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Basic Thoughtform Creation Profile//

The following is a very basic jumping off point for creating a thoughtform spirit profile. Thoroughness is essential when creating a thoughtform, so be specific!

Thoughtform Creation Profile:

  • Name:
  • Species:
  • Age:
  • Preferred Pronouns:
  • Physical Description:
  • Personality Description:
  • Energy Description:
  • Hobbies:
  • Likes:
  • Dislikes:
  • Musical Resonance:
  • Magical Abilities:
  • Notable Skills:
  • Role you may wish for them to perform:
  • Offerings they may desire:
  • Activites to do with them:
  • Misc. Information:
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Spirit Roles

Some spirits may choose or agree to perform a specific job or role in your astral territory or as your companion. Some spirits prefer not to have a specific role, and that’s okay too. Below are my personal categories of spirit roles.

Spirit Roles:

  •  Familiar: helps with magic and witchcraft, spends a lot of time in both physical and astral.
  • Healer: helps with healing their companion as well as other spirits.
  • Teacher: helps mentor their companion as well as other spirits.
  • Gatekeeper: patrols the boundaries of their companions astral territory, helps with protection magic, recharges wards and monitors the borders to make sure no entities or energies with malicious intent get by.
  • Guardian: watches over their companion and guides them down a certain path
  • Muse: helps out with creative endeavors, inspires and motivates their companion.
  • Mate: forms a romantic bond with their companion, is especially close with them, protects and comforts them.

Please note that many spirits may already have chosen a role for themselves, and it is vital that spirits consent to the role they play in your life. It is especially important in regards to being a Mate that the decision must be consensual and occur naturally (just like forming a romantic relationship in the physical plane with another human).

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November: 30 Day Astral Challenge

Vi’s 30 Day Astral Challenge

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Please note that the following is based on my personal journey with the astral and that not everyone finds their way into Elsewhere this way.

Supplies:
•journal
•pen/pencil
•possibly crystals
•possibly a plant

When completed you will know how to:
•meditate
•recreate objects from our plane
•construct an astral home
•create an Anchor that can jump between both this realm and Elsewhere, keep you tethered to reality and help you in your adventures.
•create a thoughtform to act as Gatekeeper of your astral home

1. Sit quietly and inhale for a count five, exhale for a count of five. Practice deep intentional breathing for one minute.

2. Find an ordinary common object like a pencil or rock and study it for 10 seconds. Memorize every detail. Now close your eyes and recreate it in your minds eye/imagination for ten seconds. Open your eyes and look at the object from a different angle for ten seconds. Do this for about two minutes total.

3. Begin keeping a journal of any dreams you may have as well as reflection on daily exercises

4. Either look out a window or go for a walk outside. Pick a natural specimen such as a tree, leaf, cloud, etc and do exercise number 2.

5. Practice intentional deep breathing for five minutes while creating in your minds eye a copy of your favorite food.

6. Doodle/sketch your ‘happy place’ or a location where you feel most at home or at peace with yourself

7. Find a small item with sentimental value to you, such as a ring, crystal, etc and place it in your pillowcase.

8. Hold your sentimental item, which from now on I will call an Anchor, in the palm of your hand and do the recreation exercise. Before bed focus on the copy of your Anchor in your minds eye.

9. Draw your Anchor in your dream journal and make a list of things you would like it to do for you. IE, protection, help you summon a weapon, transform into something useful, wake you up if you are having a nightmare, etc.

10. Name your Anchor. Do intentional breathing with it in the palm of your hand for five minutes.

11. Imagine your ideal happy place in your minds eye. Picture yourself walking through it, being there. What does the air smell like? Is the climate cold or warm? What does the landscape look like? What kind of ecosystem is it? What kind of colors can you see? You reach out and touch your surroundings, what do you feel? Document everything in your journal.

12. Doodle/sketch your dream home/homestead and then recreate it in your minds eye.

13. Build your ideal place in your minds eye, imagine yourself there. Walk around the edges of it, and envision an array of protective and colorful energy flowing out behind you from your footsteps. The energy ebbs and begins to create a flexible and complex barrier that will keep out negative energies and entities. This is your ward, and it will protect your astral home.

