Whom Do You Serve? ~ Part 1 – Welcome to the Pantheon

You will often hear about pagan and wytches referencing their Gods. For outsiders and newbies, it seems rather a simple approach that should be similar to other modern religions, but it’s far more complex than it appears at first blush. Most modern religions (such as Christianity, Judaism, and Muslim) take control and responsibility for selecting the god you will commune with and, in fact, your choice is often limited to one. Not so in paganism or Wicca. We take the approach that we choose our gods as our gods choose you. (Another layer of the old saying, “As above, So Below”.)

Most pagans and wytches have a patron god or goddess (one or two primary deities with whom they commune). New pagans and the pagan-curious are often stymied by this approach especially when they are advised that it can take years of study and communication with deities to make an informed and wise decision as to who your patron god or goddess will be. However, the decision is not to be taken lightly as this choice can influence your path to enlightenment as well as your approach to the mundane world.

How is this selection of a patron god or goddess determined? How do you choose? First, we need to have a strong understanding of the purposes and structures behind the gods.

Most of the gods can be grouped into pantheons, each with its own particular texture or flavor. Pantheon grouping is often based upon several factors: region, religion, tradition, history, or ethnicity. Some of the more common pantheons are as follows:

~ Berber, Canaanite, Sumerian, Egyptian, Armenian, Incan, Greek, Roman, Germanic, Norse, Celtic, Welsh, Slavic, Hawaiian (Huna), Hindu, Rigvedic, Japanese, Japanese Buddhist, Aztec, Mayan, Native American, African, Guanche, Theosophical, Hoodoo, Voodou

As your studies advance, you will also come to realize that Christianity (with the triple aspect of Father-Son-Holy Ghost) and Judaism (although the wife aspect has been suppressed in history). Even Catholicism has what we consider to be a pantheon. They just call them Saints.

It is important in our workings, though, to work within the same pantheon for reasons we will discuss later when we talk about working with the aspects. For the moment, however, let’s focus on how to choose a proper working pantheon for yourself. Keep in mind that before you go thinking you have to be limited exclusively to one pantheon, you don’t. However, we all have our primary pantheon that we work with and on special occasions, we may work in another pantheon. So, let’s focus on how to choose that primary pantheon and discuss working with others later.

Some of the many ways to choose your main pantheon are as follows:

1. Sometimes they are chosen for you. If you are accepted into a coven, the coven will already have established primary communications and a relationship with a pantheon. If so, then your studies will progress through this pantheon. (Note: if you have a call towards another pantheon, you can make use of that call later, but beginners really should stick with the pantheons of the coven they are studying with until they are ready for more advanced studies.)

2. Look into your ethnicity or heredity. If you are Italian, you may find your calling in the gods of the Stregheria. If you are of Irish descent, then perhaps the Celtic path might call to you.

3. The pantheons will call to you and send visions. Oftentimes, people will have an uncanny pull towards a pantheon or patron god or goddess. BUT I highly suggest that you do not randomly follow any calling without proper consideration. Some of the pantheons and gods therein can be extremely difficult to have as a patron. Chaos gods will cause chaos not only to those around you, but also in your life. They are chaos in its purest sense. You have to keep in mind that this is what they are and that’s what they do. Human being (no matter how wonderfully dark you may think you are) are not by nature meant to dwell in pure Chaos every moment of our lives. More on this later when we get into choosing your patron / aspect within the pantheon.

BEFORE CHOOSING ANYTHING — Keep in mind that unattaching to a pantheon or patron god or goddess if far more difficult than it is establishing first contact. Sort of like dating. The first date is fun. Marriages can be wonderful. Divorces suck. This is an important life-altering decision to make. Their strength will be your strength, but so will their quirks and weaknesses.

The most important aspect to finding the right pantheon for you is to STUDY. Wytches and pagans are not slothful or lazy. We study, read, and research a lot in our quest for knowledge and enlightenment. The more you expose yourself to information regarding various pantheons, the more your spirit will be open to choosing the right pantheon.

Brightest of Blessings!

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