During the great celebrations
of Beltane, the pagan masses form huge parade
lines as they cavort, naked, in step with the
Wicker Man whose rider leads them across the
spring landscape. Inside the Wicker Man's structure
the sacrifices burn in offering to Jack-in-the-Green,
and a huge intoxicating cloud billows back into
the madly frothing parade.
Druidic ceremony master blindly steers the
Wicker Man towards the faint image of the gibbous
moon he can just make out through his veil.
The oily, pungent smoke trailing behind the
Wicker Man acts as a trance inducing incense
for the following parade.
The sacrifices that fill the Wicker Man are
voluntary, but rarely maintain this commitment
when the fire is set.
These reins are merely ceremonial, and the
Wicker Man strides forth in a straight line
until it burns down (the location of its halting
designates the site for further rites).
While mystically powered and animated, the
structure of the Wicker Man still needs wooden
joints to move in its characteristically loping