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There are frequent posts on one of the forums I enjoy about deity semantics. I call them semantics, but they’re obviously very important to the poster. I don’t mean to belittle their concerns, but IO feel that people so often get caught up on the details that they end up missing the point.

I see forum posts asking “Who was this God/dess who visited me in my dream” or “I don’t understand, which is Wiccan, hard-or-softpolytheism(or other)?”.  I always feel bad, because they always get variety of answers that won’t give them a direct answer.

When we’re at that philisophical point in our development, we really have to move away from books and start committing to ritual and personal experience. Here we can establish our relationship with The Dive, develop our senses and intuition. Do we feel He/She is all encompassing? Do we feel different Forces, distinctly different Beings?Do only a few of them touch you?

It tooks me years to “decide” on “My Truth”. To explain it in words would sound contradictory, so I won’t, but I’m quite satisfied with it. It doesn’t matter what Their names are, how many of Them there are. To me, these are semantics.

Respect those who touch your life.

If you don’t know their name, give them one- see if it fits. We all have special names for people close to us, nicknames, special titles. Don’t forget that deity names often translate as titles into English. Even our own have distinct significance in another language, or we are named after a notable figure.

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This is a sort of spinoff of Grant Swank’s America: Put Your Faith in God. I’m going to be unusually patient with this obviously biased and irritatingly conservative article.

Faith is imprtant – it gives us something to hold on to in the worst of times. I see Swank’s point – a single point – in pushing others to only have faith in God, because He cannot dissapoint us like our government, politions and families do, for they are only human.

Have faith in yourself – I think confidence is something a lot of people are lacking nowadays. You can control what you do, what happens to you. Demand respect and make use of your rights. Vote, protest, stand up and have your say. Don’t resign yourself to merely have faith in your government, but make your goverment work for you. Get involved with the political parties in your area. Take control of your life!

Mr. Swank, God gave us a brain, a body and willpower for a reason. We must take responsibility for the world around us, for our circumstances are the result of society’s actions, not God’s.

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