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« Topic Start: May 03, 2011, 04:40:07 pm »

Hey, I kind of need help finding a god/goddess.  I'm an author so I'd like to have one who specializes in creativity and storytelling, so far Brighid seems like a good choice but I dunno...  Can anyone give me a suggestion?  I've been having a lot of weird dreams and it seems as though someone is calling me but I'm kind of new to this and confused as to what signs to look for, so any help would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1: May 03, 2011, 09:06:00 pm »

Hey, I kind of need help finding a god/goddess.  I'm an author so I'd like to have one who specializes in creativity and storytelling, so far Brighid seems like a good choice but I dunno...  Can anyone give me a suggestion?  I've been having a lot of weird dreams and it seems as though someone is calling me but I'm kind of new to this and confused as to what signs to look for, so any help would be appreciated.

What sorts of signs are you seeing?  Might help narrow it down.

Otherwise, I'd recommend a search on deities associated with creativity.  Something like this, perhaps might be a good start.



As a disclaimer, I know that lmgtfyDOTcom is a snarky sort of dig at most people, but to be honest I use it to help give people a kick-start in internet research.  Please disregard the sarcasm the link will initially offer.
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« Reply #2: May 03, 2011, 09:41:08 pm »

Hey, I kind of need help finding a god/goddess.  I'm an author so I'd like to have one who specializes in creativity and storytelling, so far Brighid seems like a good choice but I dunno...  Can anyone give me a suggestion?  I've been having a lot of weird dreams and it seems as though someone is calling me but I'm kind of new to this and confused as to what signs to look for, so any help would be appreciated.

Are you looking to build a relationship with this deity, to start to worship them, or just to get help with your writing? Also, what religious tradition(s) do you work under?
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« Reply #3: May 04, 2011, 10:21:39 am »

Hey, I kind of need help finding a god/goddess.  I'm an author so I'd like to have one who specializes in creativity and storytelling, so far Brighid seems like a good choice but I dunno...  Can anyone give me a suggestion?  I've been having a lot of weird dreams and it seems as though someone is calling me but I'm kind of new to this and confused as to what signs to look for, so any help would be appreciated.

From the Celtic pantheon , there's Aine as well - she was said to bestow the gift of inspiration and greatness upon poets and bards.

From the Greek pantheon, Apollo, Hermes and the Muses are all good candidates for serial worship on your side.

On this subject, you might also be interested in reading 'Masks of the Muse' by Veronica Cummer - it's a good book on the relationship between Arts, creativity, inspiration and various deities (Cerridwen, Aphrodite, Ariadne).
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« Reply #4: May 04, 2011, 04:43:23 pm »

Are you looking to build a relationship with this deity, to start to worship them, or just to get help with your writing? Also, what religious tradition(s) do you work under?

Well, it's not so much that I want him/her to help with my writing, but my line of work is very creative so I figure that's a good a place as any to start with deities, I figure we should have common ground you know?  I mostly would like to build a relationship with them so the worship will probably come naturally.
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« Reply #5: May 04, 2011, 04:47:10 pm »

Well, it's not so much that I want him/her to help with my writing, but my line of work is very creative so I figure that's a good a place as any to start with deities, I figure we should have common ground you know?  I mostly would like to build a relationship with them so the worship will probably come naturally.

I understand. In that case, there are a lot of deities about inspiration, creation, and/or craftsmanship - in fact, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a deity who didn't even indirectly affect one of these areas. As far as the Irish go, you've got Brighid's link with poetry, Ogam's link with the written word, and Manannan's link with dreams and the subconscious; from Greece you've got Athena of wisdom and craftsmanship, Apollo and the muses for inspiration, and Hermes for being quick-witted; from the Norse you have Odin for inspiration and the sacrifice required for creative endeavors and Bragi as the god of poetry (I think?).
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« Reply #6: May 04, 2011, 04:51:27 pm »

I understand. In that case, there are a lot of deities about inspiration, creation, and/or craftsmanship - in fact, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a deity who didn't even indirectly affect one of these areas. As far as the Irish go, you've got Brighid's link with poetry, Ogam's link with the written word, and Manannan's link with dreams and the subconscious; from Greece you've got Athena of wisdom and craftsmanship, Apollo and the muses for inspiration, and Hermes for being quick-witted; from the Norse you have Odin for inspiration and the sacrifice required for creative endeavors and Bragi as the god of poetry (I think?).

