A Monthly Practice For Clarifying Connections to Your Deity


I am continuing to unpack my article on Spiritual Alchemy, and our relationships with gods, which may have been a slog for some of you to read.

One of the important things in the article was a way of doing empowered invocation for the purpose of clearing up negative manifestations.

A person who just receives energy from a deity and lets it hang around unused will find it mixing with their own energies and unconscious will. That can cause the energies to respond to our own unconscious baggage and color the way we see our deities.

Empowered invocation temporarily creates a stronger connection to deity and calls much more of the deity’s energy. This dilutes the afflicted energies and washes them out into the space.

The energies that wash out are still important for us to process — we can think of them as sticky notes from the unconscious mind, reminding us to deal with our emotions and hang-ups. We don’t want to throw them out. We just want to prevent them from impinging on our well being, or clarity, and our connection to the deity in question.

Likewise, we don’t want to banish the deity or their energy.

Instead, we will offload them into salt, which we can add to our food over the coming month. This, in turn, becomes a symbol for us, reminding our unconscious mind that we want to deal with these issues a pinch at a time, and a reminder for our deity that we’ve got a pile of stuff to process, and that, yes, we know we are slow, but we haven’t stopped.

So, here is the ritual technique again. This technique is done within the context of a simple circle for polytheistic theurgy, a type of boundary meant to assure the presence of one and only one deity. It avoids such trappings as calling quarters, which introduce extra psychic noise into the space, and seals the space with the deity’s name.

Opening conduits.

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This pose, with the chin tilted up, and the arms cast up and slightly out, so as not to obstruct the heart, is a good example of a traditional Greek prayer pose which is helpful in opening up one’s energies to a deity. The energy centers on the upper body are tilted upward, and the posture is open.  Taken from hellenismo.wordpress.con — attribution unclear. 

The first thing you want to do is to identify which aspect or aspects of the deity you will be focusing on. I am choosing Ariadne as my example deity, and I am focusing on the aspect of her that is the liminal consciousness between Ariadne and Asasara. Many deities have a large number of titles, and they may have several titles in their ancient tongue. Ariadne does not, under any circumstances. The ritual will still work without ancient Greek epithets, but without the epithets, there will be no need for translation, and the salutes will be a tad shorter. It will also work just fine is you salute 3 directions, or 5, or 7. You need not stick to the cardinal 4.

In the East: (kneel with your arms crossed over your chest, then cast your arms up and out as you call) “O Ariadne, favorable goddess, come!”(Speaking powerfully or singing:) “Hail to the lady of the Labyrinth! Hail the mistress of snakes! Hail the leader of subtle and righteous rebellion! Keeper of the Sacral knot and Golden Thread, Hail! ” (Standing:) “Ariadne, favorable goddess, come. Show to me your aspects.”

In the South: (kneel with your arms crossed over your chest, then cast your arms up and out as you call) “O Ariadne, favorable goddess, come!”(Speaking powerfully or singing:) “Hail to the lady of the Labyrinth! Hail the mistress of snakes! Hail the leader of subtle and righteous rebellion! Keeper of the Sacral knot and Golden Thread, Hail! ” (Standing:) “Ariadne, favorable goddess, come. Show to me your aspects.”

In the West: (kneel with your arms crossed over your chest, then cast your arms up and out as you call) “O Ariadne, favorable goddess, come!”(Speaking powerfully or singing:) “Hail to the lady of the Labyrinth! Hail the mistress of snakes! Hail the leader of subtle ad righteous rebellion! Keeper of the Sacral knot and Golden Thread, Hail! ” (Standing:) “Ariadne, favorable goddess, come. Show to me your aspects.”

In the North: (kneel with your arms crossed over your chest, then cast your arms up and out as you call) “O Ariadne, favorable goddess, come!”(Speaking powerfully or singing:) “Hail to the lady of the Labyrinth! Hail the mistress of snakes! Hail the leader of subtle and righteous rebellion! Keeper of the Sacral knot and Golden Thread, Hail! ” (Standing:) “Ariadne, favorable goddess, come. Show to me your aspects.”

An Invitation — Tell the Deity why you are calling her.

“Ariadne, Lady of the Labyrinth, Snake Goddess, Rebellious One, Weaver of Mysteries. O Ariadne, come to me! The gifts of the gods are good, even if we do not understand them. The wisdom of the gods is good, even if we do not understand it. Come to me and show me the good that is in you. Bring the goodness of your aspects to me.”

Here, more chants or songs may be sung. Once the energy is properly thick in the room, libations should be made according to one’s custom.

A Meditation — Take some time to soak in the energies you just invoked. Breathe deeply and steadily for at least fifteen minutes. Note your feelings as they arise, and breathe them out into the space, or into your dish of salt.

A Thank You — When you are done meditating, thank the deity, and make closing libations according to your custom.

