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« Topic Start: April 20, 2010, 07:21:05 pm »

So, a few days ago i decided to try something. I've always been interested in mythology, mostly Greek mythology, so I asked Apollo that if he did exist, to please show me a sign. I didn't mean this in a rude way, I just really wanted to know. So last night just before I went to sleep, I felt someone hit me on the back of my thighs, just beneath my butt. There was no one there and I sleep on the top bunk. Is this supposed to mean something, or am I just being crazy?
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« Reply #1: April 21, 2010, 12:57:59 am »

Is this supposed to mean something, or am I just being crazy?
Well, of course, my opinion is completely unobjective because I'm a practicing polytheist with relationships with several Greek Deities.

But, YES, it means something. You called on one of the Gods to give you a sign, and He did. It's up to you now whether you want to pursue a real relationship with Him. It can be an amazing path, if you're willing.

When people ask if they're crazy, I always fall back on my knowledge of psychology (which is much more extensive than my knowledge of mythology, I've been studying everything I could find on psychology for over ten years). If you were mentally ill enough to be having tactile hallucinations, you would be having a whole list of other symptoms and issues. I could type them out here but I'm not going to because I know you're not crazy.  Wink
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« Reply #2: April 21, 2010, 01:46:22 am »

So, a few days ago i decided to try something. I've always been interested in mythology, mostly Greek mythology, so I asked Apollo that if he did exist, to please show me a sign. I didn't mean this in a rude way, I just really wanted to know. So last night just before I went to sleep, I felt someone hit me on the back of my thighs, just beneath my butt. There was no one there and I sleep on the top bunk. Is this supposed to mean something, or am I just being crazy?

I really doubt that this means something, but it's probably not a sign that you're crazy either.

I don't see any particular reason to connect this to Apollo. I guess it's possible, but in my experience, Apollo tends to be very clear about his identity when sending any sort of sign- what the sign may be about might be very unclear, but there's generally no doubt that it's from him.

Also, if it was just before you fell asleep- sometimes your body just feels weird things in that state. Not to mention the amount of time that passed between the request and what happened. Unless there's more to what happened than you're posting here...If I were in the same place as you, I don't see anything that would connect this to Apollo in my mind. Even after having been strongly devoted to him for several years, if it were to happen to me now, without at the very least throwing in a definite feeling of his presence, I wouldn't connect it (and even then, I probably wouldn't.)

I understand the wanting to know...but you might want to hold off on the "show me a sign to prove you exist!" thing and look for other ways to confirm or strengthen your beliefs. If they choose to grant your request, there's a possibility you might not like the proof that they give you. Additionally, as I see it, this is a little too close to an attempt to coerce a god into doing something for you.
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« Reply #3: April 21, 2010, 06:29:46 am »

So, a few days ago i decided to try something. I've always been interested in mythology, mostly Greek mythology, so I asked Apollo that if he did exist, to please show me a sign. I didn't mean this in a rude way, I just really wanted to know. So last night just before I went to sleep, I felt someone hit me on the back of my thighs, just beneath my butt. There was no one there and I sleep on the top bunk. Is this supposed to mean something, or am I just being crazy?

I doubt that you are crazy, but I also seriously doubt that it was Apollo. People seem to work them selves up sometimes. You would have thought the same thing I'm sure if the power had flickered or the wind had blustered through your window and blown out your candles.

I understand the wanting to know...but you might want to hold off on the "show me a sign to prove you exist!" thing and look for other ways to confirm or strengthen your beliefs. If they choose to grant your request, there's a possibility you might not like the proof that they give you. Additionally, as I see it, this is a little too close to an attempt to coerce a god into doing something for you.

  I agree with Flamma, I would probably take it easy on the "Give me proof" stuff, it is a little to much of a demand, and you may not always be pleased with the proof.  If a deity wants you to know s/he is poking around they will let you know on their own.
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« Reply #4: April 21, 2010, 07:36:30 am »

So, a few days ago i decided to try something. I've always been interested in mythology, mostly Greek mythology, so I asked Apollo that if he did exist, to please show me a sign. I didn't mean this in a rude way, I just really wanted to know. So last night just before I went to sleep, I felt someone hit me on the back of my thighs, just beneath my butt. There was no one there and I sleep on the top bunk. Is this supposed to mean something, or am I just being crazy?

