Today, many witches celebrate the Wheel of the Year. While the Wheel of the Year itself is somewhat unique to Wicca, many witches are embracing it regardless of their overall practice. As witches strive to live healthier lives, an effort to likewise live seasonally often coincides. But, even so, can deity really be connected to through the simple observance of the seasons? What would this even look like? Well, I’m about to answer that and more for you. So, let’s talk about the seasons!
The Triple Goddess is a popular symbol to witches today making it one of the most synonymous with witchcraft, or at the very least, Wicca. Add to this the surge of interest in a more feminist approach to Wicca and witchcraft and well, you’re going to get a lot of people embracing the Triple Goddess from the start. So, how do you embrace deity through triple aspects? Is there such a thing as the Triple God? I’m going to attempt answering these questions and more.
“To Zeus Astrapaios (Astrapaeus) (Lightning Maker). I call the mighty, holy, splendid, light, aerial, dreadful-sounding, fiery-bright, flaming, ethereal light, with angry voice, lighting through lucid clouds with crashing noise. Untamed, to whom resentments dire belong, pure, holy power, all-parent, great and strong: come, and benevolent these rites attend, and grant the mortal life a pleasing end.”
-Orphic Hymn 20 to Zeus of Lightning-
What’s so difficult about polarity? Well, working with polarity is both an easy and complex concept. If you connect to deity through polarity, then you’ll probably be interested in the more complex approach. If not, that’s perfectly alright. There’s nothing wrong with either option. To be fair, there are just some aspects of deity that take time to be made known. Even so, I thought I’d at least attempt to cover a little more about approaching deity through polarity.
If approaching deity through a pantheon appeals to you, there’s a few things you should probably know before getting started. While you might have some ideas about which pantheon you want to work with, do you know how to address those specific deities? What about choosing your patron deity or deities? How will a pantheon preference affect your overall practice if you hope to join a coven later? Don’t worry, we can talk about all that and more!
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!