“Ariadne, Lady of the Labyrinth, Snake Goddess, Rebellious One, Weaver of Mysteries. I thank you for revealing your aspects to me, whether the wisdom has already come, or whether more will come in dreams. Io Ariadne!”

Saluting the Aspects — Salute the aspects in reverse order to close the conduits you have opened.

In the East: (kneeling and with arms outstretched) “O Ariadne, favorable goddess, be with me!”(Chanting:) “Hail to the lady of the Labyrinth! Hail the mistress of snakes! Hail the leader of subtle and righteous rebellion! Keeper of the Sacral knot and Golden Thread, Hail!” (cross your arms over your chest) “Io Ariadne.”

In the North: (kneeling and with arms outstretched) “O Ariadne, favorable goddess, be with me!”(Chanting:) “Hail to the lady of the Labyrinth! Hail the mistress of snakes! Hail the leader of subtle and righteous rebellion! Keeper of the Sacral knot and Golden Thread, Hail!” (cross your arms over your chest) “Io Ariadne.”

In the West: (kneeling and with arms outstretched) “O Ariadne, favorable goddess, be with me!”(Chanting:) “Hail to the lady of the Labyrinth! Hail the mistress of snakes! Hail the leader of subtle and righteous rebellion! Keeper of the Sacral knot and Golden Thread, Hail!” (cross your arms over your chest) “Io Ariadne.”

In the South: (kneeling and with arms outstretched) “O Ariadne, favorable goddess, be with me!”(Chanting:) “Hail to the lady of the Labyrinth! Hail the mistress of snakes! Hail the leader of subtle and righteous rebellion! Keeper of the Sacral knot and Golden Thread, Hail!” (cross your arms over your chest) “Io Ariadne.”

Clean Up — Before taking down your boundary, take a moment to visualize the energies in the space. Breath the energies in, and then blow them into a dish of salt. You may find it helpful to touch the salt with two fingers while doing so. When you are done, consecrate the salt.

(Touching the salt) “Creature of Earth, I bless and consecrate you in the name of Ariadne, for the purpose of attuning to that deity in a way that is sweet and not bitter, favorable and not unfavorable, beneficial and not harmful. Let it ever be so.”

It should go without saying that the salt is full of the commingling of your personal energies with those of the deity, and that you should, under no circumstances, feed the salt or any food treated with the salt to any other person.

When you are done, take down the circle, as outlined in this article. By respecting the circle as a boundary which must be actively taken down in order for you to walk out of it, you improve your ability to cast stronger boundaries.

This practice can be done more than monthly, but it should not be done again before the salt from the ritual has been consumed. To make consuming the salt easier, I recommend carrying it in either a special salt shaker, or a charm-bottle necklace, as depicted above. 

15 comments

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  2. Oliver Clarke

    Hey, I have a question. I read someone’s opinion recently, (I’d source it but I forgot), that the gods don’t care about our personal development. If they do care, it’s so that you’re fit to do something for them down the road. Gods aren’t here for humanity’s benefit, so why should they care, unless they’ve got plans they want to use you for.

    This was, although a rather unflattering picture, also a compelling one. Gods are busy; they have stuff to do. Why should they worry about the personal development of humans? But at the same time, it doesn’t totally mesh with my experiences of divinity–Although Hermes (the only god I have a close relationship with) is currently unhappy with me, I know he cares about me.

    So I figured I’d ask for your perspective, since the way you write Hermes feels similar to the… energy I get off of him? Except your “godphone” or what-have-you is far more sophisticated and attuned than mine.

    • Thenea

      I guess I’d start here: it is impossible to say what is true of all gods. What is true of the Theoi may not be true of the Oricha, or the Asir and Vanir.

      If you want to know whether Hellenic deities are concerned with human development, read the myths. Do they fight over who gets to be Patron or Patroness of a city? Yes. Do they get mad when humans don’t think highly of them? Yes. Do they disguise themselves and go door to door, making sure the laws of hospitality are enforced? Mais oui. Philemon and Baukis. Lycaoon. Shall I go on?

      And the non-citizens in Athens. Were they pivotal to history? No. Yet the cult of Dionysos dressed them in robes of royalty, because reminding human beings that the distinctions of society were arbitrary and sometimes toxic was holy to him.

      The Greek deities are, and have ever been, teachers of humanity and proponents of virtue.

      Deities of things like democracy, justice, art, music, cooking, language, hospitality, commerce and the hearth that is inside of your house, in my opinion, care about humans? These deities, Apollon, Dionysos, Hermes, Hestia, Zeus.. all the Olympians, really, and a great many other Greek deities besides, have devoted eternity to things which are of peculiar interest to humans.

      Moreover, what is important? If you take the broad view of history, very few people — far fewer than the number of people who have close and intimate relationships with deities — really make a significant impact on history. But even then… “So that you’re fit to do something down the road?” What thing? If the spiritual health of humanity doesn’t matter, what is this mysterious role that the person is filling? History? Stupid human stuff. Empires rise, empires fall. People are born and people die. The end of the world will come, and no deity can stop it. The only worthwhile thing is to make the world more pleasant to live in for thinking things, while thinking things yet remain in it.

