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Who do you work with?
« on: July 04, 2011, 12:22:07 pm »
Because I never tire of hearing about people's divine relationships. :) Which deity or deities do you work with closely or worship? (This can also expand to any type of spirit like a loa or bodhisattva, so don't feel left out if the guy/gal/other you work with isn't technically a deity.)

Primarily I work with Brighid with a few other Celtic contacts (namely Manannan and sometimes Danu). I've also started exploring Buddhism and think Kwan Yin is a pretty neat lady. :) And though I'm no longer Hellenic in practice, Dionysus will always always always have a special place in my heart as my first Pagan deity - I even think he reached out to me before I figured out Christianity wasn't my home.
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2011, 12:40:42 pm »
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Which deity or deities do you work with closely or worship?

 
I have worked, primarily, with Sekhmet. She was the first and the only. Then, Hwt-Hrw decided that I needed some attention. So, I was worshiping the two of them for a while. Both Bes and Anpu made their presences known, but have not asked for anything specific from me.

I've since stopped working with the gods, though I hold them all in high esteem.
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2011, 12:47:18 pm »
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Which deity or deities do you work with closely or worship? (This can also expand to any type of spirit like a loa or bodhisattva, so don't feel left out if the guy/gal/other you work with isn't technically a deity.)


I'm a follower of Isis, so she's the only deity that gets regular offerings, worship, and work from me.  

If I wasn't hers, I'm fair certain that Cernunnos would be the spiritual boss of me.  I work with him on occasion, as well as a small handful of other deities for whom I have an affinity (Anubis, tM, and Loki spring to mind).
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2011, 12:52:04 pm »
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I have worked, primarily, with Sekhmet. She was the first and the only. Then, Hwt-Hrw decided that I needed some attention. So, I was worshiping the two of them for a while. Both Bes and Anpu made their presences known, but have not asked for anything specific from me.

I've since stopped working with the gods, though I hold them all in high esteem.

 
Can I ask what prompted the change? And when you say "working with", do you mean all interaction or just serious worship or ritual?
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2011, 01:08:07 pm »
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Can I ask what prompted the change? And when you say "working with", do you mean all interaction or just serious worship or ritual?


My job, actually, prompted the change. After I was promoted to manager, my time and energy was entirely focused on my career (sadly). I would wake up in the morning and be so focused on what I felt needed to be accomplished that day that I would forget to give the gods a meal. So, I swore I would make it up to them when I got home... but I'd mostly just forget by then and wouldn't remember until I was starting to fall asleep.

And I mean, all interaction. It's a major downer.
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2011, 01:15:01 pm »
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Because I never tire of hearing about people's divine relationships. :) Which deity or deities do you work with closely or worship?


I am a case of "I don't know, man, I didn't do it" as related in Darkhawk's Eclecticism essay. (The link to which is not handy at the moment.) I work with twelve deities: Brighid, Lugh, the Dagda, the Morrigan, Hetharu, Setekh, Seshat, Djehuty, Dionysos, Athene, Hermes & Hekate.

At first I felt like a magpie- I'd begun with just the four Celts, and then I let down my wall to let in Hetharu and suddenly I'm at the bottom of a divine dogpile. But! Once all twelve were present, I realized how they all worked together as a thematic pantheon- they're not just a jumble of names, they have relationships to each other through their relationships with me. (And outside of me, too.) It is also worth noting that I am not a priestess- I am just me, a simple devotee, and so I do their work in ways that is not formal daily ritual.
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2011, 01:19:14 pm »
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I am a case of "I don't know, man, I didn't do it" as related in Darkhawk's Eclecticism essay. (The link to which is not handy at the moment.) I work with twelve deities: Brighid, Lugh, the Dagda, the Morrigan, Hetharu, Setekh, Seshat, Djehuty, Dionysos, Athene, Hermes & Hekate.

 
I'd love to hear more about how that works for you. Didn't you used to list your religion as "Path of Mists - multicultural polytheism"? I've felt drawn to several different pantheons over my Pagan career and have never quite been sure how to fit all the pieces together.
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2011, 01:20:22 pm »
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And I mean, all interaction. It's a major downer.

