Stone Masons, the GreenMan & Sheela Na Gig

by Abby Willowroot

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       Great Cathedrals of Europe are adorned with hundreds of GreenMan faces, gargoyles and carvings. The Dark-Ages, Middle-Ages and the Renaissance saw the European indigenous religions, Nature worship, local healers and witches, wise wimmin, and male elders under a barrage of constant attacks by the Christian Church. Their goal, was to completely wipe out Paganism.

       During the Church's virulent wars on the people's beliefs in the sanctity of Nature,  Masons carved stone images of the GreenMan and Sheela-Na-Gig into Christian Cathedrals, as a part of the exterior and interior ornamentation. The ever presence of the GreenMan and Sheela-Na-Gig remained a strong and constant source of strength to the people and offered them the protection of the Old Ways, even as they entered the great Cathedrals. 

       The GreenMan's image silently echoed the spirit of the Sacred Cycles of Nature, and Pagan Gods and Goddesses, reverred by the people. It was the Stonemasons who preserved the Icons,  images, sanctity and spirit of both the Greenman and Sheela Na Gig for the people, and for all the future generations,  who in their turn, will discover the ancient sanctity of Nature.

 

This GreenMan Statue is cast in resin and is available from www.SacredSource.com
Many fine GreenMan images are being created today by artists including;
Thomas Perkins, Oberon Zell, Abby Willowroot and Paul Borda.


 

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GreenMan & Sheela Na Gig 

by Abby Willowroot

The legacy of the Stone Masons, Icons of stone and energy, watch us.  

Guardian Icons that have watched from the Churches of Europe for centuries.

They watched as the Old Ways passed into obscurity, and we forgot, who we are.

They watched as generation upon generation upon generation, was born, lived and died.

They watched as the Inquisition came, with charges of Heresy and consorting with the devil.

They watched as women, men & children faithful to the Old Ways, were burned as witches.

They watched as countless plagues, wars & famines, devastated the people and the land.

They watched as the modern world emerged out of the middle ages and the renaissance.

They watched as reformation and revolution swept across the land, and brought change.

They watched as the seasons' cycle turned, moon waxed and waned, and storms came.

They watched as enslaved humans were brutally taken from Africa to Europe, and sold. 

They watched as Europe's own children left for America and Australia, never to return.

They watched as the ships set sail, farmers plowed, children played, and dogs barked.

They watched as women cooked, spun, worked, tended babes, and midwifes birthed.

They watched as miners descend deep into the Earth, their lives spent in darkness.

They watched as Wollstonecraft, Austen, Byron & Sand put pen to paper and wrote.

They watched as Shakespear, Dickens, Joyce, and Rowling spun wonderous tales.

They watched as Darwin wrote about the world of Nature and the origin of species.

They watched as Newton worked his mathematical formulas and created physics.

They watched as Emperors, Kings and Queens lived, reigned, and passed away.

They watched as the Industrial revolution and the technology revolution came.

They watched as the machines came and filled the land and sky with noise. 

They watch us,  the hundreds of Cathedral GreenMan and Sheela Na Gigs.

They watch us today, to see if there will be, an environmental revolution.  

They protected us today, as they did in the past, and help us remember.

They are waiting for us to remember the ancient reverence for Nature.

They are watching to see if we know what is important, what lasts.

They are watching, to see, if we learn to remember who we are.

They watch and whisper to us, "You are Children of Nature". 

Listen for their whispers . . . . . and Remember

Copyright Abby Willowroot 2010 - All rights reserved

 

This is perhaps the best known image of a Sheela Na Gig, but there are many variations, two of them appear above, next to the Greenman images. 

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