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« Topic Start: January 17, 2011, 08:54:07 am »

Has the gender of your deity ever been relevant to your path? Made things easier, harder, 'other' for you?

Or has it just never, ahem, come up?
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« Reply #1: January 17, 2011, 10:19:15 am »

Has the gender of your deity ever been relevant to your path? Made things easier, harder, 'other' for you?

Defenitely easier. I have a lot of issues with men/male energy, so I've nearly exclusively focused on worship of female Deities since I started on the pagan path. It's only recently that I've started to include a few Gods in my worship as I was divined (Kemetic Orthodox) as a Beloved of Bes.
It's taken me many years to get to the stage of being comfortable with some male Deities, one of the reasons traditional Wicca didn't work for me was the heavy focus on male/female duality. Even when I roamed through eclecticism, Hellenismos and Neos Alexandria I hardly gave more than a token nod to the Gods, I was 99% focused on the Goddesses.

I still feel most at ease with my beloved Goddesses but I now also worship Bes, Nefertum and Amun.  Grin
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« Reply #2: January 17, 2011, 10:31:01 am »

Has the gender of your deity ever been relevant to your path? Made things easier, harder, 'other' for you?

Or has it just never, ahem, come up?

Well, it's easier in the sense that my two female deities both understand the exact reason why I am more acerbic about once a month, if you catch my meaning. Aside from that, it's never really come up.
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« Reply #3: January 17, 2011, 10:48:57 am »

Has the gender of your deity ever been relevant to your path? Made things easier, harder, 'other' for you?

Or has it just never, ahem, come up?
I'm just starting to explore gender roles/concepts with one of my deities...but prior to His intervention in my life, gender didn't really affect my path.
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« Reply #4: January 17, 2011, 10:50:57 am »

Has the gender of your deity ever been relevant to your path? Made things easier, harder, 'other' for you?

Or has it just never, ahem, come up?
I actually started on this path because I was in search of the Divine Feminine that wasn't simply a version of Mary. The Godhead in most traditions of Christianity is exclusively male, although some may occasionally make a token nod to the genderlessness of God. That struck me as inherently unbalanced, so I began looking for the feminine face of God.
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« Reply #5: January 17, 2011, 11:10:58 am »

Has the gender of your deity ever been relevant to your path? Made things easier, harder, 'other' for you?

Or has it just never, ahem, come up?

I've always felt more drawn toward the goddesses.  I was raised Christian and one of the reasons I'm not is because I was looking for a Feminine face of the Divine.  Ra helped me deal with some issues so I could honor male gods. 

I honor more female deities/spirits: Aset, Nebet Het, Oya, Frigga and Skadhi than male deities: Wepwawet, Elegba and Njordh. 
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« Reply #6: January 17, 2011, 12:51:03 pm »

I'm just starting to explore gender roles/concepts with one of my deities...but prior to His intervention in my life, gender didn't really affect my path.

Whose the new guy?
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« Reply #7: January 17, 2011, 01:02:52 pm »

Has the gender of your deity ever been relevant to your path? Made things easier, harder, 'other' for you?

Or has it just never, ahem, come up?

Always been a non-issue for me - yes, Apollo is male, but it's not a big deal.  It just is.  *shrug*
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« Reply #8: January 17, 2011, 01:06:10 pm »

Always been a non-issue for me - yes, Apollo is male, but it's not a big deal.  It just is.  *shrug*

Same with Loki.  Even beside the fact he has changed into a female form a couple of times, it really has never been an issue.
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« Reply #9: January 17, 2011, 03:42:50 pm »

Has the gender of your deity ever been relevant to your path? Made things easier, harder, 'other' for you?

Or has it just never, ahem, come up?

When I was exclusively a Christian I had a tough time with the girl hate rhetoric that is in the church. It really bothered me that women were considered second class citizens in God's eyes. Deep in my heart I just didn't buy it.

Now I recognize the Divine Feminine, the Divine Masculine and Source. I also have a transgendered or Male/ female representation on my shrine. A nod to the divine in every hermaphrodite.

I don't want any aspect of divinity or gender to be excluded.

By opening up my heart to equal and every expression of gender I think that it has made me more loving, accepting and easier to access my strengths.
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« Reply #10: January 17, 2011, 05:10:37 pm »

Has the gender of your deity ever been relevant to your path? Made things easier, harder, 'other' for you?

Or has it just never, ahem, come up?

The idea of a feminine Divine (not exclusively so, but a Divine that included the feminine more explicitly than my Christian upbringing had) made it a bit easier for me to move away from Christianity and into paganism.  I wouldn't say it was a major factor, but it wasn't unimportant either.

A few years later I got hit over the head by Apollo.  Gender is irrelevant there.  I'm called by the deity, not the gender.  ::shrug:: 

As for the rest of the pantheon...  It gets more complicated there, I think.  I wanted to say that I have not felt more or less connected to a deity because of gender.  As I thought through the list, though, I realized that I tended to have more of an affinity for the males than for the females.  Which frankly surprised me, but there it is.  Is that due to gender?  Is it coincidence?  Is there something about my perception of male deities, or the way they've been represented in the material I've read about them, that makes them more relatable to me because they're male?  I don't know.

What I do know, though, is that gender is not a deciding factor in my actual practice.  I try to give honor and worship to all the gods.  There isn't the personal emotional connection there that there with the females that is there for the males, but that doesn't mean I should ignore the females.  So maybe we're back to "no, it doesn't make a difference" again...
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« Reply #11: January 17, 2011, 05:13:03 pm »

Has the gender of your deity ever been relevant to your path? Made things easier, harder, 'other' for you?

As I follow a pantheon of gods and goddesses it has never really been that much of a concern to me.
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« Reply #12: January 17, 2011, 10:45:41 pm »


I have a strange combination of both genders. The spirits I talk to are more often male, but the deities I worship are predominately female, although I'm sure that will change before too long. I think I'm scared of male authority figures, so I tend to shy away from male gods, but as my comfort level with male authority figures, so will my ratio of male to female deities. (: Other than my personal issues, no, gender really doesn't have any relevance to my spiritual work. (:
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« Reply #13: January 18, 2011, 02:31:34 am »

Has the gender of your deity ever been relevant to your path? Made things easier, harder, 'other' for you?

Or has it just never, ahem, come up?
It's been pretty much irrelevant for me. I worship lots of female and male gods, and don't really bother about which gender they are. The only time it really comes up is with worshiping a goddess who's not particularly fond of men. It does make me a little uncomfortable to be honest.

I remember taking a walk not too long ago, and I saw the moon, and stopped to look at it for a bit. And in my head I just thought of Artemis, and said a line or two in my head about her (I don't recall what I exactly said). And after I took a good 8 or so steps I got hit by a tree twig just above my eyes. And I distinctly remember getting a feeling of her looking at me like I was a space alien.  Grin
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« Reply #14: January 18, 2011, 06:24:11 pm »

Has the gender of your deity ever been relevant to your path? Made things easier, harder, 'other' for you?

Or has it just never, ahem, come up?

Despite being female, I tend to feel more comfortable with male deities. That might be because I tend to more honor the masculine parts of myself, or it might just be because the specific goddesses in my pantheon have a tendency to scare me. I wasn't raised with the male-centric views of the Christian church, so I don't have a problem worshiping mostly males.
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