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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2011, 01:57:29 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?

 
Gaia - possibly alternately named Cybele, but She responds to Gaia, so that's where I am. Goddess of everything physical, from the tiniest atom to the largest stars. She simply Loves me. My first thwapper. :D I garden in her honour, but otherwise no real work.

Pan - I initiated that one, 9 months later He reached out and claimed me. Song, dance, self expression, creativity, passion and desire. Anything I do in that area is in his honour.

Athene Polias - my workdays are hers, and I pray to her for structure and order. She sent me an owl as a sign, I responded. Oil or wine twice a week.

Sekhmet - healing and strength. I have chronic depression, and 'seeing' my inner child being cared for by an enormous Lioness is pretty awesome. She picked me through dreams and a few other coincidences. Food twice a week.
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2011, 02:32:02 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? (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 am a friendly polytheist, more or less.

My primary personal deity relationships are with two deities with strong connections to England: very much deities of place. M'Lady is all about water (and especially ponds, slow-flowing rivers, etc. rather than oceans or rapids), but also water as a metaphor for connection and wholeness and certain kinds of learning and sharing. Her consort (who I refer to in public as Himself) is all about stewarding space and resources.

My tradition, in practice, works with and honors two deities (Anubis and Hecate in moderately syncreticised forms) for some specific rituals as well as each group in the tradition working with a pair of deities determined by mutual agreement of the deities in question and the people doing the work.

In both cases, the deities are not lovers: while the Great Rite in Symbol is a part of our ritual practice, it's more about other forces of creation and collaboration, rather than biological fertility. (M'Lady and Himself are lovers and friends and much more)

I also have periodic interactions on more or less a consulting basis with other deities, most notably Artemis (though I'm anticipating a bit more time with her given my upcoming move.)

Though various public community events, I also attend a variety of public rituals, and my basic practice is that being polite to deities is rarely a bad move, though there are obviously some that are closer than others.
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2011, 02:51:24 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 honour two deities from different pantheons. One is Thor, who feels like an older brother to me. He gets offerings of beer and mead on a semi-regular basis (I'm still working out the specifics of offerings because my life is sort of busy at the moment. So I'm not able to set aside a certain time of the week atm).

The other deity I worship is Anann. She thwapped me quite some time ago (if I recall correctly, the first time I met Her was when I was 9 or 10, sitting in Confirmation class :p), though it took me a while to figure out who She was. She gets a weekly offering of flowers (or more often if the flower decides to wither before the week is over).

Quite recently I've developed an interest in Manannán. He seems very fatherly to me; since my own dad has passed on, I'd really like to pursue this relationship further, but I feel I've got to learn more about Him.

Since my Gods are from different pantheons, I'm thinking of developing my own path to worship them properly. I'm using a sort-of Wiccan framework for now, but this doesn't feel 100% right. When I finish my degree in October, I'll really start looking into different paths in more detail (maybe join ADF?) and maybe something will jump out to me then.
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2011, 03:17:08 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? (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.)



Kemetic Pantheon: Aset is my Spiritual Mother.  How I move through the world, and who I am is because of Her.  I also regularly honor Nebet Het, Wepwawet and Sekhmet.  

Orisa: I mostly honor Oya, but I honor Elegba as the Lord of the Crossroads and I honor Yemoja only occasionally.  

Northern European:   I honor Frigga as the goddess of home and hearth.  I honor Skadhi and Njordh occasionally.  I also honor my ancestors and my house-wight.
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2011, 03:23:15 pm »
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Which deity or deities do you work with closely or worship?


The only deity I have regular interaction with is Loki. I usually just make offerings of booze and occasionally food. Today, I'll be making an offering of fireworks. Just because I can get away with it today.

I occasionally make offerings to Thor, but he seems rather distant. Friendly, but it's just not a close relationship. Which is cool. He probably doesn't want to associate with me that much.

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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2011, 03:55:38 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? (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 tickled that you specifically called out bodhisattvas. :)

Since this is something of a new beginning, I'll share the story of How I Realized I Was Buddhist. (Again. ::waits for the room to clear:: ) It directly answers the question of who I closely work with.

