The Brothers of the Sky

Continuing with descriptions of my gods, I’m going to move onto the two main gods of the sky, Rilla and Andiba. They are brothers and once upon a time they were as alike as peas in a pod (an overused simile, I know). Then one day Rilla, the older of the two, took up the mantle of the Sky God. Andiba was jealous of his brother, who would show off his power in pride. Everyone now looked up to Rilla, ignoring him. One day, Andiba argued with his brother and, fed up with Rillas’ boasting, finally ran away, determined to find some way to show everyone that he was just as good as his brother.

When Andiba had been gone for a while, Rilla grew concerned. He loved his brother. After long and careful thought, Rilla decided that he would try to find Andiba, and would give him half of his power over the sky.

Meanwhile, Andiba had wandered all over the world and found nothing that could give him as much power as his brother. He decided to travel to the stars, to see what was there. Maybe there was power above the sky. When he went over the sky and amongst the stars, as far as he could go, he met the distant goddess of the stars, Mein. And suddenly, he was in love. He no longer cared about the power of his brother, all he wanted was to bring this goddess home with him. He spoke with her. Asked her about herself. She replied, distant at first, but as time went on, she began to warm to him. She wondered where he came from, what his home was like. Excited that she was interested, Andiba offered to show her.

When they were almost down to Earth, the two met Rilla. Upon seeing Mein, Rilla was enraptured. Sadly for Andiba, Mein could sense his brothers power and was likewise drawn. Andiba, who could not see that it was love at first sight between the two, asked his brother what he was doing here. Rilla explained that he would rather lose half his power than have a rift between them. Andiba accepted the gift from his brother and the two became dual rulers of the sky.

There is a sad end to this tale, as you might have guessed. Mein, now in love with Rilla, abandoned Andiba as soon as they arrived back on Earth. Andibas’ heart was broken. His grief was so strong that clouds thundered overhead, until there was no sky to see. Rilla urged him to stop, but he did not hear. Mein, terrified of this hurt and angry god, fled back to the stars. Andiba, lost in his grief, did not even notice when Rilla followed her.

Eventually his grief lessened, but never went away. Clouds now follow him wherever he goes haunting him, reminding him of the love that was never truly there. Mein came back to Earth briefly with Rilla, where they got married and had a child, who had power of her own and became the goddess of the moon. Neither goddesses were completely comfortable on Earth though, and both returned to the sky. Mein went back to her stars, where Rilla visits her and Reina, their daughter, lives in the moon, watching the world go by. Andiba had multiple flings with many other goddesses (usually wind, lake and sea goddesses) and has many children. He never really got over Mein though, watching her from within his clouds.

And that is how Rilla became God of the sky and Andiba became God of clouds and storms.

Bombarding my brain.

One night, a little while after my friends wedding, I had another breakthrough. I was just about to drop off to sleep, when I started to get a headache. It was small at first, barely noticeable. Then, slowly, I started getting what I can only call ‘mini-visions’. They were small and blurred, images of faces, landscapes. My headache got worse as the frequency and intensity of the visions increased. It was like there was someone sitting on my head, or squeezing it while fuzzy images flashed through my head. Not particularly pleasant, but the information I got from this experience was well worth it. There were about ten gods trying to get through to me, bombarding me to get me to notice them. Well. It bloody worked. When I realised what was happening I asked them to stop, said they were hurting me. When they didn’t back off, my boyfriend and I created a protective circle and asked for assistance and protection from Mossyr and his goddesses, Bast and Athena. They soon went away after that.

My belief is that the longer a god has been awake and worshiped  the stronger they are, which means what happened makes sense to me. Now, lets see if I can remember the names of all the gods that were bombarding me…. Luga, Kikree, Rilla, Andiba, Etan, Reina, Mein, Orau, Ansun, and Sanshaa. Quite the mix, when you find out what they all stand for.

It hasn’t happened again. Perhaps they’ve learned their lesson. Or maybe they’ve also realised that if they hurt me to the point where I can’t help them, there isn’t anyone else yet that can.