According to wicca, gods and goddesses are very important. When you ask them for help to protect you or to give you some kind of information or guidance, it is important that you have some kind of offering to give them. This is one of the best ways that you can get their attention.
You should offer your gods or goddesses something that makes them see that you are thankful for their help and that you are loyal to them. These are things that you might decide to give when you are doing a spell or a ritual to show your appreciation. Here are some things you need to remember when giving them offerings:
- What kinds of things does the god or goddess like?
- What are you wanting to show appreciation for?
- How often should you give them something?
- What materials will you use to build your altar?
- How often should you build up the altar?
Types of Offerings
There are different kinds of offerings that people can give to the gods or goddesses. There are also different ways that the offerings can be given.
Most of the time, offerings are given in the form of something to eat or something to drink. Other kinds of offerings can be something that you own such as a piece of jewelry or other nice things. In some rituals or spells, there are gods or goddesses that want you to masturbate or do sex as an offering to them, especially fertility deities.
What Do Gods or Goddesses Like?
You need to know what kind of deity that you are trying to give an offering for before you know what you should give them. After you understand your god or goddess, you will know what kind of gift that they will accept form you.
You don’t want to send the wrong gift to the wrong god or else they might not pay attention to your request or help you.
You should always look online at the different things that the gods and goddesses like and find to be important before you ever offer them a gift. Make sure that you are getting the right information through searching and even asking someone that might know. Here are some of the gifts that the gods and goddesses might like:
Deity of the Home
- Food: Bread, salt, oil, grains.
- Drink: Apple cider, milk, or wine.
- Herbs: Thyme or Rosemary.
Deity of Love
- Food: Apples, eggs, or honey.
- Drink: Fruit juice or wine.
- Herbs: Sandalwood or Lavender.
Deity of Nature
- Food: Fruit, cornmeal, or bread.
- Drink: Water or milk.
- Herbs: Bay.
Deity of Prosperity
- Food: Dairy, milk, eggs, cheese, or grains.
- Drink: Beer or milk.
- Herbs: Catnip, mint, or pennyroyal.
- Food: A family meal that you prepared.
- Drink: A drink that was given at your table.
- Herbs: Sweetgrass or sage.
Fertility or Childbirth
- Food: Sweets or eggs.
- Drink: Breast milk or milk.
- Herbs: Apple blossoms, sandalwood or rose.
There are different things that are great to give to the gods or goddesses especially:
- Alcoholic beverages.
When to Give Offerings
You should give your offerings when you do a ritual. You should do this at certain times such as the moon phases and if you do a ritual each month. You can offer these things anytime that you want though.
When Doing an Offering Ritual
When you do an offering ritual, the best thing that you can do is to use a tortilla wrap. This should be used to set your offering on. You should especially use this when you put your offering outside.
Light a candle or ask the god or goddess to come to you before you do your ritual. Speak to them out loud or silently and tell them that you want to give them something and ask them to accept it from you. Put it on the altar or put it where you feel it needs to go.
After you do the offering, make sure that you meditate and do this for as long as you want to and then dismiss the god or goddess by speaking calmly and softly. You can keep your offering for as long at the altar as you want as long as no pet will eat it.
When Something Doesn’t Seem Right
There is a time that you should make an offering when doing a ritual. If you don’t get a response, then something might be wrong. The response can take up to three months to come. If this happens, stop for a while, and then go out in nature and spend some time. This might be the place that your god or goddess is. Once you feel that the time is right again, offer your offering again.
Be creative in how you give the offering to the gods or goddesses. Remember that this is about setting good intentions and being kind to the gods and goddesses and thankful for their help. It isn’t hard to give your deities offerings and you should do this ritual when you want to show your care and thankfulness.