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Author Topic: Your relationship to your deity/ies?  (Read 7598 times)
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« Reply #3: January 05, 2009, 04:53:57 pm »

In what relationship do you see yourself to your deity/ies?

- Do you see any hierarchy between you and your deity/ies?
- Is he/she or are they like a parent/parents? (In what way?)
- Or more like a friend/friends? (How so?)
- Or is he/she/are they like a business partner/business partners? (In what regard?)
Mostly more like friends.  There's some innate hierarchy that stems from the differences between deity-type people and embodied-human-type people, but it gets downplayed - I really suck at conventional reverence, so I tend to attract deities who don't care about that, or are actively avoiding it (some of my deities suck at receiving conventional reverence).  And the differences aren't one-sided - they can do lots of stuff I can't, but there are quite a few things I can do that they can't.

Sometimes there's a bit of "business partner" tone, but more in the way that one might go into partnership with a friend to achieve some particular goal, which might or might not be a business-y kind of goal.

And various other kinds of nuances, very much like the way that human/human friendships differ from each other, or shift over time; and a lot of it is just as hard to express in words.  They might occasionally function in a somewhat parent-like way, just as friends might do for each other; with some of them, there might occasionally be an element of sexual intimacy (and with the Chaotic Canine, that's an ongoing thing - but being lovers doesn't make us any less buddies).

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How does that influence your worship?
It means that "worship" isn't a very good word to describe it - even leaving aside baggage about the unworthiness of the worshipper, it implies that the object of worship is being worshipped solely because s/he is Big and Mighty and Wonderful.  My deities aren't "objects of worship", they're more like beer buddies, and a lot of why I honor them is because they're damn cool beer buddies.

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What do you give to your deity/ies or do for him/her/them and what do you recive from her/him/them?
When I started, I thought I was going to be answering this directly.  But it's either a) covered in the earlier parts of my answer, b) not readily put into words, or c) personal and private.  (I'd have the same problem answering that question about my "visible boyfriend" JFP, or about other close human friends.)

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