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Deity Worship: Working with the Divine

So, here lately I’ve been doing a lot of deity work. I try to keep most of my witchcraft practice pretty secular, but the deity I am devoted to in my religious practices has lately shown interest in becoming involved in my magic.

This is just going to be a basic guide full of suggestions on how to start, maintain and keep a practice with a deity, or deities.

Step 1: Making a Connection

The first step to devoting yourself to a deity or deities is to listen to your heart. Your gut instinct. Is there a specific open pantheon that you feel pulled towards? If there is, go with that. If not, then maybe read up on the different pantheons and go from there. Sometimes being called won’t happen right away, and that’s okay. Sometimes its very subtle, and you really have to pay attention to your surroundings to see what sticks out. It is different for everyone. Something important to remember, however, is that becoming a devotee of a deity is a partnership. Yes, you are ‘serving’ them, but they also must reciprocate and be an active member of the relationship. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, you can easily terminate the partnership and cease to be their devotee. Just like with a human relationship, both parties must be consenting and comfortable with the relationship. Once you have established that a specific pantheon would be right for you, research any deities within that pantheon that you would be interested in working with. If you feel you like or are attracted to one, go from there.

Step 2: Establishing a Partnership

Now that you’ve chosen a deity, you need to figure out whether or not they want to work with you. Again, its a relationship so it has to go both ways. You could do this through meditation, pendulum, tarot, runes, astral travel, etc. If you both feel good about it, its time to write up a contract. This step isn’t necessarily..well, necessary, but I like to do it just to make everything feel official. If you do decide to write up a contract, remember to list what you promise to bring to the relationship, and what you expect for them to bring to the relationship. Also, remember to add ‘if either or both parties should feel uncomfortable or wish to cease the partnership, immediate termination of the contract can take place’ somewhere in there.

Step 3: Maintaining the Relationship

Depending on the deity, the requirements for maintaining the relationship will be different. As their devotee, it is expected of you to make offerings to them on a regular basis. It is between the two of you which kind of offerings they want to receive, and how often they should be presented. Below I have listed just some suggestions for how to strengthen the bond with your deity and maintain that steady flow of communication.

  • Give each deity (if you have more than one) their own journal. Deities do not want to feel like they are competing.
  • Let the deity pick the journal. Go to a store and stand in their notebook/journal aisle. One of the best exercises that I find really helps my deity work is to let the deity choose. So while you are standing in the notebook section, let them choose the journal that you will use for them. This could happen as a simple ‘feeling’ of wanting a certain one, or finding a journal that kind of matches their associations. Like, for Persephone, a journal with flowers on it. Or something like that. Use your intuition.
  • Schedule a time every day in which to spend with your deity.
  • Schedule daily or bi-daily meditation or communication sessions.
  • Schedule offering sessions, whether they are daily or twice a week, etc.
  • Communication methods can be pendulum, tarot cards, rune stones, etc.
  • Fill the beginning of the journal with your research on that specific deity. What is their history like? What kind of mythology and stories are associated with them? Do they have specific colors, seasons, foods, plants, crystals, animals that are used to represent them? How did the priests and priestesses of ancient times worship them? How can you modernize that and incorporate it into your daily practice? Etc.
  • Write down offering ideas.
  • Write down ideas you have for activities you could do to honor or better represent your deity.
  • Write down altar ideas.
  • Make them their own altar. Altar’s can include any number of things, but the general set up that I follow is: an offering bowl, an offering jar filled with an herb or plant associated with them, their own set of prayer beads, their own pendulum, crystals associated with them, a statue or idol of them or that represents them, artwork of them or of something they enjoy (like scenery), a candle with a color/scent related to their associations, incense related to their associations, etc. Again, though, that is just my personal set up. Do whatever feels natural to you.
  • Write letters or prayers to the deity in the journal.
  • Write poetry about or for your deity.
  • Document everything! Their altar set up, ideas you have, any communication session transcriptions, prayers, etc. The journal itself can be seen as an offering to your deity, and they appreciate it when their devotees take the time to gather and keep all interactions recorded in one place.
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The Celtic Pantheon

The Celtic Pantheon is one of the few open belief systems for pagans to adopt. This is a basic list of those deities and is in no way all inclusive or complete. These are just from what I could find from multiple sources on the internet and a few books that I own. Their associations are very basic, and if you see a deity you are interested in, you should definitely do your own further research. Also, please be aware that Celtic is a blanket term and that some of these deities DO translate across the different sects of Celtic cultures, but some of them are specific to a distinct region. For example, Irish Celtic, Scottish Celtic, etc. Again, its very important to do your own research. This is just meant to be a very basic starting point.

