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Discovering Your Wiccan God and Goddess Pantheon

Updated on April 15, 2016
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Kitty is a polytheist and has been for over sixteen years. Her studies include deities from all over the ancient world.

Wicca

Many people who come home to Wicca discover that the Wicca is all about connecting with the God and Goddess, within and all around us. It's true that many women and men who were raised in Christian homes and churches come to Wicca with somewhat of a fear, as they feel that if they worship and practice something other than Christianity, that they will go to Hell. To clear things up a bit, Wiccans believe that there is two parts to God or the universal being, if you will. There is a female part and a male part, and they work together to form a higher power. Did it seem like having a male God and no female part to God just didn't make sense to you? Maybe that's why you came home to Wicca and the old ways, things just didn't add up or you just never connected with God in the way you were told to.

That's okay! Here's the thing, even if you want to hold onto the idea and notion of who God is as you were taught, you can do that in Wicca. There aren't any restrictions as to what God or Goddess you connect with. If you want to worship God and Mary as the Mother Goddess, maybe this would fit more for you if you were raised Catholic. Wicca is an open religion and does not wish to force anyone to convert to its practice. It is merely around for people to come home to, if they so wish and if it is the correct path for them.

As far as Gods and Goddesses go, Wiccans believe in a huge range of deities. Some (including myself) don't give their deities a name or an association, as they feel this limits and inhibits a connection. However, many others do find a particular deity or deities to connect with that furthers them along their spiritual journey. In this hub, I will introduce just a few of the many Wiccan Gods and Goddesses waiting to be discovered and tapped into.

Wiccan Goddess Pictures

Venus of Willendorf
Venus of Willendorf
Morgan
Morgan
Kali
Kali
Mother Goddess
Mother Goddess
Aradia
Aradia

Wiccan Goddesses

One cornerstone of the Wiccan religion is a unified belief in the Goddess. The idea of a Mother Goddess and Goddesses in general dates back thousands of years, to the very beginnings of the human race. In fact, these statues are generally known as "Venuses" and include a very well-known, full-figured female figurine without a face known as the "Venus of Willendorf" (pictured to the right). These Venuses have been discovered in recent times and have been dated as far back as 35,000 years ago. The stifling in the belief of a Mother Goddess took presidency with the rise of Christianity and Islam, both of which focus majorly on male Gods inadvertently denying the existence of a female aspect of God.

Now that you know a little bit of history concerning the belief in the Goddess and Goddesses, let's talk about some of the many Wiccan Goddesses to choose from in the Wicca.

∞ Celtic Wiccan Goddesses ∞

Many of the Wiccan Goddesses celebrated and worshiped in Wicca stem from the ancient Celtic peoples' beliefs.

Brighid, a goddess of fertility and healing, is one of the most well-known Irish Celtic Goddesses, as she was passed along from a Goddess into Christianity as a Saint. Catholics still recognize Brighid as a Saint, but many Wiccans worship her as a Wiccan Goddess in her original, natural Pagan form. She is also said to be a Wiccan Goddess of protection and poetry. Interestingly, Brighid was a triune Goddess, which means that she formed one part of a Trinity (sound familiar?). Her three parts consisted of Brighid the Physician, Brighid the smith, and Brighid the poetess. Read more about her story in books or online.

Rhiannon is another Celtic Wiccan Goddess, but lesser known and worshiped. She was the Welsh Celtic Goddess of the hunt, of horses, of strength, and of the moon. Her name was derived from the meaning "Queen of the Fairies", as she was first a princess in the realm of the fay but gave up her fairy existence in order to become the wife of a human prince. Her story is a very inspiring one, which can be read in my hub about Rhiannon (posted in the links at the end of this hub). She is usually depicted as a beautiful red-haired woman with a horse and birds surrounding her. For awhile I had a statue of Rhiannon on my altar, and she brought me great strength in some of my lowest times.

Also on the Celtic Wiccan Goddess list is Morrigan, Arianrhod, Shannon, Cailleach, Danu, Brigantia, and the list continues.

∞ Egyptian Wiccan Goddesses ∞

Have you had a connection with Ancient Egyptian lore and culture? Maybe you'd be more inept to following an Egyptian Wiccan Goddess pantheon. Many Wiccans look to the likes of Isis, Ma'at, and Sekhmet for inspiration and guidance in their rituals and everyday lives.

Isis is the Great Mother Goddess of Egyptian culture, considered to be the mother of nature and all things magical. She carries an ankh in her hand and is said to also be the Goddess of children and ritual.

