magick you can do on tuesdays

The next in the series of ‘when timing matters’ in magick: Tuesday. What types of magick are best to perform on a Tuesday, regardless of moon phase or time of year?

Planetary Correspondence to Tuesdays

Mars is the planet associated or corresponding to Tuesday on the calendar. Mars energy is strong, masculine, aggressive, and sexually potent.

Tuesday is also most closely associated with the element fire, which relates to passion, destruction, creativity, and strength. Mars is also associated with war, competition, and physicality, so these can be combined to do powerful workings involving success, strength, and triumph.

It is the 2nd day of the week (in the traditional calendar format which began the week on Monday), so is associated with the number 2 numerology.

Deities Associated with Tuesdays

This list will not include every single deity associated with Tuesday, but if there are deities you work with which are not on this list, and that are associated with Mars, Tuesday would also be a fine day to honor them.

Deities with associations or correspondences to Tuesday include:

  • Ares (Greek)
  • Mars (Roman)
  • Nergal (Babylonian)
  • Ganesha (Hindu)
  • Durga (Hindu)
  • Kali (Hindu)
  • Hanuman (Hindu)
  • Tiw/Tiu (Norse)
  • Tiwaz (Norse)
  • Tyr (Norse)
  • Anubis (Egyptian)

Other Magickal Associations with Tuesday

  • Colors: Red
  • Zodiac: Aries (Fire of Mars, Scorpio (Water of Mars)
  • Tarot: The Tower
  • Good for courage and strength spells
  • Spells for revenge/vengeance
  • Spells or work for war or battles
  • All things defense/protection
  • Spells for servicemembers or individuals fighting for a cause
  • Spells for sexual potency/virility
  • thistles
  • garlic
  • maca
  • dandelion
  • arrowroot
  • rue
  • basil
  • cardamom
  • ginger
  • chives
  • aloe
  • chickweed
  • dragon’s blood incense
  • bloodstone
  • red jasper
  • rubies
  • lodestone
  • hematite
  • iron (metal)

planetary correspondences 101

Alright, so this is another topic on which there are entire volumes of work that have been written, so I will not attempt to replicate those many books into a blog post.

However, this should be a great primer on which you can start to build your familiarity with the planets and how they correspond to concepts, days, times, colors, and Zodiac signs. In astrological planetary correspondence, the sun and moon are considered planets for the sake of continuity of terminology, even though they are a star and a moon, respectively, in astronomical terms.

Let’s get started:

The Sun

Characteristics: creative, inspirational, masculine, courageous, abundance, warmth, star, noble, stimulating, lion, tiger, hawk, Sphinx, yellow flowers, saffron, gold (metal), Apollo, Ra, Helios, Sol, Vishnu, Bastet, Hathor, Baal, Freyr, Isis, Kali Ma, Shakti, Eos, Amun, Sekhmet, Surya, Aine

Colors: yellow, gold

Zodiac: Leo

Elements: Air

Days/Times: Sunday; the 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd hours of the day, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

The Moon:

Characteristics: intuitive, passionate, changing/cyclical, beauty, glamour, dreams, prophecies, tides, oceans, cleansing, releasing, dark, illuminating, cats, bats, owls, ravens, purple flowers, jasmine, silver (metal), moonstone, fertility, birth, feminine, manifesting, imagination, Artemis, Selene, Luna, Hekate, Diana, Shiva, Bastet, Astarte, Cerridwen, Hathor, Ishtar, Lilith, the Morrigan, Yemaya, Chang’e, Thoth, Mani, Hina

Colors: silver, blue, lavender, black,

Zodiac: Cancer

Elements: Air

Days/Times: Monday; hours 4, 11, and 18 of the day, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Mercury:

Characteristics: communication, travel, masculine, intelligence, thought, education, learning, intellectual, Sphynx, pigeons, sandalwood, lavender, mercury/quicksilver (metal), carnelian, messages, messengers, wings, Hermes, Anubis, Ganesha, Thoth (Djehuti), Seshat, Maat, Odin, business, commerce, coin purse, winged sandals

