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« Topic Start: March 26, 2011, 07:07:12 pm »

Hi All,

I was doing a bit of musing and was thinking of giving an offering to the Divine (I currently have no specific Deities) but I have no idea what to give Them.

So this got me wondering, do any of you give offerings to your Deities, or to the Divine?  How did you know what offerings to give and how often do you give them?

Do you have any advice that you could give a novice like me?

I do apologise for all the questions as I know many of you have been Pagan for many years.  But as I have know no pagans, this is a great forum for me as I can ask questions and learn at the same time.

Thanks for your patience,
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« Reply #1: March 26, 2011, 07:25:56 pm »


First of it's a forum, where people discuss and answer questions... So ask away no need to have any doubts or restraints in that.

My offerings differ, they go from herbal mixtures, to liquir (Mead / ale). To writings where i thank the gods for their presence or their gift to me.

What items you offer to a deity on it's own is not that important in my opinion, as long as the offering comes from the heart. It's not so much the offering itself, it's the effort you put into it.

Good luck.

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« Reply #2: March 26, 2011, 08:30:44 pm »

So this got me wondering, do any of you give offerings to your Deities, or to the Divine?  How did you know what offerings to give and how often do you give them?

When I have an altar space set up, I give an offering of flame in the morning, and sometimes in the evening as well. I light a candle, say a prayer, and extinguish the candle. I do similar offerings of incense. Both of these are given as a way to show respect, as well as helping me create a sincere mental attitude and space to give thanks. I don't at this time have a patron that I work with, so these offerings go to "Those who have helped me on my path," including deities, angels, faeries and otherworld creatures, and ancestors and teachers. Basically, I'm sending out good energy and gratitude for the support I have from Source. (And I don't feel that all deities are facets of one entity or source, but I do believe in an energetic source from which all beings draw their. . .being-ness, and this is what I thank.)


If I am making a request for help or intervention, I petition a specific deity or other entity who is appropriate and who is receptive to working with me (checking this via a divination method has gotten good results for me, so I do that). Then, I check the lore of that deity and make an appropriate offering. In the past this has been anything from candles and incense to chocolate, wine, or fresh fruit.
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« Reply #3: April 02, 2011, 06:27:53 pm »

So this got me wondering, do any of you give offerings to your Deities, or to the Divine?  How did you know what offerings to give and how often do you give them?

Do you have any advice that you could give a novice like me?

First question: I offer physical items and prayers. I light incense two or three times a day- in the morning to greet the sun (and as treat for my male deities), at lunch if I'm home, and before I go to bed (for the Goddess). Once a week I give Apollo a new batch of bay leaves, but he's really the only deity I worship that demands a specific regular offering.

Second question: If you've got scent allergies (found out I'm allergic to Nag Champa incense the hard way Sad) or live in a place where incense just isn't a good idea, simply offering thanks (try to be specific, like "thank you for such a brilliant sunrise") and sending positive energy out is a good way to start. Meditation is another nice way to do that. Do it whenever you feel you need to- whether that be three times a day or once a month. Sincerity is what counts Smiley
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« Reply #4: April 03, 2011, 07:23:04 am »

When I have an altar space set up, I give an offering of flame in the morning, and sometimes in the evening as well. I light a candle, say a prayer, and extinguish the candle. I do similar offerings of incense. Both of these are given as a way to show respect, as well as helping me create a sincere mental attitude and space to give thanks. I don't at this time have a patron that I work with, so these offerings go to "Those who have helped me on my path," including deities, angels, faeries and otherworld creatures, and ancestors and teachers. Basically, I'm sending out good energy and gratitude for the support I have from Source. (And I don't feel that all deities are facets of one entity or source, but I do believe in an energetic source from which all beings draw their. . .being-ness, and this is what I thank.)


If I am making a request for help or intervention, I petition a specific deity or other entity who is appropriate and who is receptive to working with me (checking this via a divination method has gotten good results for me, so I do that). Then, I check the lore of that deity and make an appropriate offering. In the past this has been anything from candles and incense to chocolate, wine, or fresh fruit.

I was sitting thinking about this thread a couple of minutes ago, and when I checked it, there were new posts!  Grin 

Thank you shadowbird.  As you are in the same position as myself (we both don't have patrons) I felt this post helped me quite a bit.  I too light a candle when I say a prayer and I think this helps me concentrate (even if I go off on a tangent when I pray!)

First question: I offer physical items and prayers. I light incense two or three times a day- in the morning to greet the sun (and as treat for my male deities), at lunch if I'm home, and before I go to bed (for the Goddess). Once a week I give Apollo a new batch of bay leaves, but he's really the only deity I worship that demands a specific regular offering.

