Daily Angel Oracle Card: Cernunnos, from the Gods and Titans Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco and Jimmy Manton
Cernunnos: “Shape Shifting”
“Transition and change are flowing through you. Relax and know that you have the power to be what you want to be!”
“While most people think of Cernunnos as a god of the Celts, the truth is, this energy is far, far older. Prehistoric man covered himself with the skins, hair, feathers, and bones of the animals he hunted, and he danced around his fire. As the shadows played against the cave walls, man changed into the very animals he targeted.
Shape shifting is a way of gathering power and information. This is one of the earliest principles of magic: like attracts like. If you want to catch a stag, be a stag in the ritual dance. Feel the stag, think like the stag, be one with the stag, and then you can better connect with the stag should you need to hunt it. By honoring this father hunter, the horned one, ancient peoples felt they would be better fed and better prepared – and so, more successful.
Cernunnos is often depicted as half human and half stag, although sometimes he is simply depicted as a man with glorious set of antlers that seem to pierce the sky. His energy is vital, flowing, fertile, and connecting.
Today he is a symbol of the purest masculine energy, untainted and fully connected with his strength and wildness. For this reason, he is extremely popular with the modern pagan and witchcraft communities and is a patron of those who work on facilitating change as environmental activists. You can call upon his shape shifting energy when you wish to transition from one identity to another or to shift back into your most authentic self. If you feel like you have changed recently in ways that do not feel right to you or in ways that feel untrue to your nature, it is time to shift back with Cernunnos.
Shadow Side: “The wilderness demands respect. Many survival shows demonstrate how to conquer nature rather than work with and enrich the environment for the greatest good. If you only use the gifts of the earth, sky and sea for sport, without ever giving back to those same elements, you may need to rethink your attitude.
A balanced masculine nature is one of deep protective connection with the earth and its animals, rather than dominion over them. Today’s hunters could do well to follow a more honorable path than the cold process of taking life. Think also how Cernunnos would view the common practices of factory farming, for example, and reassess what you eat.
Symbols: “Antlers, stag, snake, trees”
Invocation: “Go outside, preferably somewhere green, even overgrown. Take off your shoes. Lie down or stand upon the earth. Now imagine growing roots from your bodyinto the earth and picture Cernunnos, powerful and pure, standing with you.
In the center of all things is you, Cernunnos,
Great god of the earth, of the sky, of the air,
Of the forest, of things green and wet and wild!
Connect me to who I am.
Teach me how to delve down, like the roots of a tree into
the soft earth,
And find the center myself.
Connect me to what I am to be,
Mentor me to shift my shape
Easily, quickly, certainly.
Give me depth, give me lightness.
Guide me to my true home;
Grow me into my best self.
May I honor you in word and deed.
May it begin from here!”*
~ By Stacey Demarco
The Divine Feminine is rising, and the Divine Masculine is coming forward to meet Her. Balance. Equality. Justice. Deep, divine connection. We are both powerful in our own rights. We both have something profoundly sacred to offer. What has been tainted will be purified. What has been unbalanced for far too long will come back into alignment. It will take work on both sides, leveling the scales so that we can again see eye to eye. In these times we must work together. We must use our power wisely.
Together we are so much more powerful. Twin flames are reuniting to create much needed change through deep healing of old wounds, those on a personal and also on the collective level. When we see ourselves as Divine, and see the magic in the other half, the healing begins. Work from the inside out, and open your hearts wide. Shift from the old into the new and meet your partner as a reflection of your own true divine self.
Heal and be healed.