Lack of Static State with the Gods 

Nothing exists in a vaccum, nothing dwells in a static state of not changing. This is especially true of our relationship with the gods . In retrospect of the last 23 years as a polytheist…it is rather remarkable.

To give some context…when I began I was 14. I had been familiar with the gods from age 12 with my first readings of mythology. Back then I was Greco-Roman fluid. This was due to two things…1. That most written material was about the Hellenic Religion, and 2. I could not dismiss my Italian ancestors (at that time I was unclear of where my great grandfather gad immugrated from.) I did get more active in Religio Romana due to it being the first organization I was in contact with, and then floated over to dominantly Hellenic when I studied Orphism and gained friends in Greece and among American Hellenic Reconstructionists. More recently my ancestors and gods joined together these backgrounds to put me on the coyrse hinted at with serving and honoribg my gods as they truly were to me. Understanding my gods as Etruscan made a lot of connections stabilize and get stronger….this is especially true if Turan when I had a mixed relationship with Aphrodite. 

Traditions aside which one may pass through by lot or direction of the gods…the gods themselves may change in their relationship. For berevity sake I shall refer to my gods by Etruscan names, although I will give their Hellenic and Roman equivalents initially. In the beginning it was Artumes (Artemis/Diana) who was the fore divinity for me in all absoluteness. Then there was Menrva (Minerva/Athena) for my art and study, and Nethuns (Neptune/Poseidon) for the sea so loved…and being a coastal Alaskan island born much of my diet was fish. In my 20s Apulu (Apollo (n)) started becoming mire present until he moved to the foreground with Artumes. Menrva dropped back. She started pushing back foreward in 2009 but it has been gradual. All the while Turan (Venus/Aphrodite) was demanding equal honor with Artumes that I failed time and again to provide.  Meanwhile Uni (Juno/Hera) was respected but I never conbected with her, despite her obvious close network with Artumes. I dont know if it was because I failed to recognize her power abd direct influence in my life I am not sure. Whereas I was always detached with Hera, it wasnt until I finally embraced my Etruscan hereditary gods that all of a sudden the queen of the heavens came into my life with her  banners and glory so to speak.  What among women woukd gave been a natural transition from tge domain of Artemis to Hera never happened until then. Artumes is still with Apulu and Turan is now recognized as my family’s tutelary deity…but Uni is just as there, whereas several gods are secondary or in the background. 

We cannot expect our relationship with the gods to not change. That deity who is the center of your world now may drop away or share the center stage with others. As you change professions/trades gods may come and go. As you transition to different stages of life or different focus in your activity. Some are gods that will be with you forever. It wont stay the same.


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