Lesson Vii Invocation Invocation

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An invocation is a kind of prayer addressing Deity, or a particular aspect of Deity, and asking for Deity's presence or aid.

In Correllian Wicca we have two basic ways of looking at Deity: UNIVERSAL DEITY, and PERSONAL DEITY.

Universal Deity is conceived as being everywhere, in everything. Universal Deity is the Divine consciousness behind the energy that forms and gives life to all that exists -and in Correllian Wicca we believe that anything which exists lives. Universal Deity is above and beyond all individual aspects and manifestations, including the Universe itself. Universal Deity is the Creator, Sustainer, and Essence of all things.

Universal Deity is beyond any form of depictation, is niether masculine or feminine in character, and in truth is so far beyond our understanding that we can only try to imagine It's full nature. To illustrate this we often refer to Universal Diety as "Mother-Father God," showing that Universal Deity includes both the concepts of the Goddess and the God within Itself.

In addition to Universal Deity, we also have Personal Deity.

Personal Deity is any aspect of Universal Deity with which we can make an emotional connection. We call them "Personal" Deities because we relate to them in a personal manner, as opposed to the more abstract nature of Universal Deity.

Universal Deity is like a diamond. The diamond is only one stone, but has many facets. Look at the diamond closely from any one angle, and you will discover patterns in the facets that are not apparant from a greater distance. Examine the facets with a jewelers loop and you will discover formations within the stone that you would never see looking at the diamond as a whole.

Similarly Universal Deity is one force -"One Power in the Universe" -but has many facets, which are Personal Deities. Through the many individual conceptions of Personal Deity, we can learn things we would never understand through the abstract nature of Universal Deity. Personal Deities translate the abstractions of Universal Deity into human terms that humans can understand and identify with. The nature and cycles of Universal Deity are interpreted through the mythology of Personal deities, and identified with and internalised through the emotional connections we make with these separate aspects of Deity

Universal Deity is without any form of limitation. Any attempt to depict or define. Universal Diety limits our conception -making that conception a Personal Deity; a limited aspect of Universal Deity. There are more Personal Deities -that is to say limited aspects of Universal Deity -than it would ever be possible to count. Personal Deities range from the great powers of the Universe :Goddess and God - through Deities Who aid specific functions :Asphalta, Goddess of the roadways -to the Higher Self of everything which exists -for everything which exists is a limited aspect of Universal Deity.

In general Deity might be thought of as a single Universal power having increasingly limited points of reference, some of which include; Universal Deity -All That Is.

Goddess and God -The Polar Powers, Yin and Yang, Spirit and Matter, etc... The Seven Great Powers -The seven principle archetypes of Deity. Specific-purpose Deities -Patrons of various activities, such as arts, sciences, etc... The Higher Self of all things -The individual spirit of any creature or thing.

We interact with Deity at all of these various levels and others. When we wish to formally initiate that interaction -as at the begining of a ritual or ceremony- we "Invoce" that Deity. "Invoce" comes from the Latin "vox" or "voice" and means to "give voice to" our prayer -but that doesn't mean that an invocation always has to be said out loud. An invocation can be made silently, in the heart, as well -Deity, being inside us all, will hear.

An invocation formally invites the Deity to be present, and often requests a specific blessing or aid. Often, an invocation will describe the qualities of the Deity being addressed. An invocation can also express thanks for past blessings from the Deity. Invocations are often quite beautiful. They can be poetic, and are sometimes highly artistic. But the best invocation is one that honestly conveys heart-felt emotion toward the Deity.

In any religion, and certainly in Wicca, your personal relationship to Deity is of primary importance. We have many forms of Deity, but we know that They -like we ourselves- ultimately reflect a single Power Which flows through all things. That single Power -Universal Deity- is ultimately loving, creative, and always acts toward the good; consequently all Personal Deities are also ultimately loving, creative, and act always toward the good. Everything you experience has a reason whose purpose is good -you may not always see that good, but it is always there.

You never need to fear Deity in Wicca. Deity does not judge you or persecute you -Deity will only ever wish to help you. Though our actions come back to us through Karma, this is not a "Divine judgement" so much as a necessary balance -it is there to help all beings grow. Deity may give us difficult lessons in life, but this too is motivated by love, to help us grow -never to "punish" us. Whatever may afflict you, Deity wishes to help you move past it -for Deity wishes you only growth and happiness, in whatever Personal form you picture Deity.

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