Go through as many Pagan books as you’d like. Most Pagan cultures, honor the ‘patron’ of that land in whatever form it will take (depending on incoming peoples). I’ve been a huge practitioner of this. I honored many Gods in different lands, because it’s ‘their’ land.
So, I’ve been tossing the idea around – Is there a patron of the United States? I’ve been delving deeply into American folklore – and found Liberty, and Columbia.
If there is a patron, it’d be in my best interest as a spirit worker to honor them – but… I’m not sure.
Columbia, is the name given as a nickname for America. It’s been the name given to many American places, institutions, companies… The name means “Land of Columbus,” and it first appeared as a name in 1738. This name occurs in several places through the Revolution.
I have found statues, plaques, poetry, and those who actually might have worshiped this Columbia. Apparently She’s a patron worshiped in private groups, and secret societies.
Libertas, is a Roman Goddess that is the embodiment of liberty. Her image has been the ‘head’s up’ side of the coin up until the 20th century. She’s a Goddess that liberated slaves, gave the voiceless voice, etc. She wore the pileus, also associated with freedom. The statue in New York is Her personified.
Some say they’re the same. Anyone? Thoughts?
If I were to honor Her, it wouldn’t be in typical worship. It’d be separate, as an honoring of the Goddess who looks after Her land and people. Many other nations have their Matrons/Patrons – are we any different? Anyone else take a gander at this? Work with either?
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