How The Gods and Spirits Speak To Us

How The Gods and Spirits Speak To Us November 5, 2018

When I was a baby pagan witch, I had no idea what people meant when they said the gods or spirits speak to them.  I’d never heard voices, either out loud or in my head.  I didn’t understand what they meant until I experienced it myself.  For me, it’s a lot like hearing my cat’s voice in my head.

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What are you looking at? Are you going to pet me? Photo by Chris Yarzab, cropped, CC 2.0.

Presence

We’re lucky if the gods answer our summon requests, especially if we’ve never worked with them before, or don’t work with them often. But if we’re lucky, the gods speak to us, first with their presences.

When I call upon with a deity, sometimes, I don’t feel anything at all.  I keep at it, making regular offerings and waiting patiently.  I tell them I appreciate them in a humble, loving way.  Sometimes, nothing ever happens, and I stop calling upon them.

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Then, there are times when I sense an energetic change in the room.  I feel a powerful presence outside of myself.  Things feels different somehow. I feel a variety of sensations, including chills, shivers, goosebumps, an electrified scalp, or a cool, otherworldly wind blowing across my body.  Sometimes, I even catch a whiff of a strange aroma.  Once, I felt energy pouring into my heart in serene waves—a sensation that rejuvenated me entirely.

But not all of the gods feel ‘safe.’ I’ve also felt raw fear in the presence of a powerful and wild goddess.  When I accepted that I  didn’t understand what she was, or how she existed, the fear left, and I was filled with love, respect, and awe. 

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Art by Winged Bullet, cropped, CC3.0.

Moments like these are special, and I cherish them.  They don’t happen every day or in every ritual.  It makes them all the more special when I do feel them.

A Soft Voice

I hear the gods and my beloved dead most often as a soft voice in my head.  This sotto voce, or soft voice, is within my head, and is vastly different from my own voice.  It comes unbidden.  It has its own cadence of words that’s not similar to mine.  I can even hear an accent sometimes.  They usually tell me something I had no way of knowing.

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Before you dismiss this as crazy or something you’ll never be able to do, think about whether you’ve ever talked with pets or other animals.  Speaking with the gods and spirits is not unlike asking your cat or dog a question and knowing their answer, or hearing their voice in your head.  If you’ve ever spoken out loud for your animal companion with an accent, bravo — you’re already doing this kind of communication!

A Nudge

The gods and spirits sometimes speak in non-verbal communication, too.  There are times when they give me an intuitive nudge.  Don’t go there, it says.  Talk to that person. 

With Signs

I believe the natural world can connect with the gods and spirits more easily than we can. Yes, there are times when a butterfly is just a butterfly, but sometimes, it’s more.  When the crow laughs with perfect timing, it reminds me to take myself less seriously.  I take it as a sign from the divine.

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Out Loud

This is the most amazing form in my opinion.  Genuine experiences of this seem to be very rare.  People rarely mention them.

I actually heard a voice speak out loud to me only once.  I was walking in the middle of an wide open, empty field.  The voice spoke as loudly and clearly as if they were right beside my ear.  It was freaky.  Whatever it was, it hasn’t been back.

How do the gods speak to you?  Please share your story in the comments below. I’d love to hear it.

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  • Brianna LaPoint

    Beautiful article! I believe in collective conciousness. Sometimes i meditate, and get the answers that way. other times. people respond with the answers i seek. I do not worship any gods, because yes, some of them have a dangerous aura about them.

    • Astrea

      Thanks Brianna.

  • Bekka Mekka

    I hear them and see them. Usually like a vision over top of reality. Sounds, smells, songs. Like.. Hekate was the sound of feathers brushing each other and the floor, a vision of massive silver gray wings. Hands with long fingernails and fingers delicately holding three keys on a ring. And her voice was like a mother, firm but kind. And sometimes I smell flowers, though I can’t quite figure out what kind of flowers. Sometimes when I’m meditating and ask a question or make a wish or request something, and the voice will be as clear as day. Though, with Hekate it’s often truths I don’t really want to hear, so it’s very challenging. Though I always try to say thank you or offer candle offerings because I can’t afford to waste food… though I suppose I could pick flowers… now that I think of it. The first time I talked to Odin the feeling was so strong I burst into tears and he apologised and said he was too loud for my sensitive “ears”, and then spoke very gently.. I learnt a lot about the runes from him that aren’t in any books. Kuan Yin has no words, she’s like the room fills up with hugs. When I’m lost and scared, I feel her hand on my back and get this overwhelming feeling of being loved. The Morrigan makes me taste blood. And her voice is like metal on metal, harsh but almost melodic. Even Kali brushing past me in a meditation once felt like sitting far too close to a fire. I love that I’m able to hear and see. It’s very overwhelming but… it’s like a wonderful gift that I don’t usually talk about with anyone else. It’s like secret fudge… lol! It’s an honour and a privilege that matters a great deal to me.

    • Astrea

      Your insight blew me away. I feel like you could write some great articles about your experiences. I for one would love to hear more about them. Thank you for reading and blessed be.

  • Al Dent

    For me, I know that they definitely speak in full sentences depending on the nature of the conversation. I won’t name names, but it definitely is a blessing to be able to hear. I know they used to be quieter and that their voices used to blend in with my own head thoughts. Gods can do a lot of things, they can mess with us in ways we would never expect. I tried to come up with ways to discern, since I know I have also regularly communicated with other non-human entities…. The biggest tell tale sign is the intelligence. I think that’s the general consensus.

