The counterpoint to the Wild Father is the Light Twin, the Power of time, order, domestication, abundance, kingship and sorcery*. He is the Power of the tame, the benevolent, fecundity, horticulture and civilization. He is the Priest-King to the Wild Father’s hedge-witch; the city against the wilderness.
Where the Wild Father calls us down into the past, into our roots, into our wildness, the Lord of Plenty calls us upward to nobility, sacrality and vision – a conflicting pull echoed in the King of the Waters and the Lord of the Mountain. Across ancient Europe, he was the Bear-King, ruler of the most noble, sacred and mysterious creature in the cultural imagination of the time. He is the protecting and preserving force that ameliorates the harshness of his brother’s realm.
The following are some culture-specific versions and echoes of this Power:
Math ap Mathonwy
* “high” magic, versus witchcraft’s “low” magic