“First off, I’m noticing that a lot of the newer pagans (the large influx of Lokeans in particular) are quick to jump to conclusions regarding everyday things.”
I’ve noticed the same, and it really annoys me.
“Yes, you now have the attention of a deity. That does not mean that He’s got nothing better to do than move things around in you apartment or mess with your laptop/mp3 player/mobile phone/whatever.”
While one should one one hand try to pay attention to signs from the gods, not everything that’s even the slightest bit odd that happens is a sign.
“My red sock disappeared in the washing machine! Ooo, it must be a sign from Loki!” *headdesk*
4. Ask the difficult questions. Has the emotional, mental, and physical pain caused by working with your deity been worth the end result? Do they really care about your wellbeing?
5. Don’t tolerate abuse, especially from gods. We are not their playthings.
THIS. These points are extremely important to keep in mind, IMO.
One shouldn’t accept everything just because it’s your patron deity who does it, or because S/He is a god.
Question *everything*, is my “motto”.
I was originally going to write this yesterday, but I realized that I was way too frustrated to get the message across without being potentially offensive and abrasive. So here’s the refined version.
First off, I’m noticing that a lot of the newer pagans (the large influx of Lokeans in particular) are quick to jump to conclusions regarding everyday things. While I won’t argue that sometimes the gods do interfere with our day to day lives, we have to remember that it’s far more likely a mundane cause-and-effect situation—nothing to do with gods or spirits. Be logical guys; think within the plane of existence we live in first and foremost. Lost keys don’t have to have a divine explanation.
I also have a few issues regarding a certain attitude some pagans seem to have regarding their gods or any gods in general. I’ve found that excuses are made for their…
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