A basic introduction of the deity
Abundance, also known as Time, is the Third God, and completes the trinity of the primal Powers. He is the mirror twin of Wildness, and serves as the second pole of duality. He is the force of abundance, fecundity, benevolence, horticulture, civilization, order, time – the tame, the domesticated, the controlled. As such, he is also a power of rulership, ascendance, of alchemy and wizardry. Where his brother is instinct and intuition, he is law and social order.
The Lord of Plenty takes the forms of humanity far more easily than his brother, and much of what we tend to value lies in his domain – safety, security, unity. Where the Wild Father calls us down into the past, into our roots, into our wildness, the Lord of Plenty calls us upward and forward to nobility, sacrality and vision – a conflicting pull echoed in the King of the Waters and the Lord of the Mountain. Across ancient Europe, he was the Bear-King, ruler of the most noble, sacred and mysterious creature in the cultural imagination of the time. He is the protecting and preserving force that ameliorates the harshness of his brother’s realm. But we must never forget that he is not entirely separate from his brother, and while his presence mutes the wildness of his twin, he is also made wild in turn.
Symbols and icons of this deity
Scales, hourglasses and other timepieces, fruit trees, wands, cornucopias, bears, tree branches, moss and lichen, bear figurines, wizard figurines, horticultural landscapes, bees.
A favorite myth or myths of this deity
Creation of humanity
At the beginning time, the worlds were created by the Divine Twins, the powers of earth and air and fire and water and spirit, and filled with all manner of life. And in the joining and unjoining of their strengths and powers, a figure was formed, of earth and fire, of water and air, living, but thoughtless and without spirit. The Spirit Twins, Dark and Light, Order and Chaos, came upon this figure, and wondered at it. Then, the Mother told them of its purpose, and showed them a vision, and the holy brothers fell in love with it. When they returned to the figure, they laid their hands upon it, and blessed it, and made love together and anointed it with their conjoined seed, and breathed a portion of their own spirit into it. And the figure shook, and the fire rose in her cheeks, and the water flowed through her limbs, and the air wove in and out between her lips, and the earth itself knitted her bones, and she Was, because she was filled with spirit. And they named her a child of the Mother, and of the Twins, and in turn, she herself gave birth to the children of the Twins, who arose and spread across the face of the earth.
And thus was humanity born – ever torn between light and darkness, unity and diversity, order and chaos, wild and tamed, for we carry each of us the power of the Dark Twin and the Light Twin.
Members of the family – genealogical connections
Mother – Night
Twin/Brother – Wild Father
Children – Air Twins and Water Twins (per SPG, progenitors of Abrahamic/Semitic and Hindu gods and spirits respectively); Wother, Ocean, Maker, Maiden of the Woods; Lord of the Mountains, King of the Waters, Holy Earth (adopted); Wandering Moon, Warming Sun; humanity (with the Lord of Plenty and Night)
Consort – Night, Witcher, Holy Earth, Lord of Plenty
Other related deities and entities associated with this deity
Lord of Plenty
The Weird Sisters
Lord of the Mountains
King of the Waters
Names and epithets
Lord of Peace, Lord of Time, God of the Orchard, Bear-King, Peace-Giver, Bountiful Giver, Wise Sage, Lord of Light, God of the Woods, Master of Magic, Grandfather Wisdom, Lord of Life, Master of Turning
Frodi, Math ap Mathonwy, Mathgen, Matunos, Voltumna/Vertumnus, Khronos/Chronus, Saturn, Mundilfari, Belobog, Porewit, Kerpyčius, Merlin, and the Blue Dove (one of Feri’s Divine Twins) are all extant Euro-American deities that can potentially work in this slot, for those pursuing specific cultures and mythologies.
A European (Finnish) deity that fits the slot, but should probably not be used due to appropriation/oppression issues, is Tapio.
Variations on this deity (aspects, regional forms, etc.)
There are three major aspects to this deity – the Giver of Abundance, the Wise Priest-King, and the Keeper of Time.
The Giver of Abundance is the jovial person who delights in giving, in the smiles and laughter of those cared about, and works to ensure that everyone has their needs met.
