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Origin of the Ancient Horn

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In a previous post (Jinn Witches of Britain) we tried to solve a riddle regarding the origin of the 16th Century colloquial British term for a witch, Jenny Horne. It was apparently in widespread use, but particularly so in Scotland, where the name was given for the last witch to be executed in Britain.

The root of the English word ‘horn’ comes from the Proto-Germanic ‘hurnaz’, which originates from the PIE *ker, and refers to the uppermost part of the head, in most cases of an animal, and subsequently to an instrument made from this part. The Latin word for ‘horn’ is ‘cornu’, which presumably also shares its origin in the PIE, as the Latin for a deer is ‘cervus’ whereas the Welsh is ‘carw’. A Uni-corn is also an animal with a single horn.

One theory suggests the origin for the place name Corn-wall comes the Anglo-Saxon word for ‘the Walha (foreigners/Ancient Britons) who live on the Cern (the ‘horn’ of the land)’. Another theory is that it comes from the Cornuvii, a tribe who inhabited parts of Britain when the Romans arrived, and who worshipped the horned god Cernunos, and so took his name in veneration. The ‘Cern’ in Cernunos relays across the ages the physical character of this Celtic god – he is always shown with antlers.

The dictionary of the Scottish Language tells us that the word ‘horne’ was used in 16th century Scotland to ‘proclaim an outlaw, three blasts being blown [from a horn] by the king’s messenger… in the phrases at the horne – outlawed, and to put to the horn –  to outlaw.’

Our previous summary was that the name Jenny (for a witch) came from the same root as the words ‘Jinni’, and ‘Genie’, both of which describe ‘a spirit which is not the soul, but which lives alongside us during our life’. So one satisfactory conclusion to our puzzle could be ‘Jenny Horne’ simply meant ‘a person with a dark spirit attached who has been outlawed’. Whether it is the person or the spirit that is outlawed, is yet to be discovered..

The lost gardens of Heligan

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Heligan (“The Willows” in Cornish) is first mentioned in the twelfth century. At that time it appears to have been part of an estate owned by the Arundell family. At some point later it transferred to the Hill family who sold the entire estate to Sampson Tremayne who, like his brother John, had moved from Devon in the mid C l6th. From this point there were two main branches of the family, the Devonian branch and the Cornish. The Devon branch were based at the magnificent Sydenham house near Lewdown and at Collacombe near Lamerton. Source

The ‘giants’ of Heligan resonate with Northumberlandia, the recently completed earth sculpture of a goddess.

The lost gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Sleeping Mud-maid, Lost Gardens of Heligan

Sleeping Mud-maid, Lost Gardens of Heligan

Sleeping Mud-maid, Lost Gardens of Heligan

Sleeping Mud-maid, Lost Gardens of Heligan

http://heligan.com

The Mystery of Mont Saint Michel and Saint Michael’s Mount

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St Michael and St Michel mount comparison

St Michael and St Michel mount comparison

Those who read the earlier post ‘The Giant of St Michael’s Mount” and the previous post “The Giant of Mont Saint Michel” may be having a sense of deja-vu at this point because the similarities between these two mounts are more than coincidence will allow.  Andrew Gough’s Arcadia details the mysterious connection  between St Michael’s Mount and St Michael’s Mount in his article ‘Land’s End or Beginning’.

Similarities include:

Giants
Religious visions
Local flags
Churches built on the peak
Ley lines

Mên-an-Tol

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Mên an Tol

Mên an Tol – lol

The name literally means the ‘hole stone’ and along with two upright granite stones either side appears to form a three dimensional lol. The circular stone is in the shape of a torus. This is the shape of a human embryo in its early stages and the shape many scientists use to model the universe.

The stones were known for their healing properties and fertility.

On a full moon if a woman passes through the stone 7 times backwards she increases her chances of becoming pregnant

Likewise if a child with rickets passed through naked 9 times he will be cured.

The circular stone aligns exactly with the centre stone at Boscawen-Un and the church at nearby St Buryan. While this may conceivably be coincidental, the precision of the alignment suggests an intentional positioning of the structures in relation to each other.

Mên an Tol

Mên an Tol – lol

Source: Wikipedia

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