Somewhere around 2005, I think it was, I sent up a general "Ok, if you're interested in working with me, I'm here--I've wandered around long enough" message. I'd gone from Christian as a child, to agnostic-ish in college, to Wiccish in my 20's and 30's, to something else undefined but mostly agnostic-ish but nominally paganish in my early and mid-40's. (And some of you think you're waffling, being in your 20's and undecided. Ha. :) )

That night I had a dream that was pretty obviously a reply to my signal. It involved a Zen-decorated room, a low table, and a cardboard box filled with colored blown-glass koi--and more rainbow-colored plastic ones underneath. The glass ones belonged on the table in a specific pattern, which I knew in my dream and proceeded to arrange them as required. The plastic ones had no place on the table, and remained in the box.

Some poking and Google-fu led me to Buddhism (the Two Fishes being one of the Eight Auspicious) and Kwan Yin. More poking informed me that Kwan Yin was but one name for the Bodhisattva of Compassion, the Chinese name; this same emanation of Buddha's compassion is known in India as Avalokiteshvara, and in Tibet as Chenrezig. Still more poking led me to align myself with Vajrayana Buddhism, mainly because Theravedan and Zen either outright reject or heavily downplay the existence and importance of the bodhisattvas, and seeing as one of them contacted me, it would have been pretty rude to choose a path that didn't include hir!

I've drifted away from Kwan Yin toward Avalokiteshvara in the respect that the imagery of the Indian divine being is more magnetic to me. For many years I've had a yard-sale soapstone statue of a Chinese noble maiden, whom I always felt was Kwan Yin. It isn't. She's not holding the vase of water, in fact she's not holding anything at all. However, her overall pose and the look on her face are still very evocative of Kwan Yin, so that statue remains on my desk altar. While I realize that Chenrezig is the name given to this being in Vajrayana Buddhism, I also understand that in functionality, there's precious little difference between the emanations' activities and portfolios. I've become increasingly drawn to the Indian Avalokiteshvara, to the point where I recently dropped some cash on a lovely handpainted resin statue of him for my wall-shelf altar.

Buddhism is a melting pot philosophy, at the heart of it: Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, Nepalese. The Bodhisattva of Compassion's faces may be different, and the names may be various, but I am Hirs regardless.

As to the question of "worship": That's not quite how Buddhism works. Rather than "worship" I would use the terms "honor" and/or "venerate." The Buddha and the bodhisattvas aren't gods, per se, nor do they require worship in the sense of the JCI god. When we bow to a statue of Buddha, we are honoring the gifts he gave us in the form of the Dharma, not worshiping him. When I recite mantras to Chenrezig while sitting before my altar with the statues of (not quite) Kwan Yin and Avalokiteshvara, I am honoring their work and their sacrifices, not worshiping them. The act of chanting assists in bringing myself that much closer to enlightenment, through aligning myself with the being to/about whom I'm chanting. (Some chants are prayers, which muddies the "religion or philosophy" waters considerably. The answer is: "Well, it depends...")

I was Buddhist in my thought processes and beliefs for decades, without realizing it. It wasn't until I asked for guidance, and received the "fish dream," that I found out just how Buddhist I'd been--and how much more I could become.

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Re: Who do you work with?
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2011, 04:18:25 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?

 
Morrigan, Brighid, and Manannan. They're becoming the central Triad of my practice, though I still try to remember to honour Lugh and Aphrodite, and I'm pretty open with regards to meeting other deities and working with/honouring Them as well.

I still have a special place in my heart for Thoth, Whom I no longer work with, and Pele, as She let me live in Her territory for 10 years and, in my interactions with Her, seemed to like me alright. (I also always loved Her myths.) However, She's a Goddess who, in my UPG, is not bound so much by Her geography but just really fond of it. She's not very interested in working with me so long as I'm not in Hawaii. (Well, not beyond Her role in a novel I'm writing.)
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #23 on: July 04, 2011, 04:34:39 pm »
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Loki, mainly.  He gets the first cookie, piece of cake whatever it is I'm baking for home.  Sometimes a coffee or beer/wine. It's not a regular offering, more like I'll get a twinge that he wants something then He gets it. Or when things are going really well, I'll offering him food or something cool I found that I feel he would enjoy.

I used to work with Morrighan but haven't really worked with her much lately.  She helped me through a rough period.

I have never worked with Manannan, though the first ADF ritual I attended I got a very strong "Hello!" feeling from him.

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« Reply #24 on: July 04, 2011, 04:45:40 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 all Goddesses from many different pantheons. Whichever energy I feel is needed at that moment.

