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« Topic Start: March 27, 2010, 04:00:34 am »

This is a question mainly for the polytheists who worship more than one God/dess, but it's a bit of clarification about deities' practices with people.

I recently had some, ah, romantic trouble, shall we say, and I was obsessing over it just a little bit (read: a lot).  I was confusing myself even worse than the issue itself was confusing me, and I think Manannan finally got well and truly over my whining, and realising that I wasn't going to work the problem out on my own, called in Aenghus to help out.  I worship both Gods, but Manannan is my patron.  What ended up happening was that Manannan lent me to Aenghus for the week, while Aenghus helped me work out the issues.  Afterwards, I lit a candle for Aenghus and thanked Him specifically for the help.

So does anyone else get involved in cosmic games of Catch like this?  If you worship one main God/dess, do you ever get passed over to another God/dess for help?  Is there any etiquette you usually observe in these circumstances?
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« Reply #1: March 27, 2010, 04:24:27 am »


I haven't experienced anything like this.

It's more the other way around, I feel that I do not need to turn to anybody else anymore.
Even that it was always my Lady that stepped in the way, when I thought I would contact some other goddess.

But that doesn't mean, that I know more about her than before *sigh*.
This hide and seek makes things difficult. Wink

But to return to your question. Why not? I think if you're involved with both gods, it is not strange that they share to care for you.
Like your Mom might send you to your Dad if she can't help with a certain problem or vice versa.
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« Reply #2: March 27, 2010, 07:50:48 am »

This is a question mainly for the polytheists who worship more than one God/dess, but it's a bit of clarification about deities' practices with people.

I've been told that another deity in the pantheon could help me before, but never anything quite like you are describing.
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« Reply #3: March 27, 2010, 10:17:55 am »

So does anyone else get involved in cosmic games of Catch like this?  If you worship one main God/dess, do you ever get passed over to another God/dess for help?  Is there any etiquette you usually observe in these circumstances?

I can't exactly say that I've experienced this personally, being given over from one deity to another for a set, specific reason and time, but I have heard of this happening to several people. I suddenly can't think of specific cases offhand (not that I would be telling you anyone else's personal details of course) but most of the cases that I want to say that I've heard of have been some or another instance of a close follower of Apollo, Dionysus or Hermes being passed to another one of those three.

I don't think there are really any standard procedures and protocols, besides being respectful and all...otherwise, I think that what exactly passes between the worshiper and the gods is dependent on the situation, and the particular gods in question.
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« Reply #4: March 28, 2010, 08:23:03 am »

This is a question mainly for the polytheists who worship more than one God/dess, but it's a bit of clarification about deities' practices with people.

I recently had some, ah, romantic trouble, shall we say, and I was obsessing over it just a little bit (read: a lot).  I was confusing myself even worse than the issue itself was confusing me, and I think Manannan finally got well and truly over my whining, and realising that I wasn't going to work the problem out on my own, called in Aenghus to help out.  I worship both Gods, but Manannan is my patron.  What ended up happening was that Manannan lent me to Aenghus for the week, while Aenghus helped me work out the issues.  Afterwards, I lit a candle for Aenghus and thanked Him specifically for the help.

So does anyone else get involved in cosmic games of Catch like this?  If you worship one main God/dess, do you ever get passed over to another God/dess for help?  Is there any etiquette you usually observe in these circumstances?

I did it many times.
My patron Goddess is Aset and patron God Amun Ra, but often I realize that they leave space for other deities to act on my behalf... Very often a truly amazing God helping me is Djehuty (Toth). Anubis help me when I pray to Him too. And many other deities even from other Pantheons.
It is normal to maintain serious relationship with patrons, but other deities should be involved in your life.
It is well known that in ancient world there was no All powerful God. So every God and Goddess have some roles in our mortal lives.
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« Reply #5: March 28, 2010, 10:36:36 am »

So does anyone else get involved in cosmic games of Catch like this?  If you worship one main God/dess, do you ever get passed over to another God/dess for help?  Is there any etiquette you usually observe in these circumstances?

I can't really relate. I don't exactly have "patrons," so although I do have gods I honour and pray to more than others, it's not unusual for me to go to another deity. Sometimes I think Hera can help me more than Aphrodite, or Artemis more than Demeter, etc. There are so many people in the world, so I don't think the gods can be possessive.
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