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Thoughts of Hern… Hunter, Warrior and..Teacher?

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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”

-Mani Navasothy

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Outdoor Spring Equinox Ritual & Earth Hour Gathering (London) on 23rd March’13

Here’s some details (and a pretty graphics 🙂 ) about an outdoor Spring Equinox Ritual ..that my friends and I are organising in London next Saturday 23rd March’13. It’s part of the Hern’s Tribe rituals (we have been doing now for over 8 years).   Of course that Saturday 23rd March happens to be also EARTH- HOUR

Earth Hour is observed between 8.30pm  to 9.30pm.. local time…ie where ever you are in which ever Country, you observe it when it’s 8.30pm for you.

So we are also going to stay out in the woods, have a small bon-fire, sing songs, chant, feat, have a few glasses of wine or mead.. and generally be thoughtful about Mother Earth, as well as share merriment.

If you are in London on that afternoon, or evening, come join us for one or both..  Details here:

-Mani Navasothy

London Spring Equinox & Earth Hour 2013 Gathering
London Spring Equinox & Earth Hour 2013 Gathering

Hern’s Tribe Outdoor Event

Saturday 23rd March 2013

Join us for outdoor Spring Equinox Ritual & Eco-Magic. (*between 4pm- 5pm). After ritual, we will be starting a small camp fire to keep warm during feasting & socials, songs and drumming.  You are welcome to observe Earth Hour with us and continue the festivities (between 8.30pm – 9.30pm).

venue & time Meet at Coombe Lane Tram stop – 3pm-3.15pm. (Get to East Croydon Railway station, come out and take the `New Addington’ tram line. Our stop is only 5 minutes from there).

PLEASE wrap up warm. No matter what, it gets cold later. And it’s difficult to doa ritual or enjoy a social (even with a camp fire) when you feel cold! We will be setting up a small camp fire, and also rain sheet cover (also protects us from winds).

Please bring Food & drinks to put on altar and share in feats afterwards. Bottle of wine is ideal.

Bring masks, drums or other musical instruments. be open to singing & chanting. It makes a happy tribal environment 🙂

Contact point:

Please phone via 077689-41373 to confirm attendance if possible (not essential…Just turn up if you like and wait for us at Tram stop).  If making calls or texts, please  note- We highly encourage you to make any calls before the actual day itself, as we get very busy on the day.

Weather factor? Our Rituals go ahead whatever the weather. So have faith, and just turn up. It usually ends up being a good happy magical event 🙂

Health & Safety:   Ritual involves walking through woods with uneven ground. May not be suitable for anyone with walking difficulties. You are responsible for your own Health & Safety in the woods.



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