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I Still Worship Zeus
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There I was, a usually hyper child, sitting with my eyes glued to the screen of my family’s 13 inch black and white television set. What was it that was so enthralling that it made an unmedicated ADHD youngster sit through a full-length movie that was very heavy watching for someone that age? The answer is simple…it was the Gods.
Like most American children I was raised to worship the Christian God and no other. As I watched The Clash of the Titans, I was amazed at the white-robed Deities on the screen before me. What struck me first is that I could SEE them!
Zeus was a bearded, older man who sat on his throne giving orders as the King of the Gods. Hermes sped to and fro, bringing Him news of the mortal realm below. Hera was Zeus’ beautiful, but oh-so-jaded wife.
Hephaestos was the skillful blacksmith of the Gods who forged magical weapons for the Gods to use. I knew they were all actors playing in a movie, of course, but I couldn’t help but feel a strange sense of awe and reverence at these fascinating Gods of ancient Greece.
Little did I know I would some day come to worship these Gods and in so doing achieve a real, fulfilling spiritual life.
I never was a very good Christian. I asked too many questions and found so many inconsistencies in the Bible I read. It was hard to relate to a God that had no form, and though I respected Jesus, He seemed to always give me the cold shoulder. Every single prayer I uttered went unanswered, until finally I stopped believing in Deity all together. Christianity had done nothing for me. I’d found it empty and frankly useless.
My childhood had been filled with trauma and abuse, and the Christian church joined in abusing me rather than helping me. After so many years of being called a piece of trash when I really was a sweet girl who had been terribly hurt, I’d had it with God and the Christian church. I became so bitter that I’d walk away at the very mention of religion. It made my blood boil.
How could I ever worship a God who didn’t even listen to me, and whose followers treated me like I wasn’t even human? If that was God, I wanted no part of God, plain and simple.
Life as an atheist was even more unfulfilling than being a Christian. My soul yearned for a connection with the Divine, but the Christian God had always ignored me. For a while I found a little solace at a Christian New Age church. I loved the people there, and I learned many useful things like meditation, chakra healing and tarot. Still, I felt no connection whatsoever to Yahweh and Jesus. I finally faced the fact that the Christian path simply wasn’t meant for me. The Christian church had done more damage to me than I could forgive with their irrational hatred. I was done with the church forever.
It wasn’t until after I turned 30 that I discovered Paganism. I began to read the Greek myths, and my love of the white-robed Gods grew. I sat up an altar and began to do prayers and spells. What happened changed my life forever. These new Gods of mine actually answered me! While They certainly didn’t make me a lottery millionaire, They gave me assistance when I needed it. When my husband was gone for military training, They eased my pain and brought me comfort.
When I had a hysterectomy at 33 years of age, Apollo made it an absolute success, and Hekate comforted me and led me into my early Croning. When my good friend Jim died, Hekate and Hades assured me he would be taken care of in the Underworld. When I was in a big financial crunch I had a dream of finding a debit card that had “Dis” written on it, the Roman name for Hades. A couple of days after that I got money that I hadn’t expected.
Do I like it that some people call us Hellenics loonies? You bet I do! I’m wise enough to know, however, that my spirituality is based on my own experience with the Gods, not popular opinion. I needed Deities that listened, cared about me, and were willing to be involved in my life. I found what I needed in the Gods of Greece. If folks are happy with Yahweh and Jesus, I’m glad for them, but I’m happy with my Gods and would die before giving them up. They have been there for me, and have earned my loyalty. They are as real as real can be to me. When I call Them, They answer. That’s plenty proof enough for me that They exist. They may not physically be on Mount Olympus, but They are real enough to help me and interact with me each and every day. That is how Deities get my support…through performance. Why some people can’t understand that is beyond me.
Paganism is not a passing fad, my friends. Many of us are hearing the call and returning to our original Gods. What’s great is that we are returning to Them with greater scientific and social understanding. The argument that we Hellenics are going to bring back slavery and human sacrifice is the most ridiculous bunch of bull I’ve ever heard. Just because we worship ancient Gods doesn’t mean we’re about to cast off what we’ve learned in the modern age. To do so would be complete stupidity on our part. We have said this many times, yet still the Christian church continues to spoon feed these lies to the masses. I can’t help but laugh at the church. If they’re so afraid of competition, then that’s their problem, not mine. My worship needs no validation or permission from the world at large.
I still worship Zeus…and so will my descendants.
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