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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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| Henotheistic, Or Maybe Polytheist ||Oct 11th. at 10:58:30 am EDT|
|Silverlotus (London, Ontario, Canada) ||Age: 25 - Email |
Based on the definition for henotheism (the worship of one god but recognizing the existence of other gods), I think that title best fits me. However, if you wanted to get particularly technical, I worship two deities and recognize others. That may make me polytheistic. I guess it’s a matter of semantics. I don’t think the title is what is important though, just that you believe in something that is good for your spirit.
| Polytheist : Blessed Be The Goddess,3-Blessed Be The God,3-- ||Oct 11th. at 12:32:06 pm EDT|
|LightNord (Long Island,NY) ||Age: 47 - Email |
For me,I can relate to a Goddess and God,better than a "ALL"or "THE ONE".Not to say that there isnt a a central"power",but that power expresses its self in the various aspects in different cultures. To have a Goddess birth the whole universe, and all things in it makes more sence to me than a "MALE" or "ALL MALE" trinity. Goddess and God bless you, LightNord
| Polytheistic ||Oct 11th. at 3:25:38 pm EDT|
|Heather (Marin County, CA) ||Age: 27 - Email |
I am definitly a polytheist, at least in my definition. I believe that everyone has the right to follow their own path. Personally, I follow a path of Celtic based spirituality and Goddess worship. I believe that the many Gods and Goddesses are not neccesarily seperate entities, but represent many different aspects of One. I focus mostly on a few well chosen female deities that help guide me through different times, though I do acknowledge the masculine as their is balance in everything.
| Well..... ||Oct 11th. at 3:40:10 pm EDT|
|Laura P. (Durham, NC) ||Age: 16 - Email |
I'm sorta a dualist/monotheist...I believe in one Diety that is ineffable, so it is easier for people to split It up. What I do is split It into Masculine and Femanine aspects (The God and Goddess, or Lord and Lady, if you will), but that's not to say that those who only see It as a God or a Goddess are wrong. The classic example of the multi-faceted diamond or gem is my philosophy: there is only one diamond/gem, and some see only one facet, some see many many facets, and some see only two facets (not meaning that the monotheists are more closed minded, or that the pantheists are more correct in their vision of Deity).
| ONE WITH MANY ||Oct 11th. at 4:48:06 pm EDT|
|MIKE MOONEY (AKRON,OHIO) ||Age: 52 - Email |
CREATIVE SPIRIT THAT SHOWS HIMSELF/HERSELF IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. THESE WAYS
ARE AS MANY AS WE ARE.IT IS THREW MY REALATIONSHIP WITH ALL THINGS THAT I EXPERIENCE
THIS CREATIVE SPIRIT.THE QUESTION IS AM I WILLING AND OPEN TO ALL WAYS OF THIS PROCESS
OR DO I CHOOSE TO STAY IN MY WORLD OF ILLUSION,WHERE AM SAFE AND SECURE,IN MY MIND
ONLY.OR AM I OPEN AND ABLE TO TAKE RISK FOR THE SAKE OF GROWTH AND THE FACT THAT I
MAYNOT BE THE ALL KNOWING THAT I SOMETIMES BELIEVE.WHEN I FEEL SPIRIT NOT THINK
SPIRIT IS WHEN I KNOW SPIRIT.
| All Of The Above ||Oct 12th. at 12:47:13 am EDT|
|David (NE Wisconsin) ||Age: 18 - Email |
I think monotheism, polytheism, and pantheism are all true. I think there's a level of being where gods are separate, distinct beings but there's a level where absolutely everything is One.
At one level there is the Lord and the Lady, the interaction of all things and the continual creation. At another level there's a wise pantheon of gods, sometimes with a supreme Lord and Lady residing in them, sometimes not. To me its not always "all gods are one god" and "all goddesses are one goddess". There's a great number of deities that don't fit into the Wiccan idea of genderisms or sometimes weren't created with the idea of gender in mind at all. A goddess may rule a certain function just because the people felt like having a goddess for it. It's more like "most goddesses are one Goddess, some gods are one God, those two are one and the rest just sort of mix in"
That's why you have to approach each system with its interlocking qualities in mind.
