How Do I Know if a Deity Is Calling Me?
By Patti Wigington
Question: How Do I Know if a Deity Is Calling Me?
A reader writes in, “There’s been some weird stuff going on in my life, and I’m beginning to notice things happening that make me think a god or goddess is trying to contact me. How do I know that this is the case, and that it’s not just my brain making things up?”
Typically, when someone is “tapped” by a god or goddess, there is a series of messages, rather than a single isolated incident. Many of these messages are symbolic in nature, rather than actual “Hey! I’m Athena! Lookit me!” kind of things.
As an example, you might have a dream or vision in which you are approached by a human figure who has something different about them. You’ll probably know it’s a deity, but they are sometimes evasive when it comes to telling you who they are — so you could do some research, and figure out who it was based upon appearance and characteristics.
In addition to a vision, you might have an experience in which symbols of this god or goddess appear randomly in your daily life. Perhaps you’ve never seen an owl before in your area, and now one has built a nest above your back yard, or someone gives you a gift of an owl statue out of the blue — owls could represent Athena. Pay attention to repeat occurrences, and see if you can determine a pattern. Eventually you may be able to figure out who it is that’s trying to get your attention.
One of the biggest mistakes people tend to make, when they’re being contacted by a deity, is to assume it’s the god or goddess you’re most drawn to — just because you’re interested in them doesn’t mean they have any interest in you. In fact, it may well be someone you’ve never noticed before. Martina, a Celtic Pagan from Indiana, says, “I had done all this research about Brighid, because I was interested in a Celtic path, and she seemed like a hearth and home goddess I could relate to. Then I started getting messages, and I just assumed it was Brighid… but after a while I realized it didn’t quite fit. Once I actually paid attention, and heard was being said instead of just what I wanted to hear, then I discovered it was actually an entirely different goddess reaching out to me — and not even a Celtic one.”
Bear in mind as well that raising magical energy may heighten your awareness of this sort of thing. If you’re someone who raises energy a lot, that may leave you far more open to receiving a message from the Divine than someone who doesn’t do much energy work.
Snapping turtles weigh about 10 to 12 pounds and are generally active during Midsummer. It was around this time of the year in Churubusco, Indiana, that Gale Harris, a farmer, heard that a turtle the size of a tabletop lived in the lake on his property. While Harris was patching his roof with the help of his minister, the turtle was spotted at a distance. Upon a closer look, it appeared that the turtle was four to five feet wide and about six feet long–in short a monster! With significant effort, and help from his neighbors, Harris sought to capture the turtle.
It seems that Harris tried nets, grapples, homemade nets and pens, professional divers, and even a female turtle as a decoy. After articles appeared in local papers, crowds began to gather to watch the various efforts. But, the turtle who came to be known as Oscar always managed to escape unscathed. In 1950, the town needed to raise funds build a new meeting hall and decided to exploit the fame of Oscar, the so-called Beast of Busco, as its main attraction. The festival was such a success that the Midsummer pattern for Turtle Day was set and continues today.
Because of its slow and deliberate movement, the turtle is regarded as intelligent and prudent. Its ability to reach very old age assures it great respect. In most African legends, the turtle always comes away victorious and is usually associated with the God of rain, because of its ability to live both on land and in the water.
Good Morning, my sweets! How are you doing today? Me, well the pic says it all, lol! It was a fantastic morning till I heard the News. They are forecasting another day in the 100’s. This is our fourth day of 100 degree weather and it is suppose to last all week. But I consider myself very fortunate. I think about all those poor souls in Ohio, Washington and Virginia. All of them without their electricity, no a/c, no fans, the food going to ruin, it is simply awful. At least I am fortunate enough to have electricity and fans. My A/C is still tore up. While I was in the hospital, someone came out and looked at it. They determined I needed a whole new system, oh, brother! Is there any rich, single male Witches out there, lol! Just kidding or am I? I am just tired of the heat.
After being in the hospital for heat stroke, I am not suppose to be in the heat at all. I have tired to do the blog, honestly I have. But when it is too hot in the office, I start it and then I have to quit. I just can’t stand the heat at all now. So now you know where I have been, since the blog hasn’t been updated daily. I am going to try to get up earlier in the mornings and perhaps it will get done.
I wanted you to know that I haven’t run off and deserted you. I appreciate your patience with me and also all of your well wishes. It means a lot to me. Perhaps one of these days, we will get back to normal (whatever that is, lol!). Anyway I am going to run for now and get busy. I hope you have a great weekend.
Blessings to you and yours,