Treebeard, JRR Tolkien’s The Two Towers
by Peter Xavier Price
EUROPE HAS ALWAYS BEEN an ornament of the world and a blend of rich ethnicity, religions, styles and cultures. The land however is also fortified by centuries of blood spilled during ancient battles and feudal clashes. The gods and goddesses of Celtic, Gaul and Frankish myths are not entirely dissimilar from their relatives from distant times and lands, and the records of brutal bloodlust describe a proportional increase in numbers, albeit via increased sophistication of weaponry, contrary to “evolutionary” social progress.
The explanation of course, lies in the acknowledgement of two factors:
1) An existing ‘indwelling’ of hostile presences and
2) A fallen and susceptible humanity, coexisting with the latter unaware in great part, of the dominion and resolve of the former.
The ancient landlords have never discontinued their debauchery. They accept their burnt sacrifices from a new congregation of initiates, commanding and demanding worship and ritual, cleverly insinuating their thirst while fully assimilated in contemporary garb; dressed to the nines, as it were.
Robbie Coltrane plays Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.
“He was sort of his guardian and his guide … And now I wanted Hagrid to be the one to lead Harry out of the forest.”He was also one of the first characters to imply that the idea of thinking of wizards as “pure-bloods” and “Half-bloods”is a dated concept.”William Anderson expands the Hagrid/Green Man archetype:
“…There are legends of him (Khidr) in which, like Osiris, he is dismembered and reborn; and prophecies connecting him, like the Green Man, with the end of time. His name means the Green One or Verdant One, he is the voice of inspiration to the aspirant and committed artist. He can come as a white light or the gleam on a blade of grass, but more often as an inner mood. The sign of his presence is the ability to work or experience with tireless enthusiasm beyond one’s normal capacities. In this there may be a link across cultures…”With a duality of personality as well as intent, the therianthropic Green Man is most often conceptualized in ancient cave art, described by Lewis-Williams as “depictions of what our ancestors witnessed in their visions: enigmatic lines, strange patterns, followed by animals.” Believing them to be portals to other dimensions, ancient shamans would adorn the cave walls with totemic depictions to ensure the favor of the inhabitants of the “Otherworld” wherein lay the deepest riches of reality.
In Celtic tradition this Green Man deity is worshiped as “lord of wild things.” He is memorialized in archaeological record as wearing stag antlers or horns and sometimes wearing a torque while holding serpents. Worshipped primarily in Britain and France and Germany, there are traces of this cult as far east as Russia and as far west as Ireland. Many who follow the pattern of ancient myth have determined that the Lord of the Hunt is most likely the source for the horned god that appears in Christian medieval manuscripts and is a symbol of the Antichrist himself.
It would be more accurately stated that the gods that could not be ’banished’ were subsequently recruited. Under the banner of Christianity, ambitious European ‘conquistadors’ repeatedly ransacked Europe whether by sword, plague, fire or religion. Old ritual sites were embellished with Biblical themes, although many of the ancient demons bore striking resemblance to regional entities, and celebratory feasts adjusted to accommodate and ‘ease’ the transition. But underneath these sites, the embers of the ancient ones and the Lord of the Hunt, patiently smoldered, knowing they’d merely adopted a new mask.
The increased level of geologic activity is revealing ancient structures on land masses and under the sea. Covered by millennia of growth and formerly believed to be mountains, both natural and man are exposing not only evidence of structures of enormous size, high technical ability, and global commerce, but inhabitants of massive size, with obviously corresponding ability and skill.
The concept of multiple global cataclysms, most recently the planetary flood of Genesis 7, is recorded Biblically to have destroyed all that was “on the face of the ground,” but little is said about the enormous world beneath the surface. Four books of the canonical text describe life, “under the earth,” as being subject to judgment. Why is it then that we have such difficulty accepting an underworld, and an abyss?
More disturbing however, is the volume of evidence presented by the examination of caves and caverns of the world. These incredible labyrinths meander beneath land and ocean yet their construction, like many ancient structures, cannot be duplicated today. Even more troubling is the incredible heights of many of the cave systems. Caverns are by nature expansive, but why would it be necessary to construct caves of such height, nine or even 15 feet – far greater than the height of contemporary man?
Folklore, nursery rhymes and legends will allow our minds to picture what, “man in his heart” desires, but in Ezekiel we learn of “terror in the land of the living,” and also the Divine mercy with which we have been sheltered: “I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou not be inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living.” Ez. 26, 32
William Henry Black recognized the patterns of “holy lines,” affirming that “[m]onuments exist marking grand geometrical lines which cover the whole of Western Europe.” This “whole” includes the ancient land of Albion (ancient name for the island of Great Britain), where the megaliths, circles, mounds and drawings of Glastonbury, Avebury, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Wilmington have all, within the past ten years, yielded speculation of a strong practice of ritualistic incineraton in addition to their commonly assigned astronomical alignments.
Warning of the dangerous and seductive beauty of evil, Russ Dizdar comments:
“Why do you think God destroyed these places and these centers of demonic activity were judged? Why do you think God buried this horror? Was it only for the ancient practitioners? They could have just died and been buried….but their “high places,” their ziggurats, were cast down and covered. The New Agers, 2012’ers and questers are seeking to uncover these constructs: what will they find?”If indeed this God of the Hunt, the Green Man, carried such a demanding presence and widespread prominence, why have we heard so little of him? Perhaps we have been too limited in the cultural examination of the ancient pantheon. There is widespread familiarity with the gods of Egypt and Sumer, ancient India, Meso-America. Yet we know little of the very entities, who are not only disturbingly real, but are actively insinuating themselves into Western thought via skillful, pernicious, and well-organized increments. We have just not recognized their ancient citations.
