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Author Topic: When deities DON'T like your offerings?  (Read 7869 times)

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When deities DON'T like your offerings?
« on: July 14, 2011, 03:41:43 am »
Have you noticed anything when the deities your offering, don't particularly love what your offering? I just noticed this tonight, I was trying to offer some lavender incense that I had just bought to Aphrodite, and after 5 consistent tries it absolutely would not stay lit. I use incense all the time, and this has never been a problem. Perhaps Aphrodite doesn't like lavender incense? Anybody have a similar problem, or a story to share?

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Re: When deities DON'T like your offerings?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2011, 03:42:58 am »
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Perhaps Aphrodite doesn't like lavender incense?


Oh! And the moment I decided to try vanilla incense, it started burning just like normal.

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Re: When deities DON'T like your offerings?
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2011, 03:56:17 am »
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Oh! And the moment I decided to try vanilla incense, it started burning just like normal.

 
It could have to do with the assigned properties of the inscence.  Lavender is usually associated with relaxing, and more sedate states of mind.  Vanilla however is associated, among other things, with being more of an aphrodisiac type of scent....and this was Aphrodite...vanilla would have been more appropriate.
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Re: When deities DON'T like your offerings?
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2011, 04:13:34 am »
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It could have to do with the assigned properties of the inscence.  Lavender is usually associated with relaxing, and more sedate states of mind.  Vanilla however is associated, among other things, with being more of an aphrodisiac type of scent....and this was Aphrodite...vanilla would have been more appropriate.

 
That's a good point. I wanted to try the lavender incense because it was shaped into a scallop shell, which is associated with Aphrodite, but it didn't go over great even though. :rolleyes:

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Re: When deities DON'T like your offerings?
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2011, 06:20:04 am »
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Have you noticed anything when the deities your offering, don't particularly love what your offering?

 
Oh yes, I've had that happen. For instance, I've found that my deities (the non-Wiccan ones, anyway) don't particularly like incense. I don't think they hate it, but it's not what they want.

The one rejected offering that I might characterize as a blunder was when I offered Lugh some beef that was a tad...overcooked. This was followed by a brief power shortage, and everyone in the house was plagued with headaches and insomnia that night. Now I always make sure his steak is rare!

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Re: When deities DON'T like your offerings?
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2011, 06:31:18 am »
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Have you noticed anything when the deities your offering, don't particularly love what your offering? I just noticed this tonight, I was trying to offer some lavender incense that I had just bought to Aphrodite, and after 5 consistent tries it absolutely would not stay lit. I use incense all the time, and this has never been a problem. Perhaps Aphrodite doesn't like lavender incense? Anybody have a similar problem, or a story to share?

 
I did it on purpose once. My friend just had to ask me if Loki was the "smiting type" of god. And since I didn't know the answer, I decided to find out. So I made an offering of PBR. That did not go well. Other than that, I've never really had much of a problem. He seems okay with relatively cheap beer. I'm not even sure if the problem was that I was using PBR - it might have been the intention behind it. Then again, PBR is pretty gross.

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Re: When deities DON'T like your offerings?
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2011, 10:31:41 am »
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Have you noticed anything when the deities your offering, don't particularly love what your offering? I just noticed this tonight, I was trying to offer some lavender incense that I had just bought to Aphrodite, and after 5 consistent tries it absolutely would not stay lit. I use incense all the time, and this has never been a problem. Perhaps Aphrodite doesn't like lavender incense? Anybody have a similar problem, or a story to share?

 
Athena received an offering of homemade thyme oil with a suprising amount of coolness. As if she was saying: "Fine. If that's all you've got, but get better next time." Then I remembered I'd made it from sunflower oil rather than olive oil. She very definitely wants her olive!
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Re: When deities DON'T like your offerings?
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2011, 04:37:42 pm »
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Have you noticed anything when the deities your offering, don't particularly love what your offering? I just noticed this tonight, I was trying to offer some lavender incense that I had just bought to Aphrodite, and after 5 consistent tries it absolutely would not stay lit. I use incense all the time, and this has never been a problem. Perhaps Aphrodite doesn't like lavender incense? Anybody have a similar problem, or a story to share?

 

Er, well. Not to be a bubble-burster or anything like that, but it could have just been that the incense was defective. I've had that happen a lot. Or it'll stop burning halfway through.

I mean, it could be that the deity doesn't like it. Or it could mean that somewhere in its shipping, it got moist/wet or the ingredients didn't mix well enough to stay alight.
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Re: When deities DON'T like your offerings?
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2011, 05:10:36 pm »
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I did it on purpose once. My friend just had to ask me if Loki was the "smiting type" of god. And since I didn't know the answer, I decided to find out. So I made an offering of PBR. That did not go well. Other than that, I've never really had much of a problem. He seems okay with relatively cheap beer. I'm not even sure if the problem was that I was using PBR - it might have been the intention behind it. Then again, PBR is pretty gross.

 
At least we know Loki isn't a hipster.

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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2011, 05:16:29 pm »
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Have you noticed anything when the deities your offering, don't particularly love what your offering? I just noticed this tonight, I was trying to offer some lavender incense that I had just bought to Aphrodite, and after 5 consistent tries it absolutely would not stay lit. I use incense all the time, and this has never been a problem. Perhaps Aphrodite doesn't like lavender incense? Anybody have a similar problem, or a story to share?


I say SCREW any spirit who you give something to and they don't take it or like it.

If you're working with a god form or any entity that has any ability to roam around, and they want something they could get it anyway, but if you offer them something or wanting them to use an ingredient in a spell and they felt a different one is better - they could change it or go find something else.

It's not the gift when it comes to spiritual matters - at least unless it's offensive.  And screw any body that'd give you an offensive gift anyway.  A spirit would know if it was offensive to you or not.

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When deities DON'T like your offerings?
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2011, 06:57:07 pm »
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I say SCREW any spirit who you give something to and they don't take it or like it.

Why?  I mean...  The offering is about them, not about the person giving it.  Why shouldn't you (general you, not you personally) make some kind of effort to give them something they like?  Personally, I'm not a fan of people arbitrarily deciding to give me presents that are suited to their tastes rather than my own and then expecting me to be grateful for having gotten anything at all--and I can't in good conscience offer the Gods less consideration than I myself would like shown to me.
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Re: When deities DON'T like your offerings?
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2011, 07:02:05 pm »
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At least we know Loki isn't a hipster.

 
Loki: "Being a hipster is too mainstream."

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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2011, 07:47:03 pm »
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Loki: "Being a hipster is too mainstream."

 
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« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2011, 08:01:05 pm »
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I say SCREW any spirit who you give something to and they don't take it or like it.



Because of course a gift is for the satisfaction, enjoyment, and pleasure of the giver.  How dare the receiver actually want to receive what they want, rather than what someone else feels like tossing them.

'This is what I'm giving you - take it, use it, like it, or screw you.'

Yep - it's the thought that counts all right.

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Re: When deities DON'T like your offerings?
« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2011, 08:05:42 pm »
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I guess I had the thread open too long before I answered.  Of course Star said it better and sooner :).

A propos of that - does this software not give you the 'there have been X number of replies posted since you started typing' or whatever it was warning that smf did?

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