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    Question Etiquette when working w/ one God/dess in particular?

    This may seem like a dumb question, but if you've dedicated yourself to or work strongly with one God and/or Goddess in particular, if you need to work magick that isn't exactly something they're known for, do you find a way to work the spell with that particular God/dess, or is it ok to work with other God/desses? TIA!

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    Re: Etiquette when working w/ one God/dess in particular?

    Quote Originally Posted by nykteria View Post
    This may seem like a dumb question, but if you've dedicated yourself to or work strongly with one God and/or Goddess in particular, if you need to work magick that isn't exactly something they're known for, do you find a way to work the spell with that particular God/dess, or is it ok to work with other God/desses? TIA!
    That depends on what you believe in. It all depends on the individual. Some people work with one deity. Other people work with multiple deities. And witchcraft can work depending on a deity that you worship.

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    Re: Etiquette when working w/ one God/dess in particular?

    Quote Originally Posted by nykteria View Post
    This may seem like a dumb question, but if you've dedicated yourself to or work strongly with one God and/or Goddess in particular, if you need to work magick that isn't exactly something they're known for, do you find a way to work the spell with that particular God/dess, or is it ok to work with other God/desses? TIA!
    Nykteria, I've been trying to sift through some of the sub-forums for you because I think this has been touched on a few times throughout some threads here. I don't recall many people here working solely with one entity only. However, I do remember people saying they don't get two entities working together on one cause if there's a known issue.

    You might be able to simply ask the entity you've dedicated yourself to if they mind you working with someone else in particular.

    If I find the posts that are coming to mind, I'll link them here for you.

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    Re: Etiquette when working w/ one God/dess in particular?

    Being very eclectic I seldom run into this as an issue except the very demanding spell checker gods that tend to be very spiteful. I know I know I need a Grammar god to even things out!
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    Re: Etiquette when working w/ one God/dess in particular?

    Thanks everyone for the advice!

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    Re: Etiquette when working w/ one God/dess in particular?

    Short answer: It's Complicated and it varies.

    Long answer:

    Things to consider before calling in another Power:

    The details of any covenant you've made with your primary Power. This is the first hurdle to look at, breaking bargains with Powers is not a thing to do lightly. Sometimes they get cranky about it and cranky Powers have been known to share their displeasure in creative ways. If you've made any specific vows the stand in the path of calling another Power then this is where you normally stop because failure to stop here means that you are going to be redefining your relationship with the Power that you primarily follow and you may or may not enjoy the end result.

    Who do you primarily follow and who are you planning to call? Some Powers are not friends. Calling on Tiamat when you primarily work with Marduk (or doing the reverse) is not guaranteed to end well as the two of them went to war with each other and one theoretically killed the other. By contrast, if you are calling on a Power who is on relatively good terms with the Power you primarily work with then things may go relatively smoothly.

    Do you actually have any real need to seek outside aid? There's an occasional tendency to try and fit Powers into neat little predictable boxes. It's a bad tendency and should be culled. A lot of the more commonly known Powers have very, very, very broad fields of influence (if you have a goal that Athena can't help you with then you probably aren't looking at things the right way). Now, not all Powers will approach a given issue the same way (if Athena helps you with your love life then it's liable to look different than if Aphrodite helps) but resist the trend of trying to stuff a Power into a box. They generally have surprisingly wide reach.
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    Re: Etiquette when working w/ one God/dess in particular?

    Something else to consider is what type of magic is it and how is the god(s) involved? I mean, I rarely (as in never) invoke a deity in spellwork anyhow, unless the work I'm doing requires (extremely rare--in 20+ years, less than 10 fingers but more than 5) divine favor or magic of some sort. Unless whatever is being done depends on external woo from the gods to fuel it, or is part of a larger working that the practitioner ultimately lack the control or power for (in which case, I have found that is rarely a smart avenue to take), its been my experience that "you" are enough or that "you + some elemental energies" are enough. Ceding a spell over to a deity means that it is no longer under one's personal will and control. Why bother with a spell than at all? A prayer will suffice to the same ends. I guess my point is to consider what you are doing and why you are doing it that way...
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