“Clairvoyance” is the ability to see spiritual energy/entities, yet not everyone’s clairvoyance is sharp; as with any ability, some are better at it than others. It’s best to remember that non-physical entities are just that: Non-physical. The most common ways to ‘see’ divine beings, are often through quick flashes of light out of the peripheral vision (corners of the eyes) or sudden shadowy movements.
It is not always possible to see solid manifestations (unless one has exceptional clairvoyance), but however one perceives divine energy, it is based on whatever form the entity draws upon, based on the clairvoyant’s subconscious expectation. In the classic Faery Tradition, this is known as ‘glamoury’, but fae or not, all spiritual entities seem to be powered by this action.
In theory, how a divine being appears to one individual, may be entirely different from how it manifests before another; it’s comparable to handwriting, in that we are all taught from one basic system, but we develop our own style over time. Material imagery is an ancient practice in connecting with Divinity, which can easily be of use now. Statues and carved figures existed in many early cultures, and art of any sort is helpful. What better way to connect with a non-physical source, than utilizing something that is physical? In magic and ritual, tools offer focal points, so integrating a similar principle into connecting with the Divine makes absolute sense.
Symbols and sigils are a simpler ‘code’ for reaching out to the Divine, but more detailed imagery can be implemented. One need not create his/her own artistic work (though this is extremely useful) to communicate with spiritual entities; choosing an image source created elsewhere is just as helpful. Classic art pieces (such as paintings), or replicas of more primitive figures/sculptures, even jewelry, can serve as gateways of communication. Much like a phone number, an image provides a quick, convenient way to make contact with the Divine.
One might consider it laughable to use an image in pop culture, but if such an image provides comfort, there is nothing wrong with it, provided that one does not confuse the chosen image with the actual spiritual entity. As an eccentric artist, I have always had a playful approach to many things, but I remain capable of staying grounded and taking matters seriously. Spiritual methods can be fun, but responsibility is vital. I do appreciate traditional aspects of myth, folklore, and ancient symbolism, but in modern times, adaptation is acceptable.
Be responsible, be serious on a spiritual path, but a childlike wonder will make it more worthwhile. Imagery can be a creative way to connect with spiritual entities, especially patrons and patronesses.