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Elen of Ways (Keeper of the Forest)


Elen of Ways (Keeper of the Forest)
Elen of Ways (Keeper of the Forest)
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We hold in stock a large range of  Pagan altar figures of the God and Goddess in their many forms, the Green Man, a large selection of Witches' tools, including Witches' cauldrons, Witches' wands, Witches' athames, Witches' robes and cloaks, Witches' Books of Shadows, Witches' spells and magic ingredients and all things witchy and wonderful!

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Paganism represents a wide variety of traditions that emphasize reverence for nature and a revival of ancient polytheistic and animistic religious practices.  Paganism is not a traditional religion per se because it does not have any official doctrine, but it does have some common characteristics joining the great variety of traditions. One of the common beliefs is the divine presence in nature and the reverence of the natural order in life. Spiritual growth is related to the cycles of the Earth and great emphasis is placed on ecological concerns. Monotheism is almost universally rejected within Paganism and most Pagan traditions are particularly interested in the revival of ancient polytheist religious traditions including the Norse (northern Europe) and Celtic (Britain) traditions. Many Pagan traditions are intentionally reconstructionist in that they aim to revive many of the lost rituals of the ancient traditions, including holy days and seasonal celebrations. Besides Nature, many Pagans also worship a variety of gods and goddesses, including spirits which can represent national and local heroes.  Many Pagans try to honor their ancestry and ancestors. Some Pagan traditions include ritual magic, but this practice is not universal.

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27cms (11") in cold cast bronze resin, this glorious figure of  Elen of the Ways is beautifully detailed with highlights of green, blue and mauve.  Whether she is called the Keeper of the Forest, Antlered Reindeer Goddess, Goddess of the Trackways, Elen Luyddogg (Elen of the Hosts) is a figure in Brythonic myth, best known from Welsh legend in the Mabinogion, The Dream of Macsen Wledig.  Mascen Wledig (Magnus Maximus, Emperor of Rome), falls asleep whilst out hunting and dreams of a journey that takes him across rivers and over mountains to a wondrous hall.  Inside, two auburn-haired youths play the board game gwyddbwyll, while an old man sits upon a throne, carving golden gaming pieces. Before him sits a beautiful, flame-haired maiden, with whom Macsen falls instantly in love. Upon waking, Macsen vows to find this maiden, and after much searching he finds her at the castle of Aber Seint.  She is the regal and beautiful Elen, the old man her father Eudaf, with her brother's Cynan and Gadeon.  They fall in love and sleep together that night.  Elen requests the Island of Britain and its three islands as 'maiden-fee' for her father. It is written in Trioedd Ynys Prydein, "Thereafter Elen thought to make high roads from one stronghold to another across the Island of Britain. And the roads were made. And for that reason they are called the Roads of 'Elen of the Hosts', because she was sprung from the Island of Britain, and the men of the Island of Britain would not have made those great hostings for any save her." She is also associated with Olwen of the White Track in the Red Book of Hergest, and Nehallenia, the Celtic-Norse Goddess worshipped at the point where travellers crossed the North Sea from the Netherlands.  Superb detailing throughout.

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