• All witches are very conscious of stories. They can feel stories, in the same way that a bather in a little pool can feel the unexpected trout. Knowing how stories work is almost all the battle. Terry Pratchett
    Witches Abroad

Kiya on Twitter

Other Blogs

  • Just a quick note
    I’ve updated my bio page with a link to Les Cabinets Des Polytheistes, where my story “Spine of the World” is published (and in which people can play Spot The Netjer if they are so inclined), and my less-specific webspace Suns in Her Branches, which is broader than this space (which is specifically for reconstructionist-derived […]
  • Opet article is up
    And can be read here.Filed under: Patheos Links
  • Opet is coming ’round again
    And the Emboatening Crew is once more celebrating by making Kiva loans. You’re all welcome to join us. (My monthly column in Patheos Pagan is about Opet and charitable works, and will be going up tomorrow assuming nothing goes wrong.)Filed under: Festivals, Uncategorized
  • The Art of Being A God
    It’s interesting having one foot in reconstructionist religion and one foot in religious witchcraft, for a lot of reasons. One of the things that I’ve been thinking about lately is the shape of how the gods appear within the context […]
  • Mythopoeia
    Continuing with rambling on the topic of my exploration of pagan movement history, another critical concept: mythopoeia. The word means, literally, “myth-making”, and it is one of the near inescapable traits of at least the origin points of pagan religions. […]
  • Hills of the Horizon: The Past is Another Country
    The problem with extrapolation from history is that nothing is testable. The evolution of a religion over time is not a predictable and easily comprehensible thing, where we can look at a point in time and say, "It was like this then, so it would be like that now." The process of deciding what needs […]

How do I find what god(s) to worship?

My advice: stop trying.

Investigate religions. Find practices that work for you, that satisfy whatever spiritual needs that you have. Find systems and structures that help you to be a better person – that encourage you to heal your wounds, that give you limits and strictures that prevent those qualities of your personality that you want better controlled from running rampant, that encourage those parts of your personality that you want to nurture to flower. Find things that will enable you to be better present in the world, a better contributor to reality, someone who will make things better.

Any power worth honouring will value that.

If you find powers you wish to honour along the way, do so. You don’t need anyone’s permission, or some kind of personal tap on the shoulder to set up a shrine, or pour libations, or say “I’m doing this in the name of so-and-so”. I’d suggest starting with those who are relevant to what you are already doing – if you’re a student, honour gods of learning; if you’re a medical worker, honour gods of healing; if you love to cook, honour gods of food and the hearth.

Cultivate relationships with your local environment. Is there a tree nearby that gives you a sense of power? Give it gifts. Pour out water on its roots. Learn the ecosystem of where you live – and listen for the lessons it can teach you, spiritually. Become familiar with the signs of weather, which seasons bring wind, how to know when the world in your immediate area is suffering. (Don’t neglect the human ecosystem! If you live in a city, you’ll have fewer opportunities to plant a garden that encourages local bees and birds and wildlife, and more opportunities to buy a homeless person a sandwich.)

If you find that a particular system works well for you – if being a heathen gives you the right sort of strength, if a druidic revival path settles you and teaches you what you need to know to be at your best in the world, if a form of religious witchcraft heals you best – you might do well cultivating relationships with the powers affiliated with that system and find things there.