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« Topic Start: March 31, 2010, 04:32:53 am »

I had a question...

I have been drawn strongly to the goddess Diana and (not as strongly) to Cernunnos. Would worshipping deities from different pantheons cause issues, or is it not a big deal? Thanks  Smiley
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« Reply #1: March 31, 2010, 09:11:15 am »

I had a question...

I have been drawn strongly to the goddess Diana and (not as strongly) to Cernunnos. Would worshipping deities from different pantheons cause issues, or is it not a big deal? Thanks  Smiley

I'm no expert, but I doubt it. 
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« Reply #2: March 31, 2010, 09:22:07 am »

I have been drawn strongly to the goddess Diana and (not as strongly) to Cernunnos. Would worshipping deities from different pantheons cause issues, or is it not a big deal? Thanks  Smiley

As with many things:  It depends.  If you're not a hard polytheist, there may be no issues at all; it's less of a problem to reconcile that sort of thing if you see the deities in question as archetypes or facets of a larger being or something, I think.

Beyond that, I think part of the question is how you're doing this.  If you're trying to worship them together, and do things that are appropriate for both of them at the same time, that will require a lot more thought than if you want to worship each of them separately.  Coming at this from a hard-polytheist standpoint, I'd also consider how the deities in question might feel about each other.  Even within a single pantheon you'll find some deities that don't get along with one another and might not like sharing devotees.

Finally, there's also the consideration of whether the particular religion/tradition/path you're working within has anything to say about it.  There's not some universal rule saying you can't mix pantheons, but some traditions might have more strict definitions of how things should be done.
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« Reply #3: March 31, 2010, 09:33:28 am »

I had a question...

I have been drawn strongly to the goddess Diana and (not as strongly) to Cernunnos. Would worshipping deities from different pantheons cause issues, or is it not a big deal? Thanks  Smiley

As Star said, it really depends. I'm not going to expound on Star's response, but I will add this aspect: Another "it depends" would be due to the nature of the deities. Some deities are incredibly jealous of your diverging into another pantheon. It's nothing personal, but if the two pantheons conflict, then worshiping could pose problems.
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« Reply #4: March 31, 2010, 01:00:37 pm »

I had a question...

I have been drawn strongly to the goddess Diana and (not as strongly) to Cernunnos. Would worshipping deities from different pantheons cause issues, or is it not a big deal? Thanks  Smiley

I worship 2 goddesses and 2 gods, none of them are from the same pantheon. I have not had issues. The one god I work with is not liked by the other deities, but I think they understand that the involvement is necessary...

I'm sure there are some deities even within the same pantheons that don't get along, so it shouldn't be too much of an issue.
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« Reply #5: March 31, 2010, 06:10:31 pm »

I had a question...

I have been drawn strongly to the goddess Diana and (not as strongly) to Cernunnos. Would worshipping deities from different pantheons cause issues, or is it not a big deal? Thanks  Smiley

A friend of mine and I were discussing this. She strongly worships Demeter and Eros, but had a call from another deity. For years, she thought it was Brighid and there were severe conflicts between the three. The Greek deities aren't too fond of sharing their affection and I bet the Roman versions aren't any better about it. Perhaps it isn't Cernunnos who is calling to you? She thought it was Brighid for ever but only recently realized it was Aphrodite who wanted her attention.
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« Reply #6: March 31, 2010, 07:49:40 pm »

The Greek deities aren't too fond of sharing their affection

I just wanted to note that this has not been my experience, at all. This kind of stuff really, really depends on the individual deities and people involved, and what obligations and motivations everyone has in the relationships.
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« Reply #7: March 31, 2010, 07:53:42 pm »


To actually reply to your question- it depends. I would ask them how they feel about it; they may have restrictions/requests like separate shrines, or special offerings, or they may be well aware that they've both become a presence in your life. If it were me (and it has been, in the past, though not with them specifically) I would ask for a sign, or try some divination.
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« Reply #8: April 01, 2010, 09:26:22 pm »

I had a question...

