As a life coach that works with many Pagans, I often have to ask hard questions. This article is no exception. My question is this:
Does your deity of choice reflect the life you want to live?
I recently attended a Pagan Pride event, and, during a large group prayer ritual, I heard one young man ask the blessings of The Morrigan for a better job and higher pay. That got me thinking. Are we, as Pagans, interacting with energies that support the lives we want to live?
Looking back thru previous experiences with other Pagans, and with my younger self, I have encountered many, many people who feel very powerless. And when you feel powerless, you gravitate towards a god or goddess of power, often one associated with battle or sovereignty, such as the Morrigan, Kali or Thor. But are these the energies that help us to deal with economic situations?
Now if I wanted to fix a leaky faucet, would I call out for pizza? Okay, now you may be thinking I am playing a few cards short of a full deck. “Of course, I’d call a plumber”, you say. But what if you’d been calling out for pizza regularly for the last ten years, and never had need of a plumber before? See where I am going? Maybe the Morrigan was this guy’s pizza delivery?
Maybe he’d been working with her for every problem he’d had since he’d realized he was a Pagan. Maybe she was the one that helped him find the strength to declare himself a Pagan in the first place? Maybe she was the right goddess when he needed empowerment!
But now he needs money. Now he needs a better job. So he calls on her. Does she help? Yes, she probably is a very good help if he needs the strength to tell his boss to shove it and thus free himself of this inadequate job, freeing him up for something better. But is that really what he needs? Is her energy really the one to help him find a better job?
In my experience, we Pagans often get caught up in the worship of one particular deity. Most often it seems to be one of those gods of strength, battle and sovereignty that are so great at helping us stand up for ourselves. But why are we limiting ourselves?
Just as I would not call a pizza delivery when I have a leaky faucet, I would not petition a thunder deity to help me start my own business (unless, of course, we are talking a god of storms and commerce…it could happen).
In my own life, I went from needing empowerment to needing wealth. So, I began focusing on drawing one the energies of productive, practical gods, such as The Dagdha for prosperity, Gofannon for industry and Amaethon to help my gardening along (you’ve probably guessed I am of the Celtic persuasion). So I receive a wealth of opportunity, work and food.
So, why is it we continue to take our problems to empowering strength deities all the time? Maybe because so many of us are used to the monotheistic style of worship? Maybe because we still feel powerless? Or maybe we figure that if we just keep asking they have got to give us what we want sooner or later.
Direct your focus to the proper energies, folks! Don’t ask a battle deity to help you make money. It’s not their thing (in most cases).
Here are some better choices:
For industry and craftsmanship
Frigga, Gofannon, Amenhotep, Haephestus, Vulcan
For wealth and financial gain-
Lakshmi, Plutus, The Dagdha, Fortuna, Amaethon, Avallach, Pomona, Ganesh
Housework and domestic arts-
Brighid, Hestia, Vesta, Athena, Frigga, Neith
This list is nowhere near long enough, but it’s a taste for you.
Jerod is a Celtic mystic, practical Druid, permaculture gardener, and depression & anxiety coach in Fennville, Michigan. He can be found at www.jerodrinkus.weebly.com, and facilitating workshops and classes at Pagan events in western Michigan.