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Re: Your Pantheon's "Everyday Gods"?
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2011, 01:46:32 pm »
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I also dedicate to them my 'fangirling' aka gushing over movies/books/tvshows board on fanboards over the net. It's something I did even before worshipping them, but somehow it just feels right  and sacred to do it for them, now...


Now, there's an interesting idea. I do a lot of fangirling myself (who doesn't?), might as well dedicate it to someone.

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Re: Your Pantheon's "Everyday Gods"?
« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2011, 08:10:00 pm »
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I saw this article on Patheos by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus and I think he raises some good points about honouring "small gods", that is, gods who are more concerned with everyday tasks than say, the "big" gods that seem to get everyone's attention. You can read it here: http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Everyday-Gods-P-Sufenas-Virius-Lupus-09-12-2011.html

In my tradition, there are land-wights and house-wights that look after plots of land and houses respectively, and let's not forget the ancestors, but I do think that there are some gods who don't seem to get a lot of attention, like Frigga's handmaidens; they're usually seen as aspects of Frigga herself, but if you consider that they are goddesses in their own right, many of them deal with "mundane" matters: Eir is a physician, Lofn deals with "forbidden" love and non-traditional relationships, etc.) although I don't think we have a deity who is specifically in charge of doors.

Do you honour any "small gods"?

 
I think the only Greek equivalent is the Agathos Daimon ("good spirit") a household guardian envisioned as a serpent. There are also household gods like Hestia, and certain aspects of gods like Zeus and Apollon, such as Zeus of the Property and Apollon of the Street, but they are still considered part of the "big" Olympians. There aren't really anything like Roman Penates and Lares.

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Re: Your Pantheon's "Everyday Gods"?
« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2015, 03:11:37 am »
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Do you honour any "small gods"?
While the centre of my religion are the Olympian gods, my household practices have a lot to do with local spirits. I honour several spirits of the house itself, spirits of the land nearby, lesser gods pertaining to more specific areas of interest that may be in the retinue of a major god. And I have a cult focus on Pan, which will only grow larger when I move out to a rural county.
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Re: Your Pantheon's "Everyday Gods"?
« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2015, 11:41:20 am »
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although I don't think we have a deity who is specifically in charge of doors.


I have 3 keys on my altar in honor of Frigga, keeper of the household.

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Do you honour any "small gods"?

 
Not specifically with a ritual. Apart from my "big" gods and goddesses, I address them collectively as "Aesir and Vanir, all our holy Gods and Goddesses" in my hammer donning prayers and combination sumbel/blót. I have a printed litany from A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru that I occasionally recite. It honors most of the deities.
śivāya vishnu rūpaya śivaḥ rūpaya vishnave
śivasya hridayam viṣṇur viṣṇoscha hridayam śivaḥ
Vishnu's appearance is Shiva; Shiva's appearance is Vishnu
Vishnu is the heart of Shiva; Shiva is the heart of Vishnu - Skandopanishad
 

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Re: Your Pantheon's "Everyday Gods"?
« Reply #19 on: May 08, 2015, 06:26:18 pm »
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Re: Your Pantheon's "Everyday Gods"?
« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2015, 11:50:35 pm »
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I saw this article on Patheos by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus and I think he raises some good points about honouring "small gods", that is, gods who are more concerned with everyday tasks than say, the "big" gods that seem to get everyone's attention. You can read it here: http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Everyday-Gods-P-Sufenas-Virius-Lupus-09-12-2011.html

In my tradition, there are land-wights and house-wights that look after plots of land and houses respectively, and let's not forget the ancestors, but I do think that there are some gods who don't seem to get a lot of attention, like Frigga's handmaidens; they're usually seen as aspects of Frigga herself, but if you consider that they are goddesses in their own right, many of them deal with "mundane" matters: Eir is a physician, Lofn deals with "forbidden" love and non-traditional relationships, etc.) although I don't think we have a deity who is specifically in charge of doors.

Do you honour any "small gods"?


Unlike others here, I don't think Mesoamerican religion has a meaningful distinction between 'small' and 'big' gods. They are pretty much the same group.

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Re: Your Pantheon's "Everyday Gods"?
« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2015, 12:02:37 pm »
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In my tradition, there are land-wights and house-wights that look after plots of land and houses respectively, and let's not forget the ancestors, but I do think that there are some gods who don't seem to get a lot of attention, like Frigga's handmaidens; they're usually seen as aspects of Frigga herself, but if you consider that they are goddesses in their own right, many of them deal with "mundane" matters: Eir is a physician, Lofn deals with "forbidden" love and non-traditional relationships, etc.) although I don't think we have a deity who is specifically in charge of doors.

Do you honour any "small gods"?

 
I have done quite a bit with Eir...I don't consider myself a healer, and yet I am a mother and have ended up quite a lot of times in my life as caregiver, so I really needed someone to work with and turn to when I need help.

I always considered Syn as a guardian of doors.

