Once, in the fullness of Be’al two
forests met. Both were full and green, a sky of emerald above,
and a city of browns, and blacks, and grays below.
forest of Hearne and the forest of Cernunnos grew tall in the
fullness of Be’al and the fullness of Gaia, and it was
came to pass that a man walked the land between the forest of
Cerrnunnos and the forest of Hearne.
his mind the forest of Hearne and the forest of Cernunnos contended
for the light of the sun, the coolness of the water, the loam
of the earth.
said to himself, “Why, O Hearne, O Cernunnos, Hunter,
Horned One, why do the branches of thy trees sway in the wind,
and twist among their leaves,
dost the roots of thy trees clutch at the loam amongst each
other like gripping fists?
pondered this, and as he did so, heard whispering on the wind,
as if to draw him deeper into the wood.
the heart of the wood were Cernunnos and Hearne seated next
to each other beside a mighty tree, large enough to seem the
prow of a great ship sailing slowly through the grass and the
this tree sat Cernunnos, toasting Hearne with a great horn of
ale, with bells and flowers and birds in his antlers.
there was Herne, with a great horn of ale with leaves, and evergreen
branches, and berries in his antlers, laughing and drinking.
Man was struck dumb by this spectacle, too much so even to kneel
in their presence.
this, Hearne and Cernunnos both looked on man and smiled, eyes
flashing with mirth, like sunlight dappling a creek in summer.
man, know thou, that we, like the forests, do not contend with
one another. That what thou see’est is as the shaking
of hands, as the embrace of two old friends.
this, Cernunnos and Hearne toasted again and embraced.
was a flash and a great noise, as of the icy waterfall in winter,
and the running bucks in the autumn, as the sound of a bear
shaking himself in the spring, as of the curtains of rain sweeping
a meadow in summertime.
there before man sat Dalon ap Landu one and whole within himself.
He toasted man with a smile, eyes flashing, and said:
thou, that all forests are one forest, safe in the fullness
of Be’al, and of Gaia.”
thou, and know Cernunnos and Hearne live in me still, and always.
That all forests were, are, and will be one, as long as thou
and I should not contend with one another.”