Bruhdelaire wrote:We mostly know that Paganism work under a generalisation of binary couples. We have our Gods and Goddesses, Sun and Moon, and Elements/Cardinal points that work well with and against each other - amongst many other associations. The main idea is that there is balance, there is union in everything we see, from nature to spiritual signs of all kind.
Ancient paganism really didn't often have such a focus on worship of binary couples as modern Wicca and some other modern pagan groups do. Not that it didn't exist at all, worship of a male-female pair, just that it was one aspect out of many focuses that existed. I mean, there were many male-female deity pairs who were married, but they were not always worshiped together in every ritual. Like, Zeus and Hera, they had their own separate temples, rites, holidays etc, to be done.
Triads were a big thing in many cultures. Egypt had many mother, father, child triads. Or people worshiped single deities. A pair of deities both female, or both male. A group of deities with a particular focus (the mysteries of Demeter, with Persephone, Hekate, and other deities, all worshiped together). There was sun and moon, but also stars, planets, and of course earthly additions - the sea, land, sky triad that is popular. The three worlds, lower, middle, upper (or, nine worlds), and so on. There are deities that are queer (Apollo comes to mind, he had a lot of lovers, and some were men). There are deities that are neither or both male/female, such as the Greek creator deity, Phanes.
In practicing my own, non-Wiccan solitary path, it's been pretty freeing to cut out a lot of aspects of modern witchcraft that are popular with others, but just don't work for me. Some traditions divide everything down masculine and feminine lines. It works for some people. It doesn't work for me. I just... don't see the point in it. So? I just don't do it. There are some traditions out there that don't ever focus on anything other than a male-female deity pairing. Again, works for a lot of people. But, for some of us, it gets tiring never seeing our own love and relationships represented on the more cosmic scale. When I look at symbolism, instead of say focusing on sun/moon light/dark, etc, I tend to look more to triads, or groups of six.
This isn't a knock on Wicca, but there's much more to witchcraft and paganism than what's found within Wicca. (And, frankly, there is more to Wicca that what most books on Wicca include...) Wicca is just one tradition out of many. Works for a lot of people, again, not knocking it, but digging into other traditions that are out there, there's a ton of symbolism in many different forms that one can work with.
I sing of you, blessed, night-winged Dream, Messenger of things to come, greatest prophet to mortals, in the quiet of sweet sleep you come silently and speak to the soul.