14. Bring your Anchor to your astral home and ask it to perform a task.

15. Create a sigil to help you in your astral adventures.

16. Google and read about crystals/gemstones that can help raise psychic awareness, aid in astral travel and that are related to dreams.

17. Pick a favorite of the crystals you read about on day 15 and doodle/draw it in your journal.

18. Google and read about plants that can help with psychic abilities, dreaming and astral travel.

19. Pick a favorite plant and doodle/draw it in your journal.

20. Either obtain a physical specimen of your chosen crystal, or find a good photograph of it and recreate it in your minds eye. Bring it to your astral home.

21. Either obtain a physical specimen of your chosen plant or find a good photograph of it and recreate it in your minds eye. Bring it to your astral home and plant it by your front door.

22. Make a playlist of music that helps you easily enter into deep breathing and be able to access your astral home.

23. Draw/doodle your favorite animal or magical creature.

24. Write a profile for your above doodle. Give it a name, personality, what are its favorite foods and colors, hobbies, likes, dislikes, etc. I’ll call this creature your Gatekeeper from now on.

25. Recreate your Gatekeeper in your minds eye. Imagine them at your astral home, taking their first breath, seeing you and interacting with you. Introduce yourself, share some of your energy with them. Sit down and meditate/practice intentional breathing with them. What are they like? Do they have any behaviors or mannerisms you find notable?

26. Return to your astral home and meet your Gatekeeper again. Ask them politely if they would like to help you in acting as the guardian and protector of your astral home.

27. Go for a walk and see your Gatekeeper walking beside you in your minds eye. Spend time with them.

28. Return to your astral home and check on your plant. Has it grown any?

29. Return to your astral home and walk the boundaries of your territory with your Gatekeeper, repeating Day 12’s exercise to strengthen your wards and teach your Gatekeeper how to do so as well.

30. Remember that Elsewhere is a world of its own with its own inhabitants. Be respectful and polite when venturing outside of your astral territory. Don’t go wandering into someone else’s space without asking permission. Do your own research about the astral plane (there are lots of good resources here on tumblr).

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She Who Turns to Love: All About Aphrodite

She Who Turns to Love

I’ve been fairly neglectful towards this website in the last few months due to personal misevents. I got a divorce, ran through two different jobs, but now I find myself again with a purpose. I got accepted and re-enrolled in school (which I start in a few days), and I have a new lover who appreciates me for who I am—mental illnesses and all. About four months ago I formally devoted myself to the Goddess, Aphrodite. I had felt a pull towards her in the last year and finally decided to do something about it. And boy, am I glad I did. I can’t begin to describe what a wonderful experience it is to know and be known by such a divine being.

Anyway, to the real point of this post. I wanted to share all the information I’ve gleaned thus far in my adventure with the Mistress of Honey. I hope this can be of use to fellow devotees and love priestesses alike.

 

The Names of ΑΦΡΟΔΙΤΗ / Aphrodite:

  • Αντηεια (ANTHEIA): the blooming, or the friend of flowers
  • Αποτροπηια (APOTRO′PHIA): “the expeller,” the goddess who expelled from the hearts of men the desire after sinful pleasure and lust.
  • Γενετψλλισ (GENETYLLIS): the protectress of births
  • Πειτηο (PEITHO): The personification of Persuasion
  • Ουρανια (Urania): Heavenly, Divine
  • Πανδημος (Pandemos): Common to All People
  • Μαχανιτις (Machanitis): Skilled at Inventing, Deviser, Contriver
  • Επιστροφια (Epistrophia) She who Turns to Love
  • Αποστροφια (Apostrophia): Averter of Unlawful Desires
  • Νικηφορος (Nicephorus): Bringer of Victory
  • Αρεια (Areia): Warelike, Of Ares
  • Μορφω (Morpho) Of Shapely Form, the fair shaped
  • Πυρηναια (Acraea): Of the Heights
  • Ακραια (Cepois): Of the Gardens
  • Ποντια (Pontia): Of the Sea
  • Λιμενια (Limenia) Of the Harbour
  • Κηποις (Anadyomene): Risen from the Sea, Goddess Rising from the Sea
  • Φιλομμειδης (Philommides): Laughter-Loving
  • Αφρογενεια (Aphrogeneia): Foam Born
  • Χρυσεη (Chrysea): Golden
  • Ποθων Μητηρ (Pothon Mater): Mother of Desire

