green Man during spring and summer and of course as the Dark One or the Dark God (as some call him) during autumn and winter. During spring he is a young son and the child of the Goddess, growing. During the summer he is a man, consort of the Goddess and full of life. During Autumn, which is known as the dying time the Horned one is seen clearly. During winter he begins his journey into the underworld to prepare to return in spring.
Associations And Correspondences
The colors green and silver are the colors of this Celtic God and they are the colors that may be used as candles when working with him.
Finding crystal and stone correspondences for this God was rather difficult so I am going to do this based on my personal preference and knowledge on the stones. Because of Cernunnos being of the trees I believe Amber may be a rather useful stone to use with this God. He is of animals so possibly even fossil bone too would be fine.
The symbol of this God is of coarse Antlers and I'm sure you know why that is.
As for animals the stag, rams and probably even deer could be associated with him.
Oak leaves are connected with him. While working with him you may even choose to add them to your alter.
Pan pipes are also said to connect with this deity as well.
As far as herbs go Chamomile, Lavender and Yarrow are all herbs that are associated with him. If you are aware of anymore please let me know because personally this is all I am aware of.
Oh I am sure there's plenty more things that could be written on this Celtic God. But for now you know that he is not only known as Cernunnos but as The Green One, The Dark One, The Horned One. He is all around us. The trees, the leaves. He is the protector of nature and wildlife and that last bit there is what makes me respect him even more because we really need that right now.
There are plenty things that can be said about the Roman deities, the Greek Deities, and even the Egyptians but I think there's more that need to be said about the Celtics. There's more that does to be said about all of the other Gods that are barely mentioned as well from other belief systems that are less known. They too deserve to be mentioned.
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