As the Old Ways are animistic (the numinous life-force exists within everything – see ‘World View‘) everything is seen as sacred and entitled to veneration. Everything is regarded with reverence; plants, animals, trees, rocks, the Earth Herself and all her places.
Where a particular facet (Mountain, River, Spring etc.) of the natural world displays a special or unique energy this energy may then be viewed as a God or Goddess. These facets have an inherent nature or essence that makes them distinctive – they have quiddity.
Within the Old Ways attributing Deity status isn’t limited to just geographical features of the landscape. When the whole world is sacred, anything within that world that demands a particular attention; that causes a feeling of awe and wonder and thereby engenders an attitude of reverence toward it, is worthy of the status of having a Deity ascribed to it. This does not necessarily mean that the thing itself is an ACTUAL Deity, it means that that quality is regarded as BELONGING to it. So the mountain itself is not a God/Goddess but the quality of God/Goddess BELONGS to the mountain – there is a subtle difference.