3 Myths About The Gods Sometimes Told To New Witches – Alan Fuller | The Shaman Witch

3 Myths About The Gods Sometimes Told To New Witches

Long, long ago, in a land far, far away, I was trained in a Coven. Most of my readers know that already, right?

The fact is: I love Covens. There’s a special something that working in a Coven – an actual one, that is more fam than your actual blood kin – brings to the table. Call it “extra oomph,” if you want. Or attribute it to being more social and spiritual, than religious. Whatever the case, I like it better than always working as a Solitary.

But, when you’re trained in a Coven, sometimes people tell you things that aren’t true. Sometimes it’s inadvertent – they’re passing on lies that they were told in their own training. And sometimes, it’s deliberate – like they’re testing you.

Either way, here are (what I think are) the 3 most common myths about Gods and Goddesses that new Coveners get fed.

Myth #1: You have to work with Goddesses and Gods of your Ancestry.

Nope, you don’t. Just because your bloodline might run Irish, doesn’t mean you have to worship or honor Irish deities. On a deep, inner level, just because you have that bloodline doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to resonate with the values of that specific pre-Christian culture.

That goes for every culture and bloodline on the face of the planet, including the Abrahamic religions. Just because your parents or your grandparents were Baptists, doesn’t mean that the Baptist faith is good for you. (Just keeping it 100.)

Or, just because your Ancestors were from the Ukraine doesn’t mean that you’ll fit with the Ukrainian Baba Yaga.

Myth #2: Deities are just bigger spirits who have a set of assigned tasks.

No, they really don’t. I know that, thanks to the Greek culture, we now have a tendency to categorize our Gods and Goddesses. Aphrodite, for example, is a Goddess of love, beauty, and sensuality. Mars, on the other hand, is a God of war. And you can completely forget about categorizing Loki as the fun-loving, trickster, Magician card of the Tarot. He’s having none of it.

Instead of categorizing our deities in such tiny boxes, how about getting to know their personalities a bit? How about putting them in groups of archetypes that not only make sense, but also allow them to expand in a healthy way in our consciousness?

Myth #3: You can work with any Goddess or God you want to.

No, you really can’t. You can try, for sure, but there are entities who will say, “Nope, no thanks.” Or they’ll smack you across the face and send you on your merry way.

Contrary to popular belief, Gods and Goddesses can – and will – say “No,” when you ask to work with them. But you don’t have to be disappointed or discouraged. Just give them a good old fashioned, “Okay, thanks for your time, and a fine farewell to you.” And then check with the next Deity.

If you’re one of the leaders of a Coven, please stop telling your people this crap.

I love Coven work. And I’ll continue to work with my Coven until I’m dead, or they all give up and abandon my old ass, whichever comes first.

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Coven Work, Modern Paganism


  1. YES! I think that this can be said even to those who are not being trained in a Coven. I’ve been around other Witch groups who have said the same things to new Witches asking for advice … I’m going to share this on my facebook page. Thanks for sharing this information on your blog.

    Much love and many blessings!

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