Urban Farming, Druids, Trees and Street Faeries – View from the Eye

In the midst of the urban problems in London, and all the shakeups and downs coming from “the Street” comes some hope for a different way of dealing with difficulty from The Urban Farming Guys  “This is the epic story of a band of pioneers–several families who have uprooted from comfortable suburbia & made their homes for good in one of the most blighted zip codes in the U.S.–64127, Lykins neighborhood, inner-city Kansas City. Each of us, standing with our neighbors, believe there is hope, but we know that money alone will not solve the problem.”

This just proves you can get back to nature in the city. If you wonder at the roots of the current set of issues we face, just check out the Salvage series  of articles by John Michael Greer in the ArchDruid Report.  But it’s not for the faint-of-heart. It’s more for those who are willing to face the future and wade in and do something.

Speaking of doing something to solve problems, here’s one for the Druids and other tree-lovers.  A 13-Year old was inspired by trees and came up with a solar cell tree that produces 20-50% more power than a uniform array of photovoltaic panels. This story comes from Inhabitat.com – a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.

Just look around, and you will find wonder to behold. Beth Hansen-Buth, the Faerie Artist (and my twin sister), pointed me to the Fairy Street Fashion of Finland. (We’re half-Finnish). For those of you who who embrace the Fae Lifestyle, music, art etc., you should check out these outstanding Faerieworlds events>

“Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!” ~William Butler Yeats

 

Heart of Faerie Oracle

What if you had a magic doorway into the faerie realm?  Would you use it?  Would you dare?  The Heart of Faerie Oracle is a deck of sixty-eight images created by the world-renowned artist Brian Froud. But these are more than just images, as anyone aquainted with his work knows. Who could be more familiar with these images than his wife, Wendy Froud?  She wrote the book to go along with these images.

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by Brian & Wendy Froud

“Brian paints the world of Faerie as it is. When we look at his paintings we see something that is a truth. When we look at his paintings, we see Faerie looking back at us, observing us. Thus the link between the worlds is established.” ~Wendy Froud

These cards give you sixty-eight entrances into Faerie. On some days they may be doorways, on other days they could be more like windows, and on some days you may look at the cards as more of a mirror to show us about an aspect of ourselves or our relationship to nature’s mysterious realm. Sometimes we may see things we are not comfortable with, because not all of Faerie is beautiful in the traditional sense, but it is always full of wisdom. Happy, sad, mysterious, desirable, solemn and even a little scary . . . all of these aspects and more are evoked in this oracle deck.

“Faeries have not changed, we have. They have stayed true, and we have betrayed them. We bury them under a heap of disbelief and ridicule, of sparkley tinsel, gaudy wings, and trite fairy tales. We satisfy ourselves with the surface of Faerie and do not bother to look into its heart.” ~Wendy Froud

For those of you familiar with the Faeries Oracle Deck by Brian Froud, you should know that this new deck is a whole new experience.  The big difference with the Heart of Faerie Oracle is the Journey cards.  There isn’t anything like them in the previous deck. These cards are active; they walk you along the Faerie path and help you to move away from the mundane and into the realm of possibilities.  In fact, the Journey cards can be read like a story, if you lay them out in order. But there are other categories as well. The cards are divided into seven groups, each representing a different aspect of Faerie:

The Faerie Queens (9)
The Queens’ Consorts (9)
The Archetypes (13)
Sprites (8)
The Ladies (6)
Tricksters (7)
The Journey (16)

“At the edge of our world, at the edge of the otherworld, the beautiful and mysterious faeries stand, watching and waiting to greet us, inviting us to journey with them as our guides while we walk the infinite paths of the Faerie.” ~Brian Froud

“To believe in faeries is to step into an enchanted space where the rational mind meets the irrational heart, and all things become possible.” ~Wendy Froud.

The Heart of Faerie Oracle is a wonderful deck for anyone who dares to step through the door and become a little wiser and a little more aware.

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Herne (Cernunnos) the Forest Lord

The ancient Forest Lord has appeared and made himself known by many names to nearly every culture throughout time. He is Cernunnos, a Celtic god of fertility, life, animals, wealth, and the underworld. He is Herne the Hunter, and he is here at the Eye, represented by a new statue.

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Cernunos Herne Statue

This incredible new depiction of Herne, Cernununnos, the Horned God, is reproduced in cold cast bronze resin.  He is crowned with Antlers and holds a staff of wood spiraling at the tip. The snake, representing wisdom, the underworld, and reincarnation is at his feet.  The leaves and moss are hand-tinted.  He is the untamed Horned God of the Animals and the leaf-covered Green Man, Guardian of the Green World. The statue stands 10.5″ tall. Click here for more views of the statue

Cernnunos is mentioned by Shakespeare, as Herne the Hunter, the guardian of Windsor Forest, the Royal Wood. In this aspect it is said that he appears as Guardian of the Realm during times of National emergency and crisis. In modern times he is often called the God of the Witches and embodies uncorrupted masculine energy. His is a masculine energy that is fully-developed and in balance with the natural world.

Lore & Myth

As both Hunter and Hunted, The Forest Lord represents the great mystery of life feeding life. The Forest and fields are filled with his Mystery. He is the God of the underworld and astral planes, born at the winter solstice. He appears in spring as the young Son, child of the Goddess, embodiment of the budding, growing, greening world.

In summer He bursts forth as the Green Man, vibrant, pulsing with life, and becomes the consort of the Green Lady Goddess. It is in autumn, the dying time, that perhaps we see the Horned God at his most mature. As Master of the Sacrificial Hunt, as both Hunted and Hunter, His is the full life that is given in service of new life. He is the sacrificed god, who journeys to the Underworld, but then returns to the Earth from which he was born. The seeds of light released from his decaying body will quicken Her womb with a new Sun once again, thus continuing the cycle of death, rebirth and reincarnation.

The most famous depiction of the Horned Diety or Shaman is on the side of the Gundestrup Cauldron discovered in Denmark, on May 28, 1891. In theories of Celtic origin, the figure is often identified as Cernunnos and occasionally as Mercury. But images of the Horned one go farther back. Our prehistoric ancestors knew him as a shape-shifting, shamanic god of the Hunt. Paleolithic cave paintings found in France that depict a stag standing upright or a man dressed in stag costume seem to indicate that Cernunnos’ origins date to those times.

This statue of the Forest Lord brings the best of all those depictions together in a statue of incredible detail, and maybe a little bit of Oberon, Lord of Faerie, as well.

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Other Depictions of the Forest Lord

  • Romans sometimes portrayed him with three cranes flying above his head.
  • He was known to the Druids as Hu Gadarn.
  • Pan, the lusty Satyr god of the Greeks, is another aspect of the Horned God.

As Herne, He became a modern star in “Robin of Sherwood” on British television in the early eighties, as the shamanic mentor of Robin the Hooded Man, and this seems to be how everybody remembers him. In the series he is portrayed as an Anglo-Saxon hunting god, based on the myth and lore of the Forest Lord, Cernunnos, etc.

The Legend of Herne

There is an old tale goes that Herne the Hunter,
Sometime a keeper here in Windsor Forest,
Doth all the winter-time, at still midnight,
Walk round about an oak, with great ragg’d horns;
And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle,
And makes milch-kine yield blood, and shakes a chain
In a most hideous and dreadful manner.
You have heard of such a spirit, and well you know
The superstitious idle-headed eld
Receiv’d, and did deliver to our age,
This tale of Herne the Hunter for a truth.

“The Merry Wives of Windsor”
Act 4 Scene 4
William Shakespeare