The Wild Hunt

by Jenny Chapman Diary

The body of lore surrounding the Wild Hunt connects it with the underworld including ghostly characters such as King Arthur and Gwyn ap Nudd (said to live under Glastonbury Tor) and dogs and horses, both animals which have an association with death. Even seeing the Wild Hunt was thought to presage a catastrophe, death or abduction (to the underworld).

Samhain is the time of the Wild Hunt. ‘People saw and heard a whole pack of huntsmen in full cry… They straddled black horses and black bucks while their hounds were pitch black with staring hideous eyes.[1]With the hunters themselves either elves, faeries or the dead. If you climb the wooded path up to Cadbury Castle (Camelot) and towards the top bear right then head for Arthur’s Well there is a view over the sea moors. Here you can envisage a giant causeway, across the Somerset levels, that led to the Tor. This was the route King Arthur rode on his Wild Hunt collecting the souls of the dead as he went.

This day of the year is when our life undergoes death and transformation. Like the seasons a cycle ends. All that is old and out worn its use needs to be destroyed and cast away - false or weak beliefs and ways of being, things that no longer serve and lack of evolutionary change. Old structures - life, body, business, home - need to be cleared to make way for the new.

We can receive flashes in our inner awareness, embodied experiences and extrasensory impressions and symbols in the form of mental images - dreams, visions, mini-movies, solutions to problems, seeing the past, present or future along with auras and angels and ghosts.


[1] Quoted in: Branston, Brian. 1974. The Lost Gods of England. p. 94.