Ma'at is the Egyptian Wiccan Goddess known to be the ruler and aid of justice and truth. She brings about order and balance to the world, both spiritual and mundane realms. Weighing the souls of the dead in the underworld, Ma'at would determine whether the dead's souls were worthy enough to continue on in the afterlife.

In addition to these Egyptian Wiccan Goddesses, you could look into Sekhmet, Bastet, Hathor, Nut, and Nekhbet.

∞ Ancient Greek & Ancient Roman Wiccan Goddesses ∞

Before Rome was turned into a Christian state by Constantine, the ancient Romans were Pagan and worshiped many Goddesses. The ancient Greeks also had their own line of Goddesses, which eventually sort of merged or meshed along with the Roman Goddesses at one point.

Diana is an ancient Roman Goddess who is now worshiped by a type of Wiccans known as Dianic Wiccans. She was the Goddess of the moon and of the hunt and was a fierce warrior. Diana is associated with oak trees and virginity, and represents the strong feminine aspect of life.

Hecate is known to be one scary Goddess; however, there is dark and good in nature and Hecate is also both dark and light. A Greco-Roman Goddess, some Wiccans on the more Gothic side tend to follow Hecate as their Wiccan Goddess. She is the Wiccan Goddess of the crossroads (between life and death), magic, and witchcraft.

Astarte is another well known and followed ancient Greek Wiccan Goddess, and also Demeter.

In addition to Egyptian, Celtic, Roman & Greek Wiccan Goddesses to connect with, more and more Wiccans are joining the Wicca and taking up a connection with Goddesses of the Native American beliefs (Spider Woman and Sedna), Polynesian Wiccan Goddesses (Hina and Whaitiri), Hindu Goddesses such as Kali, and also Christian Goddesses.

Wait...Christian Goddesses, you say? Yes, why not? If Catholics can pray to Mary the Mother of God, why can't Wiccans pray to the same woman but consider her at the same level of God himself? She would then be elevated to her appropriate place, as Mother Goddess. A resurgence of Mary Magdalene connections have also been made in recent times among Pagans and Wiccans alike.

As amazing and liberating as it is for new Wiccans to be able to celebrate the Mother Goddess, the female form of God in all her previously-hidden glory, we must not forget that there is always a balance in nature. The Goddess wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the God.

Wiccan Gods

Cernunnos
Cernunnos
Poseidon
Poseidon

Wiccan Gods

It's intriguing to note that the image of the ancient Pagan Gods has been distorted into a more modern version of what Christians refer to as "Satan". If you read back in history, and if you've ever picked up a Bible, nowhere in the Bible does it say that Satan has two horns, a tail, and cloven hooves. Where did this image of Satan stem from? From the church's push to convert the remaining Pagans throughout Europe; the Celtic God Cernunnos was a God of the Hunt, bearing horns and in some depictions cloven hooves. Ancient Pagans worshiped such Gods, but the idea of the God of the Hunt was turned into Satan and anyone who worshiped a horned God was known as a devil-worshiper or heathen and must be converted or condemned. Since the renewal of ancient Pagan ways, with the rising of Wicca and other nature religions in the twentieth century, the ancient images of the ancient pagan gods are being worshiped and revered by Wiccans and Pagans once more.

In addition to Cernunnos, there are many other Celtic Wiccan Gods such as Ogma, Macnannan Mac Lir, Nodens, etc.

Many Wiccans who choose one type of Wiccan Goddess will choose a God to somewhat match their Goddess. If you go with a Celtic Wiccan Goddess, you might be inclined to choose a Celtic God; however, there are no limitations. You could choose Demeter as your Wiccan Goddess and then choose Maui (who is a Polynesian/Hawaiian God) as your Wiccan God. Native American deities are open to choose from, and there are many Hindu gods to choose from, as well. Obviously this would be a mix of Wicca and Hindu, but that's what Wicca is all about, my friend! You could even include Buddha as a part of your chosen Wiccan pantheon. The limits do not exist within Wicca.

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    Leannaklein 2 weeks ago

    So recently I had a dream where Dionysus came to me in my sleep. I felt it suiting as I am very much interested in Theatre and am currently pursuing a degree in theatre with the possibility of entertainment law once I get my bachelors. However, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on to who I might look into for my goddess as I feel a very strong connection with Dionysus but I haven't really seemed to find another God or Goddess who I connect to. I am very big on theatrics and bringing peace and togetherness to myself and my family and I feel like I've hit a bit of a slump because I haven't found the right fit for my Goddess.

