[This is a KRT catch-up post]
‘Gods and communication’ is and extremely personal topic in my humble opinion, as in how one person communicates with the gods (and how the gods choose to communicate with that person) is unique and very intimate experience. While there can certainly be similarities between various individuals, I don’t believe there are even two people who have the exact kind of communication with the gods – especially the way the gods respond or even how those responses are interpreted.
There are also different levels of communication, from very fuzzy and vague to the more clear and to the point. If your level is ‘fuzzy and vague’ you can certainly work to try to improve it (although it’s not a guaranteed success). But if for whatever reason you don’t feel you’re evolving to something more clear, I’d say the most important thing is not to become frustrated or give up altogether.
Also, there are many ways in which the gods might respond. Dreams, signs, omens, encounters in the astral (for those who nurtured the skill), responses through various divination methods are only a few examples of how the gods might say something back. A lot of times you can miss the signs. A lot of times you can misinterpret the signs. It can happen to anyone.
The ways to communicate to the gods can vary from the easily accessible to the more obscure ones, ore rather the ones you have to work a bit more at. For example, prayers and petitions are easily accessible to most people, while various other ways such as divination or astral projection require study and practice.
If you don’t even know where to begin communicating with the gods, here are a few helpful tips:
Light a candle and some incense and pray. Use and ancient prayer or make up your own. Pray from the heart. Be honest. Pray silently or out loud if you wish. You can even do it without the incense or the candle. While an image of the gods you’re addressing, a candle, some incense and other as such can be useful for you to concentrate on your prayers, they are not essential. You can pray anywhere, any time. Whatever makes you feel comfortable and focused.
You can sit down with pen and paper and write them a letter. Keep it somewhere special or bury it. You can even burn it in a bonfire and the the smoke carry your words to them.
Perform devotional acts for them. Say it in your mind or out loud before you begin your chosen task.
These are just to give you an idea of you you could open up communication.
However, you have to understand that more often than not you will not have a say on how you will be answered and that sometimes the answers will be what you expected or hoped for. Sometimes you have to accept that silence is an answer too. Or you thought there was silence but you missed on all the signs.
Also, you don’t always need communication with the gods to be ‘a good devotee’. Because devotion can take many forms, no one can say your devotion is without value just because you don’t speak to the gods regularly. Some people draw or paint to show their devotion. Some dedicate time to a charity and make that part of their devotionals.
It’s all incredibly unique from person to person and there’s no ‘One True Recipe’.
That’s why no one can give you an exact list of what you have to do to get an exact outcome. Because just by doing what someone else is doing or has done you won’t necessarily get the exact same results. Of course you can always ask for advice but this is something which you ultimately have to explore on your own.
Further reading: Kemetic Round Table: Gods and Communication