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Author Topic: Worshipping deities from two different pantheons - Celtic and Hellenic  (Read 8083 times)
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« Reply #5: January 17, 2010, 04:41:19 am »

The only deities to make themselves known to me have been Celtic, particularly Welsh and Irish. It's quite a journey, learning about them both through research and UPG from meditation and dreams (notably dreams).

At the same time, I'm feeling a tug towards Apollo, though no others of the Greek pantheon. I've always enjoyed Greek mythology, especially as a child, and love the stories and culture. But spiritually it doesn't touch me in the same way as Celtic paganism, which feels like a completion of myself, almost. What I'm feeling, either from or towards Apollo, is more than just the interest of my childhood, and I have little doubt that there are valuable things Apollo can teach me. I'm just beginning on my Celtic path, though, and I'm wondering how best to go about juggling this. If I begin to worship Apollo and cultivate a relationship, I wish to do it separately from my Celtic rituals and devotions. I feel to include Apollo in my Celtic worship is disrespectful both to Him and to the Celtic deities.

Also, though I love Greek mythology, I am absolutely clueless about worshiping a Hellenic God appropriately.

I'm curious if anyone else worships deities from two different pantheons, if anyone worships both Celtic and Hellenic deities specifically, and how to avoid falling into the "fluffy bunny-eclectic pagan" boat. Apollo has not reached out to me in the same overt way Manannan and Rhiannon have (whose presences were made known and obvious in dreams), it's more of a gentle tug, so in beginning my worship I would like to not offend or insult right off the bat.
I'm not too sure about that. Obviously it's possible if you're a hard polytheist in general, but those are two completely different cultures, with two completely different worldviews, if you are taking up this element of spirituality as well. From what I gathered talking with Hellenic Recons., is that they see their pantheon as the perfect manifestation of deity. Foreign deities aren't adopted, but equated with the Olympians. The Celtic deity equated with Apollo, is Lugh(or Lugus). And from a Celtic perspective, our paganism was tribal, more animistic and not codified, with deities being regional, ancestral, and not viewed in anthropomorphic form. I think I mentioned before about how the Celts thought it humorous of the Greeks to have statues of their Gods in human form at the sacking of Delphi. However we did see this in conquered areas, like Roman-Britain, where we find Celtic statues of deity because of state politics, and even then we run into the likes of deities with horns, or three faces. The religion became more syncretic, and there were instances of the Gauls worshipping Mercury and what not. This wasn't the case in Ireland, for ex., since you mentioned an interest in Gaelic deities.    

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