Second question: If you've got scent allergies (found out I'm allergic to Nag Champa incense the hard way Sad) or live in a place where incense just isn't a good idea, simply offering thanks (try to be specific, like "thank you for such a brilliant sunrise") and sending positive energy out is a good way to start. Meditation is another nice way to do that. Do it whenever you feel you need to- whether that be three times a day or once a month. Sincerity is what counts Smiley

Thank you MarieBay for your reply.  That also really helps me. A simple offering such as "thanks" and sending out positive energy is probably the best place for a novice like me to start (especially since I don't have any patrons/deities).
I have tried meditation but it's taking me a while to get the hang of it Sad , and also finding "quiet time" is kinda hard in my house.  But I'm hoping practise makes perfect  Smiley

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« Reply #5: April 03, 2011, 01:13:18 pm »


If I want to do just 'something', as in a thank you or as in let's bring some good energy into the world Wink I give some money to the local animal shelter.

Makes me feel better and they always need cash for food and vet bills.

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« Reply #6: April 03, 2011, 09:24:23 pm »

Been practicing for over three years and have no specific deity at all, nor have I ever. I've worked with several in different pantheon but never felt the need nor draw to work with one or to dedicate myself to one specifically.

I say quick prayers of thanks to the Divine in general, I light incense and specifically a white candle to honor both male/female deity. I don't solely believe one works separately without the other one.

Tis one of those things sit and think about what tis important to you and what makes the most sense to YOU. We all do things differently because of that reason alone. I say a prayer every afternoon I go to sleep (I work nights) saying: "Good afternoon My Lord and Lady"...this tis what feels right to me.
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« Reply #8: April 05, 2011, 10:39:35 pm »

I have tried meditation but it's taking me a while to get the hang of it Sad , and also finding "quiet time" is kinda hard in my house.  But I'm hoping practise makes perfect  Smiley

Glad I could help, RainDrop! If it's any comfort, I still have some trouble meditating, after years of practice Smiley

Have you considered incorporating meditation into exercise? My house can be pretty noisy too (dang neighbours!) but weather permitting, I get out and run. It's all about breathing and being in tune with your body, and it totally clears the mind like nothing else and makes meditations later in the day a little easier. If health and geography are in your favour, it might be something to try!
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« Reply #9: April 05, 2011, 10:40:42 pm »

If I want to do just 'something', as in a thank you or as in let's bring some good energy into the world Wink I give some money to the local animal shelter.

Excellent idea Tana!
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« Reply #10: April 06, 2011, 07:52:19 am »

If I am making a request for help or intervention, I petition a specific deity or other entity who is appropriate and who is receptive to working with me (checking this via a divination method has gotten good results for me, so I do that). Then, I check the lore of that deity and make an appropriate offering. In the past this has been anything from candles and incense to chocolate, wine, or fresh fruit.

Sorry for such a silly question but once you give a deity/divine an offering (e.g. Something perishable like chocolate, fruit, milk, wine; or even something non-perishable) how long do you leave it on the altar for, especially with perishable foodstuffs? Would you leave it there permenantly or remove it after a couple/few days?

As I say, sorry for such a silly question.
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« Reply #11: April 06, 2011, 12:56:07 pm »

As I say, sorry for such a silly question.

I don't think it's a silly question at all.

People seem to do it in very different ways.
Some put the offering on the altar and let it there for a time, then toss it out.
Some would leave it there, so that the deity could absorb the essence, and afterwards drink and eat it themselves.

Or some put the offering out from start on, so the animals could advantage from it.

There is no hard and fast rule, unless you belong to a certain tradition, that requires certain procedures.
You just do it in a way that works for yourself and your living situation.
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« Reply #12: April 06, 2011, 01:13:27 pm »

My offerings differ, they go from herbal mixtures, to liquir (Mead / ale). To writings where i thank the gods for their presence or their gift to me..

Just wanted to ask you a quick question: When you use writing as an offering, do you burn it or keep it?
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« Reply #13: April 07, 2011, 10:36:52 am »

I was sitting thinking about this thread a couple of minutes ago, and when I checked it, there were new posts!  Grin 

Thank you shadowbird.  As you are in the same position as myself (we both don't have patrons) I felt this post helped me quite a bit.  I too light a candle when I say a prayer and I think this helps me concentrate (even if I go off on a tangent when I pray!)

You're welcome! Glad to help. Sorry I didn't see this sooner, I've been moving house and just had time to really check the boards.
Sometimes (in my opinion and experience) going off on a tangent is something to notice and try to bring back in, and sometimes you're talking something out with Source/Spirit/[insert preferred name here]. The trick is to figure out what's what. Smiley
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« Reply #14: April 07, 2011, 11:59:24 am »

So this got me wondering, do any of you give offerings to your Deities, or to the Divine?  How did you know what offerings to give and how often do you give them?

So far, I've only given my Deities cow's milk as an offering whenever I feel the urge to and have left the offerings out for a couple hours before disposing of them.   At this time, I don't really have a set time that I make offerings.  As far as how I knew what would be acceptable to give...I looked up what was traditionally used as offerings for each of my Deities.  UPG, but Freya did request a bit of chocolate in her milk once.  Smiley 

I do have a question of my own though that I've been wondering for awhile now.  What does everyone say(if anything) when making offerings?  Personally, I wasn't sure what to say when I made my first offerings to my Deities so I ended up just lifting each offering while saying "This is for you, insert Deities name.  May it please you." and left it at that.  It seemed to work well so that's what I've said for every offering since, but I've still been curious as to what other's say when giving offerings to their own Deities. 
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