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« Topic Start: May 11, 2010, 12:07:13 am »

I wasn't sure where to put this, so I apologize in advance if this is in the wrong section.

For those of you whose family members also worship Gods, do you have a family or household Patron? Perhaps He or She is a deity not necessarily connected with any particular individual but honored by all members? The idea suddenly popped into my head and I've been wondering if Gods are worshiped in such a way anymore, and if so, how families go about worshiping them.

Any experience or ideas would be appreciated. Smiley
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« Reply #1: May 11, 2010, 12:15:42 am »

I wasn't sure where to put this, so I apologize in advance if this is in the wrong section.

For those of you whose family members also worship Gods, do you have a family or household Patron? Perhaps He or She is a deity not necessarily connected with any particular individual but honored by all members? The idea suddenly popped into my head and I've been wondering if Gods are worshiped in such a way anymore, and if so, how families go about worshiping them.

Any experience or ideas would be appreciated. Smiley

I can't speak from experience as my family are either Catholic or Atheist, but I don't see why you can't have a family Patron. I believe that my Patron has an interest in looking after my family because they are just that-my family. I worship Him, work with Him and love Him a great deal, and He is well aware of just how much my family mean to me and how they are important to my health and happiness. There is always a chance that someone may decide to follow Him in the future (my 8 year old daughter already shows a great deal of interest in learning about Him) so we may indeed worship Him together at some point. You just never know (he probably does, but that isn't the point, is it?  Wink ).
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« Reply #2: May 11, 2010, 01:02:40 am »

I believe that my Patron has an interest in looking after my family because they are just that-my family.

This is the kind of vibe I'm getting, though oddly enough, it's not from one of my own Patrons but from a Goddess that my fiancé has had (is having?) interactions with. Neither of us have a relationship with Her, but I can't help the strong feeling that She is important to the both of us.
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« Reply #3: May 11, 2010, 07:00:11 am »

I believe that my Patron has an interest in looking after my family because they are just that-my family.

Yes, this.

I'm the only active worshiper of Brighid or any other non-JCI god in my house.  (My parents live with us and are committed Christians.)  However, it's quite clear that Brighid is a presence in the lives of my husband and daughters, even though they don't "worship" Her, at least that I know of.  She has instructed me to give each of them a Brighid's cross necklace and ask them to wear or carry it for protection.  All three do.  My husband and younger daughter wear theirs all the time, and my older daughter carries it with her when she's not wearing it.

So, I do think Brighid watches over my family.  I'm not sure, though, if that's because they're my family or because She has plans for them in the future and is laying a foundation now.  Wink
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« Reply #4: May 11, 2010, 12:05:55 pm »

I'm the only active worshiper of Brighid or any other non-JCI god in my house.  (My parents live with us and are committed Christians.)  However, it's quite clear that Brighid is a presence in the lives of my husband and daughters, even though they don't "worship" Her, at least that I know of.  She has instructed me to give each of them a Brighid's cross necklace and ask them to wear or carry it for protection.  All three do.  My husband and younger daughter wear theirs all the time, and my older daughter carries it with her when she's not wearing it.

That's so cool! Smiley Regardless if She has plans or not, it seems like something well within Brighid's domain.
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« Reply #5: May 11, 2010, 12:10:44 pm »

That's so cool! Smiley

Yep.  As I've told my family, "You might not believe in Brighid, but She believes in you."   Wink
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« Reply #6: May 11, 2010, 12:13:41 pm »

For those of you whose family members also worship Gods, do you have a family or household Patron? Perhaps He or She is a deity not necessarily connected with any particular individual but honored by all members? The idea suddenly popped into my head and I've been wondering if Gods are worshiped in such a way anymore, and if so, how families go about worshiping them.

I have a house shrine, basically set up for somewhat similar purposes; it honors Brighid and Bast primarily.  (Taweret secondarily, and will also have Bes when I am done with His props.)

Unfortunately, I haven't been keeping up with specific stuff in a while, and my fountain pump broke. Sad
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« Reply #7: May 11, 2010, 01:06:24 pm »

I have a house shrine, basically set up for somewhat similar purposes; it honors Brighid and Bast primarily.  (Taweret secondarily, and will also have Bes when I am done with His props.)

