This Lord of the Woods stands eternal, a Green Man holding the Sacred Snake of death and rebirth. In him are combined the oak, the forests, the fields, and the harvest. His sacred cycles are the forces of wild nature and male generative power.
The Green Man, is a God that represented the very life force of nature. He symbolizes the life force and vitality of each individual. A symbol of spirit that is renewed with each breath, each day.
SUMMONING THE GREEN MAN
EMBRACING THE GREEN MAN
KNOCK THREE TIMES
UPON A TREE
SPEAK TO WOOD SPIRIT
SET YOUR DESIRE FREE
LOOK,WAIT AND, WATCH
MAY GUIDANCE BE GIVEN.
He relates to Celtic culture and can still be seen today on architecture around Ireland and Britain, usually on religious buildings.
In medieval England a representation of the Green Man would lead parades and ceremonies, carrying in his hands a 'Club of Fire', spraying sparks and flames on the passing crowd! Thus he has also come to represent for many, the magic of fireworks, a little mysterious, a little dangerous but always exciting and always new.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Middle English: Sir Gawayn and þe Grene Knyȝt) is a late 14th-century Middle English chivalric romance. It is one of the best known Arthurian stories, and is of a type known as the "beheading game". The Green Knight is interpreted by some as a representation of the Green Man of folklore and by others as an allusion to Christ. Written in stanzas of alliterative verse, each of which ends in a rhyming bob and wheel, it draws on Welsh, Irish and English stories, as well as the French chivalric tradition. It is an important poem in the romance genre, which typically involves a hero who goes on a quest which tests his prowess.
It describes how Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur's Round Table, accepts a challenge from a mysterious "Green Knight" who challenges any knight to strike him with his axe if he will take a return blow in a year and a day. Gawain accepts and beheads him with his blow, at which the Green Knight stands up, picks up his head and reminds Gawain of the appointed time. In his struggles to keep his bargain Gawain demonstrates chivalry and loyalty until his honour is called into question by a test involving Lady Bertilak, the lady of the Green Knight's castle.