- Name: the Laethelia
- Main Epithet: Mermaid God
- Domain: Healing
- Placement: Fifth, First of Latter Four
- Color: Pink
- Symbol: Rainbow
- Element: Water (saltwater)
- Sacred Weapon: Corentine, the Gold Trident
- House: Humor
- Court: Pink
- Order: Felicity
the Laethelia is the fifth god of the Other People and the first god of the latter Four Gods (Laethelia, Ophelene, Darren, and Liathane). She is the god of joy, healing, and oceans. She shares knowledge of the healing arts and dominion over water with the Ophelia. Along with the Liathane she represents devious energies in the Otherfaith, with the Laethelia representative of mischievousness.
She is a fusion between the Ophelia and Laetha. She is the eldest of the latter gods and acts as an elusive older sister.
She appears as a strikingly tall, often nude woman with endless rainbow colored hair. Her skin has an iridescent sheen. She can also appear as a whale or dolphin. Her energy is refreshing and excited in feel.
Her colors are primarily pink and blue, though iridescence itself surrounds the Laethelia and her spirits. Her Order, Felicity, emphasizes playfulness, relaxation, and negotiation. They are known as the ‘playful Order’.
For the People, the Laethelia represents joy.
the Laethelia is best understood as a Comforter, bandaging our wounds and singing our hearts lullabies. She relates to the spirits as a jokester and maternal force.
She has dominion over the oceans and seas. These are tied to adventure. Whether emotional or physical, the People turn to her for good winds on our journeys.
the Laethelia is our guide in happiness and vulnerability. Her healing aspects open us up to our deepest selves. She is connected to the seaside and deep ocean. Communal pools are also tied to her.
She is good to call on during rituals of celebration. She is also a creator and destroyer of illusion and is good to call on when we need to ‘see clearly’. Her presence during ritual and prayer is bright and energizing. She can bring thrilling escapades and friendships into our lives.
the Laethelia’s Order is Felicity. Felicity cultivate arbitration and mediation skills as well as a love for hijinks and pranks as part of their devotion. They are known for their lax attitude and bad jokes, especially puns.
Courts are those spirits that serve the god more directly than the Order. Orders can be understood as training grounds for Court duties. the Laethelia’s Court is Pink Court. They reside in the Deep Ocean. Their leader is not yet known. They are most active during summer and all times of day. As the Laethelia can be petitioned for healing and humor, so can her Court.
Not all spirits which join a god’s Order go on to join their Court. This can be understood as a spirit having ‘gone through’ Courtly education but not pursuing a Courtly ‘job’.
The spirits of the Laethelia’s House are not currently known. Her House is called House Humor, taking after her temperament.
A spirit may be from one order or Court, like the Laethelia’s, yet be part of another god’s House. Orders/Courts are not equal to Houses.
The simplest prayer you can make is, ‘Laethelia, to you I pray.’ You may begin any prayer to the gods by calling their name. You may also insert the god’s name into prayer you already use. Plain speaking, as if to another person, is also an acceptable prayer. Specifying which god you wish to speak with is recommended. If you desire to speak to all of the Other People’s gods, you may begin your prayers with, ‘Four Gods, to you I pray’.
Praying to the gods – whether a short prayer or plain spoken prayers – is most effective when done consistently. Aim for once a week.
You may also give offerings to the gods. These offerings may be placed on an altar or shrine or whatever space you have available. Tea, water, and incense are good basic offerings for all the gods.
White teas make good offerings for the Laethelia.
Rather than giving the entirety of a drink or meal, you can set aside a small portion of food/drink and consume the rest. Liquid offerings may be poured down the drain; solid or food offerings may be discarded in the trash.
It tends to feel most ‘natural’ to set out offerings on a plate, bowl, or cup and say a prayer to the god(s) you are giving the objects to. Once you have finished your prayer you can discard the objects or, if you have the space, leave non-food objects where they are.
Good offerings for the Laethelia include seashells, saltwater, driftwood, and fish.
Offerings are not required for basic Otherfaith worship. Prayer may be said aloud or silently. Factor in your housing situation and own ability when deciding how to pray and what to offer.