Manifestations of the Horned God
Edited by Sorita d’Este

The raw, ancient and primordial force symbolised by horns has long had associations with mystery, magick and power. Our ancestors often envisaged their gods as anthropomorphic beings who encapsulated this wild essence. Today the gods of the bull, the ram, the goat and the stag still hold tremendous power and are invoked at rituals by a new priesthood who continue to seek the wildness of nature and the inspiration that it holds. These deities transcend the safe and known boundaries of human structure, sometimes even luring us across the threshold of the known into the unknown worlds beyond.

This unique anthology brings together the work of more than twenty people, including that of dedicated scholars and modern-day mystics. Through their written and artistic contributions they illustrate some of the many manifestations of the Horned God. A true cornucopia of both insightful and well-researched essays, we are taken from the well-known Celtic Cernunnos and the legend of Herne the Hunter to the goat-footed Greek Pan, the lesser-known Slavic Veles and Egyptian Khnum. Horned serpents, unicorns, the tale of the Battle of the Bulls in the Irish Táin Bó Cúailnge, the Welsh Gwyn Ap Nudd and the faery Puck are all also considered.

Then follows a wild hunt as we journey with the mystics who share their own experiences of the gods of the wildwood and untamed beasts. Each story is as different as the person who experienced it - each illustrating in its own unique way a Horned God who is wild, unpredictable, and loving - and at heart a trickster. For those who wish to dare a bit more than others, also included are visionary meditation journeys to explore the mysteries of Cernunnos and Gwyn Ap Nudd.

Horns of power would of course be nothing without the horns of beauty of the feminine divine, and in the final section the reader is presented with works exploring horned goddesses, such as the lunar horned Hekate, Selene and Artemis and the antlered Elen. Through the mysteries of their existence, the vast scope of their influence, or the endurance of their survival through to the modern day, each contribution provides a window into the wonders and mystery of the enduring magick of the horned gods.

2008, 204 pages. Paperback & Kindle editions available.
ISBN 978-1-905297-17-7
B&W 5.5 x 8.5 in or 216 x 140 mm (Demy 8vo) Perfect Bound on Creme w/Gloss Lam

Horns of Power edited by Sorita d'Este

  • Introducing The Horns of Power
    The Witch God Cernunnos by Sorita d’Este
    Herne: The Royal Hunter by Hortus St Michael
    Hero Lord of Annwfn by Gareth Gerrard
    Pan: The Hidden All by David Rankine
    Veles in Slavic Myth by Kim Huggens
    Romano-Celtic Horns by Zachary Yardley
    The Horned Serpent by Frater Nechesh
    Battle of the Bulls by Dafydd  ap Bran
    Puck: Forgotten Devil God?  by Beth Raven
    The Potter from the Nile by Sorita d’Este
    Horns From Egypt by Phil Lightwood-Jones
    Horn of the Unicorn by Janet Nancy James
    Stag & Unicorn
    Horn at Dawn  by Rhys Chisnall
    The Song of Amergin
    Light in the Earth by John Canard
    The Horned One Rises by Peter J. Jaynes
    My Bearded Man by Thea Faye
    A Small Mouse by Magin
    Encounters In the Woods by Harry Barron
    A Quest For Horns by Stephen Blake
    Dancing with Bulls by Zagreus
    Meditation Journey  With Gwynn ap Nudd by Gareth Gerrard
    Hymn to Amen-Ra
    Journey to the Mound by Gulia Laini
    The Fire Horns by Lupus
    Luna’s Shining Horns by Gulia Laini
    Triple Horns of the Greek Magical Papyri  by Sorita d’Este
    Ode to the Horned Goddess  by Nina Falaise
    In Pursuit of Elen by Jenny Sumaya