A human being can benefit from strengthening their presence in the higher world. To do so, they must find and develop that part of themselves which is eternal. The gods, correspondingly, don ephemeral clothing when they enter our world. They rely on us to provide the language by which they express themselves, and allow communities to set the rules for them while they are visiting. It is for this reason that the metaphysical world works slightly differently for each culture, and even neighboring groups of people honoring the same gods may experience them differently from one another.
Greek gods are inherently eternal (hence why they are called Athanatoi, or The Deathless Ones), and physical things are inherently temporary. Greek gods are, at least logically speaking, non-physical by nature. Despite this, I have seen them physically manifest, and I earnestly believe that our ancient counterparts also had these sorts of experiences. I believe that this is a result of deities clothing themselves in thought forms which human belief and cultural expectations made solid to the senses.
This isn’t so much about accuracy. Thought forms are thought forms, and they always introduce a shade or three of filter, cultural or otherwise. This is about having a visceral and sensual experience of deities. Such a thing might not be so important to people who work with deities of the mind, like Athena, or even Hekate, but for those of us whose commerce in the mythic realm involves deities of sensuality, sex, drinking, eating, and physical ecstasy, just getting messages from the gods feels… insufficient.
To that end, I have been conducting research into how physical manifestation of deities, independent of human channels, might be accomplished.
A hearty thanks to Zeus, Hera, and Aphrodite, who were willing participants in my experiments, and to Apollon, Hekate and Hermes who helped a great deal with the theory end of things.
I want to state, for the record, that this isn’t about forcing deities to manifest. It is about making it easier for them to do so when they wish, independent of humans to channel them.
What I Tried, and How It Worked (Or Didn’t)
What it is: A simple signed statement giving what amounts to legal permission for certain entities to manifest in my space.
Why I thought it might work: Deities are more likely to be present when we call them. Invitation is helpful to deities in entering our world.
Perhaps the reason that deities don’t manifest is because we neither want them to, nor expect them to. By writing a contract extending a deity permissions to physically enter the space, perhaps the laws of the universe somehow come to allow that.
What actually happened: Deities reported that this did not make it any easier for them to manifest. This is possibly because I already really want them here, and my earnest desire for them to be there obviates the need for a legal statement.
Raising Specific Energy
What it is: Chanting divine names to raise energy. Because names are used, the energy being called is of that deity. For example, one might chant epithets of Aphrodite to call her presence more strongly into the room.
Why I thought it might work: I have been told by people that the secret to powerful manifestations is more energy. Their hypothesis is that the more energy you have, the closer to manifestation your working becomes. It seemed like a worthy hypothesis to test.
What actually happened: The people involved felt very connected to the deity, but this did not seem to make physical (or sensory) manifestation any easier for the gods who participated.
What it is: A type of working wherein one tells a myth or a story about a deity doing something, in hopes that this will encourage them to do it.
Why I thought it might work: This is used in the PGM. I thought it was worth exploring.
What actually happened: I did two sets of experiments, some with deities, some with mortals. The stories that I told with myself as a character manifested very well. Other people experienced similar things. Deities were not more likely to manifest, however.
Creating Telesmatic Images of the Deities
What it is: A thoughtform which is made out of etheric light. It has a location in physical space. In this variant, the images were specially consecrated for the stated purpose.
Why I thought it might work: It’s already in the physical plane, if you think about it. Nine tenths of manifestation, for deities, is narrowing down the large number of possible ways they could manifest into something relatively specific.
What actually happened: Deities really liked this. They thought that having an etheric vessel constructed for them was boss. It didn’t cause sensory manifestation.
Creating Telesmatic Images Representing The Concept of Manifestation
What it is: So, telesmatic images fix the influences of a thing in physical space. Any concept can be represented. So, what about creating one of a gate meant to bridge the world of gods and the world of humans.
Why I thought it might work: Telesmatics create changes in perception and influence unconscious minds in an area. So…?
What actually happened: This was probably the most powerful hack I’ve ever used to boost the power of ordinary invocations. Zeus was super excited about the results, and his etheric presence lingered all weekend, much to the profound chagrin of his son and messenger. No sensory manifestation.
What it is: A cast circle is a type of thought form. If we are more explicit in our creation of a circle as a thoughtform, we can gain greater control over the rules by which a circle operates.
Why I thought it might work: A cast circle changes the rules for an area. Maybe one of the customizable perameters is how easy this sort of manifestation is.
What actually happened: Interestingly, having tried these workings in every kind of cast circle you could reasonably think of, the energies of deities seemed to be closer and more visceral with either no circle at all, or the one I designed to admit one and only one deity.
Consecrating The Space to The Crossroads
What it is: A ritual which creates a space under the authority of Hekate and Hermes, and connects the three realms of the Greek Kosmos.
Why I thought it might work: Perchance if Earth developed a more intimate connection with Sky in the space, Sky gods might more easily be seen on Earth?
What actually happened: While nestled directly in between Hermes and Hekate tops my list of safest and most secure locations, in a spiritual sense, and while Hekate likes this ritual a lot, it did not support crossing the veil in quite the way I had hoped.
Small Scale Sympathetic Magic
What it is: Using an object or objects to represent something, and doing ritual actions on the thing which is presumably easier to poke and prod than the thing it represents.
Why I thought it might work: I guess, on some level, I think of “the veil” as the collective, local willingness or unwillingness to allow entities into their world. I think this is actually how sympathetic magic gets you jobs or parking spaces. It’s a note written to the collective unconscious mind.
What actually happened: I got a note back from the collective unconscious mind. It read: “Thanks, but no thanks.”
Large Scale Sympathetic Magic
What it is: Rather than having inanimate objects standing in for thing, people, places or concepts, I had people acting out roles to do much the same.
Why I thought it might work: It’s like sympathetic magic, but with its own built in consensus. The stated goal was to make mythic reality a real thing.
What actually happened: Holy Shit. What didn’t happen? People gained control over the weather. Water turned into wine. Ok, Coke turned into rum and coke, but still. What didn’t happen? Deities did not show up. Not even when directly invoked. They were not even astrally present. Human imagination took over everything, and the gods couldn’t get a word in edgewise.
What it is: A local verbal consensus that the gods are present and physically influencing objects. “Damnit, Hermes! Gimme back my lighter!”
Why I thought it might work: I noticed that gnosis tends to be shaped by community-talk. Maybe manifestation could, too?
What actually happened: Hermes stole many physical objects from plain sight, but was not, himself, seen.
What I Concluded
1. The human unconscious mind, at present, does not generally welcome deities into human territory. Where it is strongly invoked, the gods are pushed away. Where it is asked permission that they should manifest, it declines.
2. Rituals change reality by changing the way you think about reality. This, in turn, changes the metaphysical influence you exert on your environment.
3. Consensus is reality, and reality is consensus. Community talk about who the gods are, what they are capable of, and what that means has a profound effect on the way people experience deities, up to and including how much they can influence the physical plane.
1. Explore why deities might be personae non-grata in most places. We could guess. This is a Atheo-Christian country, after all.
2. Develop rituals which specifically target the perceptions of the ritualists.
3. Engage community in intentional chatter about deities to see if this can influence how they manifest.