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Author Topic: How Do You View the Deities You Honor?  (Read 4767 times)

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Re: How Do You View the Deities You Honor?
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2013, 08:18:01 pm »
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Is there an image, energy, object, etc. that you readily associate with your honored deity?

For me personally, my most honoured deity, Artemis, has always been in the form of a stag. When I was questioning my beliefs, a long time ago, I believe she showed up in front of me in the form of a deer, it was a surprising and uncanny situation, where I locked eyes with it for a long time and instinctively knew it was her. And from that moment on, our relationship started. So, I always keep that moment in my heart and I see the deer's eyes when I think of her. But I'm aware of the fact that she is beyond any physical manifestation, but for the purpose of seeing her manifest in some way to help me connect with her, I see her in that form.

I tend to associate Apollo with the wolf. Hephaestus has been associated with fire and metals for me, to feel his presence lately. The other gods I don't have solid objects or manifestations for them, but I come across them in their own ways.
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Re: How Do You View the Deities You Honor?
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2013, 06:06:15 pm »
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I just thought I'd start a thread where people can share how they perceive their honored deities, including both spiritual and physical representation. Is there an image, energy, object, etc. that you readily associate with your honored deity?


Well, Epona I've only seen as an Appaloosa Mare; white with a red blanket and spots. She escorts me to Macha; both of us in horse form. I don't know what I look like as a horse.

Macha I've only seen as a tall, fit woman with red hair wearing a black leotard and boots with a blood red cloak. She carries a spear and an axe.

Manannan I've see off in the distance on the Sea, astride Splendid Mane. He's black haired and bearded. He's carrying some type of weapon but he's too far away for me to see it clearly.

All three come to me in dreams and always in a between place & time. Usually dawn at the edge of the ocean.

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Re: How Do You View the Deities You Honor?
« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2013, 11:09:38 pm »
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I just thought I'd start a thread where people can share how they perceive their honored deities, including both spiritual and physical representation. Is there an image, energy, object, etc. that you readily associate with your honored deity?

For me, the goddess Rhiannon is humanoid, except in the third branch of the Mabinogion when she has to carry visitors on her back. Since I don't have the money on hand to buy a statuette for my altar, I actually just got done drawing a picture for my altar. :D

 
Spiritually I view Artemis, Athena, Hephaestus, and Apollo as being everywhere. I can see them in what I do and how they are connected to the world. Since I can't have statues of them, well minus Artemis, then I have to go out and look for them. Their not hard to find! I see Apollo in the light of the sun, I see Athena is what I'm trying to learn and remember, I see Hephaestus when a place is being remodeled, and I see Artemis in the hunt.

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Re: How Do You View the Deities You Honor?
« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2013, 08:52:15 pm »
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I just thought I'd start a thread where people can share how they perceive their honored deities, including both spiritual and physical representation. Is there an image, energy, object, etc. that you readily associate with your honored deity.
In the literal sense, I don't view them as having an inherent physical appearance. Their spiritual forms are, well, formless; and as part of the universe or nature, they symbolise themselves through natural phenomena associated with them. So in most cases, I "feel" them being everywhere, around all of us.

