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There are very few times in ritual where you do
not invoke Gods. You will usually invoke at least one God or Goddess.
Ritual is after all, how we worship our Deities.
Throughout your life you are likely to call on
many Gods and Goddesses based on what ritual you are performing, and
what needs you have. Before you can invoke a Deity, you must first know
just what it is that you are invoking.
There are thousands of God forms. Entire books
have been written about individual Gods and Goddesses. Describing each
in detail is an in depth discussion and requires far too much detail
for a website. What I am talking about here is Divinity as a whole.
Just what is Divinity, and why are there so many Gods?
This is of course and by necessity, how I see
Divinity, you may see things differently, but perhaps it will help you
find how you perceive the Divine.
People have always had Gods. When the first person
saw lightning strike a tree and start a fire, that person needed a way
to make sense of what they had just witnessed.
Since they had no concept of electricity, positive
and negative charge, or static, they needed to explain to themselves
and others, what had happened, in terms they could understand. A God
We still use Gods and Goddesses today for that
very same purpose. Gods help us to explain and understand in our
limited way, things such as birth, life, and death.
While we have a slight scientific understanding of
these events, belief in a God or Gods help us to deal with the unknown
aspects of things such as where the spark of life comes from in birth,
and where it goes in death.
Man (and it usually has been men in the last
couple of thousand years) has been obsessed with Divinity, down to the
most insignificant detail for a very long time.
In centuries past, great thought and large
quantities of time have been spent on the most trivial of questions,
such as how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Some treat the
discussion of what Deity is, as being just as trivial, but I believe
that in order to worship a thing, you must have some idea what that
This is the one aspect of Witchcraft that really
requires belief without any sort of real evidence. We literally have no
way to know what it is we worship.
Most Pagans believe in some form of reincarnation.
Usually the reason given for reincarnating life after life is to learn,
but what are we learning, and why are we learning it? Just what is the
meaning of life?
What I have come up with, after many years of
thought and discussion with peers, is certainly not the only answer,
but it is something that works for me.
Deity is huge. A single cell has no awareness of
its surroundings, but when you combine billions of cells, all working
in concert, you get a person, who does have intelligence, and is self
Most Witches think of the Earth as a living
entity. She is alive and aware. Certainly we have come to realize that
Her bio system is at least as complex as any other living entity.
Even so, the Earth is not Deity. The Earth is like
that single cell. When you take all the planets, and all the solar
systems, the universe as a whole, you begin to reach toward Deity.
Deity is so immense and complex that we can never
hope to understand it. We see an insignificantly small part of Deity,
and put a label on it. We call it Thor, or Herne, or Isis, or
Aphrodite, or Jehovah, or Yahweh.
That insignificantly small part of Deity is as
much as we can try to understand, in our limited human capacity.
Fortunately, we do not need to understand exactly what Deity is, only
that it is much more than we can hope to understand.
As we glimpse a small part of the Divine, we need
some way to recognize and try to understand what we see in terms that
make some sense to us.
Just like that first person to see lightning start
a tree on fire, we do not understand the whole, so we take the small
part that seems to make sense, and label it.
The ancients may not have understood what it was
they were doing by creating entire pantheons of Gods, but if you take
any pantheon, the Gods and Goddesses of that pantheon will encompass
all the supernatural elements that were important to that culture.
This view point also allows us to realize how
there can be more than one God. Christians would have us believe that
they understand Deity, and therefore they have a lock on what Deity
wants and requires.
In truth, they are only looking at another part of
Deity that is no more significant than any other. Each person who looks
upon Deity, sees something different.
This is why we understand that all Gods are one.
Each of us is simply looking at a different part of Deity. Different
parts of the same whole.
Deity is self aware. Deity understands that it
exists, and what it is. Deity is everything and all. Deity is forever.
What Deity does not understand, is mortality. It does not understand
linear time, as we know it.
Deity will always exist, and therefore does not
understand what it is like to have a limited lifespan. In order to
understand something, it must be experienced.
Deity experiences mortality by allowing parts of
itself to experience life and death. If the whole of the Universe is
Deity, we are the parts of Deity that experience mortal existence so
that Deity can learn what it is to not be limitless.
Cosmologist Carl Sagan, use to say that we are all
Star Stuff. The individual atomic and subatomic particles we are made
of were created inside stars. Anything more complex than hydrogen was
created either in a star, or from the death of a star.
Those elements then coalesce into planets, which
create other elements. The process is never ending. Parts of my
physical body have been at some time in the past, parts of stars,
planets, and interstellar dust clouds that no longer exist.
Just as with the physical part of me, that part of
me that makes me who I am, that spark of life has also gone through the
Not as stars or planets, but as other beings.
Living things hatch, germinate, and are born. They live and then they
die, yet the life force remains. Nothing is ever destroyed, not matter,
not energy, it is simply transformed.
