Listen to the Words of the Horned God,
Who was of old called among men:
Adonis, Tammuz, Dianus, Herne,
Bran, Beli, Lugh, Gwyn,
Dionysus, Osiris, Cernunnos, Pan,
And by many other Names.
O Secret of Secrets,
That art hidden in the being of all that lives,
Not Thee do we adore,
For That which adoreth is also Thou.
Thou art That, and That am I.
I am the Flame that burns in the heart of every being,
And in the core of every Star.
I am Life, and the Giver of Life,
Yet therefore is the Knowledge of Me
The Knowledge of Death and Resurrection.
I am alone, the Lord within ourselves,
Whose Name is Mystery of Mysteries.
I am the Horned God.
I am the Lord of the Universe,
The Father of all living,
The All-Devourer and the All-Begetter.
I am He Whose Seed lies strewn
As glittering Gems across velvet darkness
Within the Womb of the Mother.
I am the Lord of the Shadows
In the darkness of the Underworld,
For I am the Midnight Sun.
I am the Light of the Stars,
And the Spark of the Spirit Eternal,
For I am the God Within.
I am the Horned Leader of the Hosts of Air,
The Leader of the Wild Hunt,
The Judge of Gods and of Men.
I am the Hidden God,
Who ever yet remains,
For I dwell within the secret seed.
I am the seed of grain,
I am the seed of flesh,
I am the Seed of the Stars.
I am the Lord of the Heights,
I am the Lord of the Depths,
God of forest, of flock, and of field.
I am the Hunter and Hunted,
I am the wolf and the Shepherd,
I am the vine and the grain.
I am a Guiding Star above you,
I am a bright Flame before you,
I am a smooth Path beneath you.
I am the Light of Life.
I am the Flame of Love.
I am the Horned God!
Yesterday we met some of the Gods associated with Samhain, death and the Underworld. The Charge of the God written above speaks to the many faces the God wears and the weavings of all mysteries within them. Another God that may be invoked at Samhain as the final harvest is undertaken is the Horned God. You will most often see this God celebrated at Lughnnasaad or the Autumnal Equinox of Mabon; the first and second harvest respectively. But inherent in the aspects of the Horned God are those qualities much like that of guardians of the human ancestors. The Horned God protects the wild creatures and when sacrifice at the hunter’s bow is made, tends to the needs of the creature that is so deeply embedded as one and the same as the God. Including our animal companions in the celebration of death and life is woven seamlessly into the invoking of the Horned God and the role he plays in the cycles of life and death in the wild.
To read more about the Horned God and Herne and Cernunnos….