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A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magic Spells by Cassandra Eason

A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magic Spells by Cassandra Eason

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Cernunnos, meaning 'horned one', was a generic term for the various
Horned Gods of the Celtic tradition. The god dates back to the
shamanic figures portrayed on cave walls. Cernunnos was lord of
winter, the hunt, animals, death, male fertility and the Underworld,
and was sometime portrayed as a triple or trefoil god, an image later
assimilated by St Patrick with his emblematic shamrock.
Other forms of the Horned God include Herne the Hunter, the Greek
Pan, god of the woodlands, and Dionysus, Greek god of vegetation and
the vine, whose ecstatic mystery cult involved ritual dismemberment
and resurrection.
Cerunnos' importance has been in his continuing presence as the
Horned God, the male principle in witchcraft through the ages, in
modern Wicca and other neo-pagan faiths. He is also invoked for
prosperity, fertility, instinctive power and knowledge of when it is
necessary to hunt, whether to find employment or a home, and as
protection against predators of all kinds.

Dionysus

Dionysus, sometimes depicted as a Horned God, was a god of the
grain, who died and was reborn every year as a child in a basket,
representing the seed corn. He was the Greek god of fertility, ecstasy
and wildness, who bestowed great abundance on his followers; his cult
performed savage rites at Eleusius where human flesh was eaten as
the bread of life. Not an easy deity to use, without great experience
and restraint, as the excesses carried out under his name need to be
kept in check while invoking the free spirit and the renewal of life. He
is potent for breaking away from destructive situations or, ironically,
bad habits such as alcohol.

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