Whenever anyone asks me about connecting with Deities, I tell them that the first thing they should do is get their spiritual house in order. A lot of people feel pulled into Deity work right away, when the first thing they should be focusing on is developing a strong relationship with their ancestors and with the spirits of the land on which they live. This is important because, if something goes amiss with your first forays into working with the Gods and Goddesses, having a strong ancestral house will provide at least a modicum of protection. Also, developing strong relationships with both your ancestral dead and with your local land spirits is excellent training for working with Deities down the line.
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