O Horned God of Earth!
As the sun shineth down, radiant upon my skin, so do I sing to
you, O Great Father.
Your Strength has given me Power, your Love has given me
In the light of the ephemeral Sun do I sing your praises!
You, O Great Commander of Earth, hath made the creatures
ferocious, hath made the Sun miraculous,
and hath made me, your Priest/ess, wise and powerful, and
sensitive to the cry of Nature.
Blessed is the God of Creation, Father of the Perfect creature.
Blessed is He, my protectorate, who watches over me!
Just as the Goddess
can be understood by paying attention to the Phases of the moon,
so can the God be recognized by paying attention to the seasons.
It is for this reason that he plays such an important part in
each Sabbat. In Wicca there are primarily two God-themes that are
reflected in the Sabbats, that of the Sun-God figure and that of
the Oak King and Holly King.
The Sun-God rules the sky during our hours of activity. His
rising and setting effectively mark the time in which we can work
because we need his light to see by. He is also the Sky Father
whose light fertilizes the earth and the hostile sun that makes
the desert barren. In Wicca we trace his life through the
seasons. At Yule, he is born as the embodiment of innocence
and joy, of a childlike delight in all things. His is the triumph
of the returning light. At Candlemas his growth is celebrated, as
the days grow visibly longer. At Eastra or the Vernal Equinox, He
is the green, flourishing youth who dances with the Goddess in
her Maiden aspect. On Beltane, he is the young man who has fallen
in love and takes the Goddess as his bride. Their marriage is
celebrated with maypoles and bonfires. At Summer Soltices he
consummates the marriage in a union that is so complete it
becomes a death. He is named Summer-Crowned King instead of
Winter-Born, and the crown is of roses: the bloom of culmination
coupled with the stab of the thorn. He is mourned at Lammas, and
at the Autumnal Equinox He sleeps in the womb of the Goddess,
sailing over the sunless sea that is her womb. At Samhain, he
arrives at the Land of Youth, the Shining Land in which the souls
of the dead grow young again, as they wait to be reborn. He opens
the gates that they may return and visit loved ones, and
rules in the Dreamworld as He too grows young, until at Yule He
is again reborn.
Oak King and Holly King Theme
The Oak King and Holly King are twin gods that represent the
cycle of fertility. Each of them rules for half a year, fights
for the favor of the Goddess and dies. Yet the defeated twin is
not truly dead; he merely withdraws during the six months of his
brother's rule into Caer Arianrhod, the Castle of the
ever-turning Silver Wheel.
The Oak King ,who is the light twin, rules from midwinter to
midsummer. He represents expansion and growth. His tree, the oak,
obviously symbolizes strength and longevity; its acorn is expressively
phallic; and its roots are said to extend as far below ground as
its branches do into the air - showing that the god has dominion
over Heaven, Earth and the Underworld.
The Holly King, who is the dark twin, rules from midsummer to
midwinter. He represents withdrawal and rest. His tree, the
holly, has leaves that are evergreen and its bright berries glow
red when all else is bare of fruit. Thus while his reign is one
of withdrawal culminating in apparent lifelessness, his symbology
reminds us all the time that he is his brother's other self and
holds life in trust while it rest.
The Horned God is a natural-fertility figure. He is Oak King and
Holly King, the complementary twins seen as one complete entity.
He is a vivid expression of the son/lover of Mother Earth - swift-moving,
wide-roaming, concupiscent, ever free. He is a hunter and yet he
is respectfully killed to feed other creatures. And although he
dies, he eternally reappear as strong and splendid as ever. He is
that which impregnates the earth, and shepherds and defends her
creatures. His is the true wisdom of cosmic and terrestrial law.
He is truly Lord of the Dance, for he represents the rhythms of
life, growth, death and rebirth. But mostly he is the
"Horned" God who reminds us that divinity and nature
are not separate. His very appearance teaches us this by
combining animal and human aspects.
List of Gods
God of vegetation.
Jackal-headed God of Protection.
God of the Sun, Light and the Arts.
Horned God and consort of the Lady.
God of Romance and Passionate Love.
God of the all-seeing eye and healing.
God of marriage and commitment.
God of the Sun and Light. Soulmate and brother of Diana. Father
Sun God and bringer of Light. A soldier's God.
God of Wisdom of psychic sight.
Over-all God form including vegetation and after-life.
God of Nature and the woods, laughter and passion.
God of the Sea.
God of creative enterprise with the hands.
God of the universal cycle of birth-death-rebirth.
God of sky and thunder.
God of Reincarnation, science and wisdom.
HORNED GOD OIL
- 2 Parts Frankincense
- 2 Parts cinnamon
- 1 part Bay
- 1 Part Rosemary
- 1 Part Musk
HORNED GOD INCENSE
- 2 Parts Benzoin
- 1 Part Cedar
- 1 part Pine
- 1 Part Juniper berries
- few drops Patchouly oil
HORNED GOD INCENSE 2
- 7 drams tincture Benzoin
- 1/2 dram Sandalwood oil
- 1/2 dram Myrrh oil
- 1/2 dram Frankincense oil
- 1 oz pwd Charcoal
- pinch of dried Asafoetida
- pinch of dried Blessed Thistle
- pinch of dried Peppermint