At times, overly broad definitions can be helpful. When it comes to a community wide concept of deity, a broad sweeping statement might indeed be best. These definitions or opinions are in no way meant to be all encompassing, nor are they a judgment of a single way to approach concepts of deity. This is simply meant to be a basic starting guide to those knew to the subject. So, let’s get started!
How To Approach The Concept Of Deity
For most witches, Wiccan or otherwise, I think deity is most often approached in terms of pantheon. From what I can tell, many witches connect with a particular pantheon well before they become an ‘official’ witch. While it’s okay to mix deities to some, many witches in this particular approach don’t. I can understand both ways of looking at the subject really, but only you can answer what’s your belief. Popular pantheons include Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Babylonian, and Hindu among many others. More Info.
While some focus on pantheons, or sets of specific deities, others prefer to focus on the polar aspects embodied in The One, the Supreme Being, or the Great Architect of the Universe. For many, the concept of God and Goddess is an intricate part of their practice. For those starting out, it might be easier to work within the boundaries of polarity. Some witches never even embrace the many ‘lesser’ deities encompassed in the label of God or Goddess. Use what works for you, whether that’s a mixture or just a ‘simple’ concept of polarity. More Info.
By Triple Aspect
To some, the aspect of a God, or a male component to the Great Architect of the Universe, is not necessary (or desired). For those individuals, (I would imagine), a triple aspect might be preferred. This Triple Goddess is typically divided into Maiden, Mother, and Crone dynamics. While there are also triple aspects to the God, I (personally) rarely see them utilized. As is true with other approaches to deity, the triple aspect of the god and goddess can be worked in with others. More Info.
As a note, this is more an observation than accepted approach to deity but, I think many witches have started to see deity in purely seasonal undertones. There are certain seasonal dynamics and themes to deity, especially with Wicca, and I think many ‘modern’ witches embrace this. The connection to deity is mostly done through living seasonally, and celebrating whatever holidays feel appropriate to the individual. This seems like a relatively ‘new’ trend of ‘old’ ideas, but that doesn’t mean it is any more or less valid. More Info.
For those that love the zodiac or work with various pantheons, observing deity by planet might be a good option. This is the idea that each of the (traditional) planets have an energy, one that is then assigned a pool of gods or goddesses to work with. This can make simplifying multiple pantheon deities easier, and helps ultimately relate deity back to the polarity and triple aspects. As a note, I’m not sure how advanced this would be. Considering the multiple pantheon dynamic, beginners may want to embrace this with careful attention to detail. More Info.
Whatever form you choose to utilize when approaching deity, it’s best to find the method that works for you. Just because you like seeing deity in terms of overall god and goddess doesn’t mean the other forms won’t be made known to you at some point. Listen, learn, and don’t be afraid to experiment. Deity is a very complex part of witchcraft, and I think it’s the most overlooked in Wicca in particular. However, when you find what works for you, it can be quite rewarding! So, don’t hesitate to try something new and embrace whatever discoveries await.