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    Steen teigen 2 weeks ago

    So I recently started looking into wiccan religion and what not because its always 'called to me' and I know a few wiccans, but im not sure where to start.

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    caitlin 2 weeks ago from pennsylvania

    I am newer to the belief in multiple deities. I had a dream recently I believe two of them came to me and I cannot put a name to them. I was in complete control of myself in a room where a man and woman sat on a couch. the woman was nude and the man was clothed,...it was a little uncomfortable so I remember asking if I could return to my previous dream. she kept pushing my other dream aside and asking what kind of things I look for in a relationship partner. the man stayed silent until the end where they claimed I was their "looker" now. I asked who called me a looker and they just seemed to have this winning approving smiles on their faces. I have never had a dream where I could feel the power coming off of the people in my dream. I have never seen them before so I don't know where they came from. she was pale and thin with long brunette hair and he was dark haired as well average muscular-ish build and like a 5o'clock shadow beard. I tried to search for them in another dream and I heard her giggle in the background. this is strange I cannot tell if this is my deity or a spirit messing with my head

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    jasmine aldama 4 weeks ago

    thank you that was very helpful

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    Nicole Canfield 4 weeks ago from the Ether

    jasmine - Of course you're able to. I would look up the following: Aztec Gods and Goddesses, Mayan Gods and Goddesses, Incan Gods and Goddesses, and maybe look into Santa Muerte and other saints you could work with.

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    jasmine aldama 4 weeks ago

    hi im very new to this and really need help finding my god/goddess. i was raised catholic but was never really connected to it. i have also gone to christian bible study to accompany friends and it was the same situation. i am mexican/american so what gods/goddess should i look into? or am i even able to

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    Neriad13 2 months ago

    Is it strange to be drawn to a god who is gender-fluid? I've always felt an extremely strong pull to Loki, even before I put a name to my own gender fluidity. I sought out all the stories they featured in when I was a child, loving the funny ones and the painful ones alike. No other god has ever spoken quite so loudly to me or to my own experiences quite so well.

    Over the past year I've even been driven to write a novel with Loki as the hero, the research for which prompted me to do even deeper digging into pagan spirituality and changed the fabric of my faith completely.

    The goddess I identify with is pretty strange too. She started manifesting herself to me a little after I reached puberty and terrified me for years. To this day, I have no idea what her name is or quite what she means to me. She's a headless woman with greyish skin whose presence I only feel beneath the earth (hello, adolescent fear of basements).

    Sometimes I think that she might be a shade of my maternal grandmother, who suffered from mental illness most of her life and was locked away by her husband, rarely to be mentioned within the family ever again. I never got to meet her, though she'd wanted to meet me badly. Or is she just an avatar of all woman who have lost their heads?

    Sometimes I see shades of Sedna in her, another deity that I was attracted to as a child. The details are not consistent - Sedna is missing her fingers, not her head - but she does very much look like a drowned woman and the fact that Sedna would rather die than marry a man and often suffers in isolation before unleashing a mass amount of creativity very much applies to me.

    Thoughts? I'm terribly new to this and I'm not entirely sure that I identify with Wicca yet.

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    FeatherFalling 2 months ago

    Hello, I'm very new to the Wiccan Religion and I'm also confused on how you would know what deity is yours. How would you find one? I don't know many gods or goddesses and I would really like to know what I'm looking for? Is there a sign? Should I do something? Is there something I can do to open my self up to help me identify a deity that connects with me? Any advice will be very much appreciated.

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    Nicole Canfield 2 months ago from the Ether

    Tony - ABSOLUTELY! :)

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    Tony Volpe 2 months ago

    A storm swept in while I was meditating this morning and I had a vision where I turned into neptune!!!?? Id say that's my deity choosing me, Nicole what do you think?

