I’ve always liked the idea of the pre-Christian nature gods, spirits for all kinds of natural phenomena and objects. So, last year, I started to consider a new pantheon of gods with (possible) powers to intervene in things I was interested in. The first one was Trevor, the Sun God, who I needed on days when I was out walking about and sketching. Rather than appearing like some all-powerful Norse-type deity Trevor actually has more the appearance of an earnest philosophy graduate travelling on his gap year who’s had one too many local beers. Other Useful Gods soon followed – Janice the rather glum goddess of rain, Dave, God of Left Wing Tomatoes and Jeb, God of Bluegrass Gig Ticket Availability. It’s never-ending, really.
Life has obviously improved since I discovered the Useful Gods – though I’m a bit concerned that my tomatoes are still a bit too Blairite for my liking.