I have been drawn strongly to the goddess Diana and (not as strongly) to Cernunnos. Would worshipping deities from different pantheons cause issues, or is it not a big deal? Thanks  Smiley

      As Robert Graves noted in his translation of "The Golden Ass", all the female divinities are one. We see aspects such as "Diana" which are really like the many faces of the same woman.

       Diana is a beautiful goddess and was sorely maligned by the Greeks who said she was chaste. She was a complete female and enjoyed the love of love, as any woman would.
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« Reply #9: April 02, 2010, 05:16:48 am »

       Diana is a beautiful goddess and was sorely maligned by the Greeks who said she was chaste. She was a complete female and enjoyed the love of love, as any woman would.

Leaving aside for the moment the part where Artemis and Diana are not necessarily the same goddess...  I was under the impression that Diana was a virgin goddess as well.  Where are you getting your information that she isn't, out of curiosity?

I also take issue with the idea that there's some profile (sexual or otherwise) that a woman or goddess must fit to be a "complete" female.  Mortal or divine, choosing to remain chaste does not make one somehow less of a woman.
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« Reply #10: April 02, 2010, 07:15:43 am »

I just wanted to note that this has not been my experience, at all. This kind of stuff really, really depends on the individual deities and people involved, and what obligations and motivations everyone has in the relationships.

Personally, I have no idea. The only deities who have ever called to me were of ancient Egyptian origin. I was just going with what I've been told. (holds up hands in innocence)
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« Reply #11: April 02, 2010, 08:20:26 am »

Diana is a beautiful goddess and was sorely maligned by the Greeks who said she was chaste. She was a complete female and enjoyed the love of love, as any woman would.

Do you have some evidence to support this?
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« Reply #12: April 02, 2010, 01:59:13 pm »

I had a question...

I have been drawn strongly to the goddess Diana and (not as strongly) to Cernunnos. Would worshipping deities from different pantheons cause issues, or is it not a big deal? Thanks  Smiley

There's nothing wrong with mixing pantheons in my opinion. It's called religious syncretism and people have been doing it for ages.
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« Reply #13: April 03, 2010, 10:02:37 am »

Leaving aside for the moment the part where Artemis and Diana are not necessarily the same goddess...  I was under the impression that Diana was a virgin goddess as well.  Where are you getting your information that she isn't, out of curiosity?

I also take issue with the idea that there's some profile (sexual or otherwise) that a woman or goddess must fit to be a "complete" female.  Mortal or divine, choosing to remain chaste does not make one somehow less of a woman.

     Star, et al, Graves was not the first to report that Diana was not chaste. Frazier, in "The Golden Bough" posits the same thoughts in Chapter XII.

     Graves , in "The Greek Myths"then reveals that the Triple Goddess contained Diana, usually considered as the maiden. I think that an older tradition  (Gimbutas) saw the female principal as inclusive of maiden, mother , and crone , simultaneously.

     The woman/goddess is understood to IN GENERAL see the Triple aspect as the ideal.

      Of course a person can be chaste and still be human. Smooth the hackles I raised on your back, please Smiley
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« Reply #14: April 03, 2010, 11:03:26 am »

     Star, et al, Graves was not the first to report that Diana was not chaste. Frazier, in "The Golden Bough" posits the same thoughts in Chapter XII.

     Graves , in "The Greek Myths"then reveals that the Triple Goddess contained Diana, usually considered as the maiden. I think that an older tradition  (Gimbutas) saw the female principal as inclusive of maiden, mother , and crone , simultaneously.

     The woman/goddess is understood to IN GENERAL see the Triple aspect as the ideal.

      Of course a person can be chaste and still be human. Smooth the hackles I raised on your back, please Smiley

The only problem with all this is that the MMC is a modern paradigm.  Frazier and Graves may have crammed the Greek goddesses into it, but there is no support for it anywhere in the original myths.

Aside from that, Frazier, Graves, Murray, and Gimbutas are discredited precisely because of the liberties they take, as well as for inadequate scholarship in these areas.  They are not authoritative sources.

If people's hackles are raised by your assumptions they are perfectly at liberty to express that within our rules.  You can defend your assertions with sources, which may or may not be acceptable to the people you are responding to, and may or may not be argued with.  That's how it works here.

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