My Personal Titles for Aphrodite:

  • Η κυρία των περιστεριών (I kyria ton peristerion): The Lady of Doves
  • Χρυσή Θεά (Chrysi Thea): Golden Goddess
  • Φύλακας των γυναικών (Fylakas ton gynaikon): Guardian of Women
  • Βασίλισσα της ευχαρίστησης (Vasilissa tis efcharistisis): Queen of Pleasure
  • Φύλακας των μελισσών (Fylakas ton melisson): Keeper of Bees
  • Αυτή που είναι επενδυμένη με τριαντάφυλλα (Afti pou einai ependymeni me triantafylla): She that is clad in roses
  • Αυτή που ηρεμεί τις παλίρροιες (afti pou iremei tis palirroies): She who calms the tides

 

The Symbols of Aphrodite:

  • Eros/Cupids
  • Doves
  • Mirrors
  • Girdle/Belt
  • Apples
  • Scallop Shells
  • Myrtle Wreath
  • Flowers

Aphrodite, Patron of:

  • Attraction
  • Sexual Desire
  • Sex
  • Procreation
  • Romantic Love
  • Seduction
  • Sweet Talk
  • Flirtation
  • Love Poetry
  • Grace
  • Beauty
  • Lovers
  • Relationships
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Happiness
  • Laughter
  • Pleasure
  • Women
  • Sailors
  • Sexuality
  • Lesbians
  • LGBT People

That Which is Holy to Aphrodite:

  • Holiest Shrine: Paphos, Island of Kypros (Cyprus)
  • Holy Number: 5
  • Holy Days: Friday, 4th Day of the Month
  • Holy Celestial Body: The Planet Venus
  • Holy Festivals: Valentine’s Day (2/14), Aphrodisia (7/20), Adonia (8/4)
  • Sacred Animals: Doves, Bees, Hares, Sparrows, Geese
  • Sacred Plants: Red Rose, Apple, Pomegranate, Narcissus, Myrtle, Myrrh, Lettuce, Cherries, Strawberries, Lime, Anemone, Seaweed, Kelp
  • Sacred Stones: Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Kunzite, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, Ruby, Lepidolite, Pink Opal, Amazonite, Aquamarine, Sunstone, Blue Lace Agate, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli, Opalite
  • Sacred Metals: Gold, Bronze
  • Sacred Shells: Abalone, Conch, Scallop, Clam
  • Sacred Magics: Sea, Storm, Love, Curses, Sex, Feminine, Glamours, Green

 

The 12 Virtues of Aphrodite:

  • Beauty
  • Flirtation
  • Brazenness
  • Timing
  • Grace
  • Charm
  • Gaiety
  • Sensuality
  • Seduction
  • Rapture
  • Discernment
  • Brilliance

The Favours of Aphrodite:

  • Sexual Attraction
  • Love Reciprocated
  • Beauty
  • Pleasure
  • Happiness
  • Luck in both Love and War

The Curses of Aphrodite:

  • Sexual Repulsion
  • Unnatural Desires (Incest, Bestiality)
  • Unrequited Love
  • Ugliness
  • Loneliness
  • Misery

Offerings to Aphrodite:

(My personal ideas)

  • Learn a musical instrument to play in her honor
  • Paint or draw portraits of her
  • Write Love Poetry
  • Self Love and Self Care
  • Makeup/ Beauty Routine
  • Buy New Clothing
  • Bathing / Spa Treatments
  • Erect an Altar for Her
  • Love Others
  • Sexual Pleasure
  • Masturbation
  • Traveling
  • Photography
  • Make a Monthly Donation to Planned Parenthood or RAINN
  • Practice Love Magic
  • Make a Pilgrimage to Paphos, Cyprus (a pretty far out suggestion, I know. But its something I personally would love to do someday)
  • Support Cruelty free beauty products like LUSH
  • Support Ocean Charities, like the Adopt an Orca program through the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, WA
  • Plan dates for people
  • Give gifts to loved ones

 

Sappho’s Hymn to Aphrodite

(In the original Greek and translated into Modern English)

Ποικιλόθρον᾽ ὰθάνατ᾽ ᾽Αφροδιτα,
παῖ Δίοσ, δολόπλοκε, λίσσομαί σε
μή μ᾽ ἄσαισι μήτ᾽ ὀνίαισι δάμνα,
πότνια, θῦμον.