Unfortunately, I haven't been keeping up with specific stuff in a while, and my fountain pump broke. Sad

I was actually considering setting up a house shrine for Taweret and Bes closer to when I intend to have children, so it's good to know that my "house Patron(s)" idea isn't unusual!
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« Reply #8: May 11, 2010, 01:08:59 pm »

I was actually considering setting up a house shrine for Taweret and Bes closer to when I intend to have children, so it's good to know that my "house Patron(s)" idea isn't unusual!

Yeah, the blue hippo statue wound up there when I got pregnant. Wink
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« Reply #9: April 04, 2011, 05:23:01 pm »

For those of you whose family members also worship Gods, do you have a family or household Patron? Perhaps He or She is a deity not necessarily connected with any particular individual but honored by all members? The idea suddenly popped into my head and I've been wondering if Gods are worshiped in such a way anymore, and if so, how families go about worshiping them.

Any experience or ideas would be appreciated. Smiley

Hello,

Pardon if this is out of turn; I've read the rules, but haven't seen any position on reviving long-quiet threads, either positive or negative.

My "household" actually does have two patrons. My husband and I both felt that the Irish deities of love, Aenghus macOg and Caer Ibormeith, were involved in the start of our relationship, in at least a supporting role. *grin* My husband has since decided that he is atheist, but he is open to my continuing to work with Them as relates to our relationship, using Their symbology (swans in particular) in our wedding and household decorations and such. (They told me he was still an excellent match for me, whatever he might think of Them.)

"Household" is a term that lets my husband not feel like he's being dragged into observing something that goes against his current perspective, but which allows me to feel that it encompasses our communal life together.

I maintain a relationship with Them, but it isn't a very intensive or frequent contact one, just an offering and mention when appropriate. (For example, I hosted Samhain at my house last year; I insisted we give the first libation to Aenghus and Caer, as they were hosting as much as the humans were.)

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« Reply #10: April 04, 2011, 07:47:40 pm »

I maintain a relationship with Them, but it isn't a very intensive or frequent contact one, just an offering and mention when appropriate. (For example, I hosted Samhain at my house last year; I insisted we give the first libation to Aenghus and Caer, as they were hosting as much as the humans were.)

Thank you for that perspective; I hadn't thought of doing anything like that.

As it stands, I have since separated from my ex-fiancé, so this isn't a pressing matter anymore. It's still something I'd like to think about if I end up getting married, especially since my current significant other is an atheist.
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« Reply #11: April 04, 2011, 07:56:11 pm »

I wasn't sure where to put this, so I apologize in advance if this is in the wrong section.

For those of you whose family members also worship Gods, do you have a family or household Patron? Perhaps He or She is a deity not necessarily connected with any particular individual but honored by all members? The idea suddenly popped into my head and I've been wondering if Gods are worshiped in such a way anymore, and if so, how families go about worshiping them.

Any experience or ideas would be appreciated. Smiley

Even though Sekhmet is my primary deity, I consider her more of a family protector than just simply my patroness. My son helps me to wake her in the morning and speaks to her statue on a regular basis. My Hubby has actually assisted me with offerings when I forgot to remove them from her shrine. So, she's kind of a family entity than just simply "mine".

In regards to familial offerings in her name, there isn't much that I can think of. Or, honestly, how an entire family would recognize and worship one patron for the family... I have always wanted to have a lion's head mounted above my front door to protect the home from intruders. I don't know if that helps you, at all, but that's what I got. (And I'm sorry this sounds so rambly. I've been having a hard time concentrating lately.)
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Hello,

Pardon if this is out of turn; I've read the rules, but haven't seen any position on reviving long-quiet threads, either positive or negative.

We have no problem with thread necromancy, as long as you realize the original posters might not be there or have changed their opinion on the subject in the meantime. Smiley
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« Reply #13: April 05, 2011, 10:58:18 am »

We have no problem with thread necromancy, as long as you realize the original posters might not be there or have changed their opinion on the subject in the meantime. Smiley

In addition to what Shadow's said here:  If you're ever not sure about whether it's OK to do something, please ask rather than just posting and hoping foe the best.  Saves a lot of time and aggravation all around, if what you want to do turns out not to be OK.  Wink
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« Reply #14: April 05, 2011, 12:33:41 pm »

In addition to what Shadow's said here:  If you're ever not sure about whether it's OK to do something, please ask rather than just posting and hoping foe the best.  Saves a lot of time and aggravation all around, if what you want to do turns out not to be OK.  Wink

Fair enough, I will operate on that basis in the future!

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