Part two of this interview series with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone , guests at Heartland Spirit Festival , this continues from the first portion of our interview. This section of the interview focuses on the current practice of Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone, what they have experienced with deity work and integrated.
Nels (N) :Is it easier to speak to the deities now?
Gavin (G) : Something interesting is going on, as Pagans we have been waking the gods since the 1950’s. Voudon and the Caribbean traditions has a few hundred years on us! When you go to a Voudon Bembe, with its ecstatic drumming and dancing, they come through really strong, riding (possessing) the participants. We are now reaching the point where this beginning to happen now in modern neo-paganism, even though it has only been fifty years. This is because we have been waking the gods up. We have noticed something interesting as we have done the work. We are forming a Neo-Pagan pantheon. We only have a finite amount of energy to give the gods as spirits as they wake up. You see the same gods and goddess coming up all the time in our community. Hecate, Brid, Isis, Morrigan, Freja, Odin, Diana etc. Because there is only this finite amount of energy for them, they are congregating and forming a new pantheon. All awakened gods from different cultures forming a pantheon, and redefining roles.
Over the years as we done trance possession we have kept having Hecate appearing, even though neither of us have felt inclined to work with her, but now it seems we haven’t got much choice! As we did the trance prophesy she started coming through at almost every event and public workshop. We had strange occurrences. On one occasion we started conversation wither her in Connecticut through a priestess in trance, and she finished with us, unprompted with a priestess in California. Now it has reached a point where when she comes through somebody, I will know if it is Hecate, because she will burst into fits of laughter when she knows it is me!
Janet (J) : The last time it happened in America she turned around and said to Gavin, “Oh God, it’s not you again”.
G: She has been developing and evolving and has taken on the role of teaching trance with in this new ‘pantheon’.
J: She is taking on the role of a psychopomp for trance, quite fascinating.
G: This does mimic what happens in voudon. She is taking the same role as Elegba/Ellegua. You also have other deities fulfilling other roles as well. That is what is starting to occur, as simple as that. You see it where Brid is taking over the healing role. Brid is forming into three Brid’s, the triple goddess Brid consisting of the original Celtic Brid, Saint Bridget, and Maman Bridget from Voudon. Every priestess we know who works with Brid has found that is what is occurring. Suddenly they get this dark aspect of Brid, this dark earth goddess, the Maman Bridget from Haiti. It is getting drawn to them to balance the other two aspects.
J: There is the Brid of fire, who says right, you are going to be my priestess but I am going to put you through hell, put you on my anvil and beat the shit out of you! She is an initiatory type of goddess.
G: The Morrigan is a protective type of goddess, the Macha. We are also seeing that Freya, who is taking on a different type of role. She is a goddess of journeying. Which is how this all started for us, by working Freya.