Colors: yellow, orange

Zodiac: Gemini and Virgo

Elements: Water

Days/Times: Wednesday; Hours 3, 10, 17, and 24, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Venus:

Characteristics: luck, love, relationships, money, affection, friendships, beauty, art, music, dance, sensuality, sexuality, growth, passion, cats, bees, Elder tree/flowers, copper (metal), green gemstones, green crystals, creativity, inspiration, Venus, Aphrodite, Ishtar, Isis, Astarte, Lakshmi, Hathor, Bastet, Freya, Asherah, Branwen, Brigid, Corn Maiden, Cupid, Hestia

Colors: Green, some greenish-blues, turquoise

Zodiac: Taurus, Libra

Elements: Fire

Days/Times: Friday; Hours 2, 9, 16, and 23, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Mars:

Characteristics: energetic, enthusiastic, hot, courage, war, strength, protection, power, masculine, engineering, metalworking, blacksmith, iron, free speech, shield, sword, spear, helmet, ram, wolf, serpent, dragons blood (incense), spices (those with capsaicin, especially), iron (metal), rubies, red agate, red jasper, warriors, soldiers, Aries, Mars, Vulcan, Durga, Horus, Sekhmet, Maris, Badb, Medb, Thor, Tyr,

Colors: Red, orange

Zodiac: Aries

Elements: Fire

Days/Times: Tuesday; Hours 7, 14, and 21, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Saturn:

Characteristics: serious, lofty, rules, authority, brooding, transformation, renewing, mystical, bats, nightshade, myrrh, lead (metal), Hera, Kronos, Juno, Saturn, Ishtar, Parvati, Kali, Shiva, Brahma, Net, Ptah, Osiris, Set, Aegir, Saturnalia/Yule

Colors: gray, reddish gray, reddish brown

Zodiac: Capricorn

Elements: Earth

Days/Times: Saturday; Hours 5, 12, and 19, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Jupiter:

Characteristics: expansive, growth, acquisition, optimism, leadership, prosperity, good will, humor, health, power, personal development, spontaneity, oak, crown, trident, the sea/ocean, thunderbolt, 4, majestic, bull, centaur, eagle, cedar, olive tree, cloves, tin (metal), blue gemstones and crystals, Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, Jupiter,Marduk, Minerva, Indra, Sarasvati, Maat, Hapi, Amun-Ra, Enlil, Thor, the Winter King,

Colors: blue, royal blue, light blue, white

Zodiac: Sagittarius

Elements: Water

Days/Times: Thursday; Hours 6, 13, and 20, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Uranus:

Characteristics: rebellion, revolution, outside-the-box, eccentric, unusual, surprises, science, invention, upheaval, breakthroughs, genius, quirky, innovative, generational culture, wake-up calls, beneficial disruption, speak up/speak out, Uranus, Caelus, Pan, Varuna, titanium (metal), quartz, cloves, nutmeg

Colors: Magenta

Zodiac: Aquarius

Elements: Water

Days/Times: Wednesday; Hour 22, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Neptune:

Characteristics: dreams, dreaming, intuition, imagination, psychic, mystic, spirituality, mercy, kindness, compassion, sensitivity, empathy, Njord, Poseidon, Neptune, seaweed, kelp, shells, abalone, seahorse, horse, bulls

Colors: Sea green, aquamarine, turquoise

Zodiac: Pisces

Elements: Water

Days/Times: Friday; Hour 11, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Pluto:

Characteristics: transformation, reinvention, death, rebirth, afterlife, underworld, truth-seeking, Ereshkigal, Thanatos, Janos, the Morrigan, Nepthys, Hades, Hel, Osiris, Persephone, pyrite (metal/mineral), black opal, black crystals, black flowers, poisonous plants

Colors: black

Zodiac: Scorpio

Elements:

Days/Times: Monday; Saturday; Pluto is associated with the number zero. This can be interpreted as either 00:00 on the clock (as in, the exact time of midnight), or as 00:00 relative to the sunrise, meaning the exact moment of sunrise as the beginning of the 24 hours of that calendar day

invocation vs evocation vs summoning

I know this will be controversial to many, but I think this subject deserves some attention. And I expect everyone to like or agree with these definitions, but I do think everyone can agree these words do not mean the same thing.

