All Beliefs are Welcome Here!
Hay everyone I've got a question for all you pagans out there. Do you work with your gods or do you worship them. For those out there there's a difference. Working with your gods is using them to aid you in your magickal workings like using Aphrodite for love, do you need this kind of energy, you use this deity. Worshiping your gods is actually worshiping them. And, no, I'm not talking about sacrificing animals or anything but giving them offerings and asking them, without any kind of stuff, for their help.
Back during ancient times the people would worship the gods and leave offerings to them. They would visit temples like the one at Delphi and consult the Oracle there and hear the voice of Apollo, telling them their prophecy. They celebrated holiday's connected to that god or goddess and they enjoyed their time with the divine. Now this isn't an attack on Pagans or Wiccans but I would like to know do you work with your gods or worship them.
I do worship the gods and goddess and I do seek their help. I offer them offerings, say my prayers, and recite the hymns that come from Homer. Note on the sacrifice: Their are actual people out there that sacrifice animals to the gods. They are known as the Recons.
No, and no.
I don't have gods. In my beliefs, the world is teeming with symbolic entities, spirits. Some of these entities might be recognized as gods, but I place them in no higher esteem than the entities of place or meaning around me. I do not venerate or worship any of these beings, they simply are, as am I. We are all equals.
I invite them into my home with offerings befitting their being, as I do to all entities welcome in my home. This practice is not worship, or sacrifice to them, merely a gesture of friendship and good will. Exactly the same good will that I extend to anyone else in my home.
That's my take on the worship angle. YMMV. As always, the voice of a Chaote and Animist.
You do realize there are other tradition besides recons that still do animal sacrifice don't you?
I worship my "god" and work with the manidoo it has provided for such things.