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    BLACKBUTTERFLY22 7 months ago

    In regards to finding a Coven or Wiccan Sacred Gathering Temple to Join..why not use Your Laws of Attraction and Invocations and Prayers and Yearnings and Incense Smoke to draw forth to You the Right People and Teachers to Practice this mysterious Craft..A True Witch can spot out Another and invite Her or Him to a Gathering.If one Purifies Their Heart Mind Body and Intentions with Fasting Bathing Questing with all of Your Will and Soul surely the Merciful Divine Ones shall Answer You Somehow Someway in an Unexpected Message Omen Dream Change of Plans A Chance Encounter..However that Diety chooses to contact You..Trust and Humbly do Your Personal Clearing Work and be Patient..Some Gods or Goddesses already seem to have a Soul Pack with Us from Past Lifetime's..They will call You back like it or not because You Loved Them so much before and They will Remind You of This again This Lifetime..There may also be a connection with Your Birthdate Astrology Numerology etc.. Sometimes even Simply looking at Various Photos of Gods and Goddess's of Various Cultures can spark Memories of familiarity..If You're a Night Person for example by Nature it may be challenging to worship a Sun Diety with Their Daylight demands and expectations.. For Myself even though I was born and Raised a strict Catholic by My teens I was ripped Away from that for Good into a world of Hindue and Tantric Buddhism Wicca Native American etc..It was truly a Beautiful rebirth into the Land of the FatherMother HolyOnes and I cannot go Backwards ever again to Male dominated suppression and oppression.and so My Child the Wind shall beckon You,the Waters shall still You, the Earth and Trees and flowers and Moon and Stars and all of Nature will speak to You..There is no Rush .Until You have that Soft and Sacred knowing Just walk in Peace in the Forest in the Parks by A Beach or even Your Yard or anywhere You can be Peaceful and Breathe deeply..Your Goddess Sisters and Mothers are calling You Now and The Crystals and Guardians Angels and Sacred Ones will open the Pathways for You to make these sacred connections..I wish You many Blessings on Your Journey it's in the Gods and Goddesses perfect Timing..They always know what's best for Us..Listen to the changing of the Seasons .We also can supplicate particular Dieties to help Us at Various Times n Projects etc in Our Lives ..yes it is important to educate Ourselves extensively with a particular Diety to do proper Devotions and worship.May Your Prayers be Answered..The Coven is in Our Hearts and it's between You and Your beloved God or Goddess always whether We Worship in a Group Coven or not..it's always sweet and more fun to share with Others of like Minded Spirituality.

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    Wolf5 7 months ago

    Hi! Can you please outline the Goddesses connected to Wolves? I am extremely drawn to them. I'm open to deities from different cultures as I am mixed race with links from Irish culture and the Cherokee Native American Culture as well.

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    Nicole Canfield 7 months ago from the Ether

    Lilliana - Absolutely they can!

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    Lilliana M 7 months ago

    Must they be female/male? Could they be male/male or female/female?

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    Sandra Crockett 8 months ago from Los Angeles

    Thank-You! I also subscribed to TipToeChick's Youtube Channel. Very helpful and informative.

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    Nicole Canfield 8 months ago from the Ether

    Anna - No, not odd at all. Some deities prefer to work alone!

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    Anna slone 8 months ago

    I am very drawn to the goddess Nyx, but l have never felt the need to pair her with a male diety. Is this odd?

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    Nicole Canfield 8 months ago from the Ether

    Wendy - You don't have to choose a specific pantheon. Most often they will come to you. But if you must choose, I would start out with your ancestors' gods/goddesses. For example, if your family is of European descent, perhaps looking into the gods of the Celts or Vikings would be a great place to start. And no, that doesn't mean you can't pick an African god.

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    Wendy Ordenana 8 months ago

    I'm comepletely new to Wicca. I'm trying to learn , but there's a lot. Your blog is helping me a lot honestly. I have a question, I still don't have Patrons, I'm researching and reading a lot. But I have a question, choosing Patrons , I'm attracted to an Egyptian Goddess, but also, African. I didn't see any African patrons on your blog, or anywhere else. Does that mean I cannot pick one ?

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    Nicole Canfield 9 months ago from the Ether

    Hi Morgan. This really depends on what you believe as far as gods go. When I first started on a pagan path, I believed in one god and one goddess and multiple facets of each. However, now that I've grown in my path, I believe the gods are mostly personalities of one all-powerful-being...I now consider myself a pantheist and a soft polytheist. I suggest looking up monotheism, polytheism, and pantheism to get a better idea as to what I mean. As far as working with a god or goddess or more, whoever comes to you be it a god or goddess or multiple deities, they are trying to bring you a message. So work with them. Learn about them. Get to know them as if they are individual entities. This will help you learn whatever lesson you might need to learn and if you wish to continue working with the deities, you can. Or you can move on to the next one who shows itself to you. Hope this helps. You can find me on FaceBook under Author Nicole Canfield in the future...I answer messages and comments there more often than here on Hubpages. I have 17 years experience as a pagan witch.