These words get used interchangeably by many, but, depending on who you ask, have vastly different meanings, and, therefore, potentially very different results when working with spirits, deities, or entities.

Aleister Crowley has differentiated the two terms by saying that invocation is calling on a spirit to manifest inwardly vs evocation is calling forth a spirit to manifest outwardly. He gives no distinction of implied control or supplication on either part of the evoker/invoker and evokee/invokee in this definition.

In Crowley’s version, which has widely become parroted throughout most of the magickal world, invoking is a way of aspecting, or allowing an aspect of a deity to manifest within themselves or even take temporary possession in order to communicate.

I don’t think this is inherently wrong, but its also clear that both words still mean very different things, and come with different implications.

As an alternative to that definition, I really like the way that Connolly breaks down this topic easily and succinctly in several of her books (The Complete Book to Demonolatry, The Demonolater’s Guide to Demonic Magick are two I recommend if you’re into a more ceremonial approach to demonic magick).

It is her definition that I think delineates the nuances of these terms.

Invocation

Think of invocation as a request. It is asking respectfully and reverently. ‘[insert name], I invoke thee to attend my workings tonight.’

Invocations to deities go back as far as human history and spirituality. You can find written invocations in religious texts thousands of years old, giving direction to petitioners on how to respectfully ask a deity for assistance.

And, at least historically speaking, there is not really any basis for the claim that invocations were requests for the deity to possess the person invoking. That definition appears to be a modern interpretation.

Invoking simply involves asking nicely for whatever spirit or being you are seeking to be present, lend assistance, or communicate with you. It’s my opinion that most of the time, people using the terms invoke, evoke, or summon actually mean invoke.

Invoking is akin to praying in a way. It can also just mean leaving an offering without any manifestation. It is welcoming.

Most of us aren’t running around demanding anyone make themselves known or show up for our rituals or spells. The demand comes with an air of mistrust or even superiority.

If you want to work respectfully with a spirit or being, regardless of who/what it is, invoking is the way to go. You would not want your autonomy taken from you, so why treat another being that way? How readily would you want to help someone that demanded you help them?

Evocation

Evocation means more of a demand that a being or spirit show up. It usually involves protective circles, maybe even binding the spirit, and almost always because there is an element of fear of them, or at least some mistrust or discomfort.

Evocation, going with Connolly’s definition, is a method of conjuring an entity to appear or manifest physically in some way, usually within that protective circle and usually also involves no implied supplication from the conjurer.

I will never understand why someone would evoke a spirit or being of any kind they are afraid of or are uncomfortable in the presence of. You get out of magick what you send into it, and entities are no different. If you approach them with fear and ego, you put yourself in danger.

Its incredibly arrogant of us humans to think that we can keep an incredibly powerful other dimensional being from harming us just by erecting special shapes for our working space and binding them with phrases. I’ll leave it at that.

Making demands and starting off in a confrontational manner are not respectful ways to work with entities you want help from, so consider your use of terminology if you’ve been using these interchangeably.

Summoning

Summoning is essentially the same in terms of implied demand as evoking. Summoning is a demand to a spirit or being to appear, usually against their will.

Again, usually this involves protective circles, banishing, and signals that the summoner fears and lacks trust in or comfort with the entity being summoned. If you’re using this method, you’re implying you seek to control that spirit or being and impair its free will.

Do Evoking and Summoning Have a Place?

I won’t be naive enough to say that you should never need these methods. I can’t speak to every possible situation or reason why someone would consider these options.

