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« Topic Start: June 24, 2010, 04:11:29 pm »

I've lately been feeling a pull toward some Greek deities, which is strange for me because I have mostly worked and honor Celtic deities since the beginning. I find that I am having a hard time changing my perspective though. I have read and known Greek mythological stories pretty much my whole life, the problem is I am having a hard time trying to turn those stories into something spiritual... does that make sense?

Perhaps I am just looking at it wrong, my perspective is blocked by all the years of just thinking of them as stories instead of something more meaningful. So I ask: How do you view you deities (especially the Greek ones)? Can you give me any ideas as to how to view the stories and mythologies?

I really don't know what my problem is with this and I hope I have not offended anyone here. I guess I find myself in a rut and I'm looking for a way to see things differently.
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« Reply #1: June 24, 2010, 04:36:43 pm »

I've lately been feeling a pull toward some Greek deities, which is strange for me because I have mostly worked and honor Celtic deities since the beginning. I find that I am having a hard time changing my perspective though. I have read and known Greek mythological stories pretty much my whole life, the problem is I am having a hard time trying to turn those stories into something spiritual... does that make sense?


Are certain deities calling to you in specific?
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« Reply #2: June 24, 2010, 05:35:13 pm »

How do you view you deities (especially the Greek ones)? Can you give me any ideas as to how to view the stories and mythologies?

They are my Gods. I view the myths about them the way I do the myths surrounding any Gods, human stories designed to teach important truths about the world and the gods.  I don't think they are literally true, especially where they contradict history or science, but I think they still teach us about the Gods, how they think, and our relationship to them.
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« Reply #3: June 24, 2010, 06:32:20 pm »


Some are just stories created by poets and not necessarily meant to be true, others are actual, true stories, and others are variations of stories but are no less true than the 'original' story. Some are also 'coded' tellings of the rites of the Mysteries, which I'll admit to sound weird when taken at face value, but when you really get into them they make more 'sense'. Some are also 'creation myths', aition, which were created or re-told to explain something that already existed. Personally, I give these a bit more room because while I don't view them as being false, I believe that they cover an underlying truth that got buried with the 'creation' of the new myth, and that kind of peeves me.

The thing about Greek (and by extension, Roman) myths is that there is a massively amount of varied versions on particular myths, because their culture survived relatively unmolested yet changing for a long period of time. Celtic and Norse myths (perhaps not the right terms, but bare with me?) didn't exactly fair the same. Egyptian myths I think fall somewhere in between, because we are still trying to uncover it all, and its boucing between pre-concieved notions of the Egyptians, the ignorance that has been given towards that culture, as well as trying to expand our knowledge of that particular culture that is NOT royalty-based. If that makes sense.

I think each particular version of a myth can tell something about the Gods and how they interact/interacted with us, as well as how each particular person thought of the Gods, as well as from what culture and time period they were from. Herodotus didn't view the gods the same as say Nonnus.
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« Reply #4: June 24, 2010, 07:56:48 pm »

Are certain deities calling to you in specific?
Yes. Apollo has been in and out for over a year now and Selene came to me recently in a strange and unexpected manner.
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