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« Reply #8: March 23, 2008, 11:31:16 pm »

When I was much younger and even sillier than I am now, I got involved in bubblegum-Wicca of the 'chuck some stuff in a pot, call a random deity' variety, being too green to realise what I was doing was disrespectful and potentially quite dangerous.  So these days I tend to go to the other extreme, researching everything in minute detail and panicking if anything unexpected or out of the ordinary happens.
As a bit of input that might help you find a balance point on that, the disrespect/danger of the approach you describe does depend quite a bit on other attitudes.  Call up a deity you're not acquainted with to make demands - bad manners indeed, and likely to piss off even a very mellow and good-natured deity.  But if you're asking for, not demanding, their presence and good will, and treat them with respect while they are present, it can be an effective way to become acquainted.  Very bootstrap and seat-of-the-pants, but workable.  (Example:  Years ago, I got to know Brigid because she seemed like the appropriate goddess to invoke at Brigidfeast - it seemed less disrespectful to call her, though she didn't know me from a hole in the ground, than to call someone else for the sabbat that bears her name.  Now I'm in the Cauldron Cill.)

I've done a fair bit of research on Sulis lately, which makes me wonder whether a) it really was Her, having noticed the attention (or maybe She was guiding me to the research in the first place?), or b) it was another deity or being, using Sulis' name because they knew it was one I was familiar with.
Yep, could be any of those.  You've summed up the possibilities very well, I think.  To determine which is accurate, though, I think you may need to step a bit out of your comfort zone - research only goes so far, and ultimately you'll need to talk to whoever-it-was, which means a certain amount of "unexpected and out of the ordinary".


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