ἀλλά τυίδ᾽ ἔλθ᾽, αἴποτα κἀτέρωτα
τᾶσ ἔμασ αύδωσ αἴοισα πήλγι
ἔκλυεσ πάτροσ δὲ δόμον λίποισα
χρύσιον ἦλθεσ

ἄρμ᾽ ὐποζεύξαια, κάλοι δέ σ᾽ ἆγον
ὤκεεσ στροῦθοι περὶ γᾶσ μελαίνασ
πύκνα δινεῦντεσ πτέῤ ἀπ᾽ ὠράνω
αἴθεροσ διὰ μέσσω.

αῖψα δ᾽ ἐχίκοντο, σὺ δ᾽, ὦ μάσαιρα
μειδιάσαισ᾽ ἀθάνατῳ προσώπῳ,
ἤρἐ ὄττι δηὖτε πέπονθα κὤττι
δἦγτε κάλημι

κὤττι μοι μάλιστα θέλω γένεσθαι
μαινόλᾳ θύμῳ, τίνα δηὖτε πείθω
μαῖσ ἄγην ἐσ σὰν φιλότατα τίσ τ, ὦ
Πσάπφ᾽, ἀδίκηει;

καὶ γάρ αἰ φεύγει, ταχέωσ διώξει,
αἰ δὲ δῶρα μὴ δέκετ ἀλλά δώσει,
αἰ δὲ μὴ φίλει ταχέωσ φιλήσει,
κωὐκ ἐθέλοισα.

ἔλθε μοι καὶ νῦν, χαλεπᾶν δὲ λῦσον
ἐκ μερίμναν ὄσσα δέ μοι τέλεσσαι
θῦμοσ ἰμμέρρει τέλεσον, σὐ δ᾽ αὔτα
σύμμαχοσ ἔσσο.

 

Shimmering-throned immortal Aphrodite,
Daughter of Zeus, Enchantress, I implore thee,
Spare me, O queen, this agony and anguish,
Crush not my spirit

 

Whenever before thou has hearkened to me–
To my voice calling to thee in the distance,
And heeding, thou hast come, leaving thy father’s
Golden dominions,

 

With chariot yoked to thy fleet-winged coursers,
Fluttering swift pinions over earth’s darkness,
And bringing thee through the infinite, gliding
Downwards from heaven,

 

Then, soon they arrived and thou, blessed goddess,
With divine contenance smiling, didst ask me
What new woe had befallen me now and why,
Thus I had called the.

 

What in my mad heart was my greatest desire,
Who was it now that must feel my allurements,
Who was the fair one that must be persuaded,
Who wronged thee Sappho?

 

For if now she flees, quickly she shall follow
And if she spurns gifts, soon shall she offer them
Yea, if she knows not love, soon shall she feel it
Even reluctant.

 

Come then, I pray, grant me surcease from sorrow,
Drive away care, I beseech thee, O goddess
Fulfil for me what I yearn to accomplish,
Be thou my ally.

 

(That’s all for now. I may update sometime in the future! Want to keep this website free? Donate below!)

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So You Want to Be a Medium? by Rose Vanden Eynden

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For the most part, I really really enjoyed this book. The first half is filled with great exercises, advice and stories, as well as a very ‘down to earth’ approach to spirit work and mediumship. The author makes a point of trying to not involve religion, which while the attempt is nice, she ends up incorporating quite a bit of her Christian beliefs into it. No one is totally unbiased, after all. One thing I really appreciated is how she tried to be inclusive of LGBT and non-binary genders. She didn’t operate off the typical god/goddess binary. For the most part, it is a very good book and I learned a lot from it…at least, for the first half.

The main problem I had with this book was that she works with Indigenous and Native spirits. Specifically, that she works with them and calls them by their names in English. Like…Black Hawk. I’m sorry, but if you are going to work with a spirit from a closed culture, specifically a culture that your ancestors tried to wipe out, at least learn their names in their own indigenous tongue, or at least what tribe they were from. She treats Nativeness as a monolith, and it is so frustrating as a native person to see that. As I said in my Spirit Speak review, if you were a member of a culture that endured genocide, and you were woken up by someone who in your time period would have hunted you for sport, raped your women, slaughtered your children, burned your home and stolen your land, would you have a polite conversation with them? No, you would probably react violently or just laugh in their face.