    I’ve also experienced non-verbal communication from them which consisted of having a feeling given to me. Like, the feeling of love… which was an odd experience at first. They will share sadness and that is always something, too. Or sometimes they will tell me to not do something in the weirdest way possible and in a way that could only be explained as someone else grabbing the stirring wheel. Yeah.

  • HearthforSolitude

    My experience is that voices are evil.

    When I got to meet Nut (I suspect), there were no spoken words. Only telepathy, feelings, amazement. Such a being is awesome. When I returned to Earth, I felt cleansed in every way.

    I have other theophanies, often in dreams or visions but they’re all without sound, I tend to be clairaudient. Maybe that has to something to do with it?
    But Nut has been hovering around me for over a year and I do not know why I got this exceptional favour. She says I can come back any time I want.
    When I die, I go to her. I think that would make her my major deity.

  • Theresa Tomblin

    I haven’t heard voices yet… but I have had messages relayed through songs, well-timed commercials, snatches of overheard conversation, billboards, written word, found objects, and on one memorable occasion a vanity plate on a car that cut me off in traffic. Over the years I’ve become accustomed to threading the messages together and discerning what was a Message and what was just coincidence. “I see what you did there” is my usual response to the Universe when I cotton on to the messages. 😀

  • Clarissa Loriga

    I don’t know if this could be labelled as experiences but, this Samhain has been more special than the others because for the first time since I started my spiritual journey, I began working with my ancestors. Various times I felt a warm sensation like a hug, not phisical but more “mental” (like the sensation you feel when hugged, only the sensation). Another time, it was my first time offering somethig to the gods I cal upon more often, Hades and Persephone; I set up a little altar on my windowsill because I have no other space, with candles, offerings and a little pomgranate. The energy there was so ancient and different, I felt a very strong connection with something underneath the very Earth – something severe and old, and a little salty, but not evil and very attentive towards my every move. It was wonderful, but scary. Then I realised they were truly listening to me – THEY WERE THERE WITH ME.

    • Astrea

      I agree, this Samhain is particularly intense. Some people think that the veil is getting thinner and thinner lately. It’s quite possible, in my opinion. Your altar sounds lovely by the way.

  • Clarissa Loriga

    I don’t know if these could be labelled as experiences but, this Samhain has been more special than the others because for the first time since I started my spiritual journey, I began working with my ancestors. Various times I felt a warm sensation like a hug, not physical but more “mental” (like the sensation you feel when hugged, only the sensation). Another time, it was my first time offering somethig to the gods I call upon more often, Hades and Persephone; I set up a little altar on my windowsill because I have no other space to do that, with candles, offerings and a little pomgranate. The energy there was so ancient and different from that of the rest of the room, I felt a very strong connection with something underneath the very Earth – something severe and old, and a little salty, but not evil and very attentive towards my every move. It was wonderful, but scary. Then I realised they were truly listening to me – THEY WERE THERE WITH ME.

  • Unlabeled_Unlimited

    I’ve always heard the voices of others in my head. Always. For the majority of my adulthood, I just assumed it was my voice and thoughts.
    Then I started this awakening, connecting journey.
    Now my personality facets and my closest guides voices are beginning to be heard in different (their own true?) voices.
    I can only remember once hearing the voice outside myself. It was a man’s voice, decidedly not my own (female) voice.
    “Get out NOW!”. Asked around, no one else heard.
    A couple minutes later, loud enough to be perceived as a person standing next to me, “Teresa, GO HOME RIGHT NOW!!!!!”
    So, I did. I wasn’t two blocks away when the cops came flying down the road and busted all my friends whom had not heard the voice and stayed.
    But my most mind blowing was not a voice or sound,but a hand that blocked a trajectory that should have resulted in major facial destruction, if not paralysis or death.
    And to think, it has only taken 40 years to accept these occurrences as both possible and real.
    Loved this article, thank you.

    • Astrea

      Wow, that’s so amazing! It’s so cool to know there are gods or spirits looking out for us. And yes, it can take a while to come around, but at least we’re here now. Blessed be.

  • deblong

    When my daughter was about 6 or so, she was part of a local church and the kids were going to perform a song in front of the congregation. At that time I wasn’t a practicing witch but that was about to change. While I was seated in the church, waiting for the kids to sing they called people up to the front who needed special prayers. The man seated directly in front of me got up and joined a few others. The moment he got up I began hearing a low hum. It was inside my head – I’m sure because when I looked around no one else seemed to hear it. A few moments later the man returned and that’s when I heard The Voice. It directed me to tell him that everything was going to to alright. I did what any other sane person would do. I ignored it. The Voice repeated it’s request and again I ignored it. That’s when the humming grew louder. The request was given again, and again the humming increased – until at last I broke down and leaned forward to tell him what The Voice had said. The humming stopped as soon as I said the words and the man looked relieved, it was as though a huge weight had been lifted off his shoulders. I don’t know where The Voice came from or who The Voice was – I only know that that was the most memorable moment of my life. I was so busy with my inner conversation that I’d completely missed my daughter sing, but I did have an amazing experience that opened me up to new possibilities.