When I first discovered the 30 Days meme, I saw it was to research, write, and discover about a deity in your practice. When I really thought about it, however, I acknowledged the fact that I do not have deities within my practice.
I view deities the same way I view Santa Claus. Yes, Santa is real. He exists in the kindness of humanity.
So, despite not worshipping any deities, the following figures are noteworthy in my practice.
Danu- she is mother of all the Irish, the Tuatha-De-Danann. While my heritage is a huge mish-mash (I am the epitome of the melting pot) I claim Irish as my main heritage. My daughter has specifically chosen first and middle names of Celtic origin.
She is also renowned for nursing Godlets. I sought a lot of strength from her in the early stages of breastfeeding my daughter.
Demeter and Persephone- mother and daughter goddesses of Greek origin. Persephone spends half of the year with the living and half of the year in the underworld. It is Persephone’s transitions which allows Demeter, the earth goddess of fertility of plant and animal life, to change the seasons. When Persephone rejoins her mother, the trees begin to bud and flowers begin to bloom. The more time they spend together, the more alive and ravishing the earth becomes. When it is time for Persephone to depart, the flowers begin to die and the leaves change and fall off the trees. The longer she is away, the more dead and desolate the earth becomes as Demeter mourns her daughter. This myth of a mother’s love is a beautiful way to explain the natural phenomenon of the seasons.
Mostly, I look to the Norse pantheon for myths of everyday life. Why does it thunder and lightning? Thor is battling Jotuns again!
While I don’t worship anything in the traditional sense, I do revere the Earth. I care for the planet to the best of my ability and I encourage others to do the same. Despite not outright worshipping her, Mother Nature is the closest to a patron goddess I have.
The Moon would come in close second, as she rules the tides- the water of life and the life waters of all creatures. With the Moon would come the Sun- the heat and light which make life on our little blue marble possible.