I need some advice on two things. I've just got into paganism and I feel very drawn to the Hellenic part but I'm stuck. Firstly, Pan came to me and I want to get to know him. Do you have any experience with Pan, his nature, offerings he likes, a bit of background? Secondly I feel very drawn to Dionysus with the madness and frenzy but I hate wine!! I feel like if I reached out he'd be offended because of it. Is there a way around that??
Pan is a God of wild and rural areas, originating in the region of Greece known as Arcadia. You can find more information about Him here. A Byzantine text says that: “Women used to celebrate customary rites for Pan by shouting. And Menandros in Dyskolos says: ‘One must not approach this god in silence.’” Here are some hymns. The Orphics burned “odors” for Him, but I have no idea what that means.
As for Dionysos, He is a God of many masks and epithets. I certainly encourage you to reach out to Him, with the caveat that while all deities are absolutely terrifying if you glimpse Their true natures and mysteries, Dionysos can be particularly intense, and can easily tear apart whatever stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. Even if you start with certain masks, I have the suspicion that the others will be behind those. The mysteries of the grape vine are particularly important to Him, and they are interwoven with the madness and the frenzy and the ecstasy. You don’t have to like drinking wine to initially approach the God, though.
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