The Horned One The Harvest King

The God speaks:

I am the radiant King of the Heavens, flooding the Earth with warmth and encouraging the hidden seed of creation to burst forth into manifestation. I life My shining spear to light the lives of all beings and daily pour forth My gold upon the Earth, putting to flight the powers of darkness.

I am the master of the beasts wild and free. I run with the swift stag and soar as a sacred falcon against the shimmering sky. The ancient woods and wild places emanate my powers and the birds of the air sing of My sanctity.

I am also the last harvest, offering up My grain and fruits beneath the sickle of time so that all may be nourished. For without planting there can be no harvest; without winter no spring.

Worship Me as the thousand-named Sun of creation, the spirit of the horned stag in the wild, the endless harvest. See in the yearly cycle of festivals My birth, death and rebirth-and know that such is the destiny of all creation.

I am the spark of life, the radiant Sun, the giver of peace and rest, and I send My rays of blessings to warm the hearts and strengthen the minds of all.

The God is the male force, the other half of the primal divine energy acknowledged by Wiccans. He is all-man, all-fertility, all-love.

Wiccans see the God represented by the Sun. In earlier times, before the tilt of the Earth's axis was known to be the cause, the changing seasons were thought to be created by the varying warmth of the Sun. Through Wiccans are well aware of current astronomical knowledge, they still see the Sun, and therefore the God, as being linked with the coming of spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Wiccans celebrate the changing of the seasons with specific rituals (see Chapter 13). These "days of power" or Sabbats occur eight times a year. They mark the seasons and the changing fertility and weather patterns of the earth. Though the Sun and the God is still (symbolically) viewed as the originator of these changes, both deities are revered at these times. Many Wiccans identify food with the God. Food is a product of the Goddess' fertility and of Her union with the God. Thus He is both parent and child.

Harvest, then, which traditionally coincides with the coming of fall, is a time of the God's sacrifice "upon the sickle of time," as I expressed it in the above passage. It is marked with Wiccan rituals to the Goddess and the God.

The Wicca also see the God in the wildwood, in its ancient trees, tangled vegetation, and undomesticated animals. In particular, horned animals such as the stag and the bull are thought to be linked with the God. Horns were ancient symbols of divinity, so the God is sometimes referred to as the Horned One. (This is not a reference to Satan, no matter how much some outsiders wish it to be.)

Some Wiccans place the role of death upon the God, perhaps because of His symbolic transition every autumn. As the God brings death, the Goddess, source of all nourishment and fertility, brings life anew through the phenomenon of reincarnation.

To Wiccans, the concept of the God isn't something brushed off only upon ritual occasions. He is, with the Goddess, a part of their lives every morning, noon, and night.

Though some Wiccans dedicate themselves and their rituals solely to the Goddess, most revere Them together. They view nature and the Earth, even our own bodies, as manifestations of the interplay of Their energies.

In Wiccan thought, the Goddess and the God are the twin divine beings: balanced, equal expressions of the ultimate source of all. This unknowable, incomprehensible source is that which has been revered within all religions since the beginning of spiritual thought and practice.

To clear up the major misconceptions regarding Wiccan ("Witch") deities, a few words are certainly appropriate here.

Wiccans don't worship the Devil. This amazingly common falsehood (that Wiccans are Devil-worshipers) is vigorously promoted by television evangelists, and would be absurd if it hadn't caused so much bloodshed.

Wiccans aren't Devil-worshipers. They aren't Satanists. They aren't anti-Christian or pro-Christian. In common with hundreds of millions of other human beings, Wiccans simply aren't Christian. They aren't crazed individuals attacking other religions, nor are they backsliding Christians eager to worship their particular concept of evil.

As discussed in this chapter, Wiccans revere the Goddess and the God. Outsiders-those with something to gain-can, and certainly do, interpret this on their own terms: "Gee, they don't worship The One True God. They're Satanists!"

This same thinking led earlier Christians to believe that unconverted Africans, Europeans, native American peoples, Polynesians, Australian Aborigines, and many other cultural groups were card-carrying Devil-worshipers. Because they weren't Christian and had different customs, they weren't human. This fostered wholesale slaughter and the unimaginable of slavery.

Such a narrow-minded viewpoint is still alive among less aware Christians. I've already discussed the pitfall of assuming that your religion is the only genuine method of contacting Deity, so I won't reiterate it here but will mention it again to explain why Wiccans and Witches are thought to be Satanists.

They aren't. They're simply members of a different religion.

Many, many humans have found comfort in attuning with their conception of the divine. So too have many Wiccans.

All religions have one ideal at their core: to unite their followers with Deity. Wicca is no different

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