Thanks, I think I'll research Ogam a bit, I feel more a connection with Irish mythology than any other.
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« Reply #7: May 04, 2011, 11:59:51 pm »

What sorts of signs are you seeing?  Might help narrow it down.

Otherwise, I'd recommend a search on deities associated with creativity.  Something like this, perhaps might be a good start.



As a disclaimer, I know that lmgtfyDOTcom is a snarky sort of dig at most people, but to be honest I use it to help give people a kick-start in internet research.  Please disregard the sarcasm the link will initially offer.

Ya know, I just had a similar question a few days ago. I gotta say guys, looking for this stuff isn't easy. Sure there are sites like "godchecker.com" and "encycolpediamythica.com" and even wikipedia. The fact is, all information I find is just very bland.

They don't talk about any particular Deity's importance, they don't talk about rituals or how to invoke them, and most tell a really popular story about them, like the one about Ceridwen eating that boy who was watching over her cauldron.
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« Reply #8: May 05, 2011, 02:06:45 am »

Ya know, I just had a similar question a few days ago. I gotta say guys, looking for this stuff isn't easy. Sure there are sites like "godchecker.com" and "encycolpediamythica.com" and even wikipedia. The fact is, all information I find is just very bland.

They don't talk about any particular Deity's importance, they don't talk about rituals or how to invoke them, and most tell a really popular story about them, like the one about Ceridwen eating that boy who was watching over her cauldron.

Internet research is, by and large, a good starting place. It's not like you come across one fabulous website that gives you all the information you could ever need, all wrapped up in an insanely entertaining package. Damn, dude, that would be too easy!

Think of sites like that as a jumping-off point. From there you sort of figure out where you interests lie, and you get your ass to a library or a bookstore. You read more and more, and yes, some of it is borderline coma-inducing, but that's research. Can't be helped. From there you do some actual work, and you get to know deities on their own terms. Then you talk to other people, see if your UPG matches up to theirs, discuss ideas for ritual, whatever.

It's not a party, it's study.  You know?
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« Reply #9: May 05, 2011, 08:27:16 pm »

Ya know, I just had a similar question a few days ago. I gotta say guys, looking for this stuff isn't easy. Sure there are sites like "godchecker.com" and "encycolpediamythica.com" and even wikipedia. The fact is, all information I find is just very bland.

They don't talk about any particular Deity's importance, they don't talk about rituals or how to invoke them, and most tell a really popular story about them, like the one about Ceridwen eating that boy who was watching over her cauldron.

As violetsound said, the Net is a good starting place, but most meaty information is going to be bound in a book. However, I've come across a couple of sites that have loads of source material. http://maryjones.us is a great place if you're interested in Celtic myth, with a huge store of translated manuscripts. (It can be dense at first, because these stories tend to be very self-referential, but you get used to it. And there's an index of sorts written by the webmistress in case you need to look someone up.) And if you're interested in Greek mythology, http://theoi.com lists copious historical writings, art and poetry about the gods, as well as information on their various cults and respective practices. Lots and lots of educational stuff.
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« Reply #10: May 05, 2011, 10:12:01 pm »

As violetsound said, the Net is a good starting place, but most meaty information is going to be bound in a book. However, I've come across a couple of sites that have loads of source material. http://maryjones.us is a great place if you're interested in Celtic myth, with a huge store of translated manuscripts. (It can be dense at first, because these stories tend to be very self-referential, but you get used to it. And there's an index of sorts written by the webmistress in case you need to look someone up.) And if you're interested in Greek mythology, http://theoi.com lists copious historical writings, art and poetry about the gods, as well as information on their various cults and respective practices. Lots and lots of educational stuff.

Thanks so much! imma definitely check this out :3
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« Reply #11: May 07, 2011, 08:08:03 am »

They don't talk about any particular Deity's importance, they don't talk about rituals or how to invoke them, and most tell a really popular story about them, like the one about Ceridwen eating that boy who was watching over her cauldron.
I think most of the rituals and how to invoke them would be a matter of you rather than them telling you. It's a matter of writing down the invocation, and the ritual, and the prayer and much more, and using what makes sense to you. If there is some stuff on what can be used (incense for example) then you can try that and see if it works. There's not going to be a clear cut answer for everything, and most research is to just know who the deity is, and also use what you know in invocation.
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