I just wanted to know how to talk to your god(s). Its just you seen to talk and get a response easily. I just want to know where to start
Well, for starters it’s easy for me ‘cause I never ask them anything and also because I work with spirits regularly. There are no offerings involved at all, so there is no ritualistic aspect to it. As for the rest, let me copy paste an excerpt of the answer I gave someone who made almost the same question the other day
Them: Alright. Thanks :) If you’re not too busy, you do speak with your gods right? I was just wondering how you personally go about it
Me: I’m secular, I don’t involve deities in my practice. When I do, they’re just imagery to focus my intent. My power doesn’t come from them
Them: Ah I see. for some reason i thought i remembered you saying that apollo had said something to you idk maybe it was someone else haha
Me: Oh, he has. Haven’t seen the scoundrel in a while, now that I think of it. But Apollo doesn’t get near my witchcraft
Them: so they just talk to you?
Them: so do you just instinctively know when it’s em talking in your head?
Them: Wow i would love to be able to talk to spirits like that
Me: I’m a spirit worker, so I’ve got a bit of experience in differentiating my imagination from actual spirits. It’s simple. Not easy, takes practice, but it’s like a really simple process. Requires quite a bit of regular meditation, for you to know yourself.
Them: would you be willing to teach me or point me in the direction of something?
Me: Sure! First of all, find a way to meditate that suits you. Now you know that typical image of the person sitting in a lotus position going “ommmmm”? Forget about it. I don’t really *know* anyone who meditates like that. My favorite way to meditate is while I water the lawn. Big property, over 1000 square yards/meters, so that’s like two hours of solitary meditation. Then start learning about spirits. I have a cosmology based on fiction, so I avoid cultural appropriation. Roses by other names are still roses. I organize spirits my way, basically. Then you just… reach out and talk to them. You’re gonna freak out when you start hearing them respond. It’s not a voice, and they don’t talk with words. Just with concepts. Don’t get scared tho. Spirits only have as much power as we give them
Them: Wow thank you so much! Do you have any advice on where to learn about spirits? i feel like there’s probably so many different beliefs out there
Me: Oh man, everywhere hahaha I would begin with local spirits. The ones you’re more likely to encounter. I personally, as I told you, based my cosmology on fiction, so there are some role playing games I could recommend. But probably you should start the other way around. Research local legends, about the spirits people that lived there hundreds of years ago believed in, etc. And go from there
Them: Do you think it’s bad to involve deities in your craft?
Me: Naaaah. I just personally can’t do it. I have commitment issues. Any god I would drop without notice and without reason. I can’t adore them either. I bow to no god, same as I bow to no human
Them: I see. I have commitment issues too but I really love Aphrodite I hope it doesn’t falter. I don’t really bow to her or think that’s necessary. Maybe it’s more like I love her than I worship her
Me: That sounds healthier. I just… I see some witches choosing their gods, and their gods being so unhelpful sometimes. I would switch deities on the daily. I prefer to keep them away from my craft and just treat them as equals