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    Morgan B Myers 9 months ago

    so I am semi-new to wicca and I have been worshipping multiple deities but also like the idea of the all god and all goddess. I'm just unsure of how this works... are my deities all parts of a whole or are they individual? and how do I go about it?

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    Nicole Canfield 12 months ago from the Ether

    Joshua - You can start by looking at your heritage and the deities your pagan ancestors might have worshiped. For example, if you are Irish, you might look into the Irish gods such as Dagda, Danu, Brigid, etc. From there, I've found the gods will come to you.

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    Joshua Cox 12 months ago

    Hi, not sure if you still check this but I had a question. I was raised under a Christian roof by regrettably hypocritical Christian parents which is what I think pushed me towards a path of self discovery. I went from Christian to an agnostic point of belief except I believed not only that there was potentially an all powerful being out there somewhere, but that every god known has existed in some way or another as different reperesentations deemed necessary for different peoples of different times. So I was more than intrigued when I stumbled across the deity/diamond metaphor, and as I've done research into Wicca and I'm starting to convert I wanted to know what the best way to connect to ones personal pantheon would be and also how would I go about finding a coven or teacher near me?

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    Nicole Canfield 13 months ago from the Ether

    shaffener - Her husband, perhaps, Pwyll. But you can choose any god that resonates with you.

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    shaffener2013 13 months ago

    i have now finally confirmed my goddess. i knew i was a free spirit and had been interested in wicca for a long time but i had never really looked to see if it would click before. i have now realized that my goddess is rhiannon. i was wondering though since it is a celtic pantheon if there was an adjoining male equivalent?

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    Rachael Lefler 18 months ago from Illinois

    I think they're all manifestations of one God and Goddess in various forms. I also think that you must be chosen by them, not the other way around. For example, I was chosen by Aphrodite who spoke to me in a dream. Other people are led by the god or goddess whose essence is closest to them. It will come to you if you do some patient studying and give it some time.

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    Nicole Canfield 18 months ago from the Ether

    Nicole Young 07 - You're too sweet. Thank you!

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    Nicole Young 07 18 months ago from Chicago Illinois

    This is awesome, I already got hooked to all your articles

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    Brendan Patterson 21 months ago

    Thank you so much for the information! This is definitely going in my Book of Shadows.

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    Nicole Canfield 22 months ago from the Ether

    I think you should be able to follow whatever god you choose. Not what your friends/society/parents tell you to do. Hope this helps.

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    HoneyBee23 22 months ago

    I feel more connected to Sól/Sunna, but people keep telling me to "worship within my race". Is it best to ignore them in favor of her?

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    Nicole Canfield 24 months ago from the Ether

    FCM - I would absolutely petition the morrigan to be your patron if you feel drawn to her. Maybe she's calling you to her so that she can teach you these things that you lack. It's not your duty to do anything specific...it's your duty to follow the path that's right for you. Hope this helps.

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    FCM 24 months ago

    Hello! Hopefully you'd see a comment, even though the article itself is really old)

    So, the thing is - I am only on the beginning on this path and I did not choose my pantheon yet. I feel a little stressed because I am not native english or anything close to that - shall I stick to old slavic Gods just because of that, is it my duty of a sort?

    And the second question: While making my reasearch, I felt like I want to choose The Morrigan as my pathron Goddess, but reading of her more I felt doubt - She's more of a war Goddess, and I myself can not call myself nor brave, nor self-confident. I am quite an opposite of what she is. Can she still accept me?

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    Rodric Johnson 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    I enjoyed this hub and linked it to one of my own. It was a joy to discover the history of the gods and goddess of pagan and wiccan origin.

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    Aryeale - I would say look for a metaphysical shop in your area. Depending on where you live, usually larger cities and suburbs have them. They usually have information on covens in the area...sometimes they even run covens out of the shop itself. You can also try Universalist churches...they are a church that welcomes every religion to join, and usually there are some Wiccans and Pagans that go to each. Perhaps you can meet someone there who is also involved in a coven. Last stitch effort - search on Facebook for covens in your area...or literally google "covens in ______" (insert your city/town/state) Hopefully this helps. When I was in a coven, I was lucky enough to have met a woman in one of my classes who was Wiccan and invited me to join (I considered myself solitary at that point and we got to talking about our religions and bam! I was then in a coven after I was initiated on Beltane)

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    Aryeale 4 years ago

    Thank you Kitty,, could you give me a little advise on how I can find a coven around my area,,i think I have exhaust all the ways I can think of to find one but maybe you have more incite on finding one,, any help is greatly a appreciated. I am looking at all my options and I know there is more than likely a lot more I can look at but the Wiccan belief is pulling me toward it the most. any info you can give me or advise I will listen with great pleasure. Thank you for your time.

