“As far as practitioners of nature spiritualities are concerned, the Wild Hunt offers an initiation into the wild and an opening up of the senses; a sense of dissolution of self in confrontation with fear and death, an exposure to a ‘whirlwind pulse that runs through life’. In short, engagement with the Hunt is a bid to restore a reciprocity and harmony between humans and nature.”
— Anthropologist Susan Greenwood
The word has spread around the blogosphere; the Wild Hunt is riding.
It’s early. Really early. For me, they rode in to BC and the Pacific Northwest US on the night of the last full moon, riding with the great storm.
Some say they’re riding against Daesh for their desecration of ancient Pagan religious sites. Some say they’re riding for something else. I think there’s a lot of reasons for them to be out riding.
The leader of the hunt depends greatly on the pantheon, and has been named as Odin, Holda, Berchta, Gwydion, Gwynn ap Nudd, King Arthur, Nuada, King Herla, Woden, Freya, Frigg, the Devil, Krampus, the Faery King, the Queen of Air and Darkness, Mab, the Morrigan, Fionn MacCumhaill, Arawn, Artemis, Diana, Cernunnos, Herne the Hunter, and a variety of historical figures that have been slightly mythologized. The Steeds are nightmares or faery horses, winged horses, faery deer or skeletal beasts; the Hounds are hellhounds, Dandy Hounds, faery hounds, yeth hounds, greyhounds, wolves, winged wolves, ravens, raptors, transformed sparrows, Gabriel Ratchets, the Cwn Annwn and the Fianna. When I See visions of the Hunt, I see the Huntsman as Herne, because He’s the deity I follow and He and I have a “thing.” But Beth Wodanis Sees Odin, since she is a godspouse married to Him. Others will See the Hunt differently.
Some call them the Wild Army, the Furious Army or the Furious Ride. They are also called by the names of the Hounds; the Cwn Annwn and the Fianna of Fionn. In some myths they are the Unseelie Faery Ride, the Sidhe or the Faery Calvacade; in others they are the unquiet dead; in still others they are simply the Witches Sabbath. They might sweep along anyone in their path; or they might ride against the forces of darkness to take them up into the Ride. In his classic medieval book The Art of Courtly Love, Andreas Capellanus wrote of how the King and Queen of Love rode out in the autumn to strike down all faithless lovers. In a manner of speaking, Robin Hood and his band of merry men could be seen as another manifestation of the Wild Hunt, riding to protect the land and its people from the depredations of the wealthy elite.
I can think of a few “forces of darkness” I’d like to see swept along in the Ride; can’t you?
I, too, have been dreaming of the Hunt. Last night, I instead dreamed of the Round Table. King Arthur, who wore a Horned Crown, said, “All those who would take up arms against the foe; draw your swords and ride out with me!” And I reached out to draw one of the swords of the Round Table knights (or Kings, depending on your interpretation,) knowing I would not be able to draw it if I was not meant to, just as Excalibur can only be drawn by the true King. But it came away easily in my hand, with no resistance at all, and it felt as though it had been made for me.
Let us take a cue from Dion Fortune’s magickal experiment, and visualize the Wild Hunt riding against the true enemy we all know is out there, scouring the darkness from the land and taking them up into the Ride! Who will take up arms against the foe? Who will ride out with us?
The Magick: Tomorrow night is the full harvest supermoon in Aries, and a lunar eclipse. Visualize the Wild Hunt as you see it. Find the Leader of the Hunt and fly beside Hir for a while. Ask who the quarry is. Think about the “forces of darkness” as you understand them — the Kyriarchy, the Banksters, the CEOs of the large monopoly corporations, corrupt officials who do the bidding of their corporate masters, etc. — and ask the Hunter if E will help to scour them from the land. The Hunter may ask you to perform a task in return. Listen for guidance. If you are willing to agree to take on the task, do so. Visualize the Hunt riding against the quarry you’ve requested, riding them down or sweeping them up into the Hunt’s ranks, as appropriate. Return to your body and make an appropriate offering.
Footnote: I had not yet read Lee’s article The Hunt and the Hound, Part 1 (published Sept. 13) when I wrote this; however, I think this Working may work well in conjunction with his Working, and I will be creating my canine spirit house as part of this full moon rite. A canine skull mysteriously found its way into my compost pile; I have been cleaning it and wondering what to do with it. It seems I have an answer.