– Multiple Deities
From what I can tell, most of those who have devotional power dynamics have a dynamic with one Deity, Who is often the focus of their devotional attention. This doesn’t mean that all dynamics will be like this, and this does not mean that other Deities may not come forward and offer the chance to be in a devotional power dynamic with Them as well. From my personal experience, there’s a hierarchy of how these events can progress.
Deities with some sort Claim on a devotee usually come forward first and then Someone may act as a Gatekeeper of sorts. Any Deities Who do not have a Claim but want to have a devotional power dynamic, or Who make an arrangement with the Gatekeeper can come forward afterwards. Some Deities with a Claim give devotees very little consent (if at all), but Others cannot fully exercise Their Claim without consent. It may be hard to refuse either situation, but Deities Who don’t have a Claim appear to be the Ones a devotee can refuse most easily.
It will vary on the exact nature of the devotional power dynamic desired and what the human may already be doing with Someone else, and there isn’t one set way that all devotees must adhere to. I’ve just found that an order is followed, and this may be helpful to others. The power dynamics will very likely be different from one another, even if more than Deity wants a similar type. Differences are okay (and probably to be expected). As long as the ground rules from each dynamic don’t conflict, multiple devotional power dynamics can be done. (Sometimes, there may need to be compromising between the Deities on what is more important, or Someone’s rules may need to trump Another’s, but a certain amount of agreeability tends to happen if a Gatekeeper had to be consulted.)
A switch may alternate between being a top or a bottom, or they can alternate between being Dominant or submissive. Dominant =/= top, and even within a D/s dynamic, a Deity can choose to top or bottom. I wanted to briefly bring this up in relation to devotional power dynamics because the devotee can relate to this in various ways. A devotee may already have an inclination towards the role they have with the Deity when it comes to other humans, or the devotee may only have that role with that Deity.
For example, a devotee very rarely (or never) fills the submissive role with other humans, but they are a submissive in a devotional power dynamic. This can also hold true when other power dynamics are added in. A devotee may only ever be submissive with Deity A, never with humans, and may be a Dom* for Deity B. Depending on how separate the devotional power dynamics are, a devotee may find themselves in a situation where they are doing something for Deity A as a sub that incorporates doing something for Deity B as either a sub or a Dom*.
– [Deity] wants to involve X, Y, Z….
See the part on consent and remember that being a Higher Power does not mean They are allowed to force a human to do something that the human does not consent to. Even if a human has consented to something, it may be possible to have surprises show up that they weren’t prepared for. For one thing, Deities, Spirits, Higher Powers can fuck with gender. Depending on how a human interacts with the Deity in question (including astral travel, dream work, and Seeing Them), a visual avatar of sorts may be used.
If the Deity is typically portrayed as male and usually presents as male to the human, it can be a definite surprise to have the Deity use a female avatar. It will depend on the situation surrounding the Deity’s genderfuckery as to whether the human can do anything about it. The Deity may be wanting to teach a lesson on the fluidity of gender, They may have Their own reasons for wanting to use an avatar that’s different from Their usual presentation, or They may be accommodating the human (depending on the biological sex and/or preference of the human in question, typically if the Deity wants to engage in godsex).
Deities can also have different views on what types of relationships to have, which may mean that They’re okay with involving other Powers in whatever’s going on (a particular scene benefitting from another Power, forming a triad relationship, having a threesome, etc.). Depending on the human’s experience with Deities and how meet-ups are happening (such as through astral travel), there may be occasions when the Deity puts forth the offer to include more than one other Power, such as certain citizens of other realms celebrating a holy day that the human is being invited to attend with an orgy. There’s nothing wrong with Deities putting forth the offer to involve these characteristics, and there will probably be ways that They personalize Their dynamic or non-dynamic relationship with a human that will just be up to the human to discover and work through.
Even in a devotional power dynamic that deals with handing over control to a Deity (such as Godslavery), a devotee still retains free will and some control. There may be exceptions to this, but I’ve found this to hold somewhat true when others discuss actions that they do for their Deities. The most Oathbound devotee typically has a way to talk over a decision / request / command / whatever, and there may be ways to compromise on some of these decisions. There may be rules that need to be followed and consequences that make following the rules a better option, but the Deity typically cannot force the devotee to do exactly as They say without the devotee choosing to do the literal actions in this world.
This may seem to be breaking out the nitpicky details, but it can be helpful to those considering whether or not they want to give over control to a Deity that they are not giving every little bit of control away. A Deity may Own someone and have a rule about doing X once they get up, and the Deity may be able to wake the devotee up at the time to do X, but the devotee is still the one literally moving their body out of bed and doing X. There will be details and small decisions that a Deity who Owns someone doesn’t feel the need to make, such as the everyday choices of what to wear (an example of something that some human Dom*s do). Devotees in devotional power dynamics, which may or may include Oaths, are still human beings, not robots being controlled entirely by the Deity in question.