Feminine or Goddess energy delves into the archetypal Goddesses: creation, birth, death, wisdom. As with masculine energy, this is not subject to only women to tap into. In fact, as I mentioned that I was fairly comfortable invoking the God, so do I know men who are fairly comfortable communing with the Goddess aspect. Balance (for me) is a key element in my personal spiritual happiness.
There are many ways to consider Goddess energy. As with my post on God energy, these ways may not necessarily be yours. And that is totally fine. We can go through the common triple goddess phases: Maiden, Mother, Crone. But I find that there is more to feminine energy than these phases indicate. There is also a Warrior element that can be found in Goddess mythos. Think Sehkmet, Kali, Coatlique, Diana, Artemis, Athena, The Morrigan, Valkries, etc.
Maybe it is because I am a female, but I seem to see a lot of darkness in Goddess energy. It isn’t exactly a bad thing. Not that all God stories are light and airy, but Goddesses can be downright scary. The moral of this little note is to make sure you do not underestimate the energy you are working with.
Gods. The masculine. Yang. A few common ideas come to mind when we bring up God.
We could even bring up Christianity. However, “God” means something different to every person. Even in Christianity. Some Christians will see their God as all-forgiving while others will see God as unforgiving and bringing down the wrath of the heavens. Pagans are no different. Some will honor Cernunnos and some will honor Odin. Some (similar to me) will honor the masculine that we feel in the Universe and not really be able to give it a name, but will honor different aspects of the Masculine by using different Gods (Odin, Hermes, Thoth, Quetzalcoatl).
Pantheons may not have completely matching Gods, but most of them will have similar God archetypes: Father, Trickster, Warrior, etc. For magickal purposes, when a certain aspect is required, it is easier to use a certain God as a focal point.
Now, not all the traits associated with Gods are considered Masculine by everyone. This is also something that will vary from person to person. And it is totally ok. Go with your gut feeling. If you feel you need a Warrior Goddess, then do so. If you feel you need a Nurturing God, then do so. The person who best knows what you require is you.
Drawing Down The Sun is the term generally used for calling a God into your body. Sort of sounds like possession, I know, but the accounts I have read on this have been very spiritual and even funny. The funny being when Puck decided to manifest.
I should maybe mention right now (especially since I uh maybe had this misconception) that drawing down the sun does not need to be during the day and drawing down the moon does not need to be at night. The terms are just used to differentiate between calling in masculine (sun) or feminine (moon) energy into your body.
When I started reading up on this, most of my books pretty much stated only male priests were able to draw down the sun and female priestesses were able to draw down the moon. Which I felt was pretty unfair. I have mentioned in a earlier posting that I felt pretty perfectly at ease in working with male energy in my circles. It was a little frustrating finding this kind of sexism in a religion that is usually so open about gender fluidity. Then I came across the article I posted above. And had a duh moment. Most of my books are older. And were written at a time when gender fluidity was not really a consideration. Turns out, if I had resources on drawing downs that were more recent, it is now perfectly acceptable for a priest to draw down the moon and a priestess to draw down the sun.
I had actually thought I would use this post to write a ritual for this. And, while I will be posting a ritual for a drawing down, it just isn’t ready yet. Before I had educated myself on this topic, I had figured this was something I could do as a solitary. Not so much. Drawing Down The Sun/Moon really does require a support team. You do not have to be part of a coven, but you should have one or more people in the Circle with you. It can be intense and the person who has drawn in a God/Goddess may need help after the ritual.
So, no ritual, yet. My coven will be joining me for the next Full Moon on June 2 and we will be experiencing a Drawing Down together. I am pretty excited about this. When I do post it, it will be found under Spells.
Ok. So this blog post has taken me way longer to compose than I had expected. I came to a brick wall on this one. So, I talked with a friend about this and I am going to try to incorporate his advice.
God energy, for me (it could be different for you), has a warmth to it. It is composed of animals, sun, sowing seeds, passion, violence, and death. Along with rebirth. The past week, I worked with God energy while fishing and working in my garden. I honored the fish I caught and made sure to use every part of them. The heads, tails, and innards are feeding my garden. The fish I could not eat immediately are in my freezer. This is my way of working with what I consider Male/God energy.
If you feel a calling to a certain God, study the attributes of that God. These callings can change, as you change. I find that whatever deities I feel pulled toward, they usually embody something that I need to work on. Be sure to pay attention to your intuition in matters like these.
My friend had recommended maybe typing up a God story or two. I thought about this and decided that once I am done with my year and a day lessons, I will start a Monthly Deity series. This way I can write more than one or two stories and spend a month researching each deity. I actually got so excited about this idea that I created a little start-up page for it. It only has one sentence on it so far, but I will be fleshing it out as I work on it.