 
:( I'm really sorry. I hope things look up for you, or you find some way of working things out (though I'm sure you've explored many different solutions).
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2011, 01:24:58 pm »
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Which deity or deities do you work with closely or worship?

 
I'm Brighid's, heart and soul.

I've given offering/thanks to both Lugh and Ogma when I wanted some help with job interviews, and when I was making an ogam set. I've gotten a general sense of "Okay, we'll help you out" from both of them, but never entered into any sort of relationship with them.

It's funny: it felt a little like calling, like, the bank or something -- because you have a relationship with "us" (with Brighid, really), we're happy to help you do what you need. :p
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2011, 01:30:33 pm »
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Who do you work with?
If by "work with", we're including worship and reciprocity, with working being part of a symbiotic relationship, and also not elaborating on what sort of "theist" I am as interpretations of the divine are personal&subjective, then I would have to say the main archetypical(and I'm not implying archetypes per say) deities known to the public as the Wiccan Gods, or Horned God&Fertility Goddess. In other forms they are who manifest to me as Thelema's philosophical Baphomet&Nuit/Chaos&Babalon.

Also being a Gaelic Traditionalist in Ireland, and more specifically Ulster, my patron deities are the cult Gods of Ulaid, Dáire&Macha, also believed to be designations of An Daghdha and An Mhór-Ríoghain, so in a simple answer, those two ;)

Note I'm not trying to say that all of these deities are the same, or aspects of each other, but are the two principal deities that manifest as such in my personal gnosis.

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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2011, 01:33:15 pm »
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It's funny: it felt a little like calling, like, the bank or something -- because you have a relationship with "us" (with Brighid, really), we're happy to help you do what you need. :p

 

I've definitely felt that from other Irish deities. Manannan is a more personal example for me, but I've also gotten some indication from tM, Danu, and Lugh that now I'm "in" I can come to them for advice too.
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2011, 01:35:11 pm »
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I'd love to hear more about how that works for you. Didn't you used to list your religion as "Path of Mists - multicultural polytheism"? I've felt drawn to several different pantheons over my Pagan career and have never quite been sure how to fit all the pieces together.

 
That I did! And it's still true- Misticism is mostly a joke. (But not entirely.) The Path of Mist, the inbetween where the spiritual and "mundane" collide, is still my path. And since it draws from Irish Celtic, Hellenic and Kemetic sources, it's still both multicultural and polytheistic.

I think one of the reasons it works for me is because I'm not trying to be a recon. I don't dismiss my American "cultural heritage" (that really feels like an oxymoron to write) just because I am not Christian, and American culture is very saturated with Christian influence. He's just another god who isn't one of mine, and happens to be popular around here.

It also helps that I come from the perspective that multiple, sometimes apparently oppositional perspectives can all be true. It doesn't matter if the Greeks say the world was made one way, and the Kemetics say the world was made this way, and this way and this other way, and the Celts have nothing to say on the subject at all.

I had a point, but I think I've lost it. :o Poke me if you need me to make another attempt at coherency about something! :D
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2011, 01:42:24 pm »
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Because I never tire of hearing about people's divine relationships. :) Which deity or deities do you work with closely or worship?

 
I work with a few different Gods:  Nut, Djehuty, Nebet-Het, Sekhmet.  Those are probably the ones that show up on a most regular basis.  

I don't know if I could say I "work with" Ausir.  More like I belong to him.  ;)
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2011, 01:46:12 pm »
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I work with a few different Gods:  Nut, Djehuty, Nebet-Het, Sekhmet.  Those are probably the ones that show up on a most regular basis.  


Honestly... I'm a closet Djehuty fangirl. I adore the guy. I'm quietly in the corner waving little pompoms whenever he's brought up. XD

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I don't know if I could say I "work with" Ausir.  More like I belong to him.  ;)

 
I'm fascinated by that sort of relationship. It's something I don't really "get" because I haven't had it since my old Christian days (and that really wasn't a healthy example of what you're talking about).
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2011, 01:47:01 pm »
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I had a point, but I think I've lost it. :o Poke me if you need me to make another attempt at coherency about something! :D

 
I think I will! Maybe in a PM later today - it sounds really interesting!
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