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Horns of Power: Manifestations of the Horned God: An anthology of essays exploring the Horned Gods of myth and folklore, ancient history through to modern times [Kindle Edition]

David Rankine , Kim Huggens , John Canard , Sorita d'Este
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Book Description

The raw, ancient and primordial force symbolised by horns has long had associations with mystery, magick and power. Our ancestors often envisaged their gods as anthropomorphic beings who encapsulated this wild essence. Today the gods of the bull, the ram, the goat and the stag still hold tremendous power and are invoked at rituals by a new priesthood who continue to seek the wildness of nature and the inspiration that it holds. These deities transcend the safe and known boundaries of human structure, sometimes even luring us across the threshold of the known into the unknown worlds beyond.

This unique anthology brings together the work of more than twenty people, including that of dedicated scholars and modern day mystics. Through their written and artistic contributions they illustrate some of the many manifestations of the Horned God. A true cornucopia of both insightful and well researched essays takes us from the well known Celtic Cernunnos and the legend of Herne the Hunter, to the goat-footed Greek Pan, the lesser known Slavic Veles and Egyptian Khnum. Horned serpents, unicorns, the tale of the Battle of the Bulls in the Irish Táin Bó Cúailnge, the Welsh Gwyn Ap Nudd and the faery Puck are all also considered.

Then a wild hunt as we journey with the mystics who share their own experiences of the gods of the wildwood and untamed beasts. Each story is as different as the person who experienced it – and each illustrating in its own unique way a Horned God who is wild, unpredictable, loving – and at heart a trickster. For those who wish to dare a bit more than others, visionary meditation journeys to explore the mysteries of Cernunnos and Gwyn Ap Nudd are included. Horns of power would of course be nothing without the horns of beauty of the feminine divine, and in the final section of this anthology the reader is presented with works exploring horned goddesses, such as the lunar horned Hekate, Selene and Artemis and the antlered Elen.

Whether through the mysteries of their existence, the vast scope of their influence or the endurance of their survival through to the modern day, each contribution provides a window into the wonders and mystery of the enduring magick of the horned gods.

The Witch God Cernunnos by Sorita d’Este
Herne: The Royal Hunter by Hortus St Michael
Hero Lord of Annwfn by Gareth Gerrard
Pan: The Hidden All by David Rankine
Veles in Slavic Myth by Kim Huggens
Romano-Celtic Horns by Zachary Yardley
The Horned Serpent by Frater Nechesh
Battle of the Bulls by Dafydd ap Bran
Puck: Forgotten Devil God? by Beth Raven
The Potter from the Nile by Sorita d’Este
Horns from Egypt by Phil Lightwood-Jones
Horn of the Unicorn by Janet Nancy James
Stag & Unicorn
Horn at Dawn by Rhys Chisnall
The Song of Amergin
Light in the Earth by John Canard
The Horned One Rises by Peter J. Jaynes
My Bearded Man by Thea Faye
A Small Mouse by Magin
Encounters in the Woods by Harry Barron
A Quest for Horns by Stephen Blake
Dancing with Bulls by Zagreus
Meditation Journey with Gwynn ap Nudd by Gareth Gerrard
Hymn to Amen-Ra
Journey to the Mound by Gulia Laini
The Fire Horns by Lupus
Luna’s Shining Horns by Gulia Laini
Triple Horns of the Greek Magical Papyri by Sorita d’Este
Ode to the Horned Goddess by Nina Falaise
In Pursuit of Elen by Jenny Sumaya

Editorial Reviews


As it is this anthology is a brave attempt ... to bring Himself back into neo-pagan conciousness - The Cauldron
It has certainly led me off in a few interesting directions -Music for Torching
well worth a read and discussing here further - Celtic Myth Podshow
The experiences are both unique and universal, appealing to one and all - Mike Gleason

