The Goddess at Samhain is the crone. This can be the Cailleach, Hecate, Lilith, Morrigan, Baba Yaga, Carlin, Crobh Dearg, Frida, Pamona, Psyche, and Hel. She is the serpent Goddess and Queen of the Underworld. She is the wise one, that teaches us wisdom and encourages us to let go. Growing older can mean losing something, it can also means gaining something as well. The crone is there to say us that it is good to let go. By letting go of something, we are making room for something new to take its place. So we must let the previous year die for the new year to be created. The time between Samhain and Yule, is the waiting time, we do not yet know what the new year is going to bring, but we plan, hope and dream anyway. Some people use this waiting period knitting blankets to give to the elderly at Yule.
The God at this time is the Horned God, like the stag whose horns are fully developed. In times gone by, when people relied on hunting for food, the Horned God was important to honour as he was Lord of the hunt, and represented the animal that is sacrificed so we can eat. While most of us either buy meat for the store, or are vegetarians, the Horned God still represents that life is a gift given to us by others. As all food is a gift of life and all of it is sacred. So we should always treat food with respect. One of the ways to do this is to take a few moment before eating to think about how the food came onto your plate, to give thanks to the plants and animals and those that were involved in bring the food to our plate.