I don't know if I'm a diehard polytheist per se. To me everything came from one point, i.e. the universe coming from a single ball of gas, and everything retains its unity even though its split up. I suppose it all is how you're looking at it.
| Hmmm..... ||Oct 12th. at 2:33:22 am EDT|
|Elamberel (Sydney, Australia) ||Age: 26 - Email |
I'm a pantheist. I hold everything to be sacred. At times I veer towards polytheism. I think that our perceptions are shaped to survive in this world with hints of others. We won't trully understand it in our lifetimes.
| Good Question.... ||Oct 12th. at 4:34:03 pm EDT|
|Morrighannon (Atlanta, Georgia) ||Age: 28 - Email |
I suppose I would have to say that I'm a Polytheist, since I believe in the existence of different Gods/Goddesses. Some of them definitely could be the same Being, but some couldn't. I think that maybe it's not too important to know what kind of a 'theist' you are, as long as you know what path you want to follow in life. I'm not sure it matters what God/Goddess name you call upon, as long as you know what powers you are invoking. Of course, calling on the God/Goddess of War would be a mistake if you needed the God/Goddess of Fertility's assistance. I would also like to say that I think the only time for me that it might become important for me to define this would be in explaining to my children why we worship the way we do. Other than that, I don't put much emphasis on how the rest of the world views my practices. As a Solitary, I have most often been in the minority when it came to 'religion' anyway. So, while I could be classified as a Polytheist, I have never really considered what kind of 'theist' I was until now.
| Pantheist Deep Down ||Oct 12th. at 6:07:43 pm EDT|
|Dancing Rabbit (Texas) ||Age: 50 - Email |
Deep down, I'm a materialistic pantheist. I believe the deity and the universe are inseparable but for me the way I relate to the deity is through the Lord and the Lady. I believe that all the Gods and Goddesses are various aspects or images of the Lord and Lady. I know, I'm not original or maybe very articulate. The Tao that can be spoken is not the true Tao.
| Polytheist ||Oct 12th. at 8:18:22 pm EDT|
|Helen LeBlanc (Barrie) ||Age: 18 - Email |
I have the thought that somewhere out there is a Spirit and I identify it as being a three different enities of the same spirit. These entities are my deities Woden, Gana and Gaia. Woden is like a father figure for me, he protects me in my path of life and gives me a sense of security. Gana is like an older sister and I talk to her when things bother me. Gaia is like my mother and compassionate and guides me through life.
| Multi-theism ||Oct 12th. at 9:34:06 pm EDT|
|Liz (Salisbury, MD) ||Age: 25 - Email |
There are many ways of looking at Deity. There is the one "Great Mystery", there is the piece of the "Great Mystery" we call "Athena", etc. They are all one, and yet seperate roles. There is also what we think we know and believe about Diety, and then there is what realy is.
| What's In A Name? ||Oct 13th. at 12:01:49 am EDT|
|Lady RubyStar (Wilmington, NC) ||Age: 51 - Email |
I believe in a Deity that is not truly identified by any one name or type or sex. But because we, as sexual beings seem to need to have our sexuality and other aspects of Self reflected back to us, we name aspects of the Deity as such. We have no word for this all-inclusive, creative/destructive, amale/female EXISTENCE. A feminist theologist coined the word 'God/ess' several years ago. It is unpronouncable and not meant to be used in worship. It's like something to hold a space in non-space until we come up with a better name. We are in a dualistic world that insists that this world is 'apart' from God/ess. This is the first division. In Western Culture, the next division is male/female and good and evil all in the same instant. I don't think there should be a name for this Ultimate Deity - God/ess. That's okay. I very much prefer that names and identities of aspects of God/ess, especially of the first order, though they may be identified as male or female, have attributes that are both masculine and feminine, destructive and creative. I want to hear their stories in pairs, side by side, even though doing so presents a paradox. It is the space between the pairs that is God/ess.
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