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    How Have the Gods Said, "Thanks but No Thanks," to You?

    I was talking with Bastemhet on one of my more recent blog entries about being "brutally rebuffed" by gods when you approach them. She mentioned that she's never heard an instance in which the netjeru have done this (and neither have I, actually). I've heard, however, that some of the other gods aren't quite as polite about things like this at times. So, with that in mind...

    1. Have you ever been rebuffed by a god/spirit/OTHER(tm) before?
    2. Was it polite or impolite?
    3. Would you care to share the experience? If so, please do!
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    Re: How Have the Gods Said, "Thanks but No Thanks," to You?

    Quote Originally Posted by SatSekhem View Post
    I was talking with Bastemhet on one of my more recent blog entries about being "brutally rebuffed" by gods when you approach them. She mentioned that she's never heard an instance in which the netjeru have done this (and neither have I, actually). I've heard, however, that some of the other gods aren't quite as polite about things like this at times. So, with that in mind...
    I've been totally and completely ignored by deities I was interested in (or thought I was interested in). Some might take this as a brutal rebuff I suppose.
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    Re: How Have the Gods Said, "Thanks but No Thanks," to You?

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    I've been totally and completely ignored by deities I was interested in (or thought I was interested in). Some might take this as a brutal rebuff I suppose.
    I"ve had that happen to me, too. Actually, I think that's happened to more often than not!
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    Re: How Have the Gods Said, "Thanks but No Thanks," to You?

    Quote Originally Posted by SatSekhem View Post
    I was talking with Bastemhet on one of my more recent blog entries about being "brutally rebuffed" by gods when you approach them. She mentioned that she's never heard an instance in which the netjeru have done this (and neither have I, actually). I've heard, however, that some of the other gods aren't quite as polite about things like this at times. So, with that in mind...

    1. Have you ever been rebuffed by a god/spirit/OTHER(tm) before?
    2. Was it polite or impolite?
    3. Would you care to share the experience? If so, please do!
    I can't say i've been brutally rebuffed by any of the netjeru or any other god / goddess for that matter. The closet I've probably come is between two of them, specifically Mafdet and Poseidon. Then I am not even sure that is true for i'll go weeks if not months and not think of them then I am overwhelmed with a sense of them. Yet as soon as I go looking the quiet becomes deafening in its loudness.

    But to actually go forth and try to make any of them notice me was never a factor for I never had any urge to. I've pretty much always stuck with those few that made themselves known to me and called me.

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    Re: How Have the Gods Said, "Thanks but No Thanks," to You?

    Quote Originally Posted by SatSekhem View Post

    1. Have you ever been rebuffed by a god/spirit/OTHER(tm) before?
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    3. Would you care to share the experience? If so, please do!
    About 7 years ago I bought a pendant of the God Cernunnos. I invoked him and asked that he watch over and protect my husband. Every time my husband wore that necklace it would fall off.

    I started to become suspicious and asked what was going on. The reply I got was a "not now, not yet" sort of thing. It was polite, but stern and I must admit at the time I was confused and a little sensitive about it. However I understand now what was going on and why and am in no way bothered by the response to my request.
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    Re: How Have the Gods Said, "Thanks but No Thanks," to You?

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    I've been totally and completely ignored by deities I was interested in (or thought I was interested in). Some might take this as a brutal rebuff I suppose.
    This.

    Once upon a time I tried to devote myself to Aine... I was even convinced she had possiby twapped me. And for awhile, She was there when I lit candles for Her- a gentle, warm glow that wrapped around the candle and projected around the room... but even that response faded over time, and my worship to Her didn't really bring any changes in my life. Since that relationship was not going anywhere, I eventually dropped it, taking it as a sign that if She was even interested in me in first place, that interest had faded. But I would call it a polite breakup more than a brutal rejection.

    Utter silence was received from other deities, like Aphrodite and Brighid, some of the which I still honor during seasonal cycles celebrations. I didn't take it personally.
    Hermes used to silent for years too, right up to when He made first hand contact started to announce His presence loud and clear.
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    Re: How Have the Gods Said, "Thanks but No Thanks," to You?

    Quote Originally Posted by SatSekhem View Post
    I"ve had that happen to me, too. Actually, I think that's happened to more often than not!
    I suspect a lot of people have had this happen to them. It seems like it would be a relatively common response.
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    Re: How Have the Gods Said, "Thanks but No Thanks," to You?

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    I suspect a lot of people have had this happen to them. It seems like it would be a relatively common response.
    Probably. It's a polite way of saying, "Aw. Cute. But, no."
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    Re: How Have the Gods Said, "Thanks but No Thanks," to You?

    Quote Originally Posted by SatSekhem View Post
    Probably. It's a polite way of saying, "Aw. Cute. But, no."
    Interestingly enough this was kind of the topic of my Pagan Blog Project post this week. I'm in a period of wondering about whether this was the case with the Morrigan. While I felt her moving strongly in my life for a period of a few months, after I dedicated myself to her, not so much.

    It could be that it's just a quiet period, or I was mistaken. How does one tell the difference?
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    Re: How Have the Gods Said, "Thanks but No Thanks," to You?

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    It could be that it's just a quiet period, or I was mistaken. How does one tell the difference?
    Patience.

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