One reader asked, “Do I need to have Gods to be a traditional witch?”
My first reflex was to reply, “Yes!”
Then I paused and thought about it. What might this person be thinking that leads to this question?
Perhaps, he or she thinks that a witch is simply someone who wields natural energy to create change. (That would be a sorceress.)
Maybe this person thinks that witches merely do spells to heal people and attract prosperity. (Still a sorceress.)
On the other hand, traditional witchcraft is about honoring the Old Gods. So, by definition, the answer is: “Yes. You need to honor the Old Gods to be a traditional witch.”
Then, we look at what tradition attracts you. The Gardnerian tradition has its own particular pantheon of Gods. By the way, I won’t be writing here about which Gods these are. Why? This knowledge is Oath Bound. One needs to be an initiated member in good standing with a Gardnerian coven to eventually learn of these Gods.
Still, one could look into various pantheons.
Here are a couple of examples:
(There are MANY more Gods in the below-referenced pantheons. The below list is just to give you a “taste.”)
- Odin father of all the Gods
- Thor son of Odin God of thunder
- Freya Goddess of love and beauty
- Freyr God of fertility
- Hera – Goddess of marriage and intrigue
- Hercules – God of strength and adventure
- Hermes – God of travel and commerce
- Hestia – Goddess of home and family
- The Daghdha – God of weather and crops
- Arawn – God of life and death
- Belenus – God of sun, light, and warmth
- Brigantia – Goddess of rivers and livestock
- Ra-Horakhty – God of the sun, ruler of the gods
- Anubis – God of judgment and death
- Bastet – Goddess of cats and vengeance
- Hathor – Goddess of love, music, and motherhood
In summary, the traditional witch does multiple things: She or he honors the Old Gods and works with magick to create change.
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