I am not entirely sure what this meme is wanting for today, since I am to apparently delve into depth about the deities I work with at a later date. I thought about writing what I believe gods/goddesses to be, but that is a topic I only seem able to write on when I am in a good rant mode. Which I am sure you guys will get to witness sooner or later, once I have gotten my sea legs for this public blog thing.
But, for a 5:30 AM post after pulling an all-nighter listening to my love read to me bits of research he is doing in regards to a link between the Minoans and Okinawa (yes, really, it is a theory), that is a bit too charged for me to handle writing about. So instead, how about an overview?
I am a squishy polytheist. My favorite explanation of this concept so far comes from the Waincraft website (if you do not know what that is, you should check them out – they are really good people).
“squishy” polytheism – i.e., the idea that the same gods may appear across cultural lines.
It is a path that falls in between the more established soft and hard polytheism lines. And works well for me, because there are some entities I have dealt with that seem to have culture hopped a fair bit. I err more to the side of hard polytheism, though, and the idea of lumping gods and goddesses together can make me very irritable, if done improperly. *cough-robert-graves-cough*
Plus, this just makes logical sense to me, when you study the evolution of cultures and how they influence one another, and adopt and merge deities. I do not, to use a personal example, believe Britomartis and Artemis are the same goddess. I do, however, feel there is some connection going on there rather than them being wholly and entirely separate. I feel similarly about Zagreus and Dionysus, and am a big fan of the Not-Twin theory, which we have yet to explain here. But to put it very simply, it is like a splitting of sorts – an entity feels pulled multiple ways, so they split from each other into two separate entities, but still tied. Two expressions of the same idea. (Really, there will be more on that later, I promise!).
While my blog is very Minoan-centric, I do not deal solely with Minoan deities. In fact, I was dealing with a handful of pantheons before that even came into play. Here are some of them:
Angels – Not really deities, but they have a big place in my spiritual path. I deal primarily with angels often referred to as “fallen”, but some still aligned with Heaven as well. The two discarnate I deal with most frequently are currently Sariel and Samael. I also deal with some demons, although I am still working on the difference between the two, including a few of the Goetics.
Greek – I have dealt with, to varying levels, several deities and entities from this pantheon. Some of them are: Dionysus, Ariadne (I consider her Minoan, but some may place her here), Hades, Persephone, Demeter, Nyx, Morpheus, Thanatos, Hermes, Poseidon, and Apollo.
Norse – My dealings are very, very limited, and mostly there due to alliances. I have a feeling that will change in the future, which is why I am mentioning it here.
Shinto – Again, very limited dealings. I have only interacted with Tsukuyomi and Susanoo.
Various – I have crossed paths with various other deities that have been isolated incidents so far. For example, Atargatis (Syrian), and when I was a child, Kalki (Hindu).
I do not generally go searching deities out for the first meeting, but wait for them to come to me. The times I have initiated contact in the beginning never seem to go well for me. Besides, I still generally have an avoidant-ambivalent approach to spiritwork, so even when I have been given permission to reach out at any time, I still try not to.
If it was not already clear, I am pretty eclectic in practice, and not the kind to pick and choose what gods exist and which do not. Besides, the second I deny something, it comes to smack me in the face pretty quickly.
So, there is my breakdown. If anyone who reads this is particularly interested in my dealings with someone mentioned, let me know and I will try to include them in the later Pantheon posts. ❤