Hoon is the spirit of natural spaces, Lord Of The Forest, Keeper Of The Trees. When you walk through a garden, the breeze that caresses your neck as you pass, is the breath of HOON.

A treeA baobab treeO Solitude! If I must with thee dwell,
Let it not be among the jumbled heap
Of murky buildings; climb with me the steep,-
Nature's observatory-whence the dell,
Its flowery slopes, its river's crystal swell,
May seem a span;let me thy vigils keep
'Mongst boughs pavillioned, where the deer's swift leap
Startles the wild bee from the fox-glove bell.
But though I'll gladly trace these scenes with thee,
Yet the sweet converse of an innocent mind,
Whose words are images of thoughts refined,
Is my soul's pleasure; and it sure must be
Almost the highest bliss of human-kind,
When to thy haunts two kindred spirits flee.

...John Keats.

A delicate flower balanced on a hand In the Saxon forests of Medieval England, Hoon was the essence of the woodland spirit. It was to Hoon the traveller made a blessing as he both entered and left the forest, for safe passage. It was to Hoon that woodsmen and forresters raised their hats when they began their work, and to Hoon they begged pardon before felling an oak for their firewood.

Many British people today say: "Touch Wood" as they place their hand upon a piece of wood in the hope of good luck. This expression comes from those ancient days, when to pray to Hoon was to embrace a tree and make a wish.

Hoon is all but gone now, lost in the concrete labyrinth of the creeping city; remembered only darkly by those who search the old legends for an answer to their quest, or for a natural relief to their stress. Yet walk in a garden, and Hoon is there, sit under a tree and feel the pressence of old Hoon as he sits beside you, as your frantic cares are eased away upon his gently sighing breath.


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