Wildwood COTD : #4 The Green Man

Today’s Card of the Day is one of the Majors, the 4th one, The Green Man. In RWS decks, he’d be The Emperor. He can be demanding, controlling, royal, harsh and fatherly. Fathers often display a conditional love, which can make a child do what is needed in order to get the love back. I also see him as a part (or in place of) Cernunnos or Herne the Hunter.

Card of the Day
The Green Man

The Green Man is the harder, masculine side of The Green Woman and until about a year ago, I had not even seen a Green Woman plaque. In my garden, on the sunniest wall, hangs my Green Man. He protects my garden, my house, my family and me. In order for him to do that, I give back something else: My tarot and magical work. That’s not to say I do it for free! But I do all the learning because it feels right, it feels like a part of me that I need to do. This is my path and he protects me while I walk on this cobble road.

So my question for you today is this: what are you doing to earn The Green Man’s protection? What are you doing for someone that needs paying back to you in some way? Are you being too over-bearing and strict? Or are you not being strict enough?  You can answer that, but I hope it gives you food for thought.

Comments

  1. Morgan December 27, 2011 at 17:48

    I drew this card today asking for inspiration for the new year. I have a much different take on him. I reject the Waite deck’s harsh interpretation, perhaps because I had a cruel father. For me he is the Fire and Air to the Green Woman’s Earth and Water. The Green Woman’s face can be found in every flower, in the reflections in the water and the patterns in the stones.

    • Louise December 27, 2011 at 22:01

      The RWS does have a rather harsh view on The Emperor and I much prefer the Wildwood’s take on The Green Man. The Greenman isn’t cruel, he just is, in my view. Thank you for the post!

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