The Divine Balance
Part 3 of the Spellcasting for Beginners Series
This post focuses on understanding two main types of energies you will work with. The elements, celestial bodies, and deities to incorporate into a spell should be aligned with the practitioner’s experience of these energies.
In my practice I refer to them as the Divine Feminine and Masculine.
Note: For some, this concept may feel overly gendered. If you like, change the names of the two energies to whatever nomenclature you feel fits your practice. You could use the yin yang nomenclature, or refer to the energies as “night” and “day”.
two opposing energies, in harmony
These energies can be represented by the yin yang symbol, or the spelling of magick and the Star of David.
The divine feminine, or yin energy, is characterized as:
slow, soft, yielding, diffuse, cold, wet, and passive.
It’s associated with water, earth, the moon, femininity, and night time.
Lying on a bed of moss in a forest clearing, one looks up at the stars. All around the world is teaming with life, but the sounds + movements are more subtle, as most of the animals stay hidden in the dark. Yet those sounds could be coming from anywhere, and you can feel creatures of the night watching you…
The divine masculine, or yang energy, is in contrast to this.
It’s fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, and active.
It’s associated with fire, sky, the sun, masculinity and daytime.
Exposed in broad daylight, the forest is filled with fast-paced activity. You make a path towards your destination on hard packed dirt and rocky terrain, focused on tasks you set out to do.
In some styles of paganism + Wicca these two energies may be refereed to as the Triple Goddess and the Lord of Dance.
The Triple Goddess
Her yin energy is represented by the moon in its three main stages: waxing, full, and waning.
- having control over one’s own body (whether represented by chastity or sexual escapades)
- asserting independence (often there’s a mythology about their choice to depart from the parents)
- valuing one’s beauty
- predatory hunts + accumulation of skills
- an ocean tide rising
- growing into ones’ sense of self
- the young woman
Full moons are associated with mother earth and motherly goddesses. Some include Gaia, Demeter, Dea Matres, Isis, and Mary. They represent:
- a high tide at sea
- accumulated wisdom
- deep + expansive growth
- guiding others to light
- full autonomy
- birth + life giving
- cultivation of animals and plants
- responsibility for charges under one’s care
- the adult woman
Waning moons are associated with the Crone. Some crones from mythology include: Baba Yaga, the Cailleach, and Banshees. They represent:
- the passage of time + aging
- understandable jealousies
- letting go
- a balance of wisdom and bitterness
- a tide going out
- the elder woman
The Lord of Dance
His yang energy is represented by the sun and light. Some examples of gods include Apollo, Zeus, and Thor.
So how do these energies create magic?
As we discussed, magick occurs at the intersection of thought and form. Form is designed from the desire for something.
First and foremast, gratitude towards both types of energy improves your experience of them in the future. Spend time giving thanks for the richness of experience before casting.
Additionally, at the intersections of yin and yang, the apex and vortex triangles of the Star of David, and the divine feminine and masculine energies, we find the four elements:
Air (pinnacle of yang), Earth (pinnacle of yin), with fire, water, and metals at the other points (when the two energies are mixed together).
When our internal experience of feminine + masculine energies is aligned in a particular way, working with certain elements will be more powerful during a spell.
For example, I have an easier time working with Earth and Water recently, as I’ve fallen far out of touch with my masculine side.
I’ve accidentally burned myself, spells cast during the daytime have failed (a new experience for me), and it’s been difficult to read/focus/manifest.
However, spells done near water with lunar deities have been extremely powerful for me lately. Spells done at night have yielded better results as well.
Reflecting on how you’ve been connected to the different types of feminine and masculine energy can help you determine how, where, and when to cast.