So, while this book is, I believe, a very good resource on beginning medium work and spirit work, please please please remember to stay in your lane. Do not attempt to contact or work with spirits from closed religions and cultures, ESPECIALLY if you are white and that closed culture/religion is an oppressed minority culture and has endured a history of genocide by your ancestors. Just don’t do it. Respect those traditions and their people, as we are asking you to please not do this. As I have said before, was stealing our land and many of our practices and people not enough? Must they have our ancestors spirit’s and our sacred creatures too?

The other problem was that she talks about chakras. Please, please, unless you are a member of the closed religions and cultures that have access to that term, do not claim it. Respect them, but use the alternative term ‘energy points’.

So, while I do recommend this book to spirit workers at any level as it does have some good lessons in it, I also highly recommend that you read it with a grain of salt and do not follow in the author’s footsteps in regards to overstepping boundaries and appropriating/stealing/working with spirits that are part of closed cultures. Just…just, dont do it. Please.

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Spirit Speak by Ivo Dominguez, Jr.

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Spirit Speak: Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Ghosts, Angels and the Divine is definitely one of those books one should read with a grain of salt. While the majority of the book is good information, filled with personal experiences and exercises for the reader to try out themselves, the book is filled with very Wiccan approaches to the subject. The author writes about chakras, god/goddess binaries, ‘shamans’, and almost seems to encourage working with spirits that originate and are part of closed cultures and religions.

In my experience, as a native person, why would a person with colonizer/invader blood WANT to work with a native ancestor, spirit or creature? 9 times out of 10, that spirit will react violently. I mean, how would you feel if someone woke you up, someone who in their time period would have killed your family, probably raped your wife and set your house on fire, hunted your kin for sport, and stole your land, and then that person tried to have a polite conversation with you, or god forbid, ask you for a favor? It just would not happen. You would be furious, or laugh in their face.

So while much of this book I do think has valuable information and I did enjoy reading parts of it, it is so important to just remember to respect closed cultures and religions and try to work with spirits that are part of open practices. Instead of using the term ‘chakras’, try using ‘energy points’ instead.

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Palmistry by Roz Levine

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Palmistry: How to Chart the Lines of Your Destiny is a no frills, down to earth guide to learning the art of palm reading. It is straight forward, to the point and an easy read. The author, Roz Levine, gives us lovely color photos and glossy paper along with detailed descriptions of all the parts and secrets of hands and what they say about us, and about our futures.

I have nothing bad to say about this book, except that it is a very basic guide to the art of palmistry, but if you are a beginner or just looking to start palm reading, this is the perfect book for you. It is inexpensive, well organized and well written by an author who clearly knows their stuff. You can get it here!

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The Dreamer’s Almanac by Sasha Parker

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The Dreamer’s Almanac is a beautiful glossy, high quality, colorful book filled with easy to access information and lovely color photos depicting and explaining a wide variety of dream subjects. The beginning of the book briefly describes and explains the history of dreams, dream interpretation and the science behind sleeping and dreaming. The rest of the book is dedicated to listing and explaining different dream scenarios and what they could mean for our subconscious or for our future. This is easily my favorite book on dream interpretation, simply for how well it is organized, the beautiful photographs, and the easy-to-understand-no-frills-attached way that things are explained.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to find the meaning behind their dreams. This was a short review, I know. But I really don’t have anything bad to say about the book! You can get it here!

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The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto

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The Hidden Messages in Water is a delightful and beautiful book by Dr. Masaru Emoto. It takes a scientific approach to a spiritual subject–how water reacts to human emotions. The book is filled with beautiful high quality color photos of Dr. Emoto’s experiments, where he has documented the reaction that water crystals have upon freezing while being exposed to a specific emotional sentence or phrase. I really enjoyed this book. It is beautifully written and you can easily tell how passionate the Doctor is about the subject material.

The book is easy to read, not terribly long, and I believe very useful, specifically for those who work with water as an element. It is so fascinating to know that water is indeed sentient (something many of us already knew, haha, but now there is scientific proof!) and that it responds and changes it’s molecular structure to mirror emotions. How beautiful and amazing!

