The Piecemeal Man (abmann) wrote,
The Piecemeal Man

I am Jack's lease on life.

He is the Green Man, Cernunnos, the Horned One, Jack in the Green, Green George and the Old Man of the Woods. He is the archetypal male essence, the thrusting life force, the potent initiator whose body is wild nature itself, the vitality of the forest merging with man... and many other things besides.

The Green Man is both a symbol of fertility and the power of the forest, the Horned god and the god of vegetation. The ancient Horned god is not the much later Christian concept of the devil. In antiquity, horns were a symbol of power, fertility and virility. Visualise the great stags in the wild woods, the bounding rites of Spring, the sympathetic magic that transfoms the mighty antlers into a symbol of male potency.

His roots are deep in our past and still carved to this day by artists who know not his story but sense that something old and strong and tremendously powerful waits behind his leafy mask. And they are right. Behind the sacred oak, the Green Man is death and resurrection, he is the ebb and flow of life and creativity.

When you come upon the Green Man, you will recognise him.
You have always known him.


(c)AB Mann.
Tags: art, art-photography, paganism, paganism - green man
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