Only you can make that decision based on what your goals are and who/what you’re working with. And if it sounds like there’s judgment here, there’s not. Magick is a highly personal journey we must all walk in our own way.

Personally, I approach this from the perspective that there are literally thousands of potential spirits or beings whom you could ask for assistance with a request or need.

Why summon one and engender potentially negative will toward yourself when you can simply invoke another that will be equally effective, and who will more than likely be willing to help you out in exchange for your respect, reverence, and offerings.

The approach taken by demonolatry practitioners is, when working with entities of that type of power, respect for them is appreciated and yields much better results and working relationships than ego, control, and force.

However, again, your path is your own and you may find your results using evocation and summoning are equally fruitful.

what is hermeticism?

Ok, buckle in. This is another post where I will attempt to condense a huge amount of information into a blog post, whereas you can read volumes of books on this. And if this post interests you, you should read those volumes of books.

History

The Hermetic system of theology, philosophy, and tradition is based on writings (collectively referred to as the Hermetic Corpus) by the pagan prophet Hermes Trismegistus. Hermes Trismegistus was possibly a real person, or possibly a collection of people writing, depending on who you ask.

And, its not likely we’ll actually really know this, as the writings attributed to him are difficult to truly date and could have been written anywhere between approximately when Moses was alive and the 1st or 2nd century CE.

Regardless of when the writings of Hermes Trismegistus actually were composed (which I think is probably not an incredibly important point to argue right now), they contain a wealth of esoteric information that is credited with creating or organizing the beginnings of things such as:

  • alchemy
  • ancient occult practices
  • foundations of Western esoteric magickal traditions
  • the basis of modern Western astrology
  • spirit conjuring/invoking/evoking
  • Gnosticism
  • probably the foundations or inspiration of almost every occult or ‘secret’ society we know of
  • plenty more arcane magickal subjects

Many people actually believe that Hermes Trismegistus was actually a humanized figure representing the combination of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth being syncratized, as they represented similar characterizations to these two cultures which borrowed and overlapped each other heavily during the period of antiquity.

The term ‘hermetic’ is also often used interchangeably with the term ‘occult’, which means hidden or obscured.

Major Tenets

I hesitate to call these tenets in the formal and rigid sense, as one of the overarching principles of Hermeticism is a denial of or resistance to complete ‘doctrinal faith.’

(Meaning, they saw the emergence of the major Abrahamic religions of Judaism, then Christianity, and, finally, Islam, as problematic to their findings that there was one universal deity present in all religions, rather than only one religion with a deity that was ‘real’, whilst all others were ‘wrong.’)

God is everything and within us but also apart from us

This belief essentially states that the universal unifying force of all beings, matter, thoughts, and so on is god. And this force is both within us and apart from us. We are god, but we are also apart from god. And everything else is too.

This makes Hermeticism a monotheistic system, however, it also recognizes that there can be other deities and beings born of that ‘god,’ which seems contradictory initially, but when you understand that these other deities are also ‘god’ and ‘not god,’ then I guess it begins to make sense đŸ˜‰

There are some beliefs within Hermeticism that are based on texts found describing the universal force of god creating the other gods and goddesses to rule over various aspects, areas, planets, or concepts. Which, again, still falls within the framework of a monotheistic ‘supreme creative force’ view.

As Above, So Below

This is where many people got this extraordinarily famous saying. It comes from the Emerald Tablet, a writinng of Hermes Trismegistus.

The Hermetic writings teach that whatever happens on one plane of existence, also happens on all other planes of existence. Also, whatever has already happened, will happen again. And we can know what will happen on Earth if we can know what has already happened throughout the universe (the stars and other planets).

This is also a commentary on the microcosm and macrocosm concept. What has happened around us will also happen within us, and we are the universe, therefore what happens within us, also happens across the universe. Everything is god, and inter-connected.

Astrology Can Be Harnessed to Understand Our Lives

One of the central concepts taught is that what the stars and planets do are influenced by the universal god, and their influence can be studied and understood to better understand how to operate our lives in synchronicity and symbiosis with our current world, and the universe around it.

