Saying Hello: Greetings to the Deities
Updated: Sep 29, 2020
Hello, friends and Witches! My name is A.L. Child and I am an editor and author here at The Thriving At Home Witch. I, like Kristy, am a practicing Witch and Wiccan, though newer to the Art by a fair amount. I primarily work with the Celtic Goddess Morrigan; Goddess of war, fate, and change; and Oghma; God of lore, knowledge, and craftiness. I wanted to introduce myself before we dive into an integral part of the Art: saying hello.
Greetings are important to every act of worship, whether you realize it or not. The wording is important, as you don’t want to be disrespectful to a particularly powerful deity or spirit. You wouldn’t address the Queen of England with “my dude,” would you?
The same goes for the Deities we worship. Introductions evolve over time, but first impressions are important. Do your research on the spirit or deity you want to contact, but it doesn’t need to be intense. Understand who you’re talking to and make your assessment from there. Make yourself comfortable with any incense, prayer beads, crystals, or other implements related to your conversation. From there, reach out with a meditative mind and soul, and make contact.
These greetings don’t need to be spoken aloud either, or even in your native language! My first contact with Oghma was entirely silent and scribed, which was cumbersome and tiring after a while. I quickly realized that They* responded with eagerness to American Sign Language, so I pray to Them completely in sign language. Morrigan is more direct and enjoys when I speak aloud. It’s amusing to Her when I speak in broken Irish Gaelic, but She encourages it nonetheless.
My relationship is more relaxed with Morrigan because that’s Her nature to be chaotic and assertive with emotion. I would never speak to Oghma the same way, nor would I sign to Morrigan in the semi-professional manner I do with Oghma. It’s a balance for all those who contact their spirits and deities, and I encourage you to explore those conversations and experiment.
* I refer to Oghma with They/He pronouns, as that’s how I see Them presented. In traditional stories, They are addressed with He/Him pronouns.