So, you’ve chosen to walk the Wicca path and to worship the Goddess and God, but how do you begin this path? This is a question that many beginners ask. Remember that this is a guide and not holy writ. The first thing you need to understand is that you will need to make a commitment to take time out of your busy day to spend time with the Goddess and God. No, I’m not talking about hours of your time, but I am talking about fifteen minutes each morning and each evening. Surely, you can find thirty minutes out of your day for the Goddess and God. This doesn’t include the time that you will need to put in to study your new path as well as the Deities and you will also need to put aside a bit of time for meditation. Walking the Wicca path, or any Pagan path, isn’t something you do only when it’s convenient for you. You will be expected to make the time for it. However, as time goes on you will find it easier to do. Yes, it’s a personal spiritual path and you will practice it as you feel you should, but it needs to be taken seriously. Of course, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy it too and have some fun, but this should be something you take to the deepest part of your soul. There is more to it than dressing up in black and wearing pentacles or playing with stones; most Wicca dress just like everyone else. So, let’s start with the first steps a beginner should take.
Worshiping the Goddess and God shouldn’t be all that difficult to do, and it isn’t. I suggest that you start your worship with daily devotions. This doesn’t take up a lot of time, maybe about fifteen minutes, but it does take some concentration on your part. So, in the morning when you first wake up you can do your morning devotion to the God. Why to only the God? Well the Sun is the symbol of the God and so you should welcome Him and devote a bit of time to Him to absorb His wisdom and give thanks for the day. It can be quite simple. For me, I just light a tea light candle, yellow when I have them, and sometimes I light incense, then I face the Sun. Yes, I’m indoors so sometimes I’m just facing East. While I face the Sun I consider all that the God gives to me. I keep my mind open to what He might have to say to me that day and I consider all that He has given me and give thanks for them. Also, though this devotion is best done in the morning, if you are a person who for some reason doesn’t rise till noon or later, then face the Sun where it is and do your devotion then. Now, if you don’t have any candles or incense or can’t light them for any reason then don’t worry about it. It’s the act of doing your devotion to the God that counts. I just like to make a production of it when I can. It helps me concentrate on what I am about to do.
Now for your nightly devotion to the Goddess; again, this doesn’t have to take up more than about fifteen minutes of your time. This devotion takes place at Moon rise or for some midnight. The point is to do this devotion once the Moon has risen. Why the Moon? Well, the Moon is the symbol of the Goddess. Specifically, She is worshiped in all of her phases; more on the phases of the Moon later. So, you do your devotion to the Goddess in much the same way as you did to the God. In this case I face the Moon, then I light a tealight candle, white works great, and an incense and then I spend time contemplating the Goddess and giving thanks. Consider all that She gives you in this life while you give thanks. Again, don’t worry if you are unable to light a candle or incense. Your devotion to the Goddess is what is needed, just like your devotion to the God.
Now for some information about the phases of the Moon; first is the New Moon. This is the Moon when you see only just a sliver of it after it has been totally dark the night or so ago. Yes, I know that your calendar tells you that the New Moon is the night when the Moon is totally dark, but this is a misconception. Then there is the Waxing Moon. This is the time when the Moon is growing between the New Moon and the Full Moon. Next is the Full Moon. Of course, everyone knows this one. But the Full Moon is recognized as lasting three nights; the night before the actual Full Moon, the night of the Full Moon and the night after the Full Moon. Now next is the Waning Moon. This is the time, between the Full Moon and the Dark Moon, when the Moon is shrinking in visibility. And last is the Dark Moon or Dark of the Moon. This is the time when the Moon is not visible to the naked eye. Some call this the Moon’s natural state as when you see the Moon you are actually seeing the Sun’s light reflecting off the Moon. The Moon has no natural light of its own.
The Goddess is usually visualized as having the three basic phases of a woman’s life. The Maiden, The Mother, and The Crone. These three aspects of the Goddess are also connected to the phases of the Moon and the seasons of the year. The Maiden is connected with the New Moon and Spring. The Mother is connected with the Full Moon and Summer. And The Crone is connected with the Dark Moon and late Autumn and Winter.
The God is sometimes visualized as growing older as the year progresses and is connected to the seasons of the year. He is born at Yule, or Winter Solstice. At Ostara, He is seen as being a young man reaching his sexual maturity at Beltane. Then He is seen as a mature man at Litha and finally dying at Samhain.
Using this information and what you can find out on your own, you can then start your worship in a serious manner. Yes, there are different Gods and Goddesses in various pantheons that you will probably decide to worship. You will probably choose a patron god and/or goddess. But you shouldn’t just jump into that without doing a bit of study of the Deity you think you might worship. Many beginners don’t know which pantheon or Deity they wish to worship. There are so many to choose from. So, the guide I offer you here is a great way to get started. Once you have chosen your pantheon and/or Deity, then you can adjust your daily devotions accordingly. Just remember that Wicca is a personal spiritual experience and you will find yourself growing spiritually and in some cases practicing your path as you choose to practice it, not necessarily how someone else practice it. As I have said before in other articles, this is a guide and not something that is set in stone. Use it as you see fit, but remember that Wicca is to be taken seriously as a daily path and not as a convenience. Have fun with it, but remember to study and most importantly, remember the Goddess and God daily.