“I am the stag of seven tines” or ” I am the bull of seven fights”
**dam can either mean ox or bull as a stag… but Stag is what we will mostly focus on this time**
Related to the calender dates of December 23 to January 20
The stag is often thought to be one of the oldest animals in Celtic lore who embodies dignity, power and integrity. From their late Autumn dramatic rutting displays, stags represented strength, sexuality and fertility. As evidenced by multiple prehistoric excavations of stag antler ritual costumes, the wearing of stag antlers in folk dance recreated the sacred male shaman figure called Lord of the Wild Hunt, Cernunnos, or Herne the Hunter, among others–he who travels between worlds, escorting animal spirits to the afterlife and sparking wisdom and fertility in this world.
(this section is surprisingly difficult to write. It’s taken me 20 minutes to get this far)
The Stag stands for solitary nobility, honor and a strong commitment to the protection of their herd. The Stag is a symbol of protection and sexuality. They are extremely devoted to the care, and creation, of children. Stags focus on the balance of law and are rigid in their thinking on the issues of justice.
Cernunnos is often seen as being the divine embodyment of the Stage qualities. Older than we humans can know,the Law of the hunt and harvest, guardian of the forest and otherworld, walker between worlds, able to shap-shift and see the wisdom of the worlds through listening to nature and it’s creatures.
So what does this all mean? Why did Amergin claim the stag of seven tines?
The stag is also the Changer, the light in the dark. The Stag goes through the change of the seasons and still learns life. A knowledgeable guide through the giamos time.
By claiming seasoned, natural wisdom Amergin calms the storms and sets himself and the druid wisdom is a place of stability without stagnancy (dunno if that is a word…).
*rough witting, I hope it makes sense. Seems I need to spend more time with this aspect.*