Gods and Goddesses: Question and Answer Session
Question Answer Time With Charles!
ok, i read one article about a conversation between someone and Odin. there, he mentioned about his kinsmen would have different method, path, or belief from followers of other deities/pantheons. analogized witj oak tree and other kinds of tree.
thus, the question is: can someone work with and be devoted to different deities from different pantheons? this is considering that someone may have lineage to different countries, so that his/her ancestry is linked with the norsr and the indian for example. can he be a kinsman of both Odin and Shiva, in that example?
if yes, how would that work? and will the deities be alright with the arrangement?
if no, can he/she choose the patron, or is it already chosen by destiny etc?
Absolutely, especially as it concerns The Norse. The Norse were a very integrating society in terms of Gods and Goddesses and picked up the vast majority of their pantheon from other pantheons and traditions. Likewise most pantheons can and do interact favorably with each other in a given situation. That said there is almost always some kind of Hierarchy for the person involved and in that a degree of favoritism that runs both ways. For example I have some strong connections with Angelic energies, but I am about as far from being Christian as you can get. I can call upon Angels readily, but not the Judaeo Christian, Islamic, Jewish, or other such “God” in any given circumstance. Part of this resides more in the person than in the Gods but in many instances a person sits at a certain “wave length” or type of energy that works well with difference things, and less well with others.
The issue arises for those Gods and Goddesses that require absolute and sole devotion. In such situations they tend to be angry and cause some kinds of issues when one is pantheistic.
Ultimately one can have many Gods from many pantheons, as well as work with beings from across the spectrum without issue. Recognize though that you will show favoritism. I have a tattoo of Mjolnir on my right arm but I have nothing of the angels or Aries despite some connections to both. As I resonate more strongly with Thor and put my focus on that God so too will that God put his focus and favor upon me. Further if there is any question as to who has the “authority” to intervene on my behalf or work within my life it defaults to the God or Goddess I put my primary focus too.
Generally speaking most people have one or two primary Gods, then a hand full of secondary Gods, and then an observance of other Gods and beings in polytheism. Consequently those Gods and Goddesses are ones that person identifies with. This then becomes a kind of “choosing” that goes both ways. For example Thor chooses me, but in characteristics and mannerisms I am already much like Thor and as such I choose him. Mind you I have always been more aligned to those energies, so the question is not “did Thor choose me or did I choose Thor” but rather “did Thor choose me, or is it I simply resonate in the same energy as Thor?” The answer to that is grander than understanding because it gets into the idea of fate and the Wyrd or the lay of time, space, and luck. I tend to look at it as this though. Since I resonate so strongly with Thor's power, Thor chooses me, and since that choice resonates through time and space in all directions likewise I am then choosen by Thor and resonate strongly with his energy. This is the serpent eating its own tail in alchemical understanding that most things do not have a beginning and an end as we see them and extend in many directions in time and space.
if you can, can you also include godspousery and blood relationship with the immortal (descendant of demi-god, etc) when discussing the kinsmen?
I kind of did but it gives me a good chance to expand just a bit further. Some of the connection is BY choice. I recognize the same energies that make me so Thor like could also make me Zues like, or Odin like. So some of this is from choice, though some is by design, and determining which one it is for any individual is beyond the scope of any one article. That said I think most people have a God they resonate with and in this respect they are in a form of “blood relationship” with that God. What I mean is their Ki or Life Force Energy is so strongly resonant with that God that they are a “Son” or “Daughter” of that being. I personally don't think the Gods and Goddesses directly father or mother children in the classical sense, but then again I don't see Thor at the bar very often. Now that said, energy in a family line may be something passed down. If your great great great great great great, she was really terrific, Grand Mother was a devotee of Odin and hailed him day and night then that could impact your family line. If she made sacrifices daily, communed with him, was so connected to him that his power was felt through her actions, then surely that could carry down the line. Heck Odin may have had a hand in seeing her survive childbirth or some tragedy and left his mark on her, thereby making her “his child” and thereby you have some of that instilled within you.
Godspousery is similar in that. To be fair I covered both godspousery and parental concepts in the above as examples within the Terrific Grandmother example. If she was chosen or influenced by Odin, then she was a Child of Odin for whatever reason. If she was devoted to Odin in such a close capacity she could consider him her “First Hubsand” or “First Union” in this life and as such children would bare some of that power. Which one is stronger? You know I don't have a good answer for that except to say that one who has the link AND is devoted is stronger than one who just has the link. Further one who has enough devotion may not NEED a link, though I'm iffy on that answer to be honest.
To go a bit further as well, for the modern Godspousery this is a matter of pure, simple, complete love and devotion. It may manifest as a form of marriage to that being, or it may seem less obvious. I think it is comparative to being a priest of a being honestly. Let me be fair in this, most people see the term priest and apply a negative connotation to it. When we see being a “priest” of a deity as one who is “married to it” and chooses it above all other beings though my wording makes more sense.
None of this is to be confused with being an Avatar of a being though.