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« Topic Start: January 24, 2008, 07:34:07 pm »

Due to some recent experiences, I've been giving some thought to creating some sort of altar space dedicated to the Green Man/Cernunnos.  I'm having a hard time finding very much information on him, and would really appreciate suggestions as to what would be suitable for such an altar space.  (Suggestions of economical resources are also greatly appreciated-I'm perpetually broke.)  And, is a temporary altar appropriate, or should I be ready for the long haul?
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« Reply #1: January 24, 2008, 07:55:59 pm »

Due to some recent experiences, I've been giving some thought to creating some sort of altar space dedicated to the Green Man/Cernunnos.  I'm having a hard time finding very much information on him, and would really appreciate suggestions as to what would be suitable for such an altar space.  (Suggestions of economical resources are also greatly appreciated-I'm perpetually broke.)  And, is a temporary altar appropriate, or should I be ready for the long haul?

I use amber to represent Cernnunnos. I can't exactly pinpoint WHY, but it reminds me of him.

Some other materials that I would recommend are antler and wood. And oak leaves (though, painted, sculpted etc leaves might be better than the "real deal" unless you want to change your leaves often. Please don't use fake plastic leaves though for the love of god.)
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« Reply #2: January 25, 2008, 01:57:30 am »

I use amber to represent Cernnunnos. I can't exactly pinpoint WHY, but it reminds me of him.

Some other materials that I would recommend are antler and wood. And oak leaves (though, painted, sculpted etc leaves might be better than the "real deal" unless you want to change your leaves often. Please don't use fake plastic leaves though for the love of god.)

I'd have to agree with Dania to a point: Don't use fake unless you don't have any other options. Besides, if your altar changes with the seasons, dead leaves could always be used to represent the winter months? If that makes any sense. Smiley
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« Reply #3: January 25, 2008, 07:58:48 am »

Due to some recent experiences, I've been giving some thought to creating some sort of altar space dedicated to the Green Man/Cernunnos.  I'm having a hard time finding very much information on him, and would really appreciate suggestions as to what would be suitable for such an altar space.  (Suggestions of economical resources are also greatly appreciated-I'm perpetually broke.)  And, is a temporary altar appropriate, or should I be ready for the long haul?


While I don't worship Cernunnos, I do have a "forest Lord"....in that Herne is the main male deity here.  I like antlers well for his representation...(more than for Cernunnos who is 'horned' not antlered) and since rightly or wrongly, not only does Herne represent the forest to me, but also the underworld, I use petrified wood on the altar.  And while I don't like plastic leaves, some of the silk sprays are quite lovely and useful for seasonal display.
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« Reply #4: January 25, 2008, 06:49:11 pm »

And while I don't like plastic leaves, some of the silk sprays are quite lovely and useful for seasonal display.
<nodnodnod>  If you're going artificial, fabric is far better than plastic.

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« Reply #5: January 25, 2008, 07:26:55 pm »

<nodnodnod>  If you're going artificial, fabric is far better than plastic.

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Personally  depending on what type of plastic is used, I don't see a problem with plastic leaves.
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« Reply #6: January 25, 2008, 07:47:12 pm »

Personally  depending on what type of plastic us used, I don't see a problem with plastic leaves.

It can be done tastefully...I am prejudiced against them because I have seen them done badly many many times.

I have also seen them done very well though.
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« Reply #7: January 25, 2008, 07:53:58 pm »

<nodnodnod>  If you're going artificial, fabric is far better than plastic.

In the Gwyddoniad, we have strong prohibitions against ever using plastic.
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« Reply #8: January 25, 2008, 08:30:18 pm »

In the Gwyddoniad, we have strong prohibitions against ever using plastic.

Just out of interest why is that?
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« Reply #9: January 25, 2008, 09:13:27 pm »

Just out of interest why is that?

Plastic won't carry either an electrical or magical charge.
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« Reply #10: January 26, 2008, 12:49:43 am »

Due to some recent experiences, I've been giving some thought to creating some sort of altar space dedicated to the Green Man/Cernunnos.  I'm having a hard time finding very much information on him, and would really appreciate suggestions as to what would be suitable for such an altar space.  (Suggestions of economical resources are also greatly appreciated-I'm perpetually broke.)  And, is a temporary altar appropriate, or should I be ready for the long haul?

Have you looked at my altar? It is dedicated to Cernunnos/the Green Man. Here is a link if you are interested in looking:

http://picasaweb.com/wizardofowls/Altar

There is a gorgeous Cernunnos figure that I plan to order for my altar as soon as I can save the money. Here is a link. The figure is about halfway down the page

http://www.sacredearth.org.uk/altar_statues_and_plaques.html

You can also find some nice athames at Azure Green. There are several that would work well on an altar of this sort. Look at the Horned Hunter athame, the Green Man athame, the Horned God athame, the Celtic God athame, and - the one I use - the Deer athame with Hoof Handle. Here is a link to their athames:

http://www.azuregreen.com/index.html?page=1&action=search&search=athame&deptid=&parentid=&itemsperpage=12

Just look through for the appropriate ones.

A good place to look for economical things for your altar is your local Goodwill/Thrift store. Most of the things on my altar came from such shops and cost very little!

By the way, my altar is temporary too. I am pagan. My boyfriend is not.

Hope this helped!
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« Reply #11: January 26, 2008, 04:37:29 am »

There is a gorgeous Cernunnos figure that I plan to order for my altar as soon as I can save the money. Here is a link. The figure is about halfway down the page

Oh, they have wonderful statues. *sigh*
It's a shame I can't get anything like this overhere.  Angry

Only things one maybe finds is a bit of egyptian and some not nicely made norse Gods.

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« Reply #12: January 26, 2008, 04:54:59 am »

Due to some recent experiences, I've been giving some thought to creating some sort of altar space dedicated to the Green Man/Cernunnos.  I'm having a hard time finding very much information on him, and would really appreciate suggestions as to what would be suitable for such an altar space.  (Suggestions of economical resources are also greatly appreciated-I'm perpetually broke.)  And, is a temporary altar appropriate, or should I be ready for the long haul?

Like Syrbal, I 'have' a forest Lord. I have a bit of a problem with the Cernunnos/Herne/Greenman stuff.
He is for sure not a/the Greenman. As far as I can say from UPG he is a cernunnos-type spirit (for me gods are types of spirits anyway). He never showed himself antlered or horned to me, it wasn't necessary.

I've made a clay mask (yeas ago) which was *grin* inspired by the mask in Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising. This mask together with some woodland stuff is my permanent shrine for Him.

    http://www.bilder-speicher.de/08012610684229.gratis-foto-hosting-page.html

The picture is old and not so good, in real the mask radiates something
The clay is unburnt and I worked nothing into the antlers to support them, so some of them broke.

Oh and I use fabric ivy on my altar. Real ivy does not survive in my house for some reason  Embarrassed

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« Reply #13: January 26, 2008, 10:38:51 am »

  I like antlers well for his representation...(more than for Cernunnos who is 'horned' not antlered)

Ummmm..... I hate to disagree, but have you seen the depiction of Cernunnos on the Gundestrup Cauldron? It is most definitely anltered, not horned. Here is a link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Gundestrupkarret2.jpg
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« Reply #14: January 26, 2008, 10:42:13 am »

Oh, they have wonderful statues. *sigh*
It's a shame I can't get anything like this overhere.  Angry

Only things one maybe finds is a bit of egyptian and some not nicely made norse Gods.

Actually, Tana, that shop is in the UK! It will be expensive for me to order and have shipped to the US, but I love it and will pay what I have to to get it.
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