Archetypal Polytheism 

Wiccan Contributions

October 30, 2015 / by Todd

While this site is intended primarily for exploration of devotional Polytheism with a foundation in depth psychology and the majority of Wiccan traditions tend to be expressions of monism, monotheistic Goddess worship, or duotheism, a number of prominent writers in the tradition have articulated and defended an archetypalist position as regards Deities and other non-corporeal objects of worship.

What the great psychologist Jung, discovered by painstaking research and observation, the poet before him had known intuitivelyThe gods and goddesses are personifications of the powers of nature; or perhaps one should say, of supernature, the powers, which govern and bring forth the life of our world, both manifest and hiddenMoreover, when such a magical image has been built up and strengthened over the course of centuries by worship and ritual, it becomes powerful in itself, because it becomes ensouled by that which it personified

Doreen Valiente, Witchcraft for Tomorrow

The working power of the Craft arises from the emotions, from the vast deep of the Collective Unconscious as described by Jung. The Gods and Goddesses of Witchcraft draw their forms from the numinous Archetypes…

Janet and Stewart Farrar, The Witches’ Way

Jung‘s emphasis on the collective unconscious becomes particularly important in what might be termed Wicca‘s “adolescence‘…If Gardner‘s claims of a direct and unbroken line of Wiccan transmission from antiquity to the present are disproven, this matters less if the claims are still symbolically true…Jung‘s ideas enable Wiccans to see symbolic truth in the idea that they are inheritors of and transmitters in contemporary society of an ancient tradition “stored” as it were in the collective unconscious awaiting the insight of initiates to reawaken it…

Vivianne Crowley, “Carl Jung and the Development of Contemporary Paganism” at


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