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    No, I'm not telling you to not pick Wicca. I'm just telling you to explore all of your options, that's all. Wicca is a beautiful religious path to take...I encourage you to follow your heart in whichever way it leads you. Covens can be difficult to find, and especially covens that are right for you...but it is totally possible! Blessings.

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    Aryeale 4 years ago

    Kitty-I thank you first of all for all the info, but are you telling me to not pick Wicca? I mean I know I am really loving what I am reading and studying up on but if you feel I should be on another path I can and will look more up. Like I said I do know its fairly female based but I don't know why I am being drawn more and more each day to Wicca. I was at one point and time a strict Christian believing in heaven and hell,,the one god and satan but not so much anymore. I have even looked in my area for a wiccan coven or someone that I can sit down with and talk to more but cant seem to find any. Maybe I will run into someone soon that I can sit with and learn more. Thank you for your time Kitty.

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    Aryeale - You do not have to pick Wicca as your religion if you want to go down a nature-based path. There are many other religions under the "Paganism" umbrella. I would highly suggest going onto Youtube and doing a search for a woman called TheShoeWhisperer and also for CharmingPixieFlora. If you're looking for a guy, I have a friend who is a Christian Witch believe it or not. Search for TheOakandtheMoon on Youtube to find him. There are so many resources out there to get you started. Do not feel guilty that you are leaning towards a nature-based path. Take your time learning, read all you can read...and then you will know what's right for you. I am also on Youtube...KittytheDreamer. Many Blessings.

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    Aryeale 4 years ago

    Hi Kitty and everyone, I am not sure where to begin but I am a male and have been looking for religion I guess for the last few years. anything from Baptist to catholic and lutheren even looked at Jahova witness. But as of late I have been looking at the wiccan belief and I cant stop trying to do research and learn more about it. I even did a meditation process which I said I would never do before. its been about four or five weeks now and I cant get enough of trying to learn more..i have got books and a few items that caught my attention...I know I am male and it seems to be mostly female based religion... I am not sure what is going on right now if I am just curious or if something is calling me but I can tell you I have looked at a lot of goddess and gods and Hecate is really sticking out to me...can someone help me figure out what's going on am I confused,, or curious.. or is there something else at work here.

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    Unforsaiken - It depends on how you feel about it. Some folks believe your pantheon should be gods that get along, other folks think it doesn't really matter. For me, I do not have a pantheon per se. I just look at God as a Fatherly figure and Goddess as a Motherly figure. More of a general thing for me. Sometimes I talk to specific gods but I just see them as a form of God/Goddess. Blessings!

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    Unforsaiken 4 years ago

    Hello, i haven't chosen a pantheon or god or goddess yet, i stem from a christian home so im still kinda hard wired that way. If i feel drawn to Athena and Poseidon, how does that work since they didn't get along? Lol

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Sierra - No, the god and goddess do not get angered if you talk down to yourself. They are not like the way Christians might teach about their god. They do not need us to worship them or bow down to them, they exist in and of themselves and also within each of us. While your friend is right, you should never talk down about yourself because you are a divine being, do not worry that you will anger the god and goddess. Think of them as your best friends and allies. Talk to them just as you would a best friend...but respect them as you would an elder. Hopefully that helps. Blessings.

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    Sierra 5 years ago

    Wow.. I had no idea there were so many.. I mean, I just became wiccan yesturday, and i'm pretty young, a simple 13 years old. My best friend has been a wiccan for a few years now and feels a large strong connection with Selene, while I on the other hand feel attracted to Gula, the Goddess of healing. I'm pretty shy and unconfident, and my friend made me a little scared, she said the Gods and Goddesses didn't like me talking down of myself... Did I make them mad in some way?

    My friend told me I could maybe communicate with them by writing my thoughts down, like a journal. I have, 2 entries so far and I already have had a strange dream.. I just hope I haven't made them mad or disappointed in some way..

    Blessed Be!

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Brown Eyes - I am very sorry to have offended you. The whole point behind paganism and Wicca is to take whatever beliefs feel right to the person, connect with the earth, and connect with the divine in its many forms. While Buddha is not a DEITY, is he not considered a spirit of some sort? The whole point is to make one's own path to spiritual growth...and if my borrowing from various belief systems offends anyone, then so be it. I do not force my beliefs on anyone, and I expect the same courtesy from others. Thank you for the comment.

