Ancient symbols of power and virility, horns are generally considered lunar symbols because they often resemble crescent moons. The horns of stags, goats, and bulls were considered signs of fertility because these animals belonged to herds, a sign of abundance. In Modern Witchcraft, stag horns sometimes adorn altars and temple settings, & are a connection to the spiritual heritage of the past. In Western occultism, horns represent supernatural forces and the power of divinity, & this is one reasons why they appear on helmets and headdresses.
Animals who were slain arose to life again through the Stag-Horned God ceremony. This basic theme of the covenant between hunter and the hunted was essential to all hunter societies. One important aspect of the hunter society was to retain an imperishable object from the animal itself. Through this it was believed that the life energy of the animal survived and only his physical body was slain. The bone was a symbol of the covenant between the hunter and the hunted. In Witchcraft this concept led to the practice of wearing a set of stag horns as a symbol of the priesthood. Prior to the religious symbolism of this crown, it was worn by the leader of the hunter society as a sign of his per-sonal power and authority. Wearing a piece of horn on a necklace can symbolise the sacred bone of the hunter’s covenant with the animal kingdom.
Hollowed animal horns, of the type used for producing sound, were considered to contain both masculine and feminine power. The piercing end of the horn was masculine and the open hollow end was feminine. These aspects of the horn gave the cornucopia its symbolism of fertility and abundance. To blow through the open tip of a horn, into the hollow end, was to join one’s life breath to the God and Goddess. Through such a joining one could make the gods hear his or her call.
Kings adorned headdresses with horns as a symbol of strength, supremacy, sovereignty and regal dignity. Horns meant glory as well as aggressive ferocity. Bacchus has the appellation “the horned one,” and Pan, as well as his satyr companions, wore goat’s horns. Folk charivari hunting talismans were always popular and worn for protection, prosperity, & strength.
Candles are used in religious rituals & for spiritual means as both functional & symbolic lights. It was believed that if Holly was placed by your doorway it would aid in protection & invite helpful spirits into the home.
Beautiful patina you can polish & clean it if you wish, personally I think it adds character. <3