The question was posed “finding a higher power; what deities are important to me and how did I find them?”
When I first starting learning about my witchcraft journey I chose to work with the Celtic pantheon. This was for the pure reason that I live in the UK, so it made sense to me to connect with deities from the land I live on.I read up and researched about all the different gods and goddesses and having had a great love of Fleetwood Mac I chose Rhiannon first. Gradually I looked at and attempted to work with the different Celtic goddesses. I say ‘attempted’ because although it was interesting I didn’t really connect with any of them in particular. I also struggled a great deal to work with any of the gods.
There were one or two that I enjoyed learning about such as the Lady of Avalon and her various guises. And eventually I even managed to make small connections with Belanos (after a visit to Bath), Sulis and even Merlin. But nothing really resonated.
As my journey progressed I ventured out into other pantheons. Usually because of whatever course or learning I was working with at the time and I worked with other deities such as Artemis. But again, nothing really gelled.
Then oh, it must be about ten years or so ago now I was reading a fiction book (Beneath a mountain moon by Silver Ravenwolf). It is a magical tale that included a blue face hag goddess by the name of Cailleach Bheur and I was intrigued. After finishing the book her name kept appearing in other things I read. Eventually I got the hint and did some research and spent some time meditating. Then I started working with her and oh my goodness is she a kick butt goddess but exactly what I needed. She has been with me ever since.
Struggling with the gods
I still struggled to work with the masculine energy but I decided it was OK and that I didn’t need to get stressed about it.
Now…an ancient British goddess and a Hindu god aren’t the usual bedfellows but somehow, they seem to tolerate each other. (See my blog ‘Mix ‘n match deities’) Ganesha has specific rituals and offerings and I do try to honour them but he is pretty easy going about it all as long as you give him sweet treats.
I have separate altars set up in my home dedicated to both of my deities – matron/patron whatever title you want to give them. They are a major source of strength and guidance with an added dash of kick bottom if I need it.
Open the door for others
I still work with other deities from time to time. Last year in fact I worked with twelve different goddesses, one each month when I was working through the Arc of the Goddess. It was interesting to see the ones that came through to me, each one with a unique perspective and wisdom for me.
When I was writing my book Pagan Portals Hoodoo I had Papa Legba with me for an entire year sitting behind me laughing at my attempts…
I have always maintained that you need to be open to whomever comes your way. It doesn’t matter who it is or what pantheon they belong to – they will be seeking you out for a reason…listen and learn from them.