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How To Honor Your Wicca Deity

May 18, 2008
Wiccan Practitioners usually have an altar in their home (inside or outside) where they honor the Goddess and God. Certain Wiccan groups believe that the Deities are all one although they may be worshipped as separate entities or energies.

The altar usually includes figurines, candles and sometimes tools that represent the Deities. The Deities are invoked with mental powers and invited to stay for the rituals. After the spell, the Deities are thanked and their energies are allowed to leave. The energy of the Deity is believed to exist in the figurines or candles during the time that they are invoked and allowed to stay.

Wiccans often celebrate the existence of the power of the Deities in everyday life. The Moon and Sun are believed to be associated with the Goddess and the God energies. Wearing jewelry in the shape of the Moon or the Sun and decorating the house or person with similar symbols are used in many Wiccan traditions to invoke the powers of the Deities for protection.

One of the most important ways that Wiccans honor their deities is by celebrating the Sabbats which coincide with the Lunar or Solar cycles. Eight major festivals, spaced at even intervals during the year are celebrated by Wiccans. These festivals are called Sabbats and they are seen as the days designated for celebrating the cycles of life, death and rebirth.

There are also other celebrations that are held during the full or new moon which are usually smaller gatherings, usually at night and held outdoors. These are called Esbats.

Samhain, the last harvest of the year is usually held in the Northern Hemisphere (the southern hemisphere follows a similar natural calendar tuned to their harvest cycles).

The next celebration is the Yule or Winter Rite which is followed by Imbolc or Brigid's day. Brigid is the Celtic Goddess of Fire, poetry, healing, childbirth and Unity who is celebrated as a powerful Triple Goddess. Some Wiccans create a bed or resting place in their house for this Deity.

Ostara or Festival of Trees is the time Easter is celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere. This holiday is named after the Goddess Ostara and symbolizes the rejoining of the Goddess with her lover-consort. Ostara is also considered to be the virgin Goddess of Spring. It is considered bad luck to wear new clothes before Ostara, and people work through the winter to make new clothes that they can wear on this day. This may be the reason there is so much emphasis on new clothes for Easter. Lambs and Rabbits were part of the ancient Ostara celebration and they too seem to have been passed over to the current Easter holiday festivities.
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Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about How To Honor Your Wicca Deity here: http://www.askroseariadne.com/editorials/honor_deities.html
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