Just a quick post for first thing, I’m hoping to do a bit of a catch up over the Bank Holiday weekend so I may be back later.
As you can see, the lads from the Parks Department have produced something special for one of the roundabouts in Knutsford. Isn’t he lovely!
Stags have a special place in Druidry, it’s one of our totem animals and his blessings are called when we face the direction of south, recognising the sun at its highest, and honouring the element of fire. According to the Welsh myth of Culhwch and Olwen, the stag of Rhedynfr was one of the five oldest animals in the world. Since prehistory man has been connecting with the stag to enlist his help with hunting, and also to absorb his power, poise and natural dignity. Dressing in his skin, wearing his antlers and dancing - there is still a morris side in Abbots Bromley who dance wearing horns. I expect this veneration developed eventually into the worship of the horned gods such as Cerunnos. This strong association with the stag as a messenger between the worlds was reinforced by the belief that both Merlin and the King of Faery rode on stags.
Image of the Horn Dancers by Simon Brighton