The Wise Priest-King is the embodiment of sacral kingship, the wise ruler who links the physical and spiritual in one person, and whose primary relationship is with the land and the people as a whole. He is a powerful magician, but his magic is controlled and directed by Will, focused on providing safety and security, peace and prosperity, as well as unity with the greater pattern.
The Keeper of Time is the face of order, of law and stricture, of measures and scales. This is the Civilizing God, and he tends to manifest in this aspect as a man of great age and insight, stern and high-minded, expecting nothing less than our best and most noble selves.
Common mistakes about this deity
I am unaware of any at this time.
Festivals, days, and times sacred to this deity
All feasts and festival times
Feast of the Fathers
Feast of Yule/High Winter
Feast of Peace
Feast of the New Year
Festival of Reciprocity
Dawn to dusk
Any mundane practices that are associated with this deity?
Bee-keeping and other horticultural skills
Spending time with and among the elderly
Learning new things
Practicing organizational skills
Giving to others/charity
How does this deity relate to other gods and other pantheons?
How does this deity stand in terms of gender and sexuality?
He is the abundant and fierce compassion of masculinity, and the male gender descends through his union with his brother. He and his twin are multisexual, as they ritually join in union with each other, and with their Mother, as well as with other Powers. And as they represent polarity, they actually contain within themselves all genders, and can present as male/male, male/female, female/female, male/other, female/other, or other/other.
What quality or qualities of this god do you most admire? What quality or qualities of them do you find the most troubling?
I admire Abundance’s generosity, deep compassion, and desire to bring joy and pleasure to those in need. I also admire, though find it hard to practice at times, the commitment to idealism and being the absolute best one can be, as well as the great wisdom and courage that comes with it.
Art that reminds you of this deity
Music that makes you think of this deity
Folk songs, particularly those concerning planting and harvesting
Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book, Dead Can Dance
Only Time, Enya
Wisdom Work, Byron Metcalf
King of the Sacred Grove, Adiemus
Math Was a Wizard, Adiemus
Good King Joy, Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Druids in the Glen, Dagda
The Primal Gods, Dagda
Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age, Gustav Holst
A quote, a poem, or piece of writing that you think this deity resonates strongly with
Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live. – Pete Seeger
Even after all this time,
The sun never says to the earth,
‘You owe me.’
Look what happens with
A love like that.
It lights the whole sky. – Hafiz
I am not and never will be perfect. I am not always as honest, respectful, responsible, fair or as kind as I should be. All I can do is what I should do: strive every day, with every decision to be the best person I can be. I don’t expect to be perfect but I know I can be better. – Michael Josephson
I tell you the truth, a man may not make himself king; only the blessing of him who holds the kingship can elevate a man to that high place. For sovereignty is a sacred trust that may not be bartered or sold; still less may it be stolen or taken by force. – Stephen Lawhead
Never say that you can’t do something, or that something seems impossible, or that something can’t be done, no matter how discouraging or harrowing it may be; human beings are limited only by what we allow ourselves to be limited by: our own minds. We are each the masters of our own reality; when we become self-aware to this: absolutely anything in the world is possible.
Master yourself, and become king of the world around you. Let no odds, chastisement, exile, doubt, fear, or ANY mental virii prevent you from accomplishing your dreams. Never be a victim of life; be it’s conqueror. – Mike Norton
The people of today have no nobility. They do not even know what it means to be noble of heart. There is no strength of character; there is only emotion. We live in a worldwide society of emotion-based actions, emotion-based thinking, emotion-based words. People do things because they feel like it, they think things ruled by their emotions to think it and they say things because in that moment it’s what they are feeling. Character does, thinks and says from a place of core identity and truth. “This is my truth, thus I will do it, think it, speak it.” Nobility means strength of character, a word of honor, immovability and mind over matter. The feelings and emotions of a noble person do not merely come and go with the tides; they are there in the first place because they wouldn’t have been there if it were not already decided upon. That is nobility. – C. Joybell C.
Any suggestions for others just starting to learn about this deity?
Plant trees, brew mead, bake bread, do something kind for one’s elders, keep honeybees, learn a magical discipline, grow a garden, tell a story, listen to a story told by an elderly person, be mindful of how you use your time, seek the higher self.