Abellio: God of the Apple Tree

Aine: The Fairy Queen. Goddess of Summer, Love and Fertility.

Airmid: Goddess of Medicinal Herbs and Spring.

Amaethon: God of Agriculture and Luck

Andraste: Goddess of the Moon, Rabbits and Magic

Angus Og: God of Youth and Beauty

Anu: Goddess of Plenty

Arawn: God of the Underworld, Terror, Revenge and War

Artio: Goddess of Wildlife

Babd Catha: Goddess of War

Bel: God of Purification, Fire and the Sun

Bran: God of Health

Branwen: Goddess of Love and Beauty

Brighid: Goddess of Fire, Water, Hearth, Protector of Women

Bris: God of Fertility and Agriculture

Caer Ibormeith: Goddess of Sleep and Dreams

Cailleach: Goddess of Plague and Disease

Camalus: God of War and the Sky

Cernunnos: The Green Man. God of Life, Fertility, Animals and the Underworld

Cerridwen: Goddess of the Moon, Grains and Nature

Creidhne: God of Metalworking

Creiddylad: Goddess of Flowers and Love

Cyhiraeth: Goddess of Streams. Her scream foretells death.

Dagda: The Great King. Father of All. God of the Earth.

Danu: Mother of the Dagda. Goddess of Creation and Water.

Diancecht: God of Healing and Medicine

Druantia: Goddess of Trees, Creativity and Passion

Epona: Goddess of Horses, Prosperity, Springs and Mountains

Eostre: Goddess of Springtime

Flidais: Goddess of Forests, Woodlands and Wild Things

Goibhniu: God of Blacksmiths, Weapons and Brewers

Gwydion: God of Magic, Illusion and Enchantment

Latis: Goddess of Lakes, Love and Alcohol

Lir: God of Waters and the Sea

Macha: Goddess of War, Life and Death

Maeve: Goddess of Earth, Fertility and War

Morrigan: The Great Queen. Goddess of War, Death and Fertility.

Neit: God of War, Blood, and Sacrifice in Battle

Nuada: God of Musicians and Artists

Olwen: Goddess of Rebirth, Springtime and Flowers

Rhiannon: Queen of the Sirens. Goddess of Horses, Birds and the Moon.

Rosmerta: Goddess of Wealth

Tahesin: God of Song

Taranis: God of Thunder

 

 

(A Family Tree for the Celtic Pantheon, Credit to Akherontis of GaiaOnline)

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The Hellenic Pantheon

The Hellenic pantheon originated in Ancient Greece. This is just a basic list, as there are hundreds of these guys and gals.

Achelios: Moon Goddess

Aeolus: God of the Air and Winds

Aether: God of Light and the Atmosphere

Alastor: God of Family Feuds (there’s a god for that??? I had no idea!)

Alectrona: Sun Goddess

Antheia: Goddess of Flowers, Gardens, Swamps and Marshes

Aphrodite: Goddess of Love and Beauty

Apollo: God of the Sun, Music, Healing and Herding

Ares: God of Chaotic War

Aristaeus: God of Bee Keeping and Fruit Trees

Artemis: Goddess of the Hunt, Moon and Nursing

Asclepius: God of Health and Medicine

Astraea: Goddess of Justice and the Stars

Ate: Goddess of Mischief

Athena: Goddess of Poetry, Wisdom, Art and Strategic War

Atropos: Fate Goddess. She cuts the red threads of life and chooses the manner of death.

Attis: God of Rebirth

Bia: Goddess of Force

Caerus: God of Luck

Calliope: Muse of Epic Poetry

Chronos: God of Time

Clio: Muse of History

Clotho: Fate Goddess. She spins the thread of life.

Cronus: God of Agriculture.

