Deity can mean a lot of different things to different people. For some deity is the presence of the divine in the natural world, in the sprouts shooting from the ground at spring and the leaves blanketing the earth come autumn. Beyond the greenery, some may also connect with deity through the animals and creatures of the earth.
Then for others,
Connecting with deity is very much something that is entirely unique to your practice. There are so many different ways to approach it, that it is important to keep in mind that spirit is truly your best guide as to what deity means to you and how you desire to connect with it.
It should also be noted that you can certainly have a spiritual, or witchcraft practice without deity. This post explores how to connect with deity in your practice, but if you don’t feel a desire to work with deity that is completely okay too – let spirit be your guide.
Without further ado let’s dive into witchcraft and deity. Don’t forget to pin the post above so that you can easily refer to it later 😊
The Divine in Nature & Creatures
For many green witches, pagans, and earth-focused spiritual peeps, nature is at the heart of divinity in their practice. A reverence for and respect of The Wheel of The Year is often embraced as a way to connect with this divinity.
The Wheel of The Year is a tradition which honours 8 sabbats Imbolc, Ostara, Beltaine, Litha, Lughnasadh, Mabon, Samhain, and Yule. Four of these celebrations are focused on the equinoxes and solstices. Ostara marks the Spring Equinox, Litha – the Summer Solstice, Mabon – the Autumn Equinox, and Yule – the Winter Solstice.
Celebrating The Wheel of The Year is a good way to begin exploring the earth’s natural cycles and the divinity within these natural transitions.
However, The Wheel of The Year isn’t the only way to honour or explore divine nature magick. A perfect way to connect with nature, and with the spirits of the creatures who live in it, is by heading outdoors. This might mean sitting in a city park, a walk along an urban street, enjoying the fresh air on your balcony or in your backyard, or going for a hike in a forest.
Creating mindfulness and awareness of the magick or divinity of nature is a beautiful first step and an option at any point in your path for connecting with this aspect of the divine.
Simple Ways to Connect With The Divine in Nature
- Explore The Wheel of The Year
- Head outside with awareness of natural magick
- Learn about your local plants & animals
- Spend time watching creatures in their natural habitats
- Bless the local green beings, parks, nature areas by drawing a symbol that resonates with you in the earth
Deity as a Single Being?
Is Deity as a Single Being God?
Honouring deity as a single being definitely could be experienced as connecting with God – that doesn’t have to mean the Christian interpretation of God though.
Again, this falls into the whole element of spirit being your guide. Your experience with
Deity as God or a single being can mean many things from the Christian God all the way to interpreting a pantheon of pagan deities as different expressions of the same divine being.
How to Begin Exploring Deity as a Single Being
If you feel called to explore the concept of deity as a single being, then quite simply, the best way to go about this is through reflection and meditation.
Your spirit is the true guide here – you’ll know whether this is something resonates with your practice or if another approach to deity fits best. There is no right or wrong answer here either, simply the guidance of spirit for your path.
My Experience With Deity as a Single Being
As part of my own spiritual journey, the first way I ever encountered deity was God, specifically the Christian God. As someone who was raised Catholic my initial understanding of deity, or at least the understanding that I was taught was that God was a single being – with a generally human form.
Even back then though, when I experienced deity as a single God, my version of him didn’t really exactly play by the Catholic rules. Sometimes I thought of him more
I also happened to think that he was a brother of the Gods in other religions. That they were this great divine family – which didn’t exactly mesh with the Catholic teachings.
Then there was the saints and the Virgin Mary, and they all seemed pretty divine to me so I suppose I really did tend towards the concept of a pantheon of deities even as a child, despite it not being the official teachings.
Exploring Pagan Pantheons
As well as nature magick and exploring divinity as a single being, many earthy, pagan, and witchy spirits resonate deeply with the deity through pagan pantheons.
What is a Pagan Pantheon of Deities?
Historically, the term pagan was often used to describe deities and spiritual practices which didn’t fit with the spread of Christianity. When Christianity spread to a new area, any deities that were previously worshiped there that weren’t Christian were often called pagan.
So then, a pagan pantheon is really just a pantheon.
A pantheon is generally rooted in ancient traditions of worship based on local cultures. For instance, in my path, I work with the Celtic pantheon which emerged from Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
This is simply one of the many pantheons that exist. There is also the Roman, Greek, Egyptian, and Norse pantheons to name a few more. Please keep in mind that there are far more pantheons than those mentioned here, these are simply the ones which I am most familiar with.
How to Begin Working With Pagan Deities
Start With Research
First things first, you’ll want to begin with a bit of research. There is oodles of information online to get you started. Keep in mind that not all of this is going to be historically accurate or true. So use your best judgement when you are researching deities.
Nonetheless, the web is a good starting place to begin your learning journey. From there you might branch off into particular sources from history or mythological studies – whether published in articles written online, books, documentaries, or another medium. Libraries are a great resource for researching on a budget.
Just remember to let
Another resource that should be mentioned are blogs. Not all blogs, writers, or their interpretations and experiences with a deity will resonate with you. Still, they can be a good place to get an idea of the thoughts of others in the pagan community on working with particular deities.
Meditate & Reflect
Once you’ve spent some time learning about a deity then it’s time to find out how you feel about working with them. One of the best ways to do this is through meditation and reflection. This can give spirit a chance to send you messages about whether you are being called to work with a particular deity.
Pay Attention to Signs
Sometimes, if a deity is calling you to work with them you’ll see a repetition of signs. This could appear as their animal allies frequently appearing around you or perhaps they simply keep coming to mind again and again. Then again, they could also appear in meditation and meditative journeys. Opening spirit to the signs emerging around you can help you identify which deities are calling you.
How you honour a deity is going to entirely depend on the deity themselves. Perhaps you might light a candle or stick of incense in their honour, or leave out an offering to them on a sabbat.
Then, you might call upon them to aid you or guide you as you move about your day, or in spellwork.
Your research can also provide guidance around this. Learning their mythos and legends can offer insight into what sort of offerings they appreciate, and what aspects they guide.
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