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The Deities As Symbols
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Large numbers of pagans believe in the God and Goddess as literal beings. This has always perplexed me because I have believed for a long time that there is no GOD as most Westerners might believe in. Of course, I believe in a divine creative force, but nothing like the Judeo-Christian God. Now let me explain my take on the Goddess and God.
I believe that there is one deity supreme. There are thousands of godheads and aspects, but ultimately there is one overall force that we all connect to. Then who are the God and Goddess? The God and Goddess are symbols to help us tap into the life-force current. They exist mainly WITHIN us.
When you pray to a Goddess statue on an altar, your energy is shifting. The sight of the altar gives you a different feeling- a magickal one. This feeling, brought on by the sight of an altar or deity symbol, shifts you into an altered state. But the thing that ultimately causes this state is a little thing called “psychodrama”.
Psychodrama allows you to pull up deep feelings, emotions, and memories to ultimately trigger the energy centers in your body. Let’s say you have an altar to Bastet. She reminds you of motherly instincts, and the home. She makes you think about how it feels to be protected, and she conjures up memories of times when you were protected. But there is that magickal part of your brain thinking about creating change. Your mind's goal is to create magick and change in your life. By mixing these feelings, thoughts, and desires, your energy is released, thus going out into the world and carrying out your wish.
Now of course, energy does not always come through the inner self. A skilled witch can interpret energies and ride with them. When you perform magick, the energy released from yourself is mixed in with that of the energy your subconscious mind has captured and interpreted. It's almost as if your mind says "Oh he wants to do magick? What kind of magick? I’m going to help! I'll pick out the energy just right for this!"
Your mind captures energy according to what kind of magick you perform. Magick truly comes from the life force- within and without. I do not believe in a literal Goddess sitting in a throne somewhere in the sky. She is a symbol for all that is free, creative, and compassionate. The God is a symbol for all that is wild, gentle, and passionate.
I am very attuned to the Lord Ganesh. In case you do not know, he is one of the five major Hindu deities. He has a human body, but an elephant head. He overcomes obstacles and is the embodiment of gentle humbleness. I call him upon every day to be with me because his symbol helps me to unleash my inner ability to overcome obstacles. But there is also a ‘thought form’ built around him.
A ‘thought form’ is a very strongly imagined thing that has become real due to the constant donations of energy directed into it. Every thought form exists on the astral plane or flows in the life force current. When I call Ganesh, my subconscious captures his thought form.
The thought form Lord Ganesh is very conscious. So is every other deity or spirit. This is why I also believe in Satan’s existence. He is a thought form created by humans. But does he have any power over our ultimate destination? No. Satan is no threat unless you call upon him. Just like Aphrodite will bring no love unless you ask, Satan will not come unless you invite him- unlike the popular Christian belief.
It makes me angry when Pagans deny the existence of Satan as a thought form, and yet they believe in Demeter as one. They are both real but people don't like to acknowledge what they have turned away from and ex-Christian Pagans are usually the ones most likely to deny Satan's thought form.
I do not worship the devil. I acknowledge him as a mere energy created by humans. He would not exist without us. He is only a symbol- nothing else. Symbols are such an integral part of the practice of witchcraft that most practitioners could not operate without them. (A very experienced and trained witch can achieve magick without symbols, but I can’t do that right now.)
What about evocation? Isn't that calling a deity or spirit that exists outside of you? Evocation is simply a trade; it is spiritual commerce. You offer your energy to a deity and the deity gives you theirs. It uses your magickal circle or life force as a door/pathway to you. When you start the process of evocation, your mind says, "Okay, so he wants to call this God. I'll go through the pathway and call them out of the current. I better collect this energy to give them"
It is our minds that connect with the deity from the spirit world. Like a carpool, it treks to the abode of the God/dess and basically tells them: "Hey! This witch needs you! If you come with me, I will give you this delicious energy!" In return for the energy given by you, the deity symbol gives you their energy or they perform a task for you.
Now on the topic of physical offerings: The Gods do not indulge physical offerings. The Gods indulge the energy from your heart that is put into the offering. The act of sacrificing food or flowers (or any other offering) charges the item with energy. It sends a submissive power to the deity that you are offering to. This submissive power embodies a beautiful dedication, and the deity feasts upon the energy of this beautiful dedication.
In the Hindu traditions, offerings given are taken back again by the devotees. Why? Because the God blesses these items. Offerings are not “given”; they are shared. You can share the spiritual aspect with the deity, but not the physical aspect. The vibrations of the physical world are too low for the gods. Only our bodies can process them.
All life ultimately comes from the deity supreme and the life-force current. Gods and Goddess are only symbols of these energies.
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