Witchcraft Theory & Practice – A WITCH’S GODDESS

A witch’s primary power (deity) is her/his Goddess. She is known by many
names, derived from many cultures, and all are aspects of the One. The
Moon in its waxing and waning, in its phases of full, new, and dark, is how
witches dance with the birth, life, and death of their undertakings and their
experiences. Through ritual and observance we align ourselves with our
Goddess in Her ancient, but perennial, robes of maiden, mother, and crone.
A priestess will “draw down the Moon,” a process of invocation, within
herself to awaken and empower that within each of us that is essentially of
the Goddess.

She is also the Earth and is known by Her ancient names of Dana,
Demeter, Isis, Inanna, Gaia, Brigid, Aphrodite, and Cer- ridwr
en, as w ell as the many others known by individuals and cultures alike. She is a
warrior-goddess, known by such names as Ishtar, Brigantia, Artemis, and
Nemesis. She is Goddess of the dark places, the Underworld, the
unconscious, the Fates, and, especially, sorcery and Witchcraft. She is
Persephone, Hecate, Isis, Tiamat, Morgan le-fey, Cerridwr
en, Diana, and Aradia

She is Goddess of the stars and space and sea and, therefore, She is Binah,
Astarte, Mari, Asherah, Arianrhod. She is Goddess of wisdom, learning, and
the arts. She is Sophia, Shekinah, Binah, Isis, Vivienne. She is the path of
the incarnate priestess and witch who is Her representative in our w orld,
and She dwells in seed within all that is female. She is the sister, lover,
mother, ally, and enemy to all that is male, a necessary interplay for the
ways of life and death.

Her invocation within priestess and woman makes an inevitable
difference to both self and society. The reverence, passion, and honor given
freely to Her by Her priests assures witches of easy alliances irrespective of
sexual distinction. There has been an historically trackable wave of
imbalance since the ideology of one male, omnipotent God became a
politically expedient and suppressive tactic, predominantly over the last
1,673 years, principally since the Council of Nicea in 325 C.E., when heresy
became the “in” crime and the subsequent subjugation of women, culture,
learning, freedom, wisdom, and honor were the expedient. The glory of conquest, greed, ownership, power for power’s sake, bigotry, and aggression became the acceptable paradigm. A semblance of rebalancing has begun in
the late twentieth century, but there is much to redress.