Building relationships with Deity

I foolishly threw the above suggestion at my mum for a title for a talk at PaganCon when she twisted my arm into doing a talk as well as helping out on the day.

Problem is while I have a few ideas of things I could say none of it at the moment is coming together.  It’s all fragmented bits.

One thing I thought I could talk about a little is the stages in developing relationships of any kind.  Another is to use some examples from my own efforts to develop a stronger relationship with a particular deitiy.  In the past I’ve talked about Epona or the Cailleach but I don’t want to do that this time.  This time I think talking about my developing relationship with Maponos would be better but I’m still not sure what to say and how to say it.

Any thoughts, ideas or suggestions you might have would be welcome.

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3 thoughts on “Building relationships with Deity

  1. i would suggest talking from experience;

    tell them what you have been doing, why you have been doing it what you hope to achieve. use past experiences along these lines to flesh it out. use other people's experiences and practices too as other examples (lift anything you like from my blog as material if you need to).

    use it as a chance to preach 🙂 a chance to show people that there are ways to go about things that are different from the standard 'pick a god and call 'em patron' way some people behave,

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  2. I agree with Lee about talking from experience. The sense of a relationship as something meaningful is the thing to convey, and something about the way such relationships are built up by commitment and by actions and things shared with the god as well as with other people. Visiting significant places, bringing something of yourself to the relationship and discerning something of the god that is not yourself. But most of all, that it is a journey to embark upon rather than simply a matter of, as Lee so aptly puts it, 'picking a patron'.

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  3. I can't give you any help, except to let you know I would love to hear your talk (except you are a very long way from me!). I have been trying to build a relationship with 2 deities (for different reasons, but they have both come to me, rather than the other way around) and I am struggling.

    I want to make offerings and dedications, but I just don't really know how to go about doing this. I am trying to find/create something for each of them to go on my altar and I pray/speak to them each day, but I just don't feel like I am making the relationships any deeper.

    I could just be expecting too much of myself/them, which actually wouldn't surprise me!

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