About the Author

Sorita d'Este is an esoteric researcher, author and Priestess who manifests her knowledge and passion for the Mysteries through her work.   She is best known for her research and work related to the Goddess Hekate, as well as for her ability to push at the boundaries of esoteric research and practice through her workshops, lectures and writing. Her areas of expertise include Celtic mythology and history, British and European Folklore and the magical and religious practices the Greco-Egyptian world.  
Horns of Power was the result of her work within the contemporary Pagan and alternative spiritual communities and brings together the work of a variety of people - some of them academics and scholars, others simply individuals with a passion for the subject they wrote on.  When this project was started back in 2007 there were very few books on the subject of the Horned God and very few people willing and able to write or share their experiences about these beings - but things are changing, and the balance is being restored between the mysteries of the Moon and Earth, and the wild passion of the Horned God. 

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  • File Size: 1078 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1905297173
  • Publisher: Avalonia; Kindle edition September 2014 edition (December 31, 2011)
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  • Language: English
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail to the Horned God March 27, 2010
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horns of Power: A Must Read March 12, 2012
By Aisha
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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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faces of the Horned God February 15, 2012
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One of my first exposures to the horned God was back in my high school days when I was doing my first magical working. Cernunnos was the deity I invoked. I loved that oil I bought as well. Since then I have been hooked. In modern times not much is known about the horned God or other horned spirits for that matter. Authors David Rankine have compiled an excellent collection of article that not only give the reader a broader view of the horned gods but also they go into appreciable depth.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horns of Power March 4, 2014
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What an amazing book!

This, as you may already be aware, is a collection of different people's thoughts, meditations, dreams and meetings with the Horned God. As you read through each story you will travel the world, from Crete to Egypt to the wilds of Wales to London. Each story is as individual as the author and I loved every one of them, although I admit that I read the ones about Egypt and Crete with a mostly detached but isn't this informative kind of air.

The Horned God that I love, the one that has fascinated me all of my life is Cernunnos, the Lord of the Forest and the Wild Animals. For me, one of the best stories in the book was A Quest For Horns by Stephen Blake, and not only because he mentions Robin of Sherwood which still remains a favourite of mine!

Unfortunately, as people begin looking at Paganism to see if it is right for them, they usually tend to favour the Goddess only as they are usually changing from a patriarchal religion. This may work for a while but you need balance, and the Horned God is part of the equation!

If you have any interest in Herne the Hunter, Cernunnos, Pan or Puck then this is the book for you.

"Above me and around me he roared and I, like the mouse, curled up, safe, secure and loved by this storm of rage; the emotional and physical pain that had engulfed me fled before his terrible gaze and I fell asleep. The rage of the Horned God is mighty indeed, but the love and blessings he bestows are greater still."

(October 2012)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful survey of the Horned God through may cultures. Who knew? He's everywhere.
Published 2 months ago by J. Eastwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Invoke the GOD!
This is one of those books that keep me in good mental form. Lots of great essays, powerful like the horned GOD!
Published 9 months ago by Erick DuPree
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont forget the God!
I loved this. Essays edited by one of today's leading pagan writers, this collection gives reason to reconnect with the God as well as the Goddess, gently reminding about the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bella Sophia
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
It is seldom that you find a book you can't put down, this is one of those books. If you are new or looking for more information about the horned God then this is the book for you.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read about the Horned God
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... Read more
Published 19 months ago by whitestonev7
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for the horned of Us
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. [...]
Published 23 months ago by Sleepingowl
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book
Cernunnos, Unicorn, Esu... they all find their chants and praises in this work which is all for the paganistic ideals of the Horned God, without being too paganistic. Read more
Published on January 23, 2013 by SKLADUM
4.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful
There was a lot of obscure information in this book that I could not find anywhere else. I found it to be very helpful in pointing some things out to me, and for basic history. Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by Eleth
4.0 out of 5 stars Horns Of Power
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... Read more
Published on December 25, 2010 by Booklady
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