The Divine World…
“Those that give us food nourish our mortal body only. Those that entertain and instruct us in things of the world enchant our lower minds alone. But, those who awaken the eternal spark within us. To them love and devotion are ever due”
What is the Divine World?
The world of the Gods and Goddesses is one that many wish to experience. For those on a Wiccan Path that seeking takes the form of creating the space of devotion, dedication and honoring the attributes and gifts of the Great Ones. The energies and myths surrounding the Gods and Goddesses have endured time and are embedded within the keys to the Greater mysteries of Life itself.
The Mystery of the Goddess
The Path of the Wise is crafted upon devotion to the Divine Feminine. In ancient times the Goddess embodied and was the primary life giver, bestower of divine gifts and insights and She who waited at the time of Death to welcome the deceased into her final embrace. She represents the Divine Feminine, and in her many guises is the creatrix and destroyer of life. She holds within the myths and archetypal energy that surrounds her the keys of mystery that unlock the sacred fires of Will and the vaults of heaven’s cosmic womb. One of Her cycles is that of the Waxing and Waning of the Moon.
The Mystery of the God
The God represents the Divine Masculine. He is the necessary polarized opposite that is required to co-create and sustain life. He is the germinator of the seed that produces manifest form and as such is also the one who stands in the place of sacrifice for continuation of the life cycle. It is through this willing sacrifice that all of life may begin renewed and strengthened. The waxing and waning of the Sun are held within his domain and His mysteries are those of catalytic transformation.
The Divine Couple
The union of the God and Goddess is one of creative balance. Although each may have potent life force independently, their combined energies throughout the seasons and cycles of birth, death and rebirth are the driving force that ensures continuation of that cycle.
When we begin our research of various Gods and Goddesses we see that there are many cultural influences that have separated out some of the energies and attributes of each. Many Witches work exclusively with a singular pantheon and others work cross-culturally and inclusively in calling upon Deity that are in varied spiritual traditions. Wicca has its roots in the Ancient European cultures, so many of the Gods and Goddesses that are honored are from those cultures; most especially the Celts. Other pantheons, which are drawn from frequently include the Egyptian, Greek and Norse.
Foundations of Practice this month will include pathworkings and mediations to be used as a means of connecting with Deity. The first exercise of journaling will begin your own source of reference as you move through this course and the observation practice will set your sights on acknowledging the aspects of Deity in all of its forms.
Reading and Resources:
This month we have several new book offerings in the Recommended Reading page that will offer greater insight into the complex and varied world of the Divine. And the Resources page has a selection of online shopping for statuary, supplies and more.
So, let’s find the inner connection to the Divine. Open your heart to the blessings of the God and Goddess and allow your Spirit to soar into the realms of mystery and grace.
Blessings Bright ….