PC Pagan Spirit: Dean Winchester
Dean Winchester was born on January 24, 1979 to John and Mary Winchester in Lawrence, Kansas. He was their first child, four years older than his brother, Sam. He is named after his maternal grandmother, Deanna Campbell. On November 2, 1983, Mary was killed in Sam’s nursery by the demon Azazel, and in the ensuing fire Dean was tasked with carrying Sam out to safety while John unsuccessfully tried to rescue Mary. Since then, Dean has felt responsible for Sam and was always given the job to take care of him while they were growing up.
John began investigating the cause of Mary’s death and in that course learned about the supernatural and the people who hunted them. John became a hunter himself, and trained Dean to be one as well, though both hid the supernatural from Sam until he was 8 years old. The Winchesters constantly moved around the country, living in motels and the homes of John’s hunter friends. Dean had a large hand in raising Sam due to John’s constantly being away to hunt. When Dean was 16, he was arrested for stealing and spent time in a boy’s home where he had the opportunity to go to a regular school, though eventually Dean chose to return to John and Sam.
The series begins when Dean is twenty-six years old, and now, nine years later, we see a man who has aged decades, mentally at least. Dean took it on to protect his brother with his life, and he has died numerous times for that cause. He sold his soul to a crossroads demon at the end of Season 2, to bring Sam back from death. Dean was given a year to live, at the end of which he was killed by hellhounds.
Dean was dead for four months, but the time he spent in hell was more around forty years. When he does finally open up about his time there, he confesses that for twenty years he was tortured every day, mercilessly. But after twenty years, he was given a chance to escape torture by torturing others. He does it. Dean carries the weight of his actions with him, and it’s around this time we notice a sharp increase in his drinking.
Dean is pulled (or raised) from perdition by the angel Castiel, and tasked with stopping Lilith from breaking the 66 seals and freeing Lucifer. This eventually leads to Lucifer being freed and the brothers being informed they are the intended vessels for Lucifer and Michael because the Winchesters are the descendants of Cain and Abel. Sam does eventually accept Lucifer into himself, and carries Lucifer into the cage along with Michael and his vessel.
Through the next three years, Dean had a year long relationship with someone, spent a year in Purgatory, and now he and Sam helped cause all the angels to fall and he allowed an angel to use his brother. That angel betrayed them and now it’s cost lives.
I’m glossing over the more recent seasons in detail because it might be spoilers for someone. But I will say this: Dean has sunken farther and farther into a guilt-ridden depression because of the consequences of his actions. He makes choices that he believes will help his brother and the results are not always great. His love and his guilt war with each other, and he drinks to try and fight that.
As far as my work with him in a pop culture pagan practice, he is easy enough to deal with once you convince him you mean no harm to him, his brother, Cas, or to most people in general. He is not trusting, even after a time. He still looks at me as if I might at any moment prove him right and curse him. He is of course pleased with the lack of bodily fluids in my witchcraft, and sometimes just befuddled at the whole concept that he’s a character. “I’m real, dammit.” I agree with him, but I tell him, not everyone sees him as such.
Part of me is trying to warn you, he has some deep-seated issues, and I caution you, he won’t always be in a good mood. I’ve had him come to me outside of normal circumstances and he just wanted to sit there, he wanted to talk but couldn’t. He breaks my heart, but through him I can see some of my own family issues and my depression.
- he’s protective
- a fighter
- strong mentally and physically
- can be playful
- loves food (junk food and pie)
- often a little rash and quick to action
- hates angels, demons, and witches
- depressed, won’t open up about it
- good for ghost removal
- will help remove evil spirits
- good for removing just about anything you need removed
- helping a family member
- long drives
- classic rock
- pictures of him, Sam, and Cas
- little impalas
- colors for him are hard to pin down (dark tones but also pink is acceptable)