The Horned God is the evocative name a 20th century melding of several ancient images of gods such as Cernunos, Herne the Hunter, Pan, Dionysus, Janus, and Green Man. Not much exists in writing and the oral tradition has been lost, so modern pagans worship the male energy force of winter as the Horned God. He is the Great Father, the Lord of Winter with sovereignty of the male aspect of creation and fertility. He has the power of creation and destruction. He harvests the land of dead animals and cares for the land in the cold dark of winter.While the Horned God may be a modern derivation of ancient images, the ancient and powerful life (and death) force her represents remains present in our world and in our lives.
The Charge of the Horned God
Hear now the charge of the Horned God,
I who am called Lord of the Wild Hunt, Herne, Cernunnos, Pan, Janus and many other names.
Know that I am here and present in the winter of your lives,
Guiding, harvesting, and knowing you soul.
Be strong of heart and body in the cold and dark
And you will be stronger still in the light and warmth.
Be in tune with the turning of the Wheel
And live each season according to its turning.
Tune your life to the rhythms of the world
And you will know my creation, my destruction
And my love.
My touch may be cold, but it will warm you soul
With connection, power, and strength.
Be compassionate with those who are weaker
And be understanding of those you do not comprehend.
Know the mystery of contradiction
And live in the rhythm and melding of opposing forces.
Live the short days and rest peaceful in the long nights.
Be one with me and know peace.