Teaching: Challenge of Life
Mythology and Folklore
The wild Boar, once widespread in the forests of Britain but now no longer found in the islands, was greatly respected throughout the land for many centuries. Hunting was the major preoccupation of warriors in peacetime, and hunting the wild Boar brought a particular status, involving as it did a personal confrontation with a fierce, daring and powerful opponent, with a realistic risk of serious injury for the inept or careless. Pig flesh was a staple food for early man, with the choicest cut of meat, the 'Champion's Portion', being reserved for the bravest hunter or warrior. Small wonder then that symbols of the Boar - particularly with its bristles raised for battle - are widely found in the battle gear and weaponry of several cultures that dominated Britain, and stories featuring the beasts were numerous.
In the Irish stories of Fionn Mac Cumhal, the hero Diarmaid meets his death at the hands of a magical Boar. Diarmaid had stolen the aging Fionn's betrothed, Grainne, and was pursued throughout the land. After seven years, however, Fionn appeared to forgive the lovers, and invited them back to court. But Fionn was still bent on revenge, and tricked Diarmaid into taking part in a Boar-hunt. The quarry was the 'Earless Green Boar of Ben Gulbain' - in fact Diarmaid's foster-brother, magically transformed, and which Diarmaid was forbidden to hunt under his personal geas (a prohibition or constant in Celtic society, the penalty for the breaking of which was loss of honor or status, disastrous bad luck or even death). Diarmaid succeeded in killing the Boar, but was pierced in the heel by one of its poisoned bristles. Diarmaid begged Fionn, who was nearby, for a magical healing drink, but Fionn, in a final act of revenge, allowed the water to drip through his fingers onto the ground, and Diarmaid died.
Boars - and in particular the legendary, monstrous Boar named Twrch Trwyth - are also intimately bound up in the Welsh story of Culhwch and Olwen. The name 'Culhwch" means 'pig-sty', and was conferred on the unfortunate hero when his mad mother gave birth to him in a pig-sty, having been terrified by pigs. After the death of his mother, Culhwch's step-mother insisted that he should marry Olwen, the daughter of the giant Yspaddaden. Before giving his consent, however, Yspaddaden insisted that Culhwch should carry out 39 impossible tasks, the chief of which was to obtain the comb and scissors resting between the ears of the monster Twrch Trwyth. This Boar was a former king who, along with his followers, had been magically transformed to animal shape, and had been roaming the length and breadth of the country causing great destruction. Accompanied by the divine Mabon and legendary King Arthur, Culhwch hunted the Boar throughout the kingdom, and finally recovered the comb and scissors (which represented Ogham characters of knowledge and transformation).
The Scandinavian invaders also found great reverence for the Boar, holding it sacred to their gods Frey, Freyja and Odin. The Boar was sacrificed to Frey at the Yule festival, when the god was believed to ride the golden bristled boar Gulliburstin, whose bristles formed the sun's rays. Boar adornments on shields, helmets and other war-gear placed a warrior under the protection of Frey. Solemn oaths were sworn by the golden Boar as a protection against falsehood, and until comparatively recently, giving a person a meal of pig's brains was reputed to make him or her speak only the truth.
The Boar's head is held to be the seat of its power and protection, and formed a popular and traditional Yuletide dish in medieval times, still remembered in the 'Boar's Head Carol' popular today. The beast is particularly associated with regions that maintain strong Celtic influences, especially Cornwall.
In a spread, the Boar represents the strength of character to advance, either in pursuit of some goal or in making others see your point of view. It can mean a bold and daring attitude towards life, but also comes with a warning of potential for destruction. The Boar places great importance on the truth and directness, and will not suffer fools gladly.
Spiral Path Meaning: Challenge of Life
The Boar teaches the physical challenges of life. By hunting him you overcome obstacles in your life, thereby gaining the strength, confidence and wisdom to take the treasures of knowledge and transformation from between his ears.
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