The Gods As We Know Them

Starting in the mid 1990’s, we have been privileged to have contact with an increasing pantheon of Gods and Goddesses. Our sojourn began quite unexpectedly with the channeling in ritual of a Goddess who spoke an unknown language. Eventually She connected Herself with the Altar and the North, and gave the name of Arduina. Since that time, a number of other Deities have manifested during ritual channelings. The second was a Goddess of the East, who agreed to be called Erian.

[Add in a paragraph of high gods and lesser gods, reference Julian and Sallust.]

Below is a short overview of our developing pantheon, in the order of Their appearance. We will present Their names (or the names/titles They have agreed to answer to) phonetically, and give  a brief description.  Click on the name to go each individual God’s page.

High Goddess Ghiana (guy-AH-nah) – speculatively, half of the First Division. She is the ‘over-arching’ Goddess.  We associate Her with the old primordial Goddesses such as Ki (Sumerian) and Gaia (Greek).

High GodIove (ee-ay-OH-veh) – speculatively, the other half of the First Division. He, like the High Goddess, is an archetypal overarching God.  We associate Him with the primordial Gods such as En (Sumerian) and Cronos (Greek).

North Goddess Arduina (ard-WEEN-a) – identified with pentacles and the Altar and the now-extinct cave bear, Ursus Spelaeus. She claims to be from Old Europe, from the Ardennes, whose center is “Duna” – the Danube River. She speaks using the pre-Roman names for various areas and countries, in a language She calls Vaska.

East GoddessErian (air-ee-AN), identified with the broom and the veil and the stars.  She is the initiator, the revealer of the Mysteries. Her knowledge is transformative.  She seems to have a special connection to the Faerie, the Hurralya (Beings of Air in the East) and we have identified Her as the mythical Queen of Elphame.

West God Kur (koor) – identified with swords, magick, and the Underworld.  He is the Lord of Shadows, the Horned Lord of Death, and the Hounds (the Keriosak, the Beings of Daring in the West) belong to Him.

South God – Tsaranos (tzah-RAH-nos) – identified with wands, snakes, the land and the sun. We have identified Him with Dying and Reborn Gods, the Lord of Life. He is the Consort, a fertility God, a God of creative fire.

West Goddess Ariadne (air-ee-ADD-nee) – associated with fierce emotions and justice. She is a straightforward, no-nonsense Goddess, with a stern, unyielding manner. She is the Muse, the Source of Divine Inspiration, and She is the One who mediates between Witches and the Keriosak, the Keeper of their compact.

South GoddessSalonshai (sah-lohn-shy) – the Priestess for the Aquarian Age, associated with fiery pillars and sacred prostitution. The Light-Bringer of the Southeast is Her Lord.  She is the fire lit from the bone, fire and blood. She is the Phoenix, the Eye, the peace of the Light-Bringer. Her manner is bright and forceful.

Northeast Goddess – She is the goddess of the Realms beyond death, and we have naught to do with Her. It is only through death, by passing through the Veil to the Otherworld, that we will meet and interact with Her.

East God – T’hot’ (teh-ho-teh) – associated with incense and knowledge, the psychopomp and the prophet.  Questions to Him must be distinct, or the answers will be too vague to understand, but He will often aid the questioner in narrowing the focus of his/her query so as to elicit a more helpful answer. He is far older than and became the Egyptian Thoth.

Northwest Goddess Hekate (heh-KAH-tay) –She deals with the mechanics of magick and spellwork. Hers is the physical craft of the Art Magickal.  She is far older than and became the Celtic/Greco Hecate.

Northeast GodNo name was given to us. We refer to Him as ‘The Black Man,’  the Messenger, the Ferryman.  He is the one who “opens the gate” to enable traveling to Venusburg, Benevento, or Blackula.  He has said He is called ONLY when one has seen the Path and needs the gateway opened.

Southeast Goddess Gwenhyvar (GWEN-heh-vahr) – She is the “White Raven,” the “White Hind,” the “White Swan,” the guide between Faerie and our world.  She is the gentle teacher of the True Quest.

Goddess of the Rim Melusine (mel-you-SEEN-ah) – The Task-Giver. She is straightforward and speaks often of the things we must do.

Southeast God – Atamenoch (ah-tah-meh-nahk) The Light-Bearer.  He is the God-form that has been vilified for centuries as the Christian Satan.  He has no eyes – they were burnt out, either by His bearing of the light of the gods, or in atonement for His ‘crime’ of bringing that light to humans.

North God Ianos (ee-yah-nos) – We associate Him with the old European God, Janicot/Janus. Like Janus, he has two faces, one looking to the East and one looking to the West, to the Past and the Future.

Southwest God – Dionysus (dee-oh-nee-sus) – He is the God of passion and ecstasy, of connections and sexuality and all forms of pleasure.

Southwest Goddess Morga (more-gah) – She is the leader of the Maenads who hunt their own God and tear him to pieces to drink his blood. She is sharp and fierce and revels in all that is ecstatic in nature.