Cybele: Goddess of Mountains, Caverns, Nature and Wild Animals

Demeter: Goddess of the Harvest

Dionysus: God of Wine, Parties and Pleasure

Eileithyia: Goddess of Childbirth

Enyo: Goddess of War

Eos: Goddess of the Dawn

Erato: Muse of Love Poetry

Erebus: God of Darkness

Eris: Goddess of Strife

Eros: God of Love, Protection and Sexual Desire

Euterpe: Muse of Music and Song Poetry

Gaia: Goddess of the Earth

Hades: God of the Dead, Ruler of the Underworld

Harmonia: Goddess of Harmony and Concord

Hebe: Goddess of Youth

Hecate: Goddess of Magic, Witches, Ghosts and the Undead

Helios: God of the Sun

Hemera: Goddess of Daylight

Hephaestus: God of Fire, Hearth and Blacksmiths

Hera: Queen of the Gods. Goddess of Marriage, Women, Wives, Goddesses and Mothers

Hermes: God of Commerce, Travel and Messenger of the Gods

Hestia: Goddess of Fertility and the Home

Hygea: Goddess of Hygiene and Cleanliness

Hymenaios: God of Weddings

Hypnos: God of Sleep

Iris: Goddess of Rainbows

Khione: Goddess of Snow

Kratos: God of Strength and Power

Lacheses: Fate Goddess. Measured the thread of life.

Maia: Goddess of the Fields

Mania: Goddess of Insanity and the Dead

Melpomene: Muse of Tragedy

Metis: Goddess of Wisdom

Momus: God of Satire, Writers and Poets

Morpheus: God of Dreams and Sleep

Nemesis: God of Retribution and Revenge

Nike: Goddess of Victory

Nyx: Goddess of the Night

Pan: God of Forests, Woods, Flocks and Fields.

Peitha: Goddess of Persuasion

Persephone: Goddess of Springtime and Queen of the Underworld

Pheme: Goddess of Gossip and Fame

Plutus: God of Wealth

Polyhymnia: Muse of Sacred Poetry and Geometry

Poseidon: God of the Sea and Earthquakes

Rhea: Goddess of Nature

Selene: Goddess of the Moon and Mother of Vampires

Terpsichore: Muse of Dancing

Thalia: Muse of Comedy

Thanatos: God of Death

Themis: Goddess of Order and Law

Tyche: Goddess of Fortune and Prosperity

Typhon: God of Storms, Monsters and Volcanoes

Urania: Muse of Astronomy and Astrology

Uranus: God of the Sky and Heavens

Zelus: God of Rivalry and Jealousy

Zeus: King of the Gods, God of Lightning, Thunder and the Heavens

 

 

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The Kemetic Pantheon

The Kemetic pantheon is another pantheon that is open in paganism. This is just a basic list of the main deities, I probably forgot some because Ancient Egyptians loved their gods.

Ammit: Eater of Souls. Consumed the souls of sinners in the Underworld.

Amun: God of the Wind, Patron God of Thebes.

Anubis: God of Mummification. Guards the Gates of the Underworld.

Anuket: Goddess of the Nile.

Apis: God of Bulls, Strength and Vigor.

Apophis/Apep: God of Chaos, War and Snakes

Aten: The Disk of the Sun

Atum: Creator God.

Babi: God of Baboons

Bast/Bastet: Goddess of Cats. Protector of women, children, mothers and Ra.

Bes: Protector of the Home, God of Parties.

Geb: God of Earth

Hapi/Hapy: God of the Nile, caused the Nile’s annual floods.

Hathor: Goddess of Love, Crops and Livestock

Heket: Goddess of Frogs

Horus: God of War, Sky and Falcons

Imhotep: A human that was deified. God of Priests, Medicine and Healers.

Isis: Goddess of Magic, Healing, Protection and Marriage

Kebechet: Goddess of Purification and Wandering.

Khepri: God of Scarab Beetles and the Rising Sun

Khnum: God of Pottery, Earth, Water and Craftsmanship.

Khonsu: God of Time, Prosperity, Measurement and the Moon.

Kuk: God of Darkness

Ma’at: Goddess of Justice, Truth and Order

Mafdet: God of Justice. Executioner of Criminals.

Min: God of Male Fertility.

Mut: Goddess of Royalty, Childbirth and Motherhood.

