Celtic Father of Animals
By Maxine Miller
This striking Cernunnos Wall Plaque depicts the Horned God Holding a Horned Serpent, Torc of Power and Fox Animal Companion. Cernunnos, the essence of the masculine aspect in the balance of Nature. The antlered god sits in a lush woodland setting, surrounded by symbols of fertility, power and masculinity - stag, bull, snake. The torc around his neck symbolizes his sacred role as husbandman to Mother Earth; with his right hand he bestows a torc of initiation. A ram-headed serpent, connoting male sexual power and vitality, is held under control in his left hand.
Cernunnos is a quality wall plaque made of resin with a wood color finish. Each plaque includes a hook for convenient hanging. Measures approximately 15 x 12 inches.
Cernunnos the male horned god of the Iron age Celts. He is the Gaulish version of the Pan-Celtic “Horned God. ” In Welsh mythology he is the Consort of the Great Goddess and god of the Underworld, nature, virility, fertility, animals, sex, reincarnation and shamanism.
Symbol of the Hunter and the Hunted. Also known as Herne the Hunter. Modern Druidry, which derives from Celtic culture, honors Cernunnos in his ancient Celto-European form as the guardian of the forests, the defender of the animal tuatha (tribes), the source of the deep forest wisdom, and the masculine half of creative energy. His restorative work in the cycle of the year is particularly celebrated at Beltaine, and is often paired with one or another of the female deities in her maiden aspect. Druids may call upon him in reference to vital, non-violent masculine divinity.
The horned-god concept is featured prominently in pagan religion. Such deities are linked to nature religion themes as well as to Chthonic or Underworld natures. The power of the stag transfers a warrior nature to the stag-horned god, and as such is a powerful primal image to convey with our unique Wall Plaque. The Horned God is known to many cultures by many names including: Cernunnos, Herne, Pashupati, Pan, Puck, Pachacamac, Lord of the Winter, Hu Gadarn, and Belatucadros and many others.