gods for the modern age: baldr
carry light in your fingertips and bring it to the darkest places. bring joy. bring wisdom. bring friendship. dance in grace and beauty and go laughing and lighthearted into places unknown. know your weaknesses, but do not give in to fear; mark yourself in reminder of what has bested you, and rise again. remember: your sacrifice is never in vain.
gods for the modern age: sekhmet
be a fighter: fight all those who oppose you, and when your people fall, fight death too. be a queen: deck yourself in gold and jewels and wear regality in every glittering gemstone. be the desert: scorching and bright, magnificent and deadly. wear your lion’s heart on your sleeve and hold your head high and if anyone tries to tear you down, destroy them.
gods for the modern age: dionysus
come in like a hurricane and sweep out like a roar of thunder. bring drinks; bring friends; hell, bring the whole party. pack too many people into one room and start them dancing; don’t stop until they’re peeling their clothes off. send the world into a frenzy and don’t let them forget you: your eyes, your lips, your very body is dangerous, and they should all know it.
gods for the modern age: hephaestus
do not let anyone tell you you are less than. when you are cast down, use your skill to drag yourself back to your feet. remember your limitations only so that you may overcome them by your own craft. defeat shame with cleverness. make yourself a place that’s all your own, where you are master and artificer. create marvels: it is this you will be remembered for.
gods for the modern age: ares
give violence a place in your breast. do not let them take you down. just when they think you’re on your last legs, get back up again and tear their hearts out with your bare hands. defend your people. defend freedom; defend safety. wherever you walk, carry danger in your smile—remind them that they’re safe, but only at your whim.
gods for the modern age: persephone
wear flowers in your hair and silks on your body. do not let yourself wither. do not let yourself break. tattoo what was done to you onto your skin and turn it into a weapon. rise from the ashes year after year, trailing glory in your train and wearing riches in your crown. you were good, you stayed hidden, but you were tricked and dragged down into the shadows anyway—so by god, make those shadows your own.
gods for the modern age: iris
put colour into the world and light up the sky when the clouds part. be the life-giver, the rain bringer, who bridges the gap between sea and sky. hold all to their oaths: as you keep the promise of light after darkness, colour after grey, so must they keep their promises. fleet-footed messenger, fly, and with you carry the storm.
gods for the modern age: brigid
be whatever you choose to make yourself. create; write; heal; love. when the worst comes, hold your head high and remember you are exalted. court darkness, embrace death, and walk out again, carrying springtime in your train and bringing light to all you touch. make home wherever you go. when the night is long and cold and dark, do not fear: woman of fire, you have only to light a candle.
gods for the modern age: melete
find poetry in contemplation. find brushstrokes in the leap and splash of the fountains. find music in the sound of running water. wet your lips, wet your brush, wet your feet, and begin your dance. let the drop of the endless rainfall and the running river be the rhythm of your meditation. step into the current, and let it sweep you away.
gods for the modern age: sirona & grannus
where you walk, the water of life will follow—but you need not walk alone. you are stronger in partnership, so clasp your hands together and work your magic. draw heat from the depths, light from the darkness, life from the dying. crown yourselves in stars and sunlight and pour your healing waters out upon the earth: you are the river, and the rivers flow through you. let the warmth of the water soak into your bones and take your pains away.