A good while ago Hope ask me to write a post about all the deities I work with, and then she cackled maniacally saying “I bet you would have a billon to write about.” I mumbled something under my breath about thinking about it and saying I’ll consider looking into it. I’ve considered and it’s a huge struggle. Not that I work with a billion different deities but I do work with a fair number of them.
So here it is almost a month later and I still have nothing to show for this post but empty electronic space. The more I dig into the idea of who I worship and how to write about them isn’t overwhelming because of the sheer number but more because of the intimacy I have with each deity I work with. Sure I can start with the Greeks Hestia and Persephone some of the first I worked with but being Greek you don’t worship just one it’s the whole pantheon at different times. The Greeks evolved from the Titans and being the Greek god they borrowed some from the Egyptians who borrowed some from the Babylonians at some point in time that whole mess was swallowed up by the Romans. There were or are so many gods and goddess just in that little corner of the Mediterranean that I’ve worked with at some point in time. I’ve always been drawn to Corn Woman and Ixchel and some of the other Native American deities, both north and south of the equator. I got really, really sick and found Raphael and Reiki soon after Buddha, Quan Yin and the Gods of the Hindu pantheon started to inter my life when I started on the path of a yogi. Last by not least there is Nammu and Danu. So how does one start writing about this evolution of deities I work for and with if it’s almost constantly changing and evolving.
It was overwhelming
So I gave it up for about a month let it stew in the back of my mind hoping that something would inspire that a muse would pay a greeting. It became my Herculean task and my Atlas.
It grew into almost two months of struggle before my muse popped in with some insight. I think of deity now differently than when I first started worshiping as a baby pagan and that is why I was struggling to write this out.
Let me try to explain how deity has evolved for me.
In yoga we often talk about the Atman – the higher self – the seed self that where within each of us resided the divine. In Kabalistic teachings we see where the center pillar leads us to the part of us that sits at the throne or is directly linked to the divine. While both these philosophies speak to a single origin of divinity that we try to name: God, Allah, Yahweh, Boss, Primal Law/Primal Chaos and in trying to name we limit what this true power into human understanding. It is so much more than we or what we can understand
Carl Jung offered the collective unconscious and archetypes not only can these archetypes be seen in humans but this idea is reflected in our god, goddess and within a pantheon itself. In most pantheons there is the creator of the universe, there is the destroyer of the universe, there is the wise elder, the healer, the home and hearth, there is the warrior, the trickster, the healer, the peacemaker, something for or of nature and so many, many more.
While I believe that when I touch on a specific deity it is them but it is also more, there is a part of them that is connected to the archetype sphere shared by all deities that share that same aspect and even more. When I call or light my oil lamp to Hestia it is Hestia I honor, but in a greater sense it is also Hathor, Bridget and all other hearth and home deities humans worship. When I speak or meditate with Persephone it is Persephone but it is also that aspect of deities that oversees reincarnation and rebirth in all human religions. When I work with Kali as a destroyer I’m also touching upon all other destroyer gods and goddess we all worship. Same with working with Raphael it’s him I call but in a greater sense I am potently working with all aspects of Healer deities with in our universe.
When I work with Nammu and Danu even though they are not human I am able to do so because of this web of connection.
It ties in very much with the idea that each god/goddess in individual but yet all one.
Going back to Hope’s original comment of how I work with a billion gods – she’s right; I do.