In Wicca, connecting with deities properly is very important. If you want the protection, guidance and help form your deities, it really helps to give them something in return that will please them.
And the best way to get their attention is by doing offerings.
To offer something to a deity is to show and profess loyalty, gratitude and love. These are usually given in rituals.
But in doing so, you must remember the following:
- What does my deity want and appreciate?
- How and how often do I have to make offerings?
- What materials will I use on my altar?
- How frequently do I have to do it?
KINDS OF OFFERING
Offerings come in many, many ways. The way spirits, gods and goddesses reply varies, either by your method or form of offering.
Normally, offerings are given by form of food and drink, but some offerings also come as your most valued possession, such as jewelries. However, some offerings come in unique ways. For example, there are fertility god/goddess who appreciates seeing you in pleasure, which is why masturbating or engaging in sex can also serve as an effective offering.
WHAT DEITIES LIKE
Listen. It’s really, really important that you understand your deity.
When offering, you have to understand first what your deity is like, what he/she represents, what kind of gift will suit them and what they surely would accept. Surely it would not be correct when you offer flowers to a war god, right? In offering something to a deity, you have to really pay attention and be alert with your senses.
Searching online about your deity is absolutely helpful for you to know what to offer. Making research and asking for friends also really, really helps.
Here is a list of offerings with their specific god/goddess type that might be useful for you:
Gods/Goddesses of Hearth and Home:
- Food: Bread and grains, cooking oil, salt
- Drink: Milk, wine, cider
- Herbs: Rosemary, thyme
Gods/Goddesses of Love and Passion:
- Food: Eggs, honey, apples
- Drink: Wine, fruit juice
- Herbs: Lavender, sandalwood
Gods/Goddesses of Nature:
- Food: Bread, cornmeal, fruit
- Drink: Milk, water
- Herbs: Bay
Gods/Goddesses of Prosperity and Abundance:
- Food: Grains, dairy products like cheese or eggs
- Drink: Milk, beer
- Herbs: Mint, pennyroyal, catnip
Spirits of Ancesters
- Food: Any meal from your family’s table
- Drink: Drinks from the family table
- Herbs: Sage, sweetgrass
Childbirth or Fertility Goddess:
- Food: Eggs, baked sweets like cookies
- Drink: Milk (including breast milk)
- Herbs: Rose, sandalwood, apple blossoms
Here are some of the items that pleases all gods and goddesses: fresh fruit and vegetables (especially homegrown), grain (cereal or bread), apples, honey, fruit juice, wine, beer, mead, any alcoholic beverage that could be found natively wherever your deity comes from.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GIVE OFFERINGS?
The most effective way of offering to the gods is when you do it regularly (like I said, in every ritual). But some of them also follow a certain phase of time, like when your deity is associated with a certain phase of the moon, and you have to follow the particular phase each month. Though, you can also offer them whenever you feel the need to.
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WHAT TO CONSIDER DURING THE OFFERING RITUAL
If your offering is food, using a tortilla wrap as a plate (though you can use an actual plate) can be helpful especially when your offering is needed to be placed outside after the ritual.
Always invoke your deity, either by lighting a candle or calling them through a prayer.
In the moment of offering, speak to your deity, silently or loudly. Tell them why you are giving them something, and ask them to accept it. Rest it on your altar, or in front of you. You can also do the “pleasure offering” at this moment.
After the offering, meditate. Do this for as long as you want.
In dismissing your deity, speak in a less demanding voice.
You may keep your offering in your altar for as long as you like, or as long as it’s not disturbed or eaten by a pet.
IF SOMETHING SEEMS WRONG
Time is very crucial in every ritual. If your deity doesn’t respond, usually within one to three months, wait and stop for a while. Spend some time in nature, especially in a place where your deity may rest. When you feel like it’s the perfect moment that you redo your offerings, then do so.
Finally, always think creatively! There are numerous ways you can serve your deity something. Just remember, at the end of the day, it’s always about your good intentions and genuine goal.
That’s it! Offering to your deities isn’t really that difficult. You just have to really remember these things to do the correct offering ritual!
Are there some offering experiences you’d like to share? Share them in the comments below! 🙂