Hi. My name is Phyllis Curott and I am an Wiccan priestess and the founder of the tradition of Ara. And who is the Wiccan god? Well, there is no single Wiccan god. Just as there is sort of a great goddess. There is a great god. There is a unifying, masculine, divine masculine principle in the universe. And it ranges, just as the divine feminine principle, the great goddess ranges, from the warrior to the wise one. So the masculine covers a complete range from qualities that might traditionally be western tradition, be considered to be very feminine to very masculine qualities. The full range, the full spectrum.
The wonderful thing, I think, about the god and the gods in Wiccan and Pagan and all the traditions that are coming up under the great umbrella of contemporary paganism is that you don't just have one idea. You don't just have a father god or the son. You have, you have a god who dances. You have a god who laughs. You have a sexual god. You have a very heterosexual god and you have a homosexual god. You have a god who is playful and you have gods who are warriors. There are gods of agriculture, field and forest.
One of the most ancient depictions of the European masculine divine principle is the body of a man and he's wearing this phenomenal set of antlers, like the stag, which you find in the Celtic and the British traditions with Kerneos and Hern, this Apos, the bull. So you have, and Dionysus who is represented as part man and part bull. It's this idea of the union of the human and the animal. We are animals but there's, you know, the range of animals.
And one reason that there is a confusion, one reason that many people don't understand, that there is no Satan in Wicca, in the old religions is because the one of the depictions of god, of the male principle in the indigenous traditions were there part man, part animal figures who had antlers or bull horns or goat horns. You had satyrs and in fact who were healers who had the bottom half of the body, the leg, was the leg of a goat and had the horns of a goat. And it was the representation of the fertility principle as embodied in the masculine side. And that came to be appropriated, misappropriated by the church and used as a depiction of Satan. But there's no Satan in the old religions, in the indigenous traditions of Europe and the Middle East. Belongs to the Biblical faiths, the Abrahamic faiths.