life is full of coincidences, ("things that meet" as Robert Graves puts it)
In his postscript from 1960 in the book "The White Goddess" Robert Graves talks of incredible yet real coincidences that happened to him in his real life. He calls them, "Chains of more-than-coincidence" and goes on to say that he finds them "natural enough, though superlatively unscientific."
As I initially found out about Cernunnos I was very excited. It deepened my work as an artist and I later came to identify more with the bull and in turn, via the writings of Tom Robbins & Robert Graves, with the crane (bird).
I had for years kept a picture of the "Pillar of the Boatmen", a stone pillar which originally stood in the Gallo-Roman civitas of Lutetia (modern Paris) on which Cernunnos and a bull with three cranes on its back ("Tarvos Trigaranus") are depicted. It is now displayed in the frigidarium of the Thermes de Cluny.
I allow myself all freedom to see the poetry within all these hunches. They are signs which I take seriously in my work. I see it as no coincidence that I came to Tittmoning without knowing that the symbol of my city of choice is in fact not a stork as portrayed but should indeed be a Crane, named after a Dr. Kranich (german for crane) who once ordered a bronze to be made to stand before his house.
I'm still searching within the interconnectedness of it all for why certain themes appear to have special meanings.
I like to believe that Cernunnos reflects an aspect in me.
I can only guess of course.
I'd love to know why and who portrayed a bull with three cranes on its back. I feel like it has something to do with me. Like Robert Graves I love the poetry of it all.