Northwest GodGoh’len (goh-[glottal stop]-lehn) – The God in the Northwest is represented by a golem or humniculum, the idea of a form that has yet to have life breathed into it. He represents the inherent ‘aliveness’ that is in all things, even inanimate things, the ‘life’ that exists in the realm of the Dead.

Mama Erta – She is the Goddess of the earth, very old, from very deep underground. She is the bones of the earth, and ‘appears’ as almost a living boulder or ‘venus’ statue.

There is also some deity-form for the Center, but we learned very little about it, because it is insubstantial since the Age is so young. The Center forms as the Age does.

Quarters and Cross-Quarters

Most Pagan systems acknowledge the importance of the cardinal directions, North, East, South and West, and usually pair these up with the Western Elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.  There is also, in some systems, the ascribing of certain Powers to each Quarter, those of Silence, Knowledge, Will, and Daring.  The Cardinal Directions orient us with the physical realm, the world in which we live.  The Elements bring the understanding of the building blocks of the world, the range and type of energy that is available for our use.  The Powers give us the mental and emotional connection which enables us to understand the bridges between our world and the Realms of the Divine.  Understanding how all these fit together allows us the contact with the Divine which is the purpose of the Sorgae.

 The Sorgae system does all these things, and adds the midpoints between the directions; Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and Northwest.  Here we present the Quarters and Cross-Quarters as we have come to understand them.

 East is beginnings, in the Directional sense, the Elemental sense, and in the Powers that enable Divine Contact. The Sun rises in the East, it is where our day begins.  In order to begin contact with the Divine, one must know of its existence. Therefore, the East is Knowledge, the desire to understand all things, the drive for answers to all life’s questions.   Air is the most ethereal of the Elements, and therefore, it is the first.  Being the first, it is the ‘oldest’ – and the East is the abode of the Faerie, the Elder Children of the Gods, the Hosts of Air.  East is the transition point between Eternity and Time.

 South is energy, the driving force, Fire and Will.  The Direction of South is associated in the Northern hemisphere with heat because the equator and the tropics are to our South. But South can also be ‘inward’ which leads to the hot interior of our planet regardless of where on the surface one lives. The molten iron core and the Earth’s rotation gives it its magnetic sphere.  Therefore, it is the energy of the physical. On the Elemental level, Fire has more substance to it than Air, but it is still ethereal, still impossible to catch because it consumes that which it touches.  Such it is with Will, the driving force behind Divine Contact.  Once one Knows of it, one must Will to achieve it, letting the desire drive one ever towards the goal.  This is the traditional second place, the world of Humans, of the Witches, for it defines the role of Time within the polarity of Time and Eternity.

 Southeast is what stands between Air and Fire, between Knowledge and Will.  Between Air and Fire is the spark, the combustion that has to happen for heat to burst into flame.  Between Knowledge and Will is decision.  One weighs knowledge of a situation, hypothesizes actions, and decides what s/he will do.  Therefore, the Southeast is characterized in an Elemental fashion by the Spark and in the realm of Powers by Decision.  In mythological terms, this would be the placement of the Fire-stealer, the point at which the Knowledge of the Gods is given to Humans for the purpose of action in accordance with Will.

 West is endings as East is beginnings.  The Sun sets in the West, the traditional home of the Gods in many mythologies is in the West.  This is what awaits us after the life in this realm is finished each cycle.  The West is associated with the Element of Water and the Power of Daring.  Water is the third Element, more substantial than Air or Fire.  One can hold water in one’s hand – though not for too long.  Water is depth and hidden currents; it can be utterly calm or a raging torrent.  Underneath, it can hold the very opposite – going underwater in a storm, one often finds a calm, and the most placid of ocean surfaces can conceal a great tempest.  Since Human emotions work the same way, the West is also connected with emotions, which ties directly into Daring.  In the progression toward the understanding of the Divine, there must be an emotional connection.  There also is an Element of fate, for the Gods have Their own wishes and desires as well.  This combination of emotion and fate is Daring; after one Knows of and Wills to contact the Divine, one must take the leap of emotion and fate and Dare.  This is another transition point, this time from the world of Time to the realm of Eternity.

 Southwest is between Will and Daring, and between Fire and Water.  The next step in any situation, once one has Willed an action, is to deal with the emotional aspects.  It is not enough to Will to do something – one actually has to do it!  This requires risk, and the understanding that there may be a price to pay for working one’s Will.  Therefore, one aspect of the Southwest is risk, or sacrifice.  In the Elemental sense, the combination of Fire and Water is steam.  This is the motivational force, the impetus to applying one’s Will, as it is the steam in a steam engine that provides the power for movement.  Steam can be seen as the power that resides in water.  Even the literal idea of firewater has to do with power in water, for ‘firewater’ is a slang term for alcohol.  Another term for alcohol is ‘spirits’ – again implying a power beyond the liquid of the alcohol.  Alcohol gets its ‘kick’ from that which resides in it – the power of the chemical reaction in the body.  It is often said that power resides in blood, therefore the power of ‘spirits,’ of ‘firewater,’ is blood.  The Southwest is thus Blood and Sacrifice.  Mythologically, this is the position of the act of Sacrificing – the Maenads Daring to tear Dionysus apart in a powerful, ecstatic, enactment of Will.

