the Merlin tradition
Merlin as title
'The Merlin' (as in "The Merlin of Britain") describes a living tradition, rather than a specific person. It is the title to a lineage of spiritual sages. Merlin understood as the wizard-prophet to King Arthur, belongs to this ancient lineage, as does the Irish figure of Columba and other accomplished persons down the ages, many of them working in secret, unknown to this day.
The energy of this lineage, this living mind-stream, is green, masculine, and concerns itself with the alchemy of inner transformation. It works in service to the Feminine principle, the energy of the earth. Known by the priesthood of Atlantis, it passed to the Druids of the West. This western tradition flows from the deity of the woods, known as Cernunnos (KER-noo-nos) by the Gauls, and in Old Irish literature as Uindos, Herne (Hermes), Hu Gadarn, and Hesus (Jesus). He is the most ancient and powerful Celtic deity, called the “lord of wild and all things” and "wild god of the forest." His is a Crazy Wisdom, mirroring that in Nyingma Tibetan Buddhism. A propensity for chaos, in the sense of re-ordering. An energy that breaks up over-rationalition and excessive control. His sons were said to be Teutates, Esus and Taranis who are sometimes referred to as his doubles.
source of the Merlin lineage
The heart of Cernunnos is actually a very gentle, with a deep and tender care for the forest and all its inhabitants. He is more a Lover and Protector, than a Fighter. Cernunnos shows traits and symbols in common with the patron god of healers and magicians known as Hermes or Hermes Psychopomp (conductor of souls), the title given to the Lord of Death (whom the Celts recognized as Cernunnos) in his union with his consort, the Lady of Life.