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Monday, August 15, 2011

Wow, I'm Getting Lazy! (Plus the Green Man Post)

I seem to be having trouble keeping up with my lovely blog. Just when I start getting followers too! That being said, I have a few disclaimers to fill out before I dive in to the topic of the Green Man.

Classes are starting soon as my uni and that means I will have even less time than usual to update my blog. This does not mean tht I won't be updating. It just means that my usual 3-4 times a week will probably go down to once or twice a week. We'll just have to place it by ear. Now on to the Green Man!

The Green Man
Image Courtesy of Northern Sun
The Green Man is one of the most well-known images in NeoPagan circles. He is the spirit of the Woods, of Masculinity, the God for every Goddess, and the Virile Father of All. But where did the name "Green Man" come from? And who exactly is this face suppose to represent? In all hoensty I can only answer one of those questions.

Lady Raglan, a British noblewoman in the early 20th century, was drawn to the image of the Green Man through a discussion with a Rev. J Griffith. The Reverend was fascinated by the leafy faces in his church because they were unlike all the other carvings, namely in their relative realisticness in comparison to the monsters and angels otherwise carved. Lady Raglan soon dubbed the face "The Green Man" because of the foliage around the face and sometimes coming out of the mouth.

Lady Raglan speculated that the image was related to numerous "Green Man Inns" across the country, though there is no proof to support this claim and even a little to refute it. Because we lack an "original name" for the image we do not know who it was intended to represent. The Reverend Griffith at one time suggested that the face was meant to represent the architect of the church, though he later decided against that idea because the face appears in churches all over the country and most were built by different men.

The true identity of the Green Man is still a mystery to scholars. Some suggest he is Pan, the mischevious spirit of the woods. Others see him as Cerrunos, God of the Hunt, though the Green Man does not always appear with horns.

For me the Green Man represents a general male deity in much the same way the goddess with arms circled above her head is a general female deity. I believe that names and attributes given to certain deities were created so that humans could better understand something much greater than our species. In this way, the Green Man is a truly diverse figure. He is the father, he is the trickster of youth, and he is the wise one who sees the winter coming and holds his head high while he can.

My next post will be on entirely secular matters. The economy isn't getting better as quickly as we had all hoped and there are tough times ahead. I will be sharing my tips for a less stressul belt-tightening as well as some books I think every budget-watching adult should own.

Until next time, Blessed Be.


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