...Well...I may be a minority here when I say I don't believe Deities to be real flesh and blood (or energetic) sentient beings. ...I believe they are alive, in a sense, but I don't believe they're intelligent, sentient, self-aware entities of any kind, so I've found it's way easier for me to understand, relate with, and believe in the God and Goddess.
From what I understand, ancient pagans themselves had the same worldview; they may have written stories about their deities, but they all knew that they were mere personifications of much more divine forces of Nature.
Primitive humans saw the mighty waves crashing against the surf; the lightning splitting the sky, and volcanoes spewing forth fire and brimstone from the bowels of the Earth. In order to help make sense of and alleviate fears of these awesome forces, they decided to prescribe to each a deity; a God or Goddess. A deity that was in charge of streams, a deity that was in charge of the wind, etc. As the years passed, there became less deities in favor of the deities that were the most important; a God of the all-important Hunt for example. Back then hunting was a big deal during the winter, and most of the animals hunted had horns or antlers, so humanity imagined the God of Hunting as also being horned, thus was eventually born the Horned God of Hunting; a personification of a basic survivalist idea. It stood to reason that that if their were animals to be hunted then there must also be fertility for those animals, so eventually a Goddess of Nature and Fertility was used in conjunction with the Horned God of Hunting. It's thought that the Goddess of Nature reigns during the summer time, and the God of Hunting reigns during the winter time, but as with all things in life and all it's dualism, both the God and Goddess are a part of each other's "lives".
As time went on, wonderful stories were told of these allegorical personifications of nature. They helped pass the time, and helped get the children to sleep (and in the case of the scarier stories, it helped prevent the children from running off and getting mauled by a lion, or a tiger, or a bear; oh my! lol).
So...if you're trying to "work with a deity" and don't hear any response back, rest assured that's quite normal, because the deities aren't actually "real" in the sense that many seem to speak about them. If something DOES show up or starts talking to you, I'd be very very cautious of it, because I'm of the belief that whatever it is, it is NOT a god or goddess, and could quite possibly be a negative interdimensional being that's trying to prey on any perceived naivety in me, trying to trick me into thinking it's divine when really all it wants is my life-force lmao. XD
My suggestion: If you really need to get closer to deity, take up the hobby of Primitive Technology; head out into the woods and see how far you can get using only the elements of nature to sustain yourself. Live in harmony with Nature, and remind yourself once again that you are neither above or below it, but one with it, and a part of it, like any other maple leaf or roaring beast.