At the sacred centre, in the Grove of all worlds, he sits with legs crossed beneath an ancient oak. Entranced, connecting the three worlds Earth, sea, and sky, and the world's between the worlds, the god and the great tree are one, his immense limbs widespread, stretching into distant sky and starry space.
His massive trunk, spine of the middle world, is the heart of the ancient Forest around which all life, all worlds turn; his limitless root web growing deep into secret earth and underworld; above him the great turning circles of sun, moon, and stars. All around him subtle movements of the leaves in melodious, singing air; everywhere the pulsing, gleaming green awash in drifts of gold and shimmering mist; beneath him soft moss creeping over the dark, deep, moist of spawning earth. At his feet is the great cauldron from which the five rivers flow.
Through the forest stillness they come, whispering wings and secret glide, rustling leaves, and silent step, the first ancestors, the oldest animals, gather around him: Blackbird, keeper of the gate; stag of seven tines, master of time; ancient owl, crone of the night; eagle, lord of the air, eye of the Sun; and salmon, oldest of the old, wisest of the wise leaping from the juncture of the five springs. He welcomes them and blesses them, and they honor him, Cernunnos of the nut brown skin and lustrous curling hair; the god whose eyes flash star-fire, whose flesh is a reservoir of ancient Waters, his cells alive with mystery, original primeval essence. Naked, phallus erect, he wears a crown of antlers limned in green fire and twined with ivy. In his right hand the torq of gold, testament of his nobility and his sacred pledge; in his left hand the horned serpent of his sexual power sacred to the goddess. Cernunnos in his ancient Forest, his sacred Temple, his holy Grove, Cernunnos and his children dream the worlds.
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