Parts of my life force, that which makes me Ken,
and no one else, have been plants and animals, and other people. After
each cycle of life, that which was, returns to Deity, and shall return
after this life, and Deity will absorb the life force and learn what it
is like to be that individual entity.
In this way, Deity learns what it is like to be
something it is not. Deity learns about mortality in all its infinite
By looking at life in this way, we see that we
really are connected in the most fundamental way to everything else. We
are all part of everything that was, is, or ever will be.
We live our lives, and experience life. We die and
return to Deity, and Deity learns what it was like to be us, then parts
of who we were, return with parts of other entities to become a new
being and experience it all over again in a different form.
What the Christians call the soul, is not a single
thing. It is a collection that was put together from Deity, when a
person is created.
That collection functions as an individual for the
duration of the life cycle, then is absorbed back into Deity at death.
The creation of an individual soul is a random process.
When the person who is Ken, was created, Deity
scooped a part of itself out to become me. When I die, my life force,
or soul will return to Deity, and Deity will learn what it was like to
have been Ken.
Because I was created from Deity, when my soul
returns it will cease to be Ken, it will again be Deity. The parts that
have become me are diluted with those who have also returned, like
mixing random colors of paint.
Deity will form other entities as desired, but the
collection of Deity that was me will never again be formed into a
single person, exactly as I am now.
Parts of who Ken was will go into many other
entities, perhaps even living at the same time. That may be why we
sometimes connect with another person so quickly and completely.
We recognize in that other, a part that was once
us. It gives new meaning to the term Soul Mate.
Each soul that returns from life has taken on the
color of that lifetime, and is again mixed in with the rest, only to be
combined with other soul parts, to create a new person.
I cannot say that who I am was once Napoleon, or
Caesar, or any other individual, but parts of who I am may have once
been a part of any or all of those people, as well as parts of a tree
growing in a desert, or a bird, or a fish, or an amoeba.
For all I know parts of who I am, may have
experienced life on other planets. I am not arrogant enough to believe
that this is the only planet that contains life, and if not, those
other life forms are just as Divine as I.
The spark of life starts out a bland color. The
color of a newly formed soul is an even mixture of the various souls
that make up the whole. It’s the life that was lived, that tints the
soul with a particular color.
What I can say without hesitation is that I am
God. I am also Goddess. As is everything I can see, feel, hear, smell,
taste, or think of.
When you invoke a God and Goddess, you are
invoking part of yourself. You are communicating with that part of you
that is Divine. Christians separate the Divine from the mundane, we do
Witches do not require a Priest to talk to the
Gods, because we are all Gods.
When you realize that you are Divine, you also
begin to realize that everything else is Divine too. Christians have
this hang up about Original Sin, and that they
don’t deserve to be Divine.
Their mythos even says that when the Divine walked
among them, they killed Him. Because Christians separate the Divine
from themselves, most believe that their spiritual goal is to return to
The spiritual goal of the Witch is to experience
life. For most Christians, the goal is the destination, even though
Christ taught differently. For Witches, the goal is and always will be
As a Witch, when you invoke the Gods you are
invoking a part of yourself. You are recognizing the conduit that
connects you to the rest of Deity.
The question now is how do you do this? The answer
is to open yourself to the Divine. Relax, calm your mind. Let go of all
the troubles of the day.
Everything happens for a reason, no matter how bad
life seems at the moment, realizing that you are part of a much greater
whole will allow you to understand that nothing is permanent.
To invoke the Gods, close your eyes and still your
mind. Sometimes it may help to picture a small crystal clear pond, not
a ripple on its surface.
When your mind is open and completely still, you
will feel a warmth, or a sense of connectedness to everything. When you
recognize the connection you have with Deity, you will feel it.
I say recognize the connection, not create it
because the connection is always there, you are just unaware of it most
of the time. Day to day issues and concerns distract you from feeling
It may take time for you to recognize your
connection, the first several times you attempt it. You may not even be
able to feel the connection at all for some time.
We spend our lives worrying about the job, bills,
family, and every other detail of our lives. It takes time to lose the
hold that our mundane lives have over us, but everyone has the ability.
Take your time, and don’t worry if nothing seems
to happen. It just takes practice. Don’t give up, you can do this. Have
faith in yourself. If you don’t, who will?
Once you get to the point where you recognize the
connection to Deity, your mind is perfectly still and open to the
Divine, call out to the God or Goddess you wish to invoke. You will
feel a shift in the connection when the God or Goddess answers.
I can’t tell you what your connection will feel
like, or what this shift will feel like. Everyone feels something
different because everyone senses things differently. I can tell you
that when you feel it, you will know.
You must have confidence in your ability to touch
the Divine, or your doubt will keep you from succeeding. In the words
of Yoda, “There is only do, or do not. There is no try.” It may sound
corny, but it is true.
from Invoking the Gods
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