Honouring the God
July 31, 2012 4 Comments
Last week I talked about how Wiccans worship a female deity as well as a male. This week, it’s time to look at the Wiccan God.
Unlike other religions, the Horned God is equal to the Goddess. He is not more powerful than the Goddess; he is her consort, her lover, her mate. You cannot think of the Goddess without the God, and vice versa. He is the King of the Wild Places untouched by man, the sexual urges that drive us, the ripe harvest and tender to wild animals. He is the sun, and the Goddess the moon.
He is often depicted wearing horns on his head, representing his connection to the wild. Early Christians corrupted this image to invoke fear and convert Pagans to Christianity. Other symbols red candles, athame, and gold and brass objects. I use a Stag Horn fern during rites.
The Wheel of the Year, which governs Wiccan rituals, depicts the life of the Horned God. For the first half of the wheel he is known as the Holly King, who governs the land from Midsummer to midwinter. These are the ‘dark’ days when the sunlight grows weaker and the Earth (Northern Hemisphere) begins its slumber. For the second half of the wheel his is the Oak King; the virile and light aspect of the season. Make no mistake, The Oak King and the Holly King are Horned God. Tradition states he is reborn in winter, comes to manhood in the spring, romances the Goddess in summer and dies in the autumn. I’ve never been able to align my beliefs with this. I find it too depressing.
I see the God accompany the Goddess through the year, enjoying each other’s’ company through each of the seasons. For me, this way of thinking helps me to connect to those aspects of my inner self, and in return, brings me closer to Them.