I would highly recommend this book and I can think of no critiques for it. And, the icing on the cake: the author is  a person of color! You can purchase it here!

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Deity Worship: Working with the Divine

So, here lately I’ve been doing a lot of deity work. I try to keep most of my witchcraft practice pretty secular, but the deity I am devoted to in my religious practices has lately shown interest in becoming involved in my magic.

This is just going to be a basic guide full of suggestions on how to start, maintain and keep a practice with a deity, or deities.

Step 1: Making a Connection

The first step to devoting yourself to a deity or deities is to listen to your heart. Your gut instinct. Is there a specific open pantheon that you feel pulled towards? If there is, go with that. If not, then maybe read up on the different pantheons and go from there. Sometimes being called won’t happen right away, and that’s okay. Sometimes its very subtle, and you really have to pay attention to your surroundings to see what sticks out. It is different for everyone. Something important to remember, however, is that becoming a devotee of a deity is a partnership. Yes, you are ‘serving’ them, but they also must reciprocate and be an active member of the relationship. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, you can easily terminate the partnership and cease to be their devotee. Just like with a human relationship, both parties must be consenting and comfortable with the relationship. Once you have established that a specific pantheon would be right for you, research any deities within that pantheon that you would be interested in working with. If you feel you like or are attracted to one, go from there.

Step 2: Establishing a Partnership

Now that you’ve chosen a deity, you need to figure out whether or not they want to work with you. Again, its a relationship so it has to go both ways. You could do this through meditation, pendulum, tarot, runes, astral travel, etc. If you both feel good about it, its time to write up a contract. This step isn’t necessarily..well, necessary, but I like to do it just to make everything feel official. If you do decide to write up a contract, remember to list what you promise to bring to the relationship, and what you expect for them to bring to the relationship. Also, remember to add ‘if either or both parties should feel uncomfortable or wish to cease the partnership, immediate termination of the contract can take place’ somewhere in there.

Step 3: Maintaining the Relationship

Depending on the deity, the requirements for maintaining the relationship will be different. As their devotee, it is expected of you to make offerings to them on a regular basis. It is between the two of you which kind of offerings they want to receive, and how often they should be presented. Below I have listed just some suggestions for how to strengthen the bond with your deity and maintain that steady flow of communication.

  • Give each deity (if you have more than one) their own journal. Deities do not want to feel like they are competing.
  • Let the deity pick the journal. Go to a store and stand in their notebook/journal aisle. One of the best exercises that I find really helps my deity work is to let the deity choose. So while you are standing in the notebook section, let them choose the journal that you will use for them. This could happen as a simple ‘feeling’ of wanting a certain one, or finding a journal that kind of matches their associations. Like, for Persephone, a journal with flowers on it. Or something like that. Use your intuition.
  • Schedule a time every day in which to spend with your deity.
  • Schedule daily or bi-daily meditation or communication sessions.
  • Schedule offering sessions, whether they are daily or twice a week, etc.
  • Communication methods can be pendulum, tarot cards, rune stones, etc.
  • Fill the beginning of the journal with your research on that specific deity. What is their history like? What kind of mythology and stories are associated with them? Do they have specific colors, seasons, foods, plants, crystals, animals that are used to represent them? How did the priests and priestesses of ancient times worship them? How can you modernize that and incorporate it into your daily practice? Etc.
  • Write down offering ideas.
  • Write down ideas you have for activities you could do to honor or better represent your deity.
  • Write down altar ideas.
  • Make them their own altar. Altar’s can include any number of things, but the general set up that I follow is: an offering bowl, an offering jar filled with an herb or plant associated with them, their own set of prayer beads, their own pendulum, crystals associated with them, a statue or idol of them or that represents them, artwork of them or of something they enjoy (like scenery), a candle with a color/scent related to their associations, incense related to their associations, etc. Again, though, that is just my personal set up. Do whatever feels natural to you.
  • Write letters or prayers to the deity in the journal.
  • Write poetry about or for your deity.
  • Document everything! Their altar set up, ideas you have, any communication session transcriptions, prayers, etc. The journal itself can be seen as an offering to your deity, and they appreciate it when their devotees take the time to gather and keep all interactions recorded in one place.