 North is the final Cardinal direction.  It is the eternal outward – toward the North Pole and toward the sky and the North Star. Yet it is also the Element of Earth – dirt and ground as the ‘outward’ part of the planet on which we live.  Earth is substance, form and solidity, that which we can readily hold and from which we can create.  It is the very ‘being-ness’ of the Elements, as Air is spirit, Fire is energy, and Water is emotion.  Earth can be likened to the primal body of all things.  In our understanding of Divine Contact, this is and must be Silence   One Knows, one Wills, one Dares, and then one is in communion (literally co-union, to join together) in being-ness with the Divine, and there is no need for words.  In fact, words get in the way.  Thus North is the place of Eternity, the point at which all things are One Thing, the point beyond separation.

 Northwest is between Water and Earth.  It is the clay of formation, the building-blocks of creation.  It is taking the Water of the West and giving it form.  This is the essence of magick, of shape-shifting.  Being opposite the Southeast, the Northwest is the return of fire and life back to the Gods, by using it wisely and well.  And between Daring and Silence is the understanding of Mystery,  that not all that is known can or should be told.  Therefore, the Northwest is the place of magick endeavor and of the teachings of the ways of Mystery, characterized by Form and Mystery.  Mythologically this is the place of the crossroads, of Hecate and the shamanic power.

 Northeast explores that which is between Earth and Air, between Silence and Knowledge.  Earth and Air is incense, or smoke, the ethereal essence, the setting of the stage for magickal rites and meditations.  It carries us to other states of consciousness, and therefore can be equated with journeys and traveling.  The phrase ‘smoke and mirrors’ refers to an illusion, but its origins are, as might be expected, in the realm of magick.  ‘Smoke and mirrors’ is the act of creating an entrance or gateway between the worlds, and relates directly to the Kabalistic pillars.  Between Silence and Knowledge is the point before beginnings.  This is pre-conscious, pre-thought, pre-anything.  It is all ideas, all potentials.  In Tarot, it would be the 0 Trump, the Fool, the Seeker.  The Northeast is the conception of the path, of journeys, of flight.  The Northeast is Smoke and Journeys.  In mythological terms, this would be the place where the World-Tree enters the world, and the place from which mortals can journey into its other realms.

Traveling

There is a place where witches go that is not a place. It is everywhere and nowhere, and it is there that past, present, and future meet. It has had many names over the centuries and in as many countries—Venusburg in Germany, Blockula in Sweden, Benevento in Italy, just to name a few.

It has been described in many ways, as well. In the case of the 15th century villages of Mohra and Elfdale, Sweden, Blockula, it is a “delicate large meadow, whereof you can see no end. The place or house they met at had before it a gate painted with divers colors; through this gate they went into a little meadow distinct from the other, where the beasts went that they used to ride on.”1 The beasts that they used to ride there were primarily goats, though the witches sometimes claimed to use men or poles to ride to Blockula as well.

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This Is The Dawning…

This Is The Dawning…

One of the tasks the Sorgae have been given is that of ‘turning the Age.’ In order to understand this charge, there are two things we have to understand: first, what is meant by ‘turning’ and second, what is meant by ‘the Age.’

‘Turning’ refers to the concept of using the magick of ritual to give energy to the universe in which we exist. Most Pagan and Wiccan paths have this concept regarding the seasonal round, the ‘Turning of the Wheel’ or yearly cycle. In a very real sense, Traditional paths teach that it is the rituals performed by witches that cause the seasons to change. To quote Terry Pratchett from his novel “Hogfather:”

(In answering a question from the character, Susan, who has saved the Hogfather, who we would call Santa Claus, Death says:)
“WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF YOU HADN’T SAVED HIM?”
(Susan:) “Yes! The sun would have risen just the same, yes?”
“NO.”
“Oh come on. You can’t expect me to believe that. It’s an astronomical fact.”
“THE SUN WOULD NOT HAVE RISEN.”
She turned on him.
“It’s been a long night, Grandfather! I’m tired and I need a bath! I don’t need silliness!”
“THE SUN WOULD NOT HAVE RISEN.”
“Really? Then what would have happened, pray?”
“A MERE BALL OF FLAMING GAS WOULD HAVE ILLUMINATED THE WORLD.”

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On Familiars

Familiars in Craft History

Due to our continuing search for answers regarding the nature of our contacts, we have delved into the lore of the Familiar in the Craft. What we have found is surprising. Besides the well-known and popular image of an animal Familiar, there are also recorded accounts of Human (or at least Human-appearing) Familiars. Also, there are numerous indications that the Familiar and the Fae are connected, and may even be different ways of expressing the same phenomenon. Here are a few brief passages which our research has turned up so far. We hope you find them stimulating.

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