It’s been known that an old custom of `Swearing on the Horns’ used to take place in the High Gate area every year between 17th and 19th Century. For the most part these proceedings seem to have a farcical element (if not all) to it. However, Hern’s Tribe began to re-interpret and enact this Ceremony some years ago, at Queen’s Woods (along with the `Windsor Hern ritual’ – another old custom that is said to be done for the well-being of the Sovereignty of this land).
Join us for a special Summer event outdoors in North London, at Queen’s Woods, for this Ceremony. Participate in it, and swear on the Horns of Hern, for your well-being, and that of the land, and make an oath of your promise to Hern or the Green-Man of the land in return.. to do your honorable best for the land and it’s people!
Afterwards, join in with festivities, drumming & singing, and Summer feasting.. and perhaps some Story telling …as the evening approach… of Fairies, Dragons, and magical realms.
Bring drums, masks, horns (if you have any), food & drinks, and any poetry & songs to share!
Date: Saturday 29th June 2013
Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm (core ceremony). Socials ongoing afterwards till last person leaves!
Venue: Central clearing at Queen’s Woods, North London.
How to get there: Get to `Highgate tube station’ (northern line), then to main road ( Archway Road). Turn in to Wood Lane, which becomes Queen’s Wood Road half way through. On the left hand side, at this bend is a formal entrance (with sign board) to the park. We’ll have ribbons tied up to mark the way!
Map ref: http://goo.gl/maps/DgYNY