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Author Topic: Multiple Gods--Handling Relationships and Who Did What?  (Read 17981 times)
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« Reply #2: July 08, 2010, 09:42:33 pm »

How have those of you who have relationships with other deities developed those relationships? I find it more difficult to have time to get to know these new goddesses. Do you have any techniques for doing so? What do you do for a deity who is a softer speaker than the other?

For me, it's about context - with a good side of "Different entities are different entities and the relationships will find their own levels given time and reasonable attention." Like friendships or any other relationship, really.

Part of it is that my work with/honoring of/worship of different deities (depending on what precisely is going on, which varies) is partly context dependent: there are personal deity relationships, but I also have relationships with deities the coven works with/honors, and the same thing with the tradition as a whole. But even with the personal deity relationships, it's a lot like a friendship: sometimes I call friend A to do something, sometimes friend B, and I want to maintain and balance different interactions in a way that works for everyone (ideally).

Some people do this by different ritual modes. I mostly do it by planning what I want to do with who when, and trying to keep a balance. (which does mean that I have months where I go "Argh, must figure out something meaningful to do with X soon.")

I keep being afraid that my subconscious mind is making up personalities to deal with different issues of my own personality, rather than actually having a deity speak to me. Have you had this thought?

What helps me with this:

- Divination and other modes of getting information that do not come straight from my own head. (That includes divination from other people, not just me, though my own stuff can be quite helpful in this. Talking things over with other people, ditto)

- A recognition, built over about 5 years, that the really-truly-deep deity experiences come, for me, in modes of interaction that are not my natural forte - I'm normally very much a verbal-audio sort of person, but my major 'this is clearly something outside my own head' experiences are very visual, and to a level of detail I can't produce otherwise. Combined with other input, it's pretty clear that's something outside of me, at least as far as I can tell.

- In appropriate settings, Drawing Down work with the relevant deities (both my doing it, and other people doing it) that produces a consistent-enough result. (Real people - and I think real deities - are not perfectly consistent, and I'd think perfect consistency was a marker for concern. But there's the 'this looks like a consistent personality/wishes/etc.' stuff that is really helpful.)

And most importantly, when Something Happens-- either something you've asked for or something you just know  is out of the ordinary, how do you know who did what? Was it deity A, deity B, deity C, or All of the Above? Do you try and figure out which godly source did the Something, or do you thank them all?

Depends. Did I ask someone specific for something specific? If not, I tend to pay attention to anything worth noticing, but not fret about it too much.

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