Alchemy as a Symbol of Life Cycles

The study alchemy is heavily symbolic, and, apart from literally trying to change lead or other less precious metals into gold, it also speaks to the metaphor of birth, life, death, and reincarnation into the next life cycle, all the while, the energy of the spirit, interconnected as it is with the greater consciousness and the universal god, remains intact. Reincarnation is obviously a key point and belief within Hermetic philosophies.

Theurgy vs. Goetia

Hermetic principles state that the study of magick and accessing it through higher spirits such as angels and gods, is the noblest of studies. The study or pursuit of ‘black’ magick through association with demons or dark spirits is viewed as undesirable, and thought not to lead to spiritual enlightenment.

I think this is a point of contention with some who argue over the definition of ‘demon,’ and what type of being or spirit specifically qualifies as this based on historic and modern interpretations.

Reincarnation and Physical Embodiment

Another central part of the Hermetic belief system is that of the physical embodiment of spirits is due to the universal god being displeased with the souls or spirits in their original form and sentencing them, for lack of a better word, to life in the physical world as a trial the souls must undergo in order to achieve higher levels of spiritual growth, so that, eventually, they can fulfill the requirement of purity to be able to exist permanently on the spiritual plane.

Until each soul reaches that enlightenment, it will continue to reincarnate in human form and undergo the trials and struggles that which is human life.


I would like to point out here that Hermeticism was initially tolerated, and even embraced by, some early Christian sects and churches, as it was actually quite compatible with the early Christian teachings.

It wasn’t until the Christian religion began to organize and stamp out competing views, or views which give too much power to the common man to commune directly with deity or spirit, did Hermeticism come under fire and disappear from mainstream, becoming an ‘occult’ or underground practice until very modern revival in the late 18th century through present.

The Christian church was particularly disturbed by any religious approach that encouraged the common person from knowing and entering into enlightenment, scholarly undertakings, direct communication with a deity, religious education, and critical thinking, which might lead to their rebellion against a quite controlling religious organization and carefully crafted doctrine designed to place the communication with a supreme god squarely in the hands of only a select few, rather than make it accessible to all.

At this point, I want to reiterate that you should read many many sources on this subject if you’re interested in learning more.

As an ecclectic witch, I borrow from and work with concepts of many different schools of thoughts or paths of teaching, and I think the Hermetic philosophy is probably equally as influential in many of the paths we consider ‘modern’ as other sources.

A large part of the Wiccan system is based on Hermetic principles, as is chaos magick, shadow magick, and green witchcraft. You can see elements of the Hermetic system appear almost universally, which is probably not coincidence, given its core belief that everything is interconnected.

A great, short, and mostly easy-to-understand book to whet your appetite further is The Kybalion, as well as you can purchase translated copies of the Corpus Hermeticum, which is the compilation of some of the more important writings of Hermes Trismegistus, at least the main ones that have been translated.

stop thinking of deities as good and bad

when i get really into a particular subject or thought, i get, like, REALLY into it. i’ll download 20+ kindle books and purchase another 10-15 or so from amazon on the subject, or those complementary to it.

and the human-created concept of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ is certainly one of those i’ve spent a fair amount of time in the rabbit hole on.

basically, what i’m trying to convey is this: our limited human minds cannot comprehend divinity of any kind. i don’t care what particular religious doctrine you subscribe to, they’re all more or less right, in that there are powers much bigger, more powerful, and all-knowing than ourselves. and these deities can, and likely do, all exist in one form or another somewhere. like all at the same time. nobody is right or wrong here.

there are probably multiple planes of existence, too.

and beyond all that, these divine entities or beings are neither good nor bad. humans have this habit of applying dualistic labels to absolutely everything, and its a habit that sometimes saves our lives, but in general, probably limits us more than we think.

