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... drawing card meanings. Although there is a lot of good things in the book, half of it is christianized propaganda but the deck itself is stunning. The art is by Bill Worthington and I have taken close up snaps for viewing. I have also extracted the good bits of the book but when it comes to interpretation, I also recommend looking at the critter as a spirit guide and studying it for a better card reading. Eventually I will write posts on the animal guide and will link them in the correspondences of the pagans magi site. The sight link is towards the right of this blog site. The Hind is Eilid in Old Gaelic (Pronounced Elij) and the overall tone of this card is Subtlety, Gracefulness, and Femininity. From the chapter 'The druid animal'
This card shows a white hind in late summer or early fall forest with acorns hanging heavy from the oaks. The hind calls for you to follow her deeper into the forest. Standing in a shaft of sunlight, she appears so elusive it's hard to be sure she is even of this world.
'The clear voice of the red-backed deer
Under the Oak tree, high on the summit
Gentle hinds and they so timid
Lying hidden in your well-wooded glade'
From 'Deirdre Remembers a Glen' Irish fourteenth Century
A female red deer is known as a hind, and it was considered especially sacred by the Celts and Druids. In Scotland they are called 'faery cattle'. Some believe the hinds themselves are faery women who have taken form of the deer.
There were at least three great crone-goddesses in Scotland who cared for these faery cattle - one, called the Cailleach-mor-namfiadh, who lived in the mountains on Jura, another, known as the Cailleach mhor Chlibric (The Great Hag of Clibric), protected the deer from hunters, and the third, the Cailleach Beinn-a-bhric, held them in the hills and forests.
Lugaid and the Hag
Now in this folk tale we hear of how one of the Lugaid sons became King by hunting a Fawn. He is apparently rewarded by the Crone who turns then into a younger beautiful goddess who bestows him sovereignty. My issue with this tale is that the sovereignty across many druid/Celt tales are shown to be bestowed by the Goddess like 'Brigantia - Brighid/Bridey' they were done so without demanding the folk hunted their very own animal guide or totem for lack of better word to their tribe. Saying a Goddess is protector of an animal per say yet demands the folk to hunt it for reward is not only Schizophrenic but plain right Abrahamic/Semitic in way of thinking. Yes goddesses of Europe were creators and destroyers but their destructive forces were almost always in order to fight for what was good/just or preserving, and some still do to this day, to those who can still see and hear them.
The Irish goddess of wild things were known as Flidhais. Like the great Crones of Scotland, she cared for deer cattle and is known as a deer goddess.
Faery women could be turned into deer too apparently by their rulers - a hundred sidhe (faery) girls met this fate when their Queen had a fit of jealous rage. I question half of this statement due to the implication of being turned into a sacred animal in the first place being deemed as some sort of punishment which does not sit with the old Druidic mindset of thinking.
In folklore mortals could become deer too, in the Fionn Cycle of tales from Ireland a Dark Druid turn's Fionn's future wife into a fawn.
In the Welsh tale Math, from Mabinogion, the brothers Gwydion and Gilfaethwy are turned into a stag and a hind for one year as punishment. Again I question this interpretation or ytale for treating the shape shifting into a sacred animal/s as punishment and find this sort of thing more prominent in the Welsh variations of folklore.
In both the Scottish and Irish tradition, the mother Ossian was turned into a hind through enchantment before she gave birth to the hero-poet.
'THREE AGES OF MAN, AGE OF DEER, THREE AGES OF DEER, AGE OF OAK TREE'
At a major burial site of Winklebury (they say ritual site here which I doubt due to the fact bones being buried isn't in itself evidence of ritual in the demonized or abrahamic way that the term pertends) in Hampshire there is a pit containing a red deer surrounded by twelve foxes which was unearthed.
Further evidence of the way faerys protected their animals is shown in another Scottish tale of a hunter's dog who chased a white faery hind gazing near Loch Ericht. The eventually led the dog to the waters of the loch, a gateway to the Underworld, and neither was seen again. In Ireland the story is told of Fionn mac Cumhaill who hunts a deer to the edge of the lake. Suddenly she turns into a beautiful girl who drops her ring into the water and asks Fionn to retrieve it. As he does so, he turns into a withered old man.
The Goddess, too, protects her deer. In another Irish tale, the Fianna were at one time hunting a fawn that led them to Slieve-nam-Ban, the Hill of the Woman. There she put down her head and vanished into the earth.
In closing this chapter stresses that killing a Hind for knowledge is fine yet anything else will come with consequences. I find the promotion of killing a sacred animal period, offensive, as a Druid of the old ways.
Balancing Hind Medicine;
Thank-you for sharing and saving,
By Druid and Witch of the old ways,
And Priestess of the Morrigan,
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February 26th 2019-02-26
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