This is part of our basics series, seeking to educate newcomers on the Otherfaith and our gods. It is also part of the '30 Days of Devotion' project. The original prompts for the '30 Days of Devotion' can be found here.
This is a masterpost of the Dierne and will include all her symbols, myths, and other basic information.
Main Role: Queen of Consent and Pleasure
the Dierne is the last of the Four Gods to be deified – opposite of the Clarene, born a god. The two share some symbols and roles – both preside over the holiness of love and consent – and come into conflict often because of this. the Dierne presides over pleasure – sexual, sensual, emotional, and mental. He ensures the comfort of the People and that such comfort does not come on the backs of others.
- House: Hope
- Court: White
- Initiatory Path: Delicacy (“Choice (usually food)”)
Still, no matter the impressions we receive about these gods, they are not attested to in folklore. Our ideas and even messages from the gods should not be considered fact or scholarship. We are not reconstructionists. Their origins are more important to us for mythic purposes, not factual ones.
What does having a god such as this in our religion mean for us, ethically? What does she teach us, and how do we live in right relationship with her outside of devotional activities? (And those matter! Our hands cannot fail to do the work our lips are extolling.)
The ethical teachings the Dierne offers us are, to put it rather simply:
But we have to beware approaching those on just their face.
All these ethical teachings must be understood from the starting point of the consequentialism ethics that permeates the Otherfaith – we emphasize the actions and consequences of those actions rather than the intent or virtue of the person acting. We also have some influences of deontological (duty-bound) ethics, but those come secondary to the focus we place on whether an action is itself in line with our ethics are not. The intent behind the actions is not considered as important or relevant.
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