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         A lot of Pagan and Wiccan views of divinity revolve around a Goddess and a Horned God, thereby being generally dualistic. The Goddess is connected to the Moon, stars and the sea, while the Horned
God is connected to the Sun and the forests. The Goddess is seen as having a triple aspect; that
of the maiden, mother and crone. In Wicca, one belief is that the gods are able to manifest in
personal forms through dreams, as physical manifestations, or through the bodies of Priestesses
and Priests.

    Here is my take on why I follow Germanic deity...

    Those of us with a German or Norse ethnic background have sometimes felt reluctant to look more deeply into our mythologies. In part this is because they are associated with conquest, and in part because the Nazis trashed them in their attempt to regress to the thought patterns of an earlier time. But these, our stories, were never intended for that; and they need reclaiming and dreaming onward for reasons similar to the need for Christians and Muslims to reclaim their spiritual roots from theocrats who wage wars in the name of the Prophet Muhammad or the Prince of Peace. The river of spirit has gotten polluted, but its headwaters remain clear and nourishing.

      In the old Nordic worldview everything is in flux and begins, balances out from, and ends with polarities akin to yin and yang. Even the gods are subject to this, undergo transformation, and often pay for what they gain with a corresponding loss. Our concept of wyrd directly relates one's actions and intentions to personal and intergenerational consequences similar to karma. But our way of understanding these things reflects our own cultural framework and traditions. Coming home to them often increases respect for those of other cultures while eliminating the desperate drive to uproot and appropriate.

     The pagan elements surviving in religious observance have often been taken note of. For uncolonized indigenous people--including the indigenous Celts and Germanics--religion as such did not exist. Native views of spirituality wed it to time and place, land and sea and sky, without need of a corporate hierarchy. And so a conqueror might ransack altars or rewrite the calendar, but the original forces live on--for example as Sun's Day, Moon's Day, Tiw's Day, Woden's Day, Thor's Day, Frigga's Day, Saturn's Day, Yule, Eostre, and All Soul's. Our forbears lived in an enspirited world, and that world abides, as do its animated sacred dimensions. As H. R. Ellis Davidson puts it, "The gods never cease their struggle against the creatures of cold and darkness."

written by: Craig Chalquist, MS PhD


   Hestia was a goddess that I would align the qualities of home and hearth when celebrating sabbats with family. Of late I have chosen to call upon the Norse Gods Freya, Frigga and Odin.

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Updated:  4 Aug., 2018

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