The Protector, The Revealer, The Healer
Honoring multiple deities has been a growing experience for me. It’s not something I’m used to doing as I was raised a Baptist down in Georgia. So it has taken me a long time to realize that I vibe with certain deities and for different reasons. There are three names who I now honor quite comfortably and each one represents a different tradition.
Papa Legba from Voodoo is the gatekeeper of the crossroads between the material world and the spiritual world. He is the messenger between the spiritual world and the material world. He has been my protector and guardian. And he is always watching over me with a smirk of a smile. I honor him for every time I come to a crossroad in life he is there to help me make the right choice. Voodoo represents for me a VERY deep spiritual awareness where the line between the spiritual world and this world can easily get blurry.
Then there is Maat from ancient Egypt. She is my Goddess. She is the Goddess of wisdom and truth and she reveals to me the truth I need to be able to “see” what I do not know. She also gives me the wisdom to make quality choices based on the truth I’ve just received. She is a mother Goddess as she teaches me honor, integrity, self discipline, and self restraint. I have learned from her the wisdom of waiting and being patient. Ancient Egypt represents the Western Mystery tradition and the knowledge that comes from studying magick books and training.
Then there is Jesus from Christianity. He is my healer. He heals my body, my mind and my soul. He teaches me values and morals and right living. I have learned from him about humility and selflessness and putting the needs of others before my own. He teaches me that life is not all about me and to reach out and have compassion for others. Christianity represents a life of service and compassion. Christianity is the outward expression of spirituality. For me it’s the religion of choice for expressing my spiritual self to others.
There they are. My protector, my revealer and my healer. It has taken me awhile to be comfortable honoring three deities and I don’t know how I ended up with three but I have. So that’s where I am. I call upon them depending on what is going on in my life and depending if I need protection, wisdom or healing.
Yet at the end of the day if I had to go to a place of worship and I had to choose from a Voodoo house, an Egyptian temple or a Christian church …I would always be in the church for out of the three religions I prefer Christianity for fellowship with others. The church is what I know and what I am comfortable with. I enjoy a good gospel choir, a good sermon to learn to be more like Jesus and the opportunity to be in fellowship with others.