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Author Topic: Hellenic: My Encounter with (Maybe?) Dionysus  (Read 540 times)

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Re: My Encounter with (Maybe?) Dionysus
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2018, 10:57:23 pm »
Thank you for that link. I am reading it now and will almost certainly return to it later, too.

One of the things that surprised me was how kind the entity I experienced was—almost like a benevolent much older brother who knows me better than I know him. It was a healing and gentle encounter, and not what I associate with Dionysus. That said, no sparkly promises were made, just an invitation to work with him in a new way.

Maybe this is an aspect of the god that I have forgotten. I will have to review my mythology. I tend to get sidetracked by the madness, Agave ripping her son’s head off, etc.

He is also a deity of rebirth, having been born twice and reconstituted after being ripped to pieces...

You have given me a lot to think about. And maybe I should take Dumbledore’s words to heart...

I only have a little bit to add to the conversation, but thought it might be helpful for you.  I don't work with Dionysus at all, so I can't comment on those specific parts.  I did want to share with you, however, my experiences when it comes to working with Anubis. 

I've found that the typical description of Anubis, and perhaps other Gods, is wildly incorrect.  You know with Anubis, there's a lingering image of him being cold and uncaring.  But I can say in all honesty he's one of the warmest entities I've ever experienced.  The prep room at work is always kept chilly - helps to preserve the bodies and prevent the spread of germs.  But I've had times whilst at work where it suddenly feels like I've had a warm cloak thrown over my shoulders and I know that Anubis is near.  My hands which sometimes hurt and shake from the nerve damage and what not grow calm. 

I often see Anubis as a father figure.  One who guides and offers comfort.  One who holds your hands steady even though they want to shake and rattle.  Is it just my imagination?  Possibly.  Is it worth it to me?  Yes, yes it is. 

A lot of us work with deities and in our work find ourselves aligned with a particular deity based on our work.  I'm a funeral director/mortician, and we all know that Anubis is closely related to the funeral and burial rights.  So in that regards it seems fairly fitting that I would align myself with Anubis. 
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Re: My Encounter with (Maybe?) Dionysus
« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2018, 08:10:54 pm »
A lot of us work with deities and in our work find ourselves aligned with a particular deity based on our work.  I'm a funeral director/mortician, and we all know that Anubis is closely related to the funeral and burial rights.  So in that regards it seems fairly fitting that I would align myself with Anubis.

And as an add-on to your reply, Morbid, that the negative of your statement is also true. I work with Dionysos, but my career path doesn't necessarily align with what he's known for. For me, Dionysos came into my life (and is still here) when I needed a lot of self-love and care - namely with regards to limits (which makes sense seeing he is a liminal God who favors breaking down boundaries).
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Re: My Encounter with (Maybe?) Dionysus
« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2018, 07:41:41 am »
And as an add-on to your reply, Morbid, that the negative of your statement is also true. I work with Dionysos, but my career path doesn't necessarily align with what he's known for. For me, Dionysos came into my life (and is still here) when I needed a lot of self-love and care - namely with regards to limits (which makes sense seeing he is a liminal God who favors breaking down boundaries).
Oh most definitely.  Least not forget too that our relationship with a particular diety can and does change over time, as well.  So it is possible in that sense TGW that when Dionysos decides that he's done all he can do for you, your relationship may change. 
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Re: My Encounter with (Maybe?) Dionysus
« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2018, 10:23:05 pm »
The important thing is this: Dionysos is okay with you continuing to honor him, and he's okay with you moving on. It's up to you to decide which you want to do. Like Eastling said, maybe you want to continue your spiritual practices and talk with DIonysos to see where he can point you to.

He may be letting me choose, but he sure is popping up all over right now: in my dreams, in synchronicities (I was invited to participate in a poetry reading out of the blue, I found a store of 70% off art supplies), and in stores where I keep seeing things that my hands itch to put in a shrine.

I thought to myself "what is up?" and a voice in my mind laughed and said "You are welcome to choose your path freely, but I never promised not to seduce you."

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Re: My Encounter with (Maybe?) Dionysus
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2018, 11:41:37 am »
He may be letting me choose, but he sure is popping up all over right now: in my dreams, in synchronicities (I was invited to participate in a poetry reading out of the blue, I found a store of 70% off art supplies), and in stores where I keep seeing things that my hands itch to put in a shrine.

I thought to myself "what is up?" and a voice in my mind laughed and said "You are welcome to choose your path freely, but I never promised not to seduce you."

Sounds like him to me.
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Re: My Encounter with (Maybe?) Dionysus
« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2018, 06:33:48 am »
He may be letting me choose, but he sure is popping up all over right now: in my dreams, in synchronicities (I was invited to participate in a poetry reading out of the blue, I found a store of 70% off art supplies), and in stores where I keep seeing things that my hands itch to put in a shrine.

I thought to myself "what is up?" and a voice in my mind laughed and said "You are welcome to choose your path freely, but I never promised not to seduce you."
Yep - that last line is completely Dionysos. Which reminds me I still need to meditate sometime this week with meeting him as my intention...

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Re: My Encounter with (Maybe?) Dionysus
« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2018, 12:21:25 pm »
Yep - that last line is completely Dionysos. Which reminds me I still need to meditate sometime this week with meeting him as my intention...

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What brought you to Dionysus?

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Re: My Encounter with (Maybe?) Dionysus
« Reply #22 on: Yesterday at 12:07:49 pm »
I think it was a combination of factors. My husband is in theater, we have an open relationship and I'm still exploring my sexuality. But there's more:

1. I had a coworker who is Wiccan and she and I talked a lot about that and my studies. Before I had told her about this dream I had she said that she felt several presences around me, namely Artemis and Bacchus. After telling her about the dream she urged me to do some more research into those deities and to do some more meditation to try and contact them.

2. I met Dionysos in a guided meditation (from Penczak's Gay Witchcraft) and at the time I had personal issues - namely my relationship felt like it was not in great shape, I wasn't loving what I was doing, and I was having self doubts. During the meditation, I met a beautiful young man with wavy/curly brown hair lying down on a hill. I went to lay down next to him but slipped and fell on top of him... And he just proceeded to French kiss me. I didn't feel repulsed - surprised yes, but I felt so comfortable with him. And I felt like my self-imposed limits and doubts were cast aside and away.

3. Since that meditation I keep seeing references to him - just this week I saw a store selling fig trees. I told myself I'll buy it the next day if it's still there and sure enough it was! Now it's in my living room waiting for a pot.

When I meditate in front of my altar with that picture of Dionysos, I feel so much love, calm, and peace. And no judegement. I know that for some outside of my practice, they would say that I'm psychologically adjusting myself through the lens of a deity that I constructed but I find that to be too cynical/pragmatic/realistic? And even now, I'm exploring other deities in the Hellenic pantheon, namely Apollo.

That's what drew me to Dionysos 

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