Good question from a friend is there an aspect of Hern & his legend that shows a Teacher side of him? I thought my answer (or ponderings) below might open up a debate from others too.. so here it is…raw.. and it reveals some personal things ..perhaps for the first time openly..But it’s all in the interest of sharing experiences.. So I’ll brave it.. 🙂
“I attended a talk at Treadwells few months ago ..on the myths of Hern…and you know what the researcher said? The ONLY real fact of Hern.. is the ONE line that appears in Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor story..!! So everything else we think of as Hern myth is things that are made up by modern story tellers.. interpreting..and re-interpreting.. (Richard Carpenter did so much in Robin of Sherwood).
In many ways I was happy to hear this..because I have been doing my own interpreting and experiencing.. just an idea of a powerful god that I hung on to..embraced.. some 10 yrs ago..before starting Hern’s Tribe.. (I keep meaning to write my journey in the `Books of Hern’ …).
The work with Hern energies…empowered me..at that time when I was feeling low, rejected (got dumped by then partner..in Avebury no less after staying there a night in a B&B within the circle).. And in Hern’s Tribe, it has helped so many people find their own confidence, power, try things..then get rebellions against me..and they go off.. I still smile at that..
People have to challenge their teachers sooner or later.. it’s the child rebelling against parent.. and they go off into the big world..
I have ongoing dialogues..here and there..with Hern.. I have not kept all my promises..and life gets hard and I think I must get to it soon.. (Those `Books of Hern’, and children’s books `Adventures of Little Hern’ ).
Working energetically with Hern empowers me.. at times of low energy..I use it like a shot in the arm.. get into shamanic hern state within..so I can pull off whatever hard tasks am doing..
But the whole process is teaching me.. all sorts of things..
I do see Hern at times as a father figure (not least because my dad died 25 yrs ago.. he was an Aries…and I have projected that `father role’ onto Hern.. )
So it’s all our own interpreting.. and working with whatever is coming through our ways..our minds.. Because there are no solid myths and facts.. we are free to make it what it is for us.. and in doing so.. we are creating and extending the Myth of Hern for these modern times..”
I have a lot more to say of course..(well, I am writing a `Book of Hern’ after all).. but the above was a `quick’ reply to my friend.. 🙂
“May Hern protect us”
Hern’s Tribe- outdoor shamanic ritual group in London