Sunday, February 3, 2013

Serving my Gods

How do I serve my Gods?
This is a question that I have been pondering.  Non-rhetorical.  I have been searching to answer this question with specificity and since I have more than one God, there is more than one answer.
What do I want my life to serve?  And what does that look like?  To answer these questions it is necessary to bring into focus that which I value, what I hold most sacred.  My loved ones certainly, but although loving my family and my companion, my coven and community is a very important part of my purpose, it is not the same as serving my higher purpose.  I believe that in order to contribute to the Great Work, specific intent is necessary, to love with intent, to serve with purpose.  So, what is my intent? This is where my searching brings me back to my Gods.
How do I serve my Gods?  I serve each One in different ways.
I serve Cernunnos by living and loving with joy and freedom, by seeking the wildness within myself and in the world around me and by recognizing, honoring and encouraging it in others.
I serve Gwydion by honoring my teachers, mentors and guides, by using magick and the power of words to learn and to grow.  I serve Him by mentoring those I love and walking beside them as they walk their own path to find their own power, magick greater than my own.
I serve Brighid by placing myself upon the anvil and seeking the transformation of fire, the inspiration of air, the healing she offers in the waters of her sacred well.  I write poetry and nurture my own soul. I work magick to forge something greater of myself and my life.  I support my High-Priestess and my coven-mates and my beloveds as they seek their own transformation, inspiration and healing.
I serve the All-Father each time I look to the Runes for magick and guidance.  I acknowledge his sacrifice and wisdom and the impact of his gift on my life.  I honor my family and my Ancestors by listening to them and caring for their descendants.  I strive to live my life with valour and in service to others.  In my work as a banker, I serve the elders in my community by safeguarding the means to provide for their physical needs.  And if I must sacrifice for those that I love, I try to do so with joy and a spirit of honor and gratitude.
I serve Arianrhod by looking to the stars and to the pattern of my incarnation.  I look to the fate that She lays before me.  I look to those lessons that we chose for me before I came to be this person in this place and in this time.  I do what I need to learn those lessons and to follow this path that She has set me upon.  I serve Her by stepping forward, by looking backward and by living now.  I serve Her by supporting others in their own sovereignty and by refusing to relinquish my own.
I serve Gwynn ap Nudd by finding light among the shadows and by looking for beauty in the darkness.  I serve Him by traveling to worlds unknown and by embracing the void, by walking the dark pathway and seeking the light and finding balance.  I serve Him by conjuring the Dragon, and dancing on the storm and journeying to Annwfn to claim what I need from His Cauldron.  I serve Him by listening to the trees and singing with the Fae, and by crossing those thresholds He leads me to.
I serve my Gods by keeping faith and waking up, and helping others to find the candles in the dark night.

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