so here’s the path i’ve been on lately: i have been an atheist since probably middle school. i just tried really hard to believe in various religions, none of them really sticking for me, until maybe around my late teens encountering various pagan practices that looked a little like wicca, but without all the rules and without the goddess and god. maybe its nature worship or some other non-theistic branch of spirituality of the self.

so, fast forward to maybe sometime in my late 20s and then into my 30s, satanism really appealed to me. and, if you’re ignorant and need to be told, satanism is not human sacrifice and eating babies.

its essentially a variety of religious paths that fall under the umbrella of self-worship, self-esteem building, self-advocacy, and embrace of your darker self (we all have one- those of you that think you don’t are the worst off, because yours is repressed and you’re constantly fighting your own innate nature).

some satanic sects are theistic, with deities ranging from satan to lucifer, to other demonic beings that existed before christianity, and others are atheistic, believing instead that there is no higher power, humans are the higher power and its our responsibility to solve our own problems.

for what its worth, i think both are right, more or less.

through all that, though, i still considered myself nontheistic, or, at most, agnostic. i joined The Satanic Temple a couple years ago, but still as a nontheistic atheist.

i previously had interacted with the Church of Satan, but found them to just be a cover for old, white conservatively-leaning atheist men who were hoping for orgies. maybe not all CoS chapters or groups are/were that way, but the ones i encountered in the 2000s all had that in common. CoS doctrine and writings, especially those written by Anton LaVey, its founder, are heavily misogynistic, which is the main reason i never officially joined that organization.

what appeals to me about TST, however, is their neutral stance on actual religiosity, with heavy involvement in fighting injustices that governments and human constructs have placed on the freedoms of humans, like our 1st amendment rights, for instance. if you’re not familiar with TST, i highly recommend you go read their tenets before passing judgment. you will likely come away with a new appreciation for what you consider ‘satanic.’

i’ve never been involved with a group before that did more for personal freedoms, the women’s movement, and free speech and expression than TST.

but lately, in the last few years, as i’ve re-embraced my spiritual self that i lost somewhere along the way, i’ve had experiences, which i won’t go into detail here, but if you really want to know, i’m happy to speak about elsewhere, which lead me to believe that the deities i have reached out to or thought about intently at certain points actually do exist in some form, and communicated with me in some very direct, but also indirect ways.

for those of you who have been practicing the craft for some time, this comes as no surprise to you, because we’ve all had those experiences that open our minds. those ‘a-ha!’ and ‘omg!!’ moments where you realize you’re not alone.

for those that don’t believe, that’s totally fine, and i’m not here to change your mind. if you’re not a believer in any type of higher power (god, lucifer, athena, ishtar, apollo, oya, etc), and you don’t want to be, then you can stop here, because this isn’t really relevant to you. you’re not on that journey right now, and that’s okay.

but to everyone who is on it, or who thinks maybe they are, or wants to be, or just isn’t sure, i have found that one of the biggest blocks that you will experience in making contact with energies and beings beyond our plane is your own fear.

you fear they actually exist, you fear their power, you fear they won’t like you, you fear you’re not important enough for them to listen or respond, you fear a lot of things. but mostly, you fear the unknown.

you fear handing over control to them, or you fear they may be spiteful like you’ve been taught (some can be, but only if you’re a piece of shit, or if your fear rules you, tbh. there are some beings that feed on fear, and those are not the ones you want to make contact with anyway).

and, to top it off, you’ve been told (mostly by your established and dominant religious indoctrination of abrahamic religions) that there is good and evil, and we sort beings into those categories. don’t try to contact dark entities because they want to corrupt you and use you for their own evil purposes. the devil will trick you into a contract to serve him, etc etc.

first, yes, there are dark entities, and there are also entities that feed on fear, hate, destruction, and death. and second, its not likely you’re going to conjure (that’s not even really the right word) one of the latter unknowingly, and, unless you’re a particularly powerful medium, they don’t want anything to do with you anyway.

they have more important shit to do. some of these entities do like to see murder and mayhem, literally, but they’re not that common, and again, you’re likely not a conduit.

