– First off, why do my muses insist on talking to me in the shower right before I want to go to bed? (Glory wonders the same thing. Why DO the Muses love to interrupt showers? I keep a notebook and pen in the bathroom for this very reason!)
– Second, humanity does not have a good track record when it comes to understanding, accepting or being flexible with to those who claim or have claimed they read, write and understand the “word of god”. Christianity is a prime example here and their book that is the word of god.
– Third, the book I would write would be the shortest book ever.
Let me show you….
Nettle’s Book on how to worship Hestia
Um….. get some fire in your house – no, foolish one, don’t start your house on fire, but get fire into your house. A candle, an oil lamp, and if you win the lottery build a hearth in your kitchen. Decorate said fire, make it your altar. Meditate on Hestia – who is she? What does she mean to you? Cook meals for your friends and family. Feed a homeless person. Help build houses for homeless people. Try to be the best person you can be as Hestia sees you.
See… rather sucky book. No real beginning, middle or end. No hero’s quests, no monsters to overcome.
While I’m on this roll…
Nettle’s Book on how to worship Demeter
Go outside, buy plants, plant things. Watch them grow. Learn the seasons. Be one with the seasons. Learn to make bread, brew some beer, play with grain. Meditate on Demeter. Who is she? What does she mean to you? Try to be the best person you can be as Demeter sees you. (Hope askes: So, just HOW does she see you? Who knows! )
Or what I think is my favorite…
Nettle’s Book on How to worship Persephone
Persephone (and Kore) is not a victim, but young woman in her full capacities understanding a need of the world. She is fully understanding of her power and responsibilities. Don’t be afraid of your inner queen. Life and death happen, Persephone has your back. Mediate on Persephone and/or Kore. Who is she? What does she mean to you? Try to be the best person you can be as Persephone sees you. (But how will you know what Persephone wants you to be if nothing is given as a guideline? Hope asks)
So, as much as I love the idea of writing a book (snarky sarcasm alert) I do love helping and teaching people to learn about the old gods as part of their personal journey. I can offer guidelines and support, but each of us has to find our own path up to Mount Olympus and to sit next to the gods enjoying an afternoon chat.
This is my advice and my guidelines to newbie pagans or those looking to advance your practice and connection with deity.
– Take a class in sociology and anthropology. Learn how society affects a writer and to identify cultural markers in writing. Every culture has them.
– Remember that the victors write the history – some deities painted as villains were done so because their people lost the war. I’m thinking of Baal, Lilith and Tiamat here in particular; most “recorded” history of these deities is colored by the conquering people. The Titans would fall into this group as well. Are these deities really evil or were they painted as evil to get people not to worship them, but to instead worship the new gods of the conquerors.
– Question, be skeptical and ask lots of questions. Ask me questions. I LOVE questions. It’s how I grow and evolve in my practice.
– Learn to hear your own magical voice
– Develop your own symbolism. (ha! Where have you heard that before…) Seriously ask yourself questions all the time such as: why do people think the color green represents money and is that true for you? How much of that is due to culture and society and how much of that is true core belief for you. If green doesn’t work for you then what does? Gold, silver, red? What color feels like money? Why? Then moving on, what deity feels like money to you? Why? Write down and record your thoughts and ideas.
– Give yourself the freedom to change your ideas, your mind and to grow.