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    Brown Eyes 5 years ago

    Okay,I'm trying to avoid sounding outraged,however,I just have to protest.I find it offensive that you would put Buddha in your pantheon of mismatched deities you've torn out of various belief systems(and because Buddha IS NOT A DEITY.)I respect the various deities of various belief systems,so I have to protest your treatment of them.You are tearing them from their religion that they probably worked hard to create and putting them in your's.Please don't interpret this as Anti-Wiccan or Anti-Pagan.

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    Aaron 5 years ago

    Really enjoyed this! So good

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Silvers-Jain8 - It is difficult to follow one's path if it indeed curves a bit from what we've been taught. It does seem as though Bast has come to you in a very real way...there's no denying that. But here's the thing, if you believe that god has many different names and different forms, but is all the same god, you can see the beauty behind the many gods and goddesses of different cultures. That's what I believe. That god is both male and female and takes on many different forms, depending on what we need to learn and see. Beautiful dream though, I'm truly jealous!

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    Silvers-Jain8 5 years ago from MA

    I think the concept of Wicca is pretty fascinating. I was raised strictly Christian by my grandparent, but throughout my life I've found myself naturally doing/learning things that one would consider pagan or Non-Christian. I believe in the concept of spirits and have always been fascinated by myth, fantasy, and etc...Of course this gets me in trouble with the people around me at times, but have you ever felt incredibly drawn to something and not know why?

    Even when I had interaction with spirits they in their own way were teaching things and how to realize what I was doing. When I was younger before I really looked into this stuff I remember having dreams about a cat/panther. It popped up in my dreams one night and I had to go to this Egyptian temple like structure and up the stairs I went. I saw this large silky black panther on these throw pillows behind this fiery pit like alter. I just knew it was female and she had eyes like rubies. I was wearing some sort of white shift or dress. I don't remember what happened after that, but from then on I know it was Bastet. I may not be wiccan, but I think she chose to visit me.

    But also on the same token I sometimes find that having some sort of belief in other Gods/Goddesses goes against what I was taught. So this does make me a bit ambivalent.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Moongold - NEVER feel guilty for being who you are and how you feel. I too have had people criticize, make fun of, and stop talking to me altogether just because I'm not like them. Never stop being who you are...even if it scares others off. Blessings, sweetie!

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    Moongold~x 5 years ago

    Thankyou for the great Hub. I personally feel a strong connection to Aphrodite-but I'm not sure which God I feel connected to yet. I used to be a wiccan but I opened up to one person, and they totally flipped out. I felt like it was bad, almost guilty. But now I've regained the connection with Mother Earth and I'm feeling the happiest I've ever been. Thankyou again for this Hub and a very thourough article :)

    Blessed be :) x

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Thank you Rhonda and avery.

    hmclio - Nice to meet you! That's a great way of doing things spiritually, as I do the same. My matron and patrons tend to change depending on the time of life that I am in...at the moment I am following Maeve as my Goddess and simply "the horned god" as my god.

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    hmclio 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

    This is a great hub, a good starting point for beginners. I myself have a very eclectic pantheon of patrons and guardians, but I follow them as all as the Lord & Lady. If I need help with a specific issue then I often ask the appropriate aspect of the god or goddess. For example I thank Bastet specifically for the protection she gives me and my home, yet it is towards the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses that I feel more connected with in general, though I do honor some Celtic and Shinto deities as well.

    Thank you for a strong and thorough article and blessed be :)

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    Avery 5 years ago

    Personally, I have always felt a strong connection to Athena. Thank you for posting this. I have learnt a lot.

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    Rhonda Musch 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

    Great article, very interesting. Voted up and awesome.

    Sweet wishes Rhonda

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    I'm sure you'll know if they have. I always do.

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    mxme25 5 years ago

    Do I "know" when my prayers have been answered?

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    mxme25 - I believe it's both. :)

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    mxme25 5 years ago

    Do the god/goddess chose me or the other way around? Or both?

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    pan1974 - Thanks!

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    April 5 years ago from Columbus,Ga

    Good hub.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    mxme25 - I don't know many Wiccans that truly believe that the world is going to "end". If it does, then I'm sure we'll go to a better place. I wouldn't worry about it. Do your best to take care of the earth and respect her, and she will take care of you back.

