I’m a polytheist who has relationships with and connections to multiple gods and goddesses. I’ve written about a few of them already, but I’d like to expand on that as well as have a place where those earlier blog articles could be easily found and referenced.
My levels of interaction can be sorted into two categories, really: intimate and through connection to another.
Those gods I work with intimately are ones I have taken oaths to, been involved with for a number of years, and regularly spend time with.
Those who I have through connection to another may be because they are gods that my boyfriend has a relationship with, or the god has a relationship with or connection to one of my intimate gods. For these gods, I utilize my intimate relationship as a means to connect with them.
I firmly believe that the gods are not simply names or associations of energy and I do not agree with teachings that say you can pull a god from any book or culture to call upon simply because you have a need and it’s handled by so-and-so. If you think that the same power is present in calling a god to help you as you could get with lighting a candle or mixing some herbs, essentially just using them as another correspondence item, then you should just stick to candles and herbs and leave the gods alone.
So here are the gods that I have a primary working relationship with and interact with regularly on some level.
Unlinked names will be the subject of future blog postings.
Lugh/Llew Llaw Gyffes
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How was your experience in connecting with Bast?
This has taken me a few days to think about before I could answer your question.
The simple answer would be, “It was great. It happened so long ago and so smoothly that I don’t really know for certain if I sought her out first or she found me.”
But I’d like to explain that a bit.
I first came across Bast in the books I read about cats as a little girl, only there she was more often called “Pasht”. I think most Pagans nowadays who work with and worship her have clarified that name is a misspelling. In any case, I’ve always loved the things associated with Bast: cats, music, dancing, and doing things that bring pleasure and joy. It’s amazing to work with a goddess with those favorites and associations.
When I began studying and practicing Pagan traditions and seeking out Pagan gods to work with, I gravitated towards what was most familiar at first. I’d been familiar with Bast since I was about eight years old, so I bought a statue of a lovely black Egyptian-styled cat sitting and made some offerings and played music. My own cats instantly seemed to pick up the mood and started running around and chasing each other, from a calm and quiet sleep. This repeated any time I would light a candle, make an offering, or perform an invocation to Bast. So she’s been around for a while and I’ve never had reason to doubt her willingness to show up for me.
If you haven’t read it yet, I got into a bit more detail in the blog article I wrote after my cat Violet died.
I will also be coming back to this topic soon to write more in detail about Bast and my connection with her to link above.
I had a tarot/oracle reading done a little over a year ago and the cards literally told me “Go back to the Old Ways.” I have been studying and reading just about every single Wiccan, Pagan, and Occult book I could get my hands on and your site is the first place I have seen “the Old Ways”. Prior to, and also after that reading I had started seeing references to the Moon everywhere. Another message I received in that reading was that I was being called but I wasn’t opening my ears and they were pretty much fed up talking to a brick wall so I better listen and listen now. Because of all the Moon imagery I thought maybe The Triple Moon Goddess was the one trying to connect with me but after all my research and soul searching I feel especially drawn to Hecate. I saw she was one of the deities you had worked with so I felt the need to reach out and ask your advice.
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It sounds like you had a really insightful reading and some experiences since then! I’m curious which books you’ve had the opportunity to read, since you mentioned diving into all the ones you could get. Have you had the chance to read any books about Hecate specifically? Sorita d’Este and David Rankine do some excellent work. There is also a group based on a book called “Keeping Her Keys” that I recommend.
As far as advice, I’d be happy to offer what I may. You can either respond to the comment here, or if you’d prefer to keep it just between us, send me an email at email@example.com
I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