I’ve talked before about the ways in which I interact with Deity, including this post a while back on why I don’t invoke. And I explored the ways in which I talk to Deity more full in a previous post for Pagan Experience, Conversations Over the Garden Fence.
But this week’s Pagan Experience is asking us to share your favourite invocation or devotional to the Deity of your choice.
While I don’t invoke, I do have formal and casual ways of talking to the Gods, depending upon the situation and Who I am speaking to. For instance, Herne tends to be somewhat informal with me. Oh, I am fully aware of His power and his status as Lord of the Hunt and He can be quite intimidating when He wants to be. But there is an easy-going informality with Him. Talking to Herne is like sitting down with a friend at the pub over a pint of beer. Well, beer for him, soda water for me. And when I call Him a right bastard and tell Him to leave me the f*ck alone, He just laughs and disappears for a while.
Brighid, on the other hand is quite formal even in the most casual of situations with me. There is a regal-ness to Her which influences every interaction. I wouldn’t dream of telling this Lady to f*ck off. Not because of a fear of something happening, but because you just don’t speak to Her that way.
I do have a simple phrase I use when I am honouring Brighid at my altar, and after Herne bitched a bit about feeling left out I started using a similar phrase to honour Him.
Brighid gets a small shot glass of water (tap if nothing else is available, otherwise fresh water from a natural spring or well.
Her devotional chant is:
Mistress of Fire and Water
I honour You.
Herne gets a small shot glass of whisky.
His devotional chant is:
Leader of the Wild Hunt
I honour you.
Most of my conversations though happen when I am doing mundane tasks throughout the day. Herne or Brighid may pop into my ear with a comment or question when I am driving (I discourage this when I need to concentrate), or when I am doing housework, or healing work. Or even when I am sitting at my computer writing a blog post. “Don’t forget to mention ______.” I will suddenly have come into my head.
Oh yes, this whole speaking in my head. How do I know these thoughts, because that is what they tend to be, thoughts, are coming from Deity and are not just a figment of my imagination?
Sometimes because the thought is so far out in left field away from something I would normally think about. Sometimes it is because I have asked a question, and through a process of writing or letting a question linger in the back of my mind, a response comes to me. Most often though it is because I just know. The thought speech coming from Herne feels different from the thought speech coming from Brighid, and both feel different from thoughts which originate from my own mind.
Finally, I look to the words of wisdom from the great wizard, Professor Albus Dumbledore, “Just because something is all in your head, does not mean it is not also real.”