As the “Pagan Movement” has gained momentum in the overall global culture, within that movement is a very strong focus on the Goddess and the empowerment of Women. Although the entire community has embraced the fact that Women are more than simply “important” (they are essential to all things human!) one of the things that has been over looked is the Men who accompany them.
In an attempt to highlight Men’s contribution of the growing Pagan Culture, Isaac Bonewits wrote a book “The Pagan Man” which included detailed accounts of several men and their activities both singularly and collectively which include musicians, artists and scholars.
In my own part, I was commissioned to create The Lord Tree in bronze. The Tree is about 9 inches tall with details from all angles: In the leaves there is the image of the Green Man, the symbol Man in his youth (among other things).
Under the shade of the leaves is perched a man poised in the hunt. This symbolizes man in his middle age; the position of bread winner, hunter and tracker. These activities are often the work of the Father providing for his family, doing the necessary work for those around him: his community.
In the trunk of the tree is the face of the Sage: the Old Man. In this stage of life he has lived through his years, remembering the lessons of his folly in youth, the skills of his life as provider and now able to pass on the knowledge and wisdom he has collected in his lifetime. Here, instead of attempting to recapture his youth he teaches the new generation through story and song of experience and skill.
The Lord Tree holds the combination of all three qualities ( like the counterpart of the Warrior, Healer, Crone) of Man in one piece symbolized both as the tree itself and the root system that forms the base: the roots resolve into a Celtic knot work ring providing a never ending cycle of youth, strength and wisdom.
This statue is a one of a kind and currently in a private collection. More images of the Lord Tree may be seen in my website featuring the sculpture.