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 Laethelia and will include all her symbols, myths, and other basic information.
the Laethelia (Laetha + Ophelia)
Main Role: Mediator and Stabilizer
the Laethelia is both the combined/shared power of the Laetha and another god unto herself. She keeps the West – and us- balanced just on the edge of comfort and discomfort, acceptance and rejection. She also stabilizes the powers of the Laetha and Ophelia, both volatile gods that fight with each other often.
- House: Humor
- Court: Pink
- Initiatory Path: Felicity (“Joy”)
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 Laethelia 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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