This is a god of the Old Cletic lines through out Europe. Cern means “horn” in Old Irish and related to similar words carn in Welsh and Breton, and is the origin of “Kernow”, meaning horn of land. The depictions of Cernunnos are strikingly consistent: stag’s horns, and portrayed as a mature man with long hair and a beard wearing a torc to denote nobility. He often carries other torcs in his hands to signify wealth and prosperity. He sits and cross-legged in meditation.
The Horned God reflects the seasons of the year in an annual cycle of life, death and rebirth. Cernunnos is the guardian of the forests, the defender of the animals and the source of the deep forest wisdom, and the male aspect of creative energy. He is called upon for vital, non-violent masculine divinity. In the Wheel of the Year, His time is between Samhain and Beltane as the Goddess’ time is between Beltaine and Samhain. During these High Holies, the come together in a balance of energies, union and blessings.
I created an interpretation of Cernunnos Amulet as depicted on Gundestrup Cauldron. The Celtic design dates from the La Tene period. Here he is shown holding a serpent in one hand signifying knowledge and connection to the Ancients; and a tork in the other, the symbol of holding power in the world of mortals. This piece is 5/8″ and can be worn as a pendant and may also sit like a statue on your shelf… or where ever you wish!