What is the Divine World?
Definition of the word ~ Divine
a. Having the nature of or being a deity.
b. Of, relating to, emanating from, or being the expression of a deity: sought divine guidance through meditation.
c. Being in the service or worship of a deity; sacred.
Anthropomorphic vs. Archetypes
The Wiccan Path is one of polytheism. We see Divinity as singular, yet also aligned in a polarity and balance of male and female energies. Within this spectrum of polarity are multiple forms and energies of diverse and varied Deity. There is both an anthropomorphic view, which enables the seeker to more closely identify with energy of beings who are in their most refined forms incomprehensible. And, there is also a view of using the varied forms of the Gods and Goddesses as archetypal energy to be overlaid upon the energy that is wished to be manifested. Your spiritual journey is informed by the multi-layered experiences and interactions you have within the realm of the Divine. Thus, the images and energies that flow from the inhabitants of this realm inform the psyche in a way that the archetypal energy can be processed more fully within the bodies of consciousness.
“ All Gods are one God,
all Goddesses are one Goddess,
and there is but one Initiator- the Initiator being oneself”
excerpted from: The Witch’s God by Janet and Stewart Farrar
In maintaining this polarity there are a number of names given to these two prime energies. God and Goddess and Lord and Lady are but two ways of addressing the general energies of the Male and Female aspects. As we move down to a point of specificity, individual names of the God or Goddess along with the attributes that each carry and have energetically established differentiate who and what type of energy you are connecting with.
When we approach Deity through ritual, devotion or meditation it is with the understanding that there is no need for an intercessor or intermediary for they are both within and without our spectrum of experience. With that being said, however, there is still the need for respect and continued efforts at establishing a working relationship with the Deities you wish to involve in your work. Keep in mind that the issuance of an invitation to work with you is not necessarily going to be answered, as the Gods and Goddesses also have their own agendas and needs. But, generally, if the request is made in earnest and the intent is one in keeping with the attributes of the Deity acknowledgement is usually given and some sort of energetic presence will be experienced.
When we speak of Patrons in the craft it is meant that there is a God and/or Goddess who has an express interest in working with you. You may hear that someone has been “called” or “chosen” by a specific Deity, despite the individual’s initial unwillingness, and has come to resolution that they are to remain in this alliance until the time that the work meant to be completed is done. The selection and acceptance of Patrons is one which is an agreed upon matter. By that I mean that no matter how hard you try to get Pan to be your Patron, it simply won’t happen just because you desire it.
In other circumstances, a group or individual may actively seek the patronage of a specific Deity, feeling that the endorsement by this Deity will act to enliven and support the work that is needed. Sometimes this is successful and other times, the Deity simply is not interested.
Now, this may all sound like a very convoluted and daunting process; and you would be right in making that assessment. It is a very convoluted and daunting process, but the lesson of this is that when the right fit and the right circumstances are achieved on both the part of the Deity and the individual (or group) the results are life changing and transforming- as they are meant to be. Often the harder you try, the more likely you will miss the fine points or just the precise path that will lead you to the sacred Temples of Divinity. This is, after all the return to the source of your being and by making connection and feeling the embrace of the Deity (ies) that have your best interest and growth at heart – you have come home.