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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Polytheist, Monotheist, Dualist or Other?
Are you a die-hard Polytheist who believes that the many Gods/Goddesses are distinct and individual entities? Are you a Pagan Monotheist? Pantheist? Do you believe that “All Gods/Goddesses are One God/Goddess”? Does the term ‘Lord and Lady’ represent a specific Lord and/or Lady to you or is it a term used most often to simply denote the concept of a male and/or a female deity? Do you think that all of these terms are interchangeable? Can you see where and when the need to define what YOU mean by ‘Gods/Goddesses’ might be necessary? What do you think about ‘Choose one from column A and one from Column B’ pantheon building?
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| Polythist ||Oct 8th. at 12:40:04 pm EDT|
|Christina (North Carolina) ||Age: 29 - Email |
I believe in the idea of several God/Goddesses. I take into account the idea that the many can become one. So, maybe I am mixed on that belief. I see the individual spirit that rest in all including the God/Goddesses. I also see how the many inner connect as a whole to create a universe.
| Enough Of The Mix And Match Deal ||Oct 8th. at 1:15:47 pm EDT|
|Joshua (Georgia) ||Age: 19 - Email |
Actually, I'm a little tired of this whole idea that Wicca is a pick and choose religion. The way I see it, the dieties of all the belief systems are real (probably with many exeptions, personal experience will have to decide.) So, in essence, I am not choosing which gods are real, just which ones I'll be affiliated with. Of course, it's more likley that it's the other way around (they choose which humans they are to be affiliated with). And if you think that the old pagan systems lived in isolation from one another, you are mistaken. Representations of Anubis have been found in Roman graves, and representations of Pan have been found in Egypt. For all those people who talk about "mix and match" religion, you should be aware that the old pagans are just as guilty as we.
| In All That, I Failed To Answer The Question. ||Oct 8th. at 1:20:32 pm EDT|
|Joshua (Georgia) ||Age: 19 - Email |
But it is quite apparent that I'm a polytheist. I toy with some pantheistic concepts, but that mostly goes into the question of where the universe comes from (the beginging, that whole deal.)
| Pagan Monotheist ||Oct 8th. at 1:21:14 pm EDT|
|Amethyst Wolfmoon (Cobourg, Ontario) ||Age: 17 - Email - Web|
I do and have always believed that the pantheon are just representations of the one Creator Being, Ido use the Term 'Lord and Lady' but I do not mean that there actually is a Lord and Lady (although there may well be). I simply wish to describe the fact that everything is male and female, and that eerything is connected.
I think the fact that I believe in the one Creator might stem from the fact that I was raised in the anglican church, and also from the fact that if there were more than one being, I don't think everything would go as smoothly as it does. Oh well, we'll find out one day, Raine
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| They: All Encompasing ||Oct 8th. at 3:13:03 pm EDT|
|Jaded Moon (London England) ||Age: 16 - Email - Web|
I suppose Im a Dualist but in actual fact I hate personifying The Lord and Lady (although I understand that it is a need) because I consider them to be a part of nature as a whole. However the reason why I am a Dualist and not a Monotheist is becuause I can identify with the idea better. I see the Lord and Lady as a Parental unit, working together to look after everyone everywhere,it kinda makes me feel secure, like when Im feeling scared just before I go to bed (for no reason other than the fact that I am tired) and I know that my parents are in the house and are there if I need them.
Thats just my two cents.
| The Reason Wicca Chose Me... ||Oct 8th. at 4:30:11 pm EDT|
|Hazel (Regina SK Canada) ||Age: 27 - Email |
What a great question. It sums up the reason that I was drawn to Wicca in the first place. It is wonderful to be able to ask a group of people, who purport to be of one religion, what their belief is and to expect to get a variety of answers.
To be perfect honest I am a Wiccan atheist. I have had negative reactions to this in the past but it is the truth. Theism is defined by a belief in one or more higher powers. I do not believe in a higher power. I believe that we are all part of a whole and that whole has boundaries or limits which are defined by irrefutable physical laws. Now, it is unlikely for us ever to understand every one of these laws, which is why magic exists.
Throughout history humans have seen and done things that they do not understand and have used their amazing imaginations to explain them. The variety of legends involving the changing of the seasons is a wonderful example of this. As we learn more about the ways of the universe, we are able to more fully understand what was once deemed magical or an act of a particular diety. Now it has come to the point where science is very close to proving not only the existence, but also the mechanics of extra-sensory perception and telepathy. We have known for years that these things happen, but soon we might know why and how. I think that this is amazing thing. All of these discoveries strengthen my commitment to Wicca and to living a magical life.
