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The Snow King

PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:58 am

By summerisle on Saturday, November 22, 2003 - 02:43 am:

Having discussed this with someone it seems that this gentleman is indeed one of many different forms - hadn't made the connection before but seems that Saint Nicholas, Ice King, Snow King, Jack Frost and many many more are concerned with The Holly King - the dark winter aspect of the male entity.

Cool. That makes sense! Though also leaves a lot of things for me to look into more deeply.

Associated with reflection and learning.
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Re: The Snow King

PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:58 am

By Hearthfire (Hearthfire) on Friday, October 27, 2006 - 11:24 am:

The Holly King and the Oak King are part of Celtic mythology, and they represent two sides to the Greenman, or Horned God.

They battle twice a year, once at Yule and once at Midsummer (Litha) to see who would rule over the next half of the year. At Yule, the Oak King wins and at Litha, the Holly King is victorious. In other words, the Oak King rules over the lighter half of the year, and the Holly King over the darker half. The change from one to the other is a common theme for rituals at Yule, and also at Midsummer.

Another version of the Holly King and Oak King symbolism, is that they do not directly switch places twice a year, but rather both live simultaneously. The Oak King is born at Yule, and his strength grows through the spring, peaks at Beltane and then he weakens and dies at Samhain.

The Holly King lives a reverse existence, and is born at Midsummer, waxes more powerful through the summer and fall, to his peak at Samhain. His influence then lessens until Beltane, when it is his turn to pass away. In this perspective, the two Kings enjoy a more intricate interplay of power and is perhaps a better illustration of their duality. At any given time, they both exist but have varying levels of influence throughout the year.
Either way, each King represents different ideas. The time of the Oak King is for growth, development, healing, and new projects. The Holly King's time is for rest, reflection, and learning

The above is taken from http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/sabbats/a/hollyoak.htm.

Some more interesting information on Holly and the Holly King in this website http://www.treesforlife.org.uk/forest/m ... holly.html.
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Re: The Snow King

PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:59 am

By Oakleaf (Oakleaf) on Saturday, October 28, 2006 - 10:20 am:

Damh the Bard's song "Noon of the Solstice" is about the battle of the Oak King and the Holly King. If anyone is interested, its on his CD: "Spirit of Albion", which I think is brilliant.

One of the Hedingham Fair Yule cards also features the Oak and Holly Kings.

When we visit the UK we sometimes go Green Man spotting in churches and old buildings with the aid of our field guide.
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