Today we are going to learn about Pan, who is also sometimes called Cernunnos, the Horned God, the Green Man, Dionysus, and other names. Pan has been a patron god of mine since before I knew what that was, and I do not even recall how I first learned of him. Join me as we pay tribute to this ancient, woodsy, fun-loving satyr god of the deepest forests, shepherds, and music.
Channel through Pan, composed at 12:59pm 9/03/12:
How soon I saw you,
It seemed too long, my breath steaming in the warm night.
Magic loomed in every shadow,
and the burgundy wine in tune with your pipes. We danced slowly, whirling into the night.
Thy wooded bliss, horns and hooves among the nymphs.
Thy Forest blanketed in greens, blues and Browns.
How I waited anxiously!
I was Nyx and you were Pan. ~
Jennifer Leigh Scott
Remember that Pan has often literally been demonized over the centuries, and many attempt to pin Satan and demons on him. Pan is not bad or evil. However, he does represent some of the dark elements in all of us. We are all made of parts light and dark, and there should be no guilt or shame in that. Dark does not inherently translate to evil. There must be balance, equal exchange, male and female, yin and yang.
Pan is very fond of having a good time and participating in revelry with friends and loved ones. He loves music, and he is often the composer, director, and musician all rolled into one. He is known to frolic with woodland nymphs, fairies, elves, and all creatures of the forest and mossy places. He enjoys earthy foods, meads, and wines. I believe that Pan invites all of us to explore the hidden parts of ourselves - the parts that we wish we could just allow to be and express, but often feel intimidated by what others will think. Shine that light, dance in the dark, and enjoy the music of life. Io Pan!
Do you have a patron god or goddess, and have you ever frolicked with Pan? Share below!
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