A Note on Deity & A Daily Blessing
I mentioned in my last post that I was rewriting various pagan and/or Wiccan rituals to better fit my pantheist beliefs.
For non-theists who also identify as pagan or who are simply trying to incorporate more spirituality into their lives via pagan practices, it can be difficult to overlook some of the language in many rituals and blessings.
It may seem as if non-theistic pagans don’t exist, but there are more than you may realize, and how they approach the subject of deity is unique to each person.
When I first began learning about paganism after I had already identified as a pantheist, symbolism became a big deal for me. I started viewing the pagan idea of the Goddess as Mother Earth or Mother Nature, and the God as the mighty Universe, both equally destructive and mysterious as they are creative.
What is Divine if not these unseen forces we experience during every moment of our lives?
I even have a goal to one day buy Demeter and Atlas statues for my mantel to represent my beliefs – Demeter being the Goddess of the harvest and seasons, so, in my mind, she represents Mother Nature, and Atlas, holding up the heavens in an Earth-shaped globe, personifying the planet’s orbit, the stars, and all of the Universe. This is just one example of how I’ve used or viewed deity in my pantheist pagan practice.
I also “met” a Goddess I was previously unaware of through a guided meditation.
During this meditation, I encountered a quiet red-haired woman with kind eyes, so I did some research when it was over to see which goddesses fit the description. I came across Nemetona, the Celtic Goddess of the Sacred Grove. This was around the time I was clearing and creating sacred space.
I had just set up my altar in the days before this and was rededicating myself to my spirituality, so Nemetona was the exact concept I needed to be aware of at the time.
Sure, my mind could have conjured up any description and my research led me anywhere, but working with deities in this way can be quite introspective, like how horoscopes or tarot cards make us think more deeply about what’s going on in our lives. Focusing on them and what they represent can help us better understand ourselves and our path, or even tap into our higher selves. We don’t need to believe they’re real entities to benefit from that.
Everyone learns about the concept of personification at a young age – the attribution of human characteristics to something nonhuman.
Atheist or naturalistic pantheist pagans may use this concept to incorporate deity archetypes into their daily practices. Dualist pantheists go a step further and believe a spiritual substance exists in conjunction with what we deem to be “reality.” Some pantheists may also have panentheistic or animist leanings, so pantheist pagan practices vary widely, and no two pantheist pagans will practice in the exact same way.
Having said all that, I leave you with this pantheist Daily Blessing inspired by the Blessing Chant from Luna’s Grimoire. I hope it will be of some use to you on your spiritual path.
May the powers of the Divine,
The Source of Creation,
All pervasive and eternal,
At once a nurturing Goddess,
And a formidable God,
The ever-expanding Universe,
Bless this place, this time, and I who am of you.