Cernunnos

Cernunnos

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As an exception to the Celtic gods being primarily human, Cernunnos is portrayed as having stag horns atop his head. He is also identified as a possible source of the "Green Man" figures and legends.

He is sometimes paired with an earth goddess, such as Danu as a consort, and sometimes named as the son born at winter solstice. He is linked both with fertility in the human sense and fertility in the animal and plant worlds as well as the protection of the woodlands and propagation of wildlife.

Cernunnos is one of the deities with murky and sometimes conflicting myths surrounding him; there is no single source that actually lists him. Knowledge of Cernunnos is by inference, there is only one incomplete inscription with his name, but there are several visual representations of him found in Europe ranging from Romania to Ireland.

Regardless of the lack of verifiable information about Cernunnos, he has been embraced by neo-Pagans and is a firm entity in the Celtic pantheon. Like Danu, he seems to be one of the most ancient of the Celtic pantheon.

General Associations with Cernunnos

  • West
  • Pan Pipes
  • Antlers
  • Virility
  • Fertility
  • Animals
  • Love
  • Sex
  • Nature
  • Woodlands
  • Reincarnation
  • Crossroads
  • Prosperity and Wealth
  • Commerce
  • Warriors
  • Family
  • Horned God
 

Animal Associations with Cernunnos

  • The Stag
  • Ram
  • Bull
  • Any horned animals

Plants and Herb Associations with Cernunnos

  • Cedar
  • Cypress
  • Comforey
  • Grains
  • Honeysuckle
  • Ivy
  • Magnolia
  • Nuts
  • Oak
  • Primrose
  • Sage
  • Vetivert
 

Incense and Oil Associations with Cernunnos

  • Cedar
  • Patchouli
  • Sage

Gem and Stone Associations with Cernunnos

  • Amethyst
  • Azurite
  • Emerald
  • Iron
  • Jasper
  • Lead
  • Onyx
  • Peridot
  • Rock Crystal
  • Royal Azute
  • Rutilated Quartz
 

Color Associations with Cernunnos

  • Black
  • Brown
  • Green
  • Gold
  • White

© 2004 Earthdreamer

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