      The only way to make a world with fewer broken pots is to fix pots, one at a time. You don’t fix pots by breaking pots. The only way to see to the spiritual health of a community is to see that the community members are spiritually healthy, one person at a time. Teach them the value of things like kindness, patience, hospitality, careful speech and humility, and you will have a far more functional group of people than if you don’t do that.

      People can believe whatever they like, but if you are looking into Hellenismos for a vast divinity who doesn’t give a shit about humanity or human spirituality, who has some higher purpose in mind, you aren’t talking about deities like Hermes. You are talking about the Fates, and the Fates don’t really give a crap about deities any more than they give a crap about humans. As to the rest, the proof is in the pudding. Read the texts. Gods interact with humans out of personal desire for intimacy with humans, human love, human adoration, and out of a passion for certain values which they wish to instill in us.

      Hermes absolutely cares about you. He couldn’t be unhappy with you if he didn’t care. He, more than any deity I know, ferociously cares about human beings, hence, his epithet “Eriounes” (Helpful One) and in the Orphic Hymn to Hermes, the poet writes: “With winged feet, ’tis thine thro’ air to course, O friend of man, and prophet of discourse”

      “O friend of humanity,” if we want to be gender-neutral.

      Why do the Greek deities care about humanity? Why does any deity care about anything? If the rivers and the streams have their myriad of spirits looking over them, and the mountains too, if there are spirits who tend the trees and the rocks, why should there not also be a myriad of spirits looking over humanity?

    • Thenea

      And… don’t jump to conclusions about Hermes being unhappy with you. Unless you are chronically judgmental and a dick to people, he’s probably not that unhappy with you. Though, sometimes he can be ambiently grumpy because he has to put up with lots of annoying stuff, generally (See Lucian, Dialogues of the Gods, #4, Hermes and Maia for a really colorful illustration).

      http://www.theoi.com/Text/LucianDialoguesGods1.html#4

      Just in case, though, here is a check list:

      – Regular practice, however simple (Could even just be a prayer-walk, really, or sitting quietly and appreciating him for what he does)
      – Nice to guests
      – Talk to him every day

      Mmm. End of list, really. He seems to appreciate service work, especially where it benefits the habitual wanderer (homeless people)

      • Oliver Clarke

        You’re absolutely right. On all counts.
        I really did make him unhappy, though, bc I unintentionally broke a promise to him. But I’ve been working hard on it, and I’ve made progress! I think I have a good shot at being in his good graces again, which is really wonderful. 🙂

      • Thenea

        Oh. Yeah. Broken promises. He hates that. And he’ll be very vocal about hating that. I’ve done that a couple of times… mostly because he somehow talked me into promising things which I couldn’t actually do. One of those things where, if I hadn’t been talking to a god of persuasion, I might have realized that it was a dumb thing to agree to. But I apologized, and gave him presents, meat and booze, and it all worked out in the end.

      • Oliver Clarke

        Hey, I just wanted to update you, since you’ve been awesome…

        Yesterday, I did a … I guess you could call it a ritual? It was more fancy than what I more frequently do for him, anyway.

        I gave an offering of brownies I made for him, talked about what I’d learned that he’d been trying to teach me, …*proved* that I’d learned, after he tested me (lol), and worked towards mending the promise specifically (which I’ve been doing a lot, ofc).

        And I received positive feelings!!! My connection …”god radio” or whatever… extends as far as feelings, and though these were muted, rather than the brilliant joy I used to get from him… It’s the first positive sign I’ve gotten since I broke the promise.

        People talk about “oathbreakers” and how serious promises to the gods are, but there is an absolute dearth of information about redemption. If it weren’t for the followers/devoted/etc of Hermes who have helped me, who have acknowledged that broken promises happen… I would have assumed I was out of his graces forever.

        It’s… cheesy, I guess, but I have a lot of love for him, and so I’m really rather grateful to you bloggers for writing about your experiences, your thoughts, giving advice, and really just taking the time out of your day to share with the world.

        So… Thanks! 😀

      • Thenea

        Quite welcome! Glad to hear it is resolved. 🙂

        I’m also glad to hear that you had a positive experience with his people. That bodes well for his cultus, IMO.

        And you are right. A lot of people write about how dangerous and serious things are with deities, but deities are aware that their followers are humans! They wouldn’t have very many humans if they threw one away every time someone made a mistake. 😛

        It’s UPG, to be sure, but Hemes always says to me, “Never throw anyone away. Every person has value.”

        Also, mmmmmmm brownies.

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    • Thenea

      Yay! Yes. The rituals *do* need to be modded for different trads.

      If you do a write-up of your experiences, please post a link here. I’d be curious to read.

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