Fiamma's saved me a lot of typing by saying most of what I would have.  Frankly, Apollo is not exactly the first deity I'd connect with a smack on the ass, and it seems like there's a perfectly mundane explanation for the sensation (i.e. odd sensations do happen in that halfway-between-sleeping-and-waking state; I often feel like I'm falling in that state, for example).  Is there something you haven't mentioned that makes you think this was a sign from Apollo?  Based on what you've said here, I'm afraid I don't really see any basis for considering it a sign from anyone at all.  Doesn't mean that you're crazy, though.  Wink

I'll add that I don't think saying, "Hey, give me a sign that you exist," is usually effective at all.  Not just because it's rude (although it kind of is--you might not have meant it to be, but that doesn't mean it isn't) or because you might not like the results (although that's also true), but because once you ask you're looking for the sign and that affects how you percieve things.  Anything slightly unusual or even possibly connected with the deity you were asking can start to look like it's significant, even though most of these things generally aren't.  The flip side of that is that if you lean more toward the skeptical, you can also start to explain away everything that strikes you as possibly significant, so that you wouldn't know a real sign if it happened.  I don't think asking for signs generally puts one in a frame of mind that is conducive to receiving them.

If you're looking for proof of the existence of Apollo or any other god--I think you'll be rather disappointed.  There doesn't tend to be absolute, objective proof for the existence of deities.  Some people have direct experience with one or more gods, which helps with the whole belief thing, but most people don't.  This is one of those areas where you just have to decide for yourself what you believe.  If you're interested in investigating those beliefs, I'd suggest delving deeper into the mythology, learning more about the deities that most interest you, and also starting to learn about the way other people believe.  See if any of it resonates with you.  If so, see where that leads you.
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« Reply #5: April 21, 2010, 10:58:16 am »

If you're looking for proof of the existence of Apollo or any other god--I think you'll be rather disappointed.  There doesn't tend to be absolute, objective proof for the existence of deities. 

Well in fact in my experience it is like this: I start to doubt something, I shoud know better. I ask for a sign - and I sure as heck get none.
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« Reply #6: April 21, 2010, 10:29:24 pm »

Well, nothing remotely like what the OP described has ever happened to me, so I would take it as a sign (though I don't feel the need to ask for 'signs', I'm kinda scared of what I might get  Tongue).
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« Reply #7: April 22, 2010, 04:51:10 am »

Well, nothing remotely like what the OP described has ever happened to me, so I would take it as a sign (though I don't feel the need to ask for 'signs', I'm kinda scared of what I might get  Tongue).

What in your mind would connect the asking for a sign with an odd, random sensation occurring several days later, in an (assumed to be, based on what the OP has said) unconnected context?
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« Reply #8: April 22, 2010, 07:11:23 am »

Well, nothing remotely like what the OP described has ever happened to me, so I would take it as a sign

New experiences happen all the time.  Sometimes they're even a bit unusual.  Being new and a little unusual does not, in and of itself, constitute a sign--not even if you've asked for one.  I think before it can be considered a sign, there has to be some indication of its being anything beyond any other new, somewhat odd occurrence.  Given the description posted, I don't see anything that actually connects this experience to Apollo, and I don't see any reason why it should be assigned any more significance than "sometimes stuff like that happens when you're falling asleep".
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« Reply #9: April 24, 2010, 03:16:24 pm »

Is this supposed to mean something, or am I just being crazy?

I don't think you're crazy, but the only person who can really know if it means something is you. I don't personally put much stock in random signs, but I've also had experiences with the Gods communicating to me, too. I'm pretty sure it was Brigit communicating with me because I've talked with lots of other folks who work with Brigit and She often communicates with them in similar fashion.

Do I personally think it was a sign from Apollo? Well, I think Zeus is more likely to be slapping women on the ass. If you want to work with Greek gods and try to build a relationship with them, do it. Why would you need some sort of validation first?

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