I do think that they appear to humans with a consistent physical appearance, though. For convenience if for nothing else. In venerate mainly Hekate and Pan, as well as Dionysos, Cernunnos, the Green Man, and Hermes.
Hekate appears often as a tempestuous young woman or as a matronly adult woman, sometimes with blond hair, bearing torches and accompanied by dogs. Pan appears as a bearded man with a goat's haunches, tail, horns, and ears; with an aquiline nose and a wild or manic look to him. I see him as one of several Horned Gods that are part of the same "Horned God" thought-form; with him, I venerate the Green Man and Cernunnos. The former I see as a young man, a boy even, with velvety antlers and foliate hair, sometimes with foliage sprouting from his face. Cernunnos I see as a severe or stern older man, much like a male form of Hekate, with large deer antlers and a beard.
Dionysos, I hear, appears as a young, effeminate man, sometimes decked out in a bull headdress or with a bull's head directly. Admittedly, I have never had a personal experience with Dionysos; but the other gods I venerate fit much to the Dionysian ideal and the ecstatic rites pertaining to him. So while I do not worship him, I honour him when appropriate.
Hermes is a god I have had experience of, one I have met and spoken to, and one that I feel has a particular relevance to me because of my field of study. So, I honour him and am slowly starting to see him as a possible patron. The typical depiction of him is a youthful man in a traveller's cloak, with winged shoes for speed.
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Re: How Do You View the Deities You Honor?
« Reply #19 on: June 28, 2013, 02:45:43 pm »
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I just thought I'd start a thread where people can share how they perceive their honored deities, including both spiritual and physical representation. Is there an image, energy, object, etc. that you readily associate with your honored deity?

 
For me, it's more of impressions that I get of Morrigan.  It's more of Her Badb aspect that I get-long red dress and long black hair...  I usually feel her as a presence-not a showy glam kind of thing though.  It's more of a 'I'm here and don't try to pull any crap with me.  Just treat me like an equal and we'll get along just fine'.

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Re: How Do You View the Deities You Honor?
« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2013, 05:03:57 pm »
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I just thought I'd start a thread where people can share how they perceive their honored deities, including both spiritual and physical representation. Is there an image, energy, object, etc. that you readily associate with your honored deity?

 
My altar is somewhat stark at the moment as I lack funds to buy the pretty statues that I've been eyeing up on various websites. :o

Anyway... the main Goddesses I've been working with are Demeter and Sekhmet. Demeter tends to take a human form as her main story is so fraught with feeling, I find it easier to empathise if I see her as a human. As a concept however I see her as a powerful, maternal creative force- capable of both bringing forth life and blighting it.

I view Sekhmet as mostly humanoid as well, sometimes on a sunny day I like to visualise her in the Sun stretching like a cat or roaring fiercely. :D: But like Demeter she's also a powerful, elemental force- the embodiment of the hot wind of the desert or the heat of the midday Sun. I don't know why but I just never view her in a fully animal form, even as her role of mother of Nefertum.

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How Do You View the Deities You Honor?
« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2013, 12:35:54 am »
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I just thought I'd start a thread where people can share how they perceive their honored deities, including both spiritual and physical representation. Is there an image, energy, object, etc. that you readily associate with your honored deity?

Quan Yin decided a couple weeks ago that She likes owls. So now I have two figurines, one pewter and one lead crystal, of owls on my shrine to Her. I also have a bottle of waterfall water, and a sterling silver bracelet with freshwater pearls. She's so often depicted with a vase pouring the Waters of Compassion that I can't not have some representation of it.
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Re: How Do You View the Deities You Honor?
« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2013, 12:03:17 pm »
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I just thought I'd start a thread where people can share how they perceive their honored deities, including both spiritual and physical representation. Is there an image, energy, object, etc. that you readily associate with your honored deity?

For me, the goddess Rhiannon is humanoid, except in the third branch of the Mabinogion when she has to carry visitors on her back. Since I don't have the money on hand to buy a statuette for my altar, I actually just got done drawing a picture for my altar. :D

 

Right now I'm still trying to define how I see gods. In a spiritual way I do see them as consciousness forces or energies that one can resonate and work with, and them with us. For me, spirits does not have form, not are bound to space and time. If gods are spiritual, I think they neither. And in physical level, I think is just a way to get us closer to gods, because it's difficult to understand abstract or spiritual beings, so they manifest in the best way they can (Like Bodhisattva does in Buddhism, they take the form best suited for the people or the land they are teaching).

Do you take gods as anthropomorphic forms, like humanoid or with human characteristic? Or do you seem them as spiritual beings not bound to space, time and form?

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