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Forest Faun, Young Pan

Forest Faun, Young Pan

Forest Faun: the youthful Pan

Size: 5-1/2" tall

“Universal Pan, knit with Graces and the Hours in dance, lead on the eternal spring.” ~Milton

This youthful depiction of Pan, one of the oldest Gods of the Greek pantheon, conjures woods, glades, fields and flocks; but most of all, Nature. You can call him Sylvanus or Satyr. You can invoke him as Forest King, Faun or Faunus. Either way, he’ll answer you with his shrill cry and the sound of his reed pipes resounding off the high mountain peaks.

He can come to you with a young face or an old one, and everything in between. He teaches us to be one with Nature

and to have respect for all the children of Gaia, especially trees. Most often you will find him playing his pipes and dancing with his Naiads of the babbling brooks, Oreads of the misty mountains, and Nereids of the sounding sea. And especially, his Dryads of the tall trees whom he loves and dances with every season.

Faunus is seen as the youngest face of Pan, the young Billy goat with new budding horns, running, jumping, and dancing to the music of his mother, Gaia. Boys of this age are often pulled in two different directions. They are being called to the woods, to play in the wild, to be wild animals, and to feel the heartbeat of the land. At the same time, they are learning what it is to be civilized young men.

So, with the wild calling to their hearts and their mothers telling them not to get dirty and stop being little monsters, it is no wonder they seem all at once like sweet little gentlemen and wild little barbarians. They are also trying to pry into the mysteries of those fabled creatures, Girls. They are starting to get the inkling that the rest of their lives will be irreversibly linked with this Venusian creature. (Being girls, sometimes girls forget how alien they must seem to boys!)

The Forest Faun is a link to the time in a young man’s life when everything is new, radiant and bursting with potential. This piece puts us in touch with that part of ourselves that has never been squelched by society; that untamed wild beast of the woods and dales—ever playing music, ever frolicking in the streams, and always dancing. May you never lose this place, for it holds the secrets to life.

You will often find these young boys playing in the forest, learning the ways of the wild, hunting with their brothers, playing basketball, building forts, playing videogames, and being rowdy with their friends. These boys are bursting with potential, and have their whole lives ahead of them. They are fearless, powerful, and eager to learn the ways of the world.

~Wynter Rose Stiles

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