South

PaganGreen Paganism and Witchcraft

The Southern Airt is the Gate of Stone. This is the place of noon, when the sun is highest in the sky and
everything is at its most lively. The warmth of day has released the fragrances of the plants, and on days that are
warm enough, the loamy scent of the earth itself is carried on the air.
The deities who guard this gate will be closely associated with nature. Earth Mother Goddesses are appropriate
here, especially those who invoke the rich musk and fertility of the soil. Modron from the Welsh pantheon, or
Gaia for a more generic touch, fits the bill perfectly here.
The male deities are often more oriented toward animals rather than plants — still wild and untamed, but ready
to run with the herd, and rut. Herne and Pan, or their more “civilized” brother Cernunnos, are apt guardians here.
We work with Herne here, more British than Welsh, though Gwyn ap Nudd would not be inappropriate.