Nefertum: God of Perfumes and Beauty.

Neith: Creator Goddess of Weaving, Birth, Archery, Shields and Spiders.

Nekhbet: Goddess of Vultures and Protector of Upper Egypt.

Nephthys: Goddess of Funerals

Nun: First God, Parent of Ra.

Nut: Goddess of the Sky and Stars

Osiris: God of the Dead, Underworld and the Afterlife.

Ptah: God of Creation

Qadesh: Goddess of Sex and Flowers.

Ra: God of the Sun

Reshep: God of Plague and War.

Satet: One of the Gods responsible for the Nile’s annual flooding.

Sekhmet: Goddess of Lions, War, Blood, Fire and Vengeance.

Serqet.Serket: Goddess of Scorpions, Venomous Animals, Healing, Poison and Antidotes.

Seshet: Goddess of Writing and Measurements.

Set/Seth: God of Chaos, Desert, Sand, Storms and Change.

Shu: God of Wind and Air

Sobek: God of Crocodiles and Alligators

Tawaret: Goddess of Hippos, Childbirth and Fertility.

Tefnut: Goddess of Lions, Water and Fertility.

Thoth: God of the Moon, Scribes and Wisdom.

Wadjet: Goddess and Protector of Lower Egypt.

 

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The Nordic Pantheon

In this new series, I will be covering open pantheons that are basically free game in regards to paganism. First will be the Nordic religion. This will be a very basic overview of the pantheon. The main pantheon of gods in Nordic beliefs is called the Aesir. 

 

 

Aegir: God of Brewery and the Ocean.

Balder: God of Rebirth, Purity and Joy.

Bragi: God of Poetry and Eloquence.

Eir: Goddess of Healing and Healers. One of Frigg’s Handmaidens and Odin’s Valkyries.

Forseti: God of Justice, Peace and Truth.

Freyja: Goddess of Beauty, Love, Fertility, Prosperity and Witches.

Freyr: God of Rain, Sunshine, and Crops.

Frigg: Odin’s wife. Goddess of Prophecy, Magic, Marriage, Mothers and Wives.

Fulla: Goddess of Virgins. Frigg’s Favorite Handmaiden with whom she shares her secrets.

Gefjon: Goddess of Maidens and Unmarried Women. One of Frigg’s Handmaidens.

Heimdall: God of Light. Watchman of the Gods and Guards the Bifrost.

Hel: Goddess of Underworld and Death.

Hod: God of Winter, the Cold and Darkness.

Hoenir: God of Silence and Divination.

Holda: Goddess of Spinning, Order and Children.

Idun: Goddess of Youthfulness and Keeper of Apples.

Jord: Goddess of the Earth.

Lodur: God of Solitude and Contemplation.

Lofn: Goddess of Marriages.  One of Frigg’s Handmaidens.

Loki: The Trickster. God of Fire and Mischief.

Mani: God of the Moon.

Nerthus: Goddess of Springtime and Fertility.

Njord: God of Prosperity and Success at Sea.

Odin: The Allfather. Supreme Deity. God of War, Death, Poetry and Wisdom.

Ostara: Goddess of the East and Fertility. ‘Easter’ comes from her celebration.

Ran: Goddess of the Deep Ocean, Fishing, and Those Who Die at Sea.

Saga: Goddess of Mead. One of Frigg’s Handmaidens.

Sif: Goddess of the Harvest.

Sigyn: Goddess of Fidelity.

Sjofn: Goddess of Love. One of Frigg’s Handmaidens.

Skadhi: Goddess of Hunting, Winter and Mountains.

Snotra: Goddess of Prudence and Wisdom. One of Frigg’s Handmaidens.

Sunna: Goddess of the Sun.

Syn: Goddess of Guards and Protection. One of Frigg’s Handmaidens.

Thor: God of Thunder.

Tyr: God of Justice, Courage and Battle.

Ullr: God of Games and Hunting.

Vali: God of Archery and Accuracy.

Var: Goddess of Oaths. One of Frigg’s Handmaidens.

Ve: God of Creation.Odin’s Brother.

Vidar: God of War and Violence.

Vili: God of Creation. Odin’s Brother.

Vor: Goddess of Truth. One of Frigg’s Handmaidens.

 

 

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