“Lately I’ve had quite a few people giving me compliments on my Green Man necklace, and I’ve found it somewhat shocking. He’s always been the deity that I’ve associated with the most, and I feel a deep connection there, but I had no idea that so many people knew about him. I know that he can be found carved into churches all over, but I figured he was only celebrated in various Pagan spiritualities. Do you know of other ways the Green Man has been popularized?”
The “Green Man” image has been around for thousands of years and has been a part of many, many religions and spiritualities. The Green Man has many names, many images, and many meanings. In most cases, he is the deity of nature, vegetation, life and rebirth. He can be found in many religions including Celtic traditions, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and obviously Paganism.
His names are many: The Green Man, Horned God, Cernunnos, Elijah, Khidr, Pan, Holly King, among other names. The Green Man has many shapes and forms in many different areas. Yes, he is depicted in Churches, cathedrals, and abbeys, and usually associated and called “Jack in the Green.”
It’s because the concept of the Green Man is in many different cultures, it’s popularity has been high pretty much ever since the renaissance. Not so much as a religious figure or representing a deity, but mostly as a decorative piece of imagery and architecture.
Every religion, culture, tradition, belief will probably have a different story and beliefs for the depiction and history of the Green Man. He’s popular because he’s practically everywhere. More or less in some cultures, and used as a deity or decoration in others. Some may see him as a Saint, others as a Pagan God. Some might recognize him from Church, others from a carving on a tombstone.
His many faces, names, and beliefs can be a good thing. Especially for those who worship him as a God. It might defer the whole witch thing to something you’re wearing because it’s decorative. Though you may not see him that much around today; mostly in Pagan and Druid practices - the Green Man is definitely ancient for many practices.
I don’t really understand something. I’ve read some things that say Pan/The Horned God/The Green Man are completely different gods, and some things that say they’re not. So what’s “true”? Or does it just depend on the person? I’ve always thought of them all as completely different gods, so this is kind of hard for me to form in my mind.
Note; if whoever responds to this could support their claims with, or just recommend articles/books for me to refer to, would be great.
They went to this house were a supposedly evil witch lady killed a bunch of kids and sacrificed them to satan? Which makes sense cause witches can be satanists, but then they went on a whole thing about all the “satanic wiccan things in the house” and I’m just kind of staring at the TV going “Did these people even do a google search on the terms?”.
So apparently, the house has a succubus (Which they kept interchanging with incubus) that harassed a man living there, as well as his grandson. And because there was a witch there I guess they wanted to bring in a pagan priestess to talk about it. So she does a ritual with all the guys that are supposed to be spending the night there, and they were just freaking the fuck out about it, and this priestess just looks so uninterested and like “Are we going to do this or what you’ve been holding that athame trembling for the last ten minutes”. And in the middle of the ritual when they actually have to do stuff and say things they get super scared because they actually feel things and start going “no way man we cant do this we shouldn’t fuck with this stop” and the priestess looks so annoyed like “Give me the damn athame back I’ll do it myself”.
And I’m just sitting here laughing because they’re shitting themselves over things that teenage witches deal with all the time. All they had to do was hold the athame and say an incantation over the altar. Dramatic TV much?
Now I want to see this episode. May peruse my mom’s DVR for it. In need of some laughs.
Does anyone have any Wiccan or Pagan (history, gods, basic knowledge, etc.) book recs?
Or any books to avoid?
I’d really appreciate it. Thanks. c: