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Author Topic: Which gods do you focus on?  (Read 2290 times)

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Which gods do you focus on?
« on: January 28, 2012, 12:50:09 pm »
Lately, I've been trying to begin expanding my practice to more of the Celtic deities, but with such an expansive pantheon with so many missing pieces in information, its sort of complex. So I was wondering, which gods do YOU work with, and how do you choose?


(I'm generally looking into Irish Celtic paths, but I'd love to hear from anybody on this. :) )

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Re: Which gods do you focus on?
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2012, 08:01:44 pm »
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Lately, I've been trying to begin expanding my practice to more of the Celtic deities, but with such an expansive pantheon with so many missing pieces in information, its sort of complex. So I was wondering, which gods do YOU work with, and how do you choose?


(I'm generally looking into Irish Celtic paths, but I'd love to hear from anybody on this. :) )
I mainly work only with Welsh deities, I tried to work with Gaelic as well, but it just never took. The Welsh Gods were beating down my door so to speak. I work with Amaethon(Patron), Cerridwen(Matron), Arianrhod, Don, Beli, & Gwiddion. I didn't really choose them, as in hey I'm going to honor such deity, but it was a process of asking for contact from any Celtic deity, and the Welsh ones just started coming through to me. The first contact was with Cerridwen, and soon came Amaethon, and so on. Like I said I asked for contact from Celtic deities and the Welsh Gods just started banging down my door, saying you rang, what do you want, lol.
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Re: Which gods do you focus on?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2012, 11:48:45 pm »
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Lately, I've been trying to begin expanding my practice to more of the Celtic deities, but with such an expansive pantheon with so many missing pieces in information, its sort of complex. So I was wondering, which gods do YOU work with, and how do you choose?


(I'm generally looking into Irish Celtic paths, but I'd love to hear from anybody on this. :) )

 
Weirdly enough, i mainly work with wights and local spirits than the gods. I don't know how exactly it worked out that way but it did. I didn't get to choose. I really don't think any of us get to choose. The gods/wights find you. :D:
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Re: Which gods do you focus on?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2012, 04:36:45 pm »
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Lately, I've been trying to begin expanding my practice to more of the Celtic deities, but with such an expansive pantheon with so many missing pieces in information, its sort of complex. So I was wondering, which gods do YOU work with, and how do you choose?
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Brighid was the first one to come to me and Morrigan has claimed me.  On the odd occasion, Brighid does come around to teach me for a short while, but it's Morrigan that is my primary deity.  For both of them it wasn't me doing the choosing per say.  They chose me .  I choose to continue to learn from them both and have no regrets.  I also know I can look into other deities and pantheons (and have for a short while).  I still enjoy the time spent learning with them but I always come back to these two. I 'belong' to these two.

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Re: Which gods do you focus on?
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2012, 11:08:25 am »
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Lately, I've been trying to begin expanding my practice to more of the Celtic deities, but with such an expansive pantheon with so many missing pieces in information, its sort of complex. So I was wondering, which gods do YOU work with, and how do you choose?


(I'm generally looking into Irish Celtic paths, but I'd love to hear from anybody on this. :) )


I work with Frau Holda, a German goddess sort of like Frigga. I also work with the Vanir gods/goddess, Freya mostly. I also found out a few years after choosing my craft name (Ula) there is a Norse god, Ullr.

I found each one I work with through mediation and reading various pagan pantheons. I guess saying I felt called to them is appropriate.

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Re: Which gods do you focus on?
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2012, 08:39:23 pm »
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Lately, I've been trying to begin expanding my practice to more of the Celtic deities, but with such an expansive pantheon with so many missing pieces in information, its sort of complex. So I was wondering, which gods do YOU work with, and how do you choose?


(I'm generally looking into Irish Celtic paths, but I'd love to hear from anybody on this. :) )

 
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Oya is my main Orisha from that pantheon.  I also honor Yemoja and Elegba.  

Frigga is the main Norse deity I honor along with Skadhi and Njordh.  

Some of them chose me (Aset, Oya and Frigga come to mind).  Others just showed up.
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Re: Which gods do you focus on?
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2012, 02:21:41 am »
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So I was wondering, which gods do YOU work with, and how do you choose?


 
The main ones I work with are Cernunnos, Rhiannon, Lugh and Brighid.
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Re: Which gods do you focus on?
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2012, 06:16:09 am »
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The main ones I work with are Cernunnos, Rhiannon, Lugh and Brighid.


I generally disdain the term 'working with' deities. I generally believe that you either worship/honor/venerate/etc. or you don't. While I of course venerate the household deities, I mainly concern myself with the Divine Julius, and center my sacra privata around him accordingly. I am also deeply enthralled by the Imperial Cultus, and intend to later be ordained as a priest in order to serve the Divine Emperors and the Divus Iulius.
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Re: Which gods do you focus on?
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2012, 06:21:51 pm »
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I generally disdain the term 'working with' deities.

 
It's not generally the term I use when referring to my practice, but I wanted to leave it open for everyone. :)

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Re: Which gods do you focus on?
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2012, 07:21:23 am »
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I generally disdain the term 'working with' deities.


I disdain arrogance. Go figure.

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Re: Which gods do you focus on?
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I disdain arrogance. Go figure.

 
Good thing I wasn't being arrogant.
Roman Emperors seem like they’d be cranky types to begin with.
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Re: Which gods do you focus on?
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2012, 04:26:59 am »
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Good thing I wasn't being arrogant.

 
Perhaps not, but what you said was pretty dismissive of those whose deity-interactions are most accurately described as "working with".

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« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2012, 08:44:19 pm »
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Lately, I've been trying to begin expanding my practice to more of the Celtic deities, but with such an expansive pantheon with so many missing pieces in information, its sort of complex. So I was wondering, which gods do YOU work with, and how do you choose?

(I'm generally looking into Irish Celtic paths, but I'd love to hear from anybody on this. :) )

 
I work within the Irish Pantheon, but I solely worship Brighid as She has chosen me. I have embraced Her with loving arms, and I see Her as my mother in a way. She is the core of my practice, and the Goddess I feel closest to. She is not only the Goddess that permeates my practice, She is also my household deity as well, and Her influence can be seen in many facets of my life. Brighid is a gentle Goddess, and I adore Her. I believe it is a privileged for me to have been chosen to worship and honor Her.

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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2012, 12:18:29 pm »
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Lately, I've been trying to begin expanding my practice to more of the Celtic deities, but with such an expansive pantheon with so many missing pieces in information, its sort of complex. So I was wondering, which gods do YOU work with, and how do you choose?


(I'm generally looking into Irish Celtic paths, but I'd love to hear from anybody on this. :) )

 
I was chosen by the Morrigan when I was somewhere around thirteen, and have since then become a bard. I certainly wouldn't have chosen her on my own--before she called, I was a very eclectic Wiccan hoping to serve Artemis and the Greek gods, and all I knew about the Morrigan was that she was a very angry, powerful war-goddess. I fought her call for about a year, and then I finally started to learn things about her and realize that intimidating does not necessarily mean bad.

In nearly all aspects of my life, she's the one who works with me; she tells me which choices should be thought about seriously, which choices are okay to fret and dither about, and which ones just aren't that important in the long run. After spending most of my life worrying about EVERYTHING, I really do need her help with prioritizing.

She helps me through the tangled maze of life, makes me think about what kind of path led me to my current point, and occasionally she forces me to get mad about things instead of letting my feelings fester quietly into mental illness.

I don't work with spells or rituals, I don't have an altar, and I celebrate the holidays by... well, celebrating, with no particular dedication to the Morrigan or any of the other Irish pantheon. (Partly because I'm a semi-broke college student and don't have the money to be leaving offerings, even on special occasions.)

In respect for the Morrigan's war aspects, I try to keep fit by practicing archery and kung fu, although I can't practice the former as often as I'd like.

We're minimalist like that. I'm sorry I couldn't help you more besides repeating the "[deity] chose me" answer. :)
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