    As for miracles in Wicca - yes, it's just called something different, it's referred to as magick.

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    mxme25 5 years ago

    I know this is sorta a christian thing but what happens to us (wiccan) when the world ends? Also is there miracles in wicca?

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    mxme25 - How did you insult them is the first question. Second thing - you shouldn't do a self-dedication to ask for forgiveness. Honestly I don't even feel that the god and goddess need to offer their forgiveness...that's sort of a Christian belief, but if you feel it necessary I'm sure a simple prayer would do.

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    mxme25 5 years ago

    So I think I insulted the god/goddess and did a self-dedication again this time asking for forgiveness is this necessary or is there another way?

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    mxme25 - It can be any type of communication. You can speak it out loud or think it to yourself. Or dream it.

    Also, I believe that the god and goddess usually talk in symbolic ways...but they can speak to you, you just may not literally "hear" it.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Hawthorn - I know you didn't mean it like that. No worries, brother. Happy Samhain!

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    mxme25 5 years ago

    How do God/Goddess communicate literal as in talk and hearing or symbolic?

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    mxme25 5 years ago

    Is communication with god/goddess literal as in talking and hearing or just thoughts and dreams?

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    Hawthorn 5 years ago from Albion

    Sorry - that came across a wee bit preachy so I apologise x

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Of course they're a lot more out there...this is just a small taste! Thanks, Hawthorn.

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    Hawthorn 5 years ago from Albion

    A brilliant introduction to Pagan Deities =D but don't forget - there are many more than these more popular deities out there to meet =D x

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    mxme25 - I don't know how to tell you when you know...you'll just know. Sometimes it'll hit you like a ton of bricks, sometimes it'll just be a wind blowing your hair back as an answer. It's all personal experience, so the connection happens differently for everyone.

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    mxme25 6 years ago

    How do I know I have connected with the god and/or goddesses?

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    white rose - Merry meet! Blessings. Glad to hear you talk to the Goddess...talk to her when things are going well, too!

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    white rose 6 years ago

    merry meet i am a true solitary wiccan i talk to the goddess if something goes wrong

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    I honestly don't think it matters if it's before or after. You don't need to initiate yourself in order to have a connection with the god and goddess. It's available to you anytime, anywhere. I have personal encounters with the goddess almost everyday...just by noticing things in nature...looking at forms in the clouds, listening to birds talking, etc. It sounds like you dreamed of the god himself...many people believe and associate the sun with god...so it sounds like he came to you in this form. He has many names...you just have to find one that you feel suits him. Or none at all...just plain "god" works, too! Blessed Be.

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    mxme25 6 years ago

    Do I attempt to connect to the god and goddess before self-initiation or after. Also when do you have a personal encounter with a god/goddess? And another thing I had a dream about a bright god who didn't tell his name a few days after I did a self-initiation could that be a personal encouter? If so does anyone know his name?

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    mxme25 - Anyone can connect to the god and the goddess at any time of day or night...yes, that's one of many feelings of connection with the god and goddess. You can feel the connection in a warm breeze on your face.

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    mxme25 6 years ago

    Do you know how to connect to the god and goddess? If I meditate on this connection and get a tingly and warm feeling does this mean I am connecting?

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    nighthag - Oh, I'm so happy you liked it. Enjoy your day today! :)

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    K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

    A wonderful interesting read, thanks for the great information

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Thanks, 4elements. I will be messaging you soon. Blessed Be. )0(

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    4elements 6 years ago

    I am a solitare. Feel free to do that anytime. Email me or message me. Blessed be to you Kittythe dreamer

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    tlpoague - Thanks for being open-minded and for enjoying this hub, though not Christian. :) I truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.

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    Tammy 6 years ago from USA

    I am a Christian, but found this reading interesting. I have often wondered how the pagan gods came about. Greek, Celtic, and other gods have an interesting background. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Vinaya - I'm so glad you could learn something new from this hub, my friend.

    4elements - Are you a solitary practitioner or do you practice with a coven? I'd love to talk back and forth with you, as I am solitary and just recently re-dedicated myself to the Wiccan ways. I'm aching for someone to correspond with and bounce ideas/experiences off of. Blessed Be!

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    4elements 6 years ago

    Very informative, as well as written well. I found it refreshing to read. Blessings. Peace love and light

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    Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

    Wow, there is so much to learn from hubpages. I do not know about Wicca. And this hub is first thing I have ever read about Wiccan Gods and Goddesses