Some Fathers are unknown to their kin. They know very little about him at all.
People often disappoint. It is one of life's most cruel realities. Parents are people with their own thoughts, emotions, dreams and problems. When the realities of parenthood is actually placed on them, the male, female, or both may become overwhelmed by the responsibilities and run.
The great wizard, Merlin, was born out of wedlock. He, too, never knew his father. Legend states Merlin's maiden mother never shared her bed with a mortal man. There is a story that surrounds the consummation.
On the eve of a night when reality was suspended Merlin was conceived. Merlin is the son of a daughter of the King of England and a fallen angel known as an Incubus. At the time of Merlin's conception his mother claimed a spirit, more handsome and gentle than a mere mortal man, had come to her while she slept, and the seed of Merlin had been impregnated.
In the Middle Ages many of the children born out of wedlock declared an Incubus as the excuse for their condition. Incubus saw mortal females as beings of exquisite beauty. If it desired, the Incubus would take a woman as his lover while she slept. The demon-like creatures had a great deal of power to achieve their aim. It could easily adopt a friendly and charming disguise then astral project to take part in sexual pleasures with the unsuspecting woman.
Even though Merlin had no guidance from a father figure he grew in greatness to mentor. He had power in his hands and voice to harness the wind, rain, sun and storms. He could conjure spells and illusions which could fool the wisest. The energy from his palms had the ability to cure disease of the human and animal body.
It was Merlin who taught and guided the legendary King Arthur to his rightful throne.
Arthur is a fifth century historic figure: the Celtic Dux Bellorum, war lord and Count of Briton.
Merlin who was in reality a poet and bard whose name is mentioned in fifth century text - in a time frame concurrent with the historical Arthur.
Merlin offered Arthur friendship from a non-judgemental mind and heart. Arthur's mystical powers were nurtured in the Druid system of apprenticeship. The wise man reared the boy to be aware that individual truth varies from person to person and listen to his own inner voice and weigh the opinions of others. Arthur became aware of nature's cycles; death, re-birth, the season rotation, the movement of the sun, moon and stars, the constellations, the flow of the oceans and the tides as well as the ways of birds and beast.
Merlin showed Arthur how to live life in a noble way to mature. Merlin mentored Arthur as the boy grew into manhood. Arthur brought 20 years of peace to the land and the people before he died 516 AD Battle of CAM(LANN), fought on the banks of River Cam.
(c)2009 to presentAngie Skelhorn
Footnote-historical facts: Devils and Demons-A dictionary of demonology.
Arthur: J. Tondriau and R. Villeneuve Publisher-A Pyramid Special Enchanted World- Wizards and Witches Arthur: Brendan Lehane and Editors of Time-Life
Books The 21 Lessons of Merlin Arthur: Douglas Monroe Llewellyn Publications