Honoring the God?

I’ve always just honored the Goddess (or Goddesses), but I realized lately that I have a crater-size hole in my spiritual practice by not honoring the God (or Gods) somehow.

I guess I feel scared. From Zeus to Apollo, Gods have always intimidated me. I’ve thought about putting symbols of the God and the Goddess at the topmost part of my shelf. Perhaps something that represents both Zeus and Hera?

I had bad experiences with men in the past, but I think before those bad experiences, I felt intimidated.  It wasn’t dogmatic religions that made me feel this way – although, I did read a lot about Judeo-Christianity before I got to the Modern Pagan movement.

11 Replies to “Honoring the God?”

  1. Oh, I can relate. The father-figures in my life just suck. When I was younger, I had Hephaestus and Anubis, but that was short lived and not nearly in depth as my practices are now. Most people suggest starting with the Gods that you’re most drawn to. Me, I just put it out there into the Universe that I was looking for a God to connect with. Dionysus is Who answered. I knew a bit about Him, along with many misconceptions, but never felt like He was the one that I needed. I don’t recall being drawn to Him before. But I gave Him a chance and I’m glad that I did. I’m very close to Him, and He’s recently revealed Himself as my Patron God. Through Him (and Poseidon), I’ve been able to meet and form bonds with other Gods.

    I’d say give it time. Let Them know that you’re looking for a God to learn from, to devote yourself to. That you’re ready to heal old wounds. Zeus is probably a good one to start with, seeing as He’s the King of the Theoi. I have a tricky relationship with Him due to my relationship with Poseidon, but have always wanted to see Zeus as many Hellenic Polytheists do, as a father figure. Good luck.

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    1. There’s a decade between Hephaestus and Dionysus, so give it time. Although according to Poseidon, He made contact with me in this gap and for whatever reason I didn’t see it (course I was also studying Moon Magik and working more with Spirit Animals, so I probably misinterpreted the signs), perhaps I just wasn’t ready then?

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    2. Thank you.

      The father-figures in my life were OK – I mean my dad was the breadwinner and the one who punishes. Although, now that I think of it, I think he was pushed into it by my mom so I don’t blame him. In fact, he’s a very sensitive guy. No, my issue with men is that I’ve been sexually harassed and abused by men. It’s taken me a long time to get used to my husband – who’s a gentle and loving human being, but I did it. So I think it’s definitely possible for me to have some kind of relationship with the God.

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  2. I went through a similar revelation a while back. I spent a good few years deepening my practice with the Gods and ended up forgetting to keep my connection wit the Goddess. So right now, I am doing the opposite of you. Having an altar or sacred space dedicated to the Gods is a great start, I love that you have copies of the Odyssey and the Iliad on the shelf with it.

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  3. I didn’t have a strong connection with a God until Pan started contacting me in my dreams. I didn’t think much of it but once he started contacting me while I was being intimate with my partner then I knew I could no longer ignore him. Ask yourself what is it about the God that makes you apprehensive and then meditate on it – maybe you’ll get some answers!

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    1. I’m pretty sure I feel this way towards Gods is because I feel intimidated by men. I know it’s not the same, but I didn’t feel comfortable perhaps until now to welcome a or the God(s) into my life. I had some really bad experiences with men, but since I’ve known my husband, I’ve healed somewhat from my past. Maybe if I welcome the (or a) God, I can feel more comfortable with most or all of them.

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