third, there are plenty of deities or beings with ‘dark’ reputations, or even those considered ‘demons’ by established judeo-christian organizations, who are, in fact, not at all demons or bad or evil.

they were simply worshipped in pre-christian times and when christianity began to wipe out all prior religious practices in order to control people and information, pagan and pre-christian deities were literally demonized, in every sense of the word. they became evil, harmful, and something you should fear in order to get our ancestors to stop venerating them.

examples of this are lilith, hekate, lucifer, and ba’al.

all were gods or goddesses, or minor deities who had very few, if any, harmful or negative associations until after the establishment and organization of religious doctrine that needed them to appear ‘evil’ in order to convince people to stop worshipping them.

they are no more ‘demons’ than jesus or buddha. they were simply a threat to the growing power of the hebrew and then christian churches, followed by the muslim religious establishment later on after 600 CE.

and this is not an attempt to ‘demonize’ abrahamic religions, because what’s done is done. its recorded in history and we’re living in the now. the powerful leaders of those religious organizations understood propaganda the way that our current president does: fear works.

fear can get otherwise rational people to do all kinds of things, simply because they fear the unknown, and here is someone telling them they “know” as long as you follow them and vote for them/give them your money.

but what i think i took away from this deeper exploration myself is that we fear things we do not understand. we fear concepts we can’t comprehend. we fear change. we fear upheaval. we fear knowing something very heavy like that, because then what do we do with that knowledge? we fear there is a greater purpose for us than just this mundane shit we do all day, and what if we’re asked to act on that?

and then, to add to that, we fear the truth that we are also connected to the divine. whether its pure energetic bonds between molecules you consider divine, or an actual being or group of them, part of that is in you. and its both dark and light. and facing your dark can be terrifying. admitting your deepest thoughts, fears, secrets, anger, hatred, impulses…all of that is in you.

(p.s. in a previous post, i recommended this shadow work journal and i’ll recommend it again. i get no incentive for recommending this, its just a really great tool to explore and accept the darker aspects of yourself so that you can grow and become a better and more functional human, and then also read a little more about what shadow work is in my previous post here).

so, if anything, we humans are dualistic, but our deities need not be. sure, some deities are not that into humans and don’t want anything to do with us, and some are even unfriendly, while others love interacting with us and want to help us out when we call. but just because a deity is associated with dark aspects like war, death, and the afterlife does not make them evil.

a great example are a couple well-known goddesses of the celtic and norse pantheon, like the morrigan, who is the goddess of war and death, but also fertility and sexuality. and then freya, the norse goddess of beauty, love, and sexuality is also the goddess who gets the first pick of souls of the dead in battle.

there are usually both ‘light’ and ‘dark’ aspects to most deities, because, again, they are part of the divine, and, therefore, do not exist in a state of ‘good’ or ‘bad.’

i have friends who are very devout christians who believe that pretty much anything spiritual that is not 100% christian is a path to the devil. and i have friends who are of varying religions who believe that there are many paths to interact with the divine.

personally, i think this is a personal journey. anyone who tells you that you cannot speak directly to the divine, in whatever form she/he/they appear to you, is wrong. run from them. they want control and probably your money. each of us needs to decide exactly what role any relationship with divinity plays in our lives, and that includes how we interact, or not, with it.

as a former atheist, i can tell you that i wouldn’t have opened my mind had i not been led there. and no, i don’t believe in a christian ‘god’ still, but many deities who are a direct channel to higher and more divine power and through whom we can better know ourselves and our higher purpose in life (’cause i’ll be honest, your higher purpose in life isn’t to judge other people on facebook, karen).

in case you want a longish list of books that i’ve read all or part of in no particular order and can’t remember exactly what it was that was said that was so helpful, but i just remember that i found them enlightening and enjoyable to read, here you go (some of these may contain affiliate links):

there are still yet another few dozen i didn’t link here because i haven’t read enough of them to really make a recommendation, but maybe i’ll come back and edit this post in future to include additional titles.

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