“When the Horned One possess me, I am Hern..!” So says the mysterious horned shamanic figure who declares Robin Hood as `Hern’s Son’, and begins to guide the outlaw to `protect the innocent, defend the weak..’
Inspired by the TV series `Robin of Sherwood’ and stories of the Windsor-Hern myths, we began to build Hern’s Tribe- a pagan ritual & self-development group in 2004. We recently celebrated our 10th anniversary!
Hern’s Tribe gatherings are held regularly for the 8 pagan seasonal festivals. We are a small closed group, always choosing to do our magical works outdoors in various Woods (Windsor, Sherwood, Epping, Queen’s woods- even Croydon), and tend to camp out when possible and cook our own food on site (in a small gas fire). We occasionally do Open rituals- to share our ideas and ways with the larger pagan community in London. (We have done Opening and Closing rituals for Pagan Federation Conference, Witchfest, and Beltane Bash).
In the past decade, Hern’s Tribe has undergone many changes, additions and departures of regular members & guests.
Some of the Aims & Objectives of Hern’s Tribe, are as follows:
-Promote and support `Hern’s Tribe’ an outdoor pagan spiritual group, and use its history and networks, seasonal activities, nature-worship, ritual practices, and local folklore imagery and mythologies, to educate and spiritually empower all interested people.
-Explore, promote and advance the nature-based pagan religions, ritual and magical practises of ancient and modern tribal cultures.
-Educate, and promote the appreciation, conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment. and better harmonious living with nature.
-Promote and explore Tribal Arts & Crafts , tool making techniques and outdoor survival skills that support and educate the pagans and all public.
-Organise and facilitate seasonal ceremonies, celebrations, festivals.
Ritual Styles: We are are known for reworking fairy tales and stories into modern day tribal ritual dramas! (remember the PFL Yule 2009, with Ghosts of Yule past, present future? And what about the Dragons, Eagle & Wren competing at PFL Autumn Ritual in 2010? The fabulous opening ceremony at Beltane Bash 5 yrs ago, retelling what really happened at Garden of Eden?!! Going back even further, we also the Medieval Witches Ball (CoA) Imbolc Closing ritual back in 2004, and the `2011 SpaceOddessy’ themed Pagan Federation Conference Ritual in 2004 ). Ht also re-surrected an old english tradition of `Swearing on the Horns’ at High Gate park, some 3-4 yrs ago. We’ll be doing that again every year.
Eco-Magic: Many of us have come into Pagan & natutre worship, through the path of caring for the animals & environment (that was mine!) And while working magic in nature for our own empowerment, it is absolutely essential to keep the focus also on helping the ecology & environment.. by direct action ..as well as eco-magic. With that in mind, we are making Eco-Magic a `regular’ activity in Hern;s Tribe..here onwards! –
ALL WELCOME – Pagans and magical people of all paths and spirituality are welcome to attend HT gatherings. In 2015, we plan to hold some of our winter gatherings as `private’ to allow for deepening of bonds between current members. The Summer rituals will be held in public parks /woods, and be `open’ for all. Those interested may then be invited to join our private rituals.
What to bring to our HT ritual Gathering
Food .– Anything from French bread sticks, cheese, humus, butter to pre-cooked chicken, short-eats, fruits, home made items, salads, dips, pasta etc are all fine.
Drinks: Wine is often popular. Mead, beer, soft drinks, hot drinks (coffee & tea) in flasks, soip, even small bottles of water – are appreciated.
Cutlery etc: Plastic cups, paper plates, forks & knives, spare bags (to pack items not eaten), bin bags – we usually bring these. But if you can bring some too – that will be good.
Torch light – Some evening gatherings finish in dark. So a torch light helps to find things when tidying up & packing.
Seating : Folding seats / ground sheet ( for your self to sit on) – optional.
Sensible outdoor cloths. ps. sometimes we have a ceremonial fire.. and .your cloths are likely to smell of smoke