While the focus of my practice is definitely on one of the well-known (and 'major') deities, I have a serious fondness in my heart for obscure and more specialized deities.  I was reading a book recently that talked about well Goddesses...and not just that there were Goddesses that were considered to have domain over wells, but that there were Goddesses linked to particular wells.  The image in my head, of a deity who presides over a particular place, and the effect it would have on them if the place was forgotten or lost, was heartwrenching.
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Re: Your Pantheon's "Everyday Gods"?
« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2015, 03:13:43 am »
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I have done quite a bit with Eir...I don't consider myself a healer, and yet I am a mother and have ended up quite a lot of times in my life as caregiver, so I really needed someone to work with and turn to when I need help.

I always considered Syn as a guardian of doors.

While the focus of my practice is definitely on one of the well-known (and 'major') deities, I have a serious fondness in my heart for obscure and more specialized deities.  I was reading a book recently that talked about well Goddesses...and not just that there were Goddesses that were considered to have domain over wells, but that there were Goddesses linked to particular wells.  The image in my head, of a deity who presides over a particular place, and the effect it would have on them if the place was forgotten or lost, was heartwrenching.
I can't find the book I read about it in, just now, but I'm fascinated by the 'grey ladies' that haunt churches and holy wells around Britain. There were said to be a few up in Nottinghamshire where I used to live. I keep meaning to find out more and visit the wells and leave offerings.
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Re: Your Pantheon's "Everyday Gods"?
« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2015, 04:13:10 pm »
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Do you honour any "small gods"?


Mmm. All the "small" beings I work with are the Good Folk, and they're very distinct from the Hellion gods I worship. It's a completely different relationship at the end of the day, and not one I'm keen to rank in comparison to one another. But for all intents and purposes, yes, the Good Folk have more influence on the day-to-day elements of my home and hearth--including, yes, doors. :)

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Re: Your Pantheon's "Everyday Gods"?
« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2015, 01:03:20 pm »
i personally do not have a pantheon, as a witch with wiccan leanings I worship the Goddess and the God directly

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« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2015, 01:22:26 pm »
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I saw this article on Patheos by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus and I think he raises some good points about honouring "small gods", that is, gods who are more concerned with everyday tasks than say, the "big" gods that seem to get everyone's attention. You can read it here: http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Everyday-Gods-P-Sufenas-Virius-Lupus-09-12-2011.html

In my tradition, there are land-wights and house-wights that look after plots of land and houses respectively, and let's not forget the ancestors, but I do think that there are some gods who don't seem to get a lot of attention, like Frigga's handmaidens; they're usually seen as aspects of Frigga herself, but if you consider that they are goddesses in their own right, many of them deal with "mundane" matters: Eir is a physician, Lofn deals with "forbidden" love and non-traditional relationships, etc.) although I don't think we have a deity who is specifically in charge of doors.

Do you honour any "small gods"?

 
This is a fascinating thread, and I'm glad it got revived. I'm curious as to what makes a god "small": their popularity, their domain, or their power? If one defines a "small" god as being in charge of everyday affairs, then Sarasvati my patroness is a small goddess, because she's usually petitioned for quite ordinary things - helping kids with their grades, helping students get into good schools, etc. But she's also synonymous with profound spiritual wisdom and insight.

I do believe that there is too much emphasis on the "big gods" in current paganism (including the idea that EVERYONE gets thwapped and that if you don't have a sooper-speshul relationship with a big-name deity then UR DOIN IT RONG), but honestly that doesn't mean people should go in the other direction and start snarking that "the gods don't care about individuals."
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Re: Your Pantheon's "Everyday Gods"?
« Reply #26 on: May 15, 2015, 04:03:30 pm »
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This is a fascinating thread, and I'm glad it got revived. I'm curious as to what makes a god "small": their popularity, their domain, or their power? If one defines a "small" god as being in charge of everyday affairs, then Sarasvati my patroness is a small goddess, because she's usually petitioned for quite ordinary things - helping kids with their grades, helping students get into good schools, etc. But she's also synonymous with profound spiritual wisdom and insight.

 
Yes, I'd be interested in trying to define the term before I can discuss it.

My goddess Beara is not really popular*, outside of her local area (where she's considered a folkloric figure more than a deity anyway). In that sense, you could call her small. She's also unbelievably huge, a creator of entire landscapes and mountains, and older than some deities (arguably).

I'm not really sure that there are small gods in the Irish pantheon. There are a lot of deities, and they're all locally significant, and some have become more widely significant than that through legend and so on. But I don't know if we can see that pantheon in terms of chief gods and lesser gods. It doesn't translate that way.

*That is, if you consider her separately from 'the Cailleach' as a post-Romantic deity shaped by later writing.
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Re: Your Pantheon's "Everyday Gods"?
« Reply #28 on: July 18, 2015, 05:27:19 pm »
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Do you honour any "small gods"?

Everyday deities? Janus, To Hen and Vesta.

I address To Hen in many ways: Monad, Chronus, God, Supreme Being, Unlimited, Father, Mother, Beyond gender, Unknowable, Source, Origin, Ground of grounds, Ahura Mazda, Hen Ddienhydd, Eheyeh, Parabrahman, Ik Onkar, Great Architect of the Universe, Theos Hypsistos...

Small deities? Personal genius, genius of ancestors, genius of home and penates once a month. Thrice a month if I am zealous.

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