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« Reply #30: November 18, 2007, 12:56:42 pm »

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    For those of you without children, who would you reccomend to a beginner?
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I don't have any children of my own, but I do have a 4-year-old little sister. My parents, being open-minded and "more spiritual than religious", as they like to say, seem to be raising her to be open to God in whatever form It chooses for her. It's not a big issue for her right now, as she's still too young for formal religion in our eyes,  but she has seen my altar, and she has heard her father and myself talking about religion. If I were raising my own child, I would tell them that there are many Gods, and you should approach Them all with respect. I get the feeling that my child will grow to know his or her own gods by experiencing me with mine, and my acquaintances and friends with theirs. Always, though, as he or she explores these gods, I will make sure that he or she knows that the most important thing with any deity is not the deity's disposition, but the respect with which you treat Them.

As for a beginner, I would mostly stress the same thing - respect all the way. I would advise the beginner to research deities and allow himself or herself to find one that he or she feels called to. Of course, this won't always indicate the deity (if any) who want to claim or walk with the individual, but it's a good jumping point to get used to working with the divine. I wouldn't advise a beginner to attempt to approach any deity without doing extensive research into Unsubstantiated Personal Gnosis as well as historical information. With adequate knowledge and more than enough respect, any deity may be suitable for a beginner. There are a few deities I wouldn't advise - such as Loki or Aset - but those are just through my own personal experiences, your mileage may vary. Then again, if a beginner truly feels like either Loki or Aset is calling them, I would encourage them to do all of their research.

In summary: it's all a matter of respect. There's no real 'beginner deity', as far as I can tell - there are some less suited for beginners, but none specifically suitable for them. If someone has done enough research and uses enough respect, they will have reasonable success communicating with any deity.

As always, that's all just my $0.02, your mileage may vary, and so on and so forth. Smiley
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