Saturday, 30 April 2011

The Green Man

This week I will be doing my daily draws with the wonderful new Wildwood Tarot.  Illustrated by Will Worthington - who also did the DruidCraft Tarot, Druid Animal Oracle, Druid Plant Oracle, and the Green Man Tree Oracle - it really is an inspiring, natural-feeling deck.  As for the co-authors, Mark Ryan and John Matthews, they also have excellent tarot pedigrees.  Although Mark's prime job is as an actor (making me think of this book), he also authored the Greenwood Tarot, of which the Wildwood is a revisioning.  John Matthews has authored a number of decks and books, the Arthurian Tarot and Grail Tarot among them.

The Green Man is the Wildwood equivalent of the Emperor.  Feeling much less stiff and authoritarian, he reminds me rather of the connection of a good ruler to his territory.  With a bubbling cauldron in front of him, a spiral-decorated horn in one hand and a spear in the other, the Green Man comes across as both strong and magical.  According to the book, these are the cauldron of regenerating nature, the horn of plenty and the spear of power, which the Green Man holds for the next King.  The flames beneath the cauldron lick up, seeming ready to set fire to the world.  On a rock behind him we see the Cerne Abbas giant, symbol of protective and fertile male power. 

As an emissary of nature, the Green Man challenges us to respect this planet and all its creatures and plants.  He is happy to work with us, but equally will attack us if we do not heed his blazing stare.  He does not so much lay down an authoritarian structure as enforce the dictates of nature itself.

I am grateful for the opportunity to live on this beautiful planet and share in the natural world with my fellow earthlings, be they animal, mineral or vegetable.


  1. We could do with a bit more of the respecting and appreciating of this fine bit of the universe we have the great good fortune to live on.

    Ali x

  2. Ha, yes, especially those dastardly fly-tippers!