THE CULT OF CERNUNNOS
Cernunnos (Source: http://www.newmoon.uk.com/ritual/cernunnos_pent.jpg
Bestowing plenty upon the good stewards of the earth, Cernunnos is also the “All Devourer,” and responsible for the judgment of those who threaten his domain. Referenced by William Shakespeare as Herne the Hunter, Cernunnos and Herne seem to be an interchangeable “Being or Power” that existed before time and before the other gods, as their creation was a product of his virility and the fertility of the planet. The deified consort of Cernunnos is the Green Lady, the Goddess of Nature.
Frequently depicted with club in hand, Cernunnos led the wild hunt and, as the primary fertility deity, often was graphically depicted as the primeval male progenitor and rejuvenator, “lusty, satyr god.” “Limitless and everlasting, the life-force of Cernunnos is present in the “billions and billions of infinite smallness,” which “courses through the sub-atomic, constituting the chaotic “Dance of Life and Death,: the “Dance of Making and Unmaking,” the “Dance of Creation and Destruction.”
With this insight, a review of various historic events, both recent and ancient, associated within the province of the entity, Cernunnos/Herne becomes worthwhile.
For years the Chernobyl nuclear disaster has been linked with the star, “Wormwood,” and in part with some justification: Chernobyl is apparently comprised of chormyi (black) and byllia (blades), a possible linguistic tracing to a wild wormwood, mugwort associated with the “Green Fairy” drink of Absinthe, popularized by occultist Alistair Crowley. This appears to be a reasonable explanation of the popular application.
But a glimpse deeper into the history and mythology of Eastern Europe provides yet another intriguing association. The Romans had linked the horned-god Herme to Cernunnos and the Green Man. In Brother Gods of Light and Darkness: Origins of the Baldr Myth, Timothy J. Stephany uses linguistic similarities to trace the legendary roster of gods. “The Russian god of light is Bielbog, Byelobog. The god of darkness is Tschernobog: Chernobog.”
Chernobyl is located along Latitude 51, just east of the Sudeten Mountains, the former Reich sub-nuclear weapons facility. Perhaps behind the veil of our reality, Cernunnos was dancing his dance of ‘unmaking’ in 1986 as the destroyer of the elements there.
Secular history, linguistics and mythology consistently echo Biblical accounts of ancestral and tribal migrations, and so doing, the gods and spirit beings are to be understood as distinct presences, much like human ancestral patterns: families with divergent branches, similar but independent functions and personalities with subjective memory and interpretation from communal historic events.
It is through the ancient texts, monuments and traditions the Middle Eastern accounts that migrations are be traced and these genealogies share a remarkably consistent conception: Mount Hermon.
“ It came to pass after the sons of men had multiplied in those days, that daughters were born to them, elegant and beautiful. And when the Watchers, the sons of heaven, saw them, they became infatuated with them, saying to each other, “Come, let us choose for ourselves wives from the offspring of men, and let us have children….
The whole number of those who descended on what is the top of Mount Hermon, in the days of Jared, was two hundred. 8 That mountain therefore came to be Hermon, because they had sworn upon it, and bound themselves by mutual oaths…”Michael S. Heiser, examines many of the intriguing details and nuances coincident to Mount Hermon:
– 1 Enoch 6:1, 2, 7, 8
םחָרַ charam, khaw-ram’; a prim. root; to seclude; spec. (by a ban) to devote to religious uses (espec. destruction); phys. and refl. to be blunt as to the nose:— make accursed, consecrate, (utterly) destroy, devote, forfeit, have a flat nose, utterly (slay, make away).
The consonants that make up “hermon” are (in Hebrew) ch-r-m (the final “n” is a noun ending typically suffixed to geographic locations). The noun cherem means “devoted to destruction” (the imagery is of a holocaust offering).
חֶרֶם cherem, kheh’-rem; phys. (as shutting in) a net (either lit. or fig.); usually a doomed object; abstr. extermination:— (ac-) curse (-d, -d thing), dedicated thing, things which should have been utterly destroyed, (appointed to) utter destruction, devoted (thing), net.
Mount Hermon was, according to 1 Enoch 6:1-6, the mountain to which the Watchers, the sons of God, descended when they came to earth and cohabited with human women. This connection with the incident described in Genesis 6:1-4 is consistent in view of the connections between the terms Rephaim, Anakim, and Nephilim. … the broader area of which Mount Hermon was part was Bashan, a place of special cosmic-geographical significance….
…Mount Hermon was also associated with Baal worship and evil serpentine cults. The cult center Baal-Hermon is mentioned several times in the Old Testament (e.g., Judges 3:3; 1 Chron. 5:23).
That the Israelites and the biblical writers considered the spirits of the dead giant warrior-kings to be demonic is evident from the fearful aura attached to the geographical location of Bashan. As noted above, Bashan is the region of the cities Ashtaroth and Edrei, which both the Bible and the Ugaritic texts mention as abodes of the Rephaim. What’s even more fascinating is that in the Ugaritic language, this region was known not as Bashan, but Bathan—the Semitic people of Ugarit pronounced the Hebrew “sh” as “th” in their dialect. Why is that of interest? Because “Bathan” is a common word across all the Semitic languages, biblical Hebrew included, for “serpent.” The region of Bashan was known as “the place of the serpent.” It was ground zero for the Rephaim giant clan and, spiritually speaking, the gateway to the abode of the infernal deified Rephaim spirits.