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5.0 out of 5 stars Hail to the Horned God,
This review is from: Horns of Power: Manifestations of the Horned God (Paperback)With a distinct lack of books about the Pagan God, the Divine Masculine, this book is long overdue.
An anthology of various aspects and guises of the Horn'd God, impregnanted with artwork, poetry and photographs, makes this book a joy to read.
Common and not so common Gods are mentioned, each author themselves allowing their own passion and desire for their choosen subject to be heard.
I am onto my third copy of this book as previous copies find other homes due to not only the lack of books on this topic but the high standard of articles this book presents in itself.
Definite a must for anyone walking a Pagan, and in particular a Wiccan, path who is seeking balance between the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horns of Power: A Must Read,
This review is from: Horns of Power: Manifestations of the Horned God (Paperback)I used to be a Christian (shocker I know), when I left I sought the Craft because there was a Divine Feminine, something totally missing in the patriarchal traditions. Like many of those who are refugees from the heavy handed and jealous God; I found it hard to look to the Divine Masculine the way I embraced the Divine Feminine, and for that reason I found it especially hard to reconcile or even work with the male energies within the Craft. Obviously knowing this the God stepped back and allowed me to grow in my understanding of myself and my faith in the Goddess before stepping back into my life.
As I have grown in the Craft I noticed that the God has taken on a stronger role in my life. One of my Patrons who came looking for me was Anubis, of the Kemetic tradition. Since the Kemetic tradition is based mostly on academic research and the left over tales, legends, myths, rituals and actually written texts of Egypt, there is plenty of information on which to base my practice on. I am also heavily influenced by the Celtic traditions, and was fascinated by Herne, here however there wasn't as much.
When I realized I was comfortable working with the male energy I went seeking to understand the Horned God and discovered that unlike the deluge of books dedicated to the Goddess in all her guises, and traditions very few were written on the God. The few that were written were directed at men in the craft. That left me with very little to fall back on or to even guide me in my workings with Him.
I recently was told about this book being offered by amazon for kindle for free and i went ahead and downloaded it. It sat on my pc for a few weeks until I got an android phone and downloaded the kindle app there. That was probably one of my better decisions.
This books is amazing. I read and fell in love with the poetry, the well researched and referenced articles,the amazing artwork. This book is so good I'm purchasing a physical copy to have as reference for myself. In a Craft that discusses balance this book is a well needed tome that speaks to balance; giving the God his due as much as the Goddess has.
Each author did their level best not just to give the academic knowledge of the article but their personal stories as well. Those that could not empirically prove thier points academically made sure to note that even though there is no 'known' proof having worked with the God themselves they can share this information. Each author let the love of the God and all he meant and does mean to their tradition shine through.
From discussion of known Gods and their connections to the different kinds of horns of power to the little known Gods and their own manifestations. There were even articles that dealt with the Goddesses who had Horns of Power as well. The God was discussed in such a way as to make him real and accessible to any who wished to meet him. There are even meditations on how to meet and walk with certain Gods.
For me reading the personal stories made the God come alive like never before. This wasn't just a dry academic tome about the 'how' of the God but a living translation of the 'who' the God is.
I love this book and think it should be included in every witch's bookshelf who wishes to become more well rounded and balanced.
A burn rubber to get this amazing book.
I give it a 5/5 for overall book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Faces of the Horned God,
In Europe among the Gauls there were statues of a horned God with variations in the name Cernunnos. One said Ernunno,Caronos. Some of the inscription were in Latin of Greek.Statues to Cernunnos are found all across Europe stretching all the way to Central Europe. There were even shrines to him found in Northern Italy. The horns represented robustness, virility, assertiveness, power and strength. It also represented royalty. In modern.paganism the horned God is often associated with sun and solar qualities. But look at the horns carefully sometimes they even represent the crescent moon. Horns have a lunar aspect as well. In many pantheon's the lunar gods are masculine.
Anyone familiar with the different forms of Paganism will realize that Cernunnos is not the only horned God. Let us not forget Pan,Aries or Dionysus. When Romans came to Europe they came across other horned deities as well. Cernunnos was at first identified with Mercury.Julios Cesar equated him with Jupiter. The other horned Gods found in.Northern England were conflated with Aries.
Sorita gives a full glossary of Egyptian Horned Gods and Goddesses. David Rankine goes into depth on Pan. Not only gods are discussed but so are those mischievious Puccas and unicorns.
The second part of the book is about personal experiences with the horned God. Authors write about meditations, encounters in the woods and personal anecdotes. The third part deals with horned Goddesses. They too had some power. The most written about are Hekate,Seleneand Artemis. The thee goddesses are thought to be three parts of one goddess. Superb job!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Horns Of Power,
This review is from: Horns of Power: Manifestations of the Horned God (Paperback)This book has many different viewpoints on the Horned God. It also had a lot of information that I have not found elsewhere, and each article has a bibliography, so I can do further reading. I'm enjoying it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont forget the God!,
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.,
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read about the Horned God,
This review is from: Horns of Power: Manifestations of the Horned God (Paperback)This is, quite simply, a fantastic book. The author has brought together works and stories of the Horned God from so many different people, all of whom present a unique approach or interpretation to honoring the Horned God - you're almost certain to find a point of view you've never considered connecting to him before. There are also a number of essays, prayers, and chants included, which was great.
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for the horned of Us,
This review is from: Horns of Power: Manifestations of the Horned God (Paperback)This book showed me many more views of the horded lord and Lady than I'd ever seen. A must read for the the men of the community. [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book,
This is a lovely piece that, were the formatting changed a bit, would be a star attraction on my bookshelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful,
Overall, I am very pleased to find something that actually treats the maleness of pagan divinity as something beautiful and doesn't bring emotional over-simplification into the topic. Honestly, believing that men are "the problem" is immature and sexist. I was very glad not to get that feel from this book. I was disappointed that in a book about a god, there were whole essays based on goddesses. I only glanced at these parts; they were not very interesting and seemed more like they were trying to just throw them in there. I would have preferred more mention of the gay side of gods. I do not see why these were not mentioned.
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Horns of Power: Manifestations of the Horned God by David Rankine (Paperback - July 15, 2008)