All of this being said, the concept of diety is one that I am still drawn to. I think of the many different gods and goddesses as being the personification of the various physical laws by which we are bound. I do not belive that they exist in any form other than as a focal point for an aspiration, be it love, money, peace, employment, or as a way to further define the type of life that a person wants to lead. The use of Lord and Lady to me refers to the balance that is inherent in all things. Female/Male, good/evil, dark/light, yin/yang. Together they are spirit which is the unverse and all of its laws as a whole.
I think that it is very important to be able to define one's beliefs and the terms that one uses within those beliefs. It is a big part of what makes us individuals. At the same time, this great diversity within Wicca and Paganism is what ties us together and when we can celebrate it, we strengthen ourselves as a community.
| Mixed Up Gods And Turned Around Goddesses ||Oct 8th. at 5:15:31 pm EDT|
|Amy (Gainesville, GA) ||Age: 17 - Email |
My belief is that there are many "lesser" gods and goddesses with an overall deity. I feel that the main god/goddess is neither male nor female but both. If we all have a connection to this deity which we do then this deity has to see from all perspectives male female; young old any role a person comes into this life as. In fact, if you look into the different pantheons you will see this pattern. Not just a king or queen (mortals added the crown to them) but more of a governing parent or friend. Even the gods that supposedly ruled all of creation answered to something.
| Neither Poly- Nor Mono-theistic ||Oct 8th. at 5:30:19 pm EDT|
|Nature's Child (Fresno, CA) ||Age: 27 - Email - Web|
I know the title doesn't say much, so let me see if I can put this into words. Although I call myself Wiccan or Witch, I do not worship The Goddess and the God--I recognize the Unknown Power (which the Greeks called Chaos) as being the Beginning and Ending of All Things, & that this unknown power created "children" such as planets, moons, stars, etc.--each of which have a living soul. In the case of the Earth, it has dual souls--twin souls if you will--which is represented in our own mythology as the "Goddess" and the "God", or in my own tradition, the Sacred Mother & the Green Man. There are also other spirits, such as faeries, dryads, etc. who are the children of the Sacred Mother & the Green Man and who serve a similar function. As for humans, we too are the children of the Sacred Mother & the Green Man...we have just so separated ourselves from them that we do not remember.
| The Gaia Hypothesis ||Oct 8th. at 8:34:33 pm EDT|
|Siara (Annapolis, MD, USA) ||Age: 41 - Email |
I believe in the Gaia hypothesis (that all of nature functions as one living organism).
I've always believed this, as far back as I can remember. When I was young I had trouble articulating my beliefs, since I was raised in a very Christian household. It seemed like I was born with this ideology hardwired into my psyche and I actually wished that I could short circuit my brain and believe what everyone around me believed. I used to think of my spiritual beliefs as "My Rules" or "My Construct"... I couldn't even define them as spiritual beliefs since I was raised to think of God as a personality [a judgemental personality] who was external to ME and thought spiritual beliefs by definition involved God. Since I am not a contentious, rebel-type, I experienced my beliefs as being isolating and uncomfortable.
The first time I came across a reference to the Gaia Hypothesis (on the internet) it was like reality stood still for a minute. I'd felt so isolated for so long I couldn't believe anyone in the entire world believed what I believed.
I realize this makes me sound incredibly conformist, that relief I felt realizing I wasn't alone. But what can I say? If you're raised in a religious family and something inside you refuses to believe in the family's religion, it's stressful and depressing.
| All Are One ||Oct 8th. at 9:17:17 pm EDT|
|angel bonner (FL) ||Age: 29 - Email |
i believe that the god/ goddess are but one diety, kinda like the christians who divide god up into father/ son/ holy spirit. ours is just maiden/mother/ crone & green/ horned. BTW, i do believe that every other religions' god is the same diety that I worship, they just picture (define) him/her differently.
| Something Odd ||Oct 8th. at 9:31:32 pm EDT|
Although I am currently contemplating the exsistance of Goddess/God, I believe in something a little less common. I call it the Greater Circle, meaning the absolute balance of all things, (such as exsistance/nonexsistance at the same time.) I also believe in 6 elementals instead of 4 or 5. I've never met another person who thinks the way I do, so I can't claim to have learned this anywhere, it is just something I feel.
| Spirit ||Oct 8th. at 11:28:14 pm EDT|
I believe in God and Goddess, and see that they each have many forms yet they are still one God and one Goddess, and even between those two there is probably a greater source, which is partly reflected in the path ones takes (for me, Goddess). I think there is even a greater force that binds them together, the unmanifest, that is to say in the realm of spirit they are one, but we see them from a limited perspective of sorts. That most people's paths are attempts to find some sort of deeper connection, within or without, whether esoteric or exoteric
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