For my own entry into this week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge: Divine Magick, I decided to deepen my connection with the Wiccan Deity: The Horned God, and offer a tribute to honor him
As a cultural scholar, I love to study religions, languages, folklore, and deities from around the world. However, in my personal practice, I don’t have a strong connection with any deity in particular. When putting the challenge together I got to learn about many gods and beings from around the world- it was really fun to do the research for this challenge!
However, there has been one god who keeps reappearing in my life. Since the Litha Offering Soup ritual, I have been seeing pictures, figurines, and various forms of horned animals in my daily life . A few months back, there were moose loose in Warsaw (wandering out of the woods into the city) that was the highlight of the news. There was even the likeness of the Horned God in the peculiar Double-Yolked Egg a few weeks back.
With enough signs pointing me in this direction, I decided to spend some time learning and thinking on this magnificent deity!
THE HORNED GOD
The Horned God is the partner to the Triple Goddess and embodies masculine energy. Both are symbolic of fertility and nature, and appear in various forms across pagan traditions. They are the most common deities in Wicca.
The Horned God symbolizes fire and the sun. He rises in the heat of summer and is at his peak at Litha. When Mabon and the harvest arrives, he is said to die- only to be reborn again in Spring and rise to his strength in summer. He is often depicted as part man and part animal, his most striking feature are his horns .
He is a deity in touch with nature and blanace. He represents both the hunter and the hunter- the cycle of life and the line between life and death. He symbolizes the earth and the forest, of nature and growth. He represents both humans and animals
He appears in numerous pagan traditions and can sometimes be referred to as The Green Man . At one point, under the influence of Christianity, many pagan deities such as the Horned God were labeled as “demons”. @Francisco talks more about this in the post What are Demons? Demonology, Magick, and Psychology:
[Picture from Wikipedia: The Horned God]
After doing my research and feeling more connected with the Horned God, I decided I wanted to create a likeness of him.
I gathered some items that reminded me of the Horned God, and got to work!
I started with a very vague idea of a horned man and went from there. You can probably tell fro the sketch lines- the design changed multiple times as I was doodling
As I let my hands guide me, the antlers sprung forth .
A wreath of sunflowers and ivy appeared at the bottom .
A golden sun shone upon a figure of life and death .
A deer skull, cradling a bird of flames
I originally planned to just do a sketch and ink it, and maybe paint another day- but the drawing had other plans! The color seemed to fill in naturally
After I was done, I thanked the Horned God for allowing me to create his likeness. The piece turned out better than I had hoped for! I’m out of practice, but I’m hoping to invest a bit more time and slowly improve my art skills
Thank you again to those who provided both art and deity inspiration- I love reading your stories and hearing about the deities you have welcomed into your lives and practices!
Blessed Be to All!