Cernunnos is a fascinating god to work with. He embodies this card well and takes the meaning one step further. This card is originally called The Devil.
Let’s examine the card
They are exhausted. In the next card they will encounter The Tower. But for now they sleep, guarded by Cernunnos.
Cernunnos stands with the sunlight behind hims so he is in shadow. He is the Lord of the Forest (not to be confused with Herne the Hunter who was invented by Shakespeare). He represents fierceness and the powers of life.
This card is traditionally known as The Devil. When people see that card they immediately sense that this is an evil thing, but this isn’t so. Things aren’t evil, it is our attitude that colours them. Cernunnos teaches that lesson well.
What does it mean?
Cernunnos teaches us how to use Nwyfre, life force, to create abundance and liberation. He calls us to accept responsibility for our life and the way we live it.