I am devoted to Persephone. Though I also work with Artemis often and am feeling very drawn to Bast lately.
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I'm tickled that you specifically called out bodhisattvas. :)


We can't leave them out! :) Thanks for taking the time to explain all that. I think TC could use another thread on the different ways you can "work" with divine beings (worship, veneration, all those little differences in between).
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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #26 on: July 04, 2011, 04:57:04 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 worship Anubis, Sekhmet, and Mafdet.  I haven't done any official "work" with them yet, as I'm very new to all of this, but I do pray to all three daily.  I plan to build an altar as soon as I have the time, money, and space to do so.  I also plan to feast with them as an offering, and get several tattoos representing them as sacrifices (again, once I have the money and time to do so).
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« Reply #27 on: July 04, 2011, 05:21:30 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? (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.)

 
Hm, I'll go in a list. :) The only caveat I'll add is that I lack on giving regular offerings. I think this is due to lack of space in my room for several altars. :/

Dionysos: The God I've followed the longest, since I was about 14 or so. He's been in my life one way or another, imho influencing events. However I come and go from Him, and He is okay with this.

Aphrodite: I'm an avid fan of astrology, and Taurus is ruled by Aphrodite, so I sometimes feel She's been there my entire life. It hasn't been until the last year or two that I've felt Her influence more strongly, and in the last month or so I've begun to offer regularly to her (mostly flowers, flame, and incense).

Anubis: He randomly popped up at the beginning of the year in a significant dream for me that was very liminalist* for me. I've yet to fully figure out what he meant.

Brighid: She's been poking me since last fall, I believe. I've had a series of dreams either involving Her, or offerings TO Her. I'm a member of the Cauldron Cill, but I haven't quite figured out what to do during my shifts at the moment beyond just tending her Flame.

Manannan: I've felt a prod that He may be a God I should be following, but only inklings so far.

Cailleach: A Goddess I honour seasonally at the moment, during the darker half of the year.

Hekate: I honour Her on the Dark Moon. At this point I haven't worked with Her outside that time, although that may change as I'm starting to lean in the direction of working with witchcraft.

Kybele-Rheia, Bast, Pakhet, Sekhmet, and Zeus are all Gods I've felt called to do something for, but don't really now (for a variety of reasons).

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Re: Who do you work with?
« Reply #28 on: July 04, 2011, 07:54:07 pm »
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Hm, I'll go in a list. :) The only caveat I'll add is that I lack on giving regular offerings. I think this is due to lack of space in my room for several altars. :/

Dionysos: The God I've followed the longest, since I was about 14 or so. He's been in my life one way or another, imho influencing events. However I come and go from Him, and He is okay with this.

Is he really? Is that why I always get that 'It's okay' feeling and response when I am generally confused over my own path like now? So far I have been working with him... but not right now as I'm in one of those "Where the heck am I going?" phases. I tend to... draw away from deities when I get like that.

Though I have worked with him and it has helped me a lot with clearing up my own issues. I was mentally a wreak once and trying to repair myself and last year, Dionysus popped into my life and I seemed to be repaired quite quickly. I think to explain the months that followed, it was... kind of like a therapy that I didn't know I was going through until I looked back and went "... Huh."
Even through my phase right now, I don't like the idea of letting Him go and the idea of honoring two deities seems attractive right now.

I've worked with others, one including Loki, and you can guess the next one. ;) But for some reason, I just can't seem to accept the idea that I can work with more than two gods and feel like I should only work with/honor one. I don't have to though. (and that might be why I'm so spiritually confused half the time.)

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We can't leave them out! :) Thanks for taking the time to explain all that. I think TC could use another thread on the different ways you can "work" with divine beings (worship, veneration, all those little differences in between).

I also agree with this! This would be very, very helpful!

I'm sorry for any derailment. I didn't mean to do it. :(

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Is he really? Is that why I always get that 'It's okay' feeling and response when I am generally confused over my own path like now? So far I have been working with him... but not right now as I'm in one of those "Where the heck am I going?" phases. I tend to... draw away from deities when I get like that.


Dionysus is a bit like that in my experience, too. Just... really super chill. He's there if you need him. He's unorthodox in his methods. And I know he'll be there for me if I need to turn to him again. But it's up to me to make the decision, and he'll let me do what I need - with or without him.

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