Hear the words of the dancing God,
The music of whose laughter
Stirs the winds, whose voice calls the seasons:
“I who am the Lord of the Hunt and the Power of the Earth,
Sun among the clouds and the secret of the flame,
I call upon your bodies to arise and come unto me.
For I am the flesh of the earth and all its beings.
Thru me all things must die and with me are reborn.
Let my worship be in the body that sings,
For behold all acts of willing sacrifice are my rituals.
Let there be desire and fear, anger and weakness,
Joy and peace, awe and longing within you.
For these too are part of the mysteries found within yourself,
For all beginnings have endings, all endings have beginnings.”
~ The Charge of the Horned God
Kern, The Horned God, The White Stag, King of the Forest, The Horned Hunter, Lord of the Hunt, The Oak King, The Holly King, The Green Man, The Horned Lord of Death and Resurrection, Son of Chaos, The Beast, The Old One, Herne, Dhul-Qarnayn, Zagreus, Kernunno
Antlers or the horned head of a deer or bull, a carving of a stag, or a man with the head of a goat, or with antlers.
The Horned God is the lord of the hunt, and the red-clawed, bloody maw of nature. He is the master of death and the cruel taker of life. His domain is War and he prowls the earth, hunting the enemies of the Kernun.
The Horned God is the Kernun lord of the woodlands, the hunt and animals. He is the lord of death and the underworld. He is bound to the forests and the wild animals. He is The Hunter, the Life-Taker, even while in the form as The Mother, is also the Life-Giver. The Mother presides over the fertility cycle of birth, while the Horned God is lord of death and destruction. The Hunter is born at the winter solstice, unites with the Mother in marriage in the Spring, and dies at the summer solstice to bring fertility to the land as the Sacred King.
The duties of the faithful are to take life, and to give up their own lives, to complete the cycle. They are to be wild, be fertile, to drink and dance, to play music, to make war, to have sex, and to live life to the fullest until death comes. They are to give themselves over fully to lust and passion, and laughter and merriment, but also to grief and fear, rage and fury.
The Form of the Mother
The God takes the form of The Mother, the kernun female deity of birth and the hearth. The Mother restores and rebirths those the Hunter tears apart, completing the circle of nature.
The Imperials crusade against the kernun and the violence and horror the followers of the Horned God bring to men. They fear the god as the Devil, and justify all manner of inquisitions, torture, and slaughter as just punishment for worshiping such a fearful god. Imperial humans have warred with the kernun and killed or enslaved countless of the race in an attempt to abolish the worship of the god. Open worship of the Horned God is punishable by death in any Imperial lands, and shrines are razed and priests are slaughtered in any conquered territory.
The human Templars worship the Horned God in his guise as Zagreus, or Baphomet, the forgotten Son of God.