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Author Topic: Multiple Gods--Handling Relationships and Who Did What?  (Read 18295 times)
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« Reply #10: July 10, 2010, 07:08:29 pm »

Tarot, a self-designed quote deck, occasional other methods depending on the particular question.

Yes and no - depends on what you mean by invoking. The way I use the term Drawing Down, it means the priestess or priest inviting the deity into their body, and to - some level - influence what's going on. (There can be different levels: everything from a voice in your ear with additional information to a much clearer overlay where the priest/ess's personality is very much in the back seat.)

It's not something to do lightly, without appropriate training, or without appropriate support (and especially aftercare if something goes oddly - things don't need to go badly to have a long-term impact that may not be what someone desired.) However, in the right circumstances, and with that appropriate support, it can be incredibly meaningful and informative in building a relationship with a particular deity. (Again, from either side of the equation: I've had amazing experiences being the priestess doing the Draw, but I've also had really amazing ones being in ritual where someone else did the Draw.)

In terms of getting to know a particular deity, it's usually something that's one of the last steps in building a strong relationship, partly because there are some very real potential risks. (I don't mean 'everything is doomed' but more like 'it's a bit like driving a strange car on unfamiliar roads in a drizzle'. Stuff might be just fine, and you'll get there safely, but there's also a lot of unpredictability in the equation, and what might happen is affected by that. You can do stuff to improve the good outcomes, but some of that is more work than others.)

The exercise I realise I didn't mention, but have gotten a lot out of, is one the group I trained with requires - each month, students are required to study a given deity (deities the group works with regularly, or who for various reasons come up in group interactions more regularly, mostly) and write up a short summary - major associations, summary of major myths, attributes, etc. But they're also required to do some sort of creative project associated with that deity. People have done everything from art to poetry to music to gardening to creating an oil blend to .. well, you get the idea. It's often that piece - when we get our head out of the way of the relationship a bit - that can be particularly powerful and effective.

Oh, yeah, I definitely don't think I have enough experience with the Drawing Down thing. I tried something really similar when I was much younger with Hermes, and that threw my life into CHAOS. Hehehheh. I will read up on it, however...

In terms of studying, I do a lot of that... I try to study one of these two deities at a time, and though I don't do the writing project, I do paint.  (I have a thread in the art forum here that has my latest piece, which is of Sirona) So... I think that by doing that, you're right, that's going to help. It solidifies the deity in my  head.... but unfortunately, I can't quite get what I see out on the woodblock... I haven't been able to paint Hermes for years!

NIMUE... I will take your advice into hand!

Is there anyone else out there who has any other advice?

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