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« Topic Start: August 10, 2007, 02:08:18 am »

Please forgive me if this question has been posted before. I have looked for this as a past topic and have not found anything to match my inquiry. If this has been addressed a link would be aprecated.

My question is.... I have read that it is not good to mix panthions is this good advice? But what if one were to feel the pull of two Goddesses from diffrent countries?

I feel a thrill every time I see or hear the name Danu, also the same with Hecate. Some advice or information would be of great help. I have been a seeker now for about 7 months not long I know so forgive my stummbling baby steps.

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« Reply #1: August 10, 2007, 02:38:33 am »



Someone on these forums (I'm not sure who) once used the analogy that pantheons are basically families.  You know the dynamics, relationships and interaction with the members.  It's unclear, however, when someone tries to find out how deities from different pantheons interact.  There are no stories that tell whether or not one god/dess interacts well with a god/dess of another culture especially when there is no known interaction between said cultures (in this case Greek and Celtic(?))

I recommend asking each deity what s/he thinks about the other deity before you do a ritual honoring both at the same time (trust me, you don't want to come between two deities that hate each other).
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« Reply #2: August 10, 2007, 02:54:11 am »

Please forgive me if this question has been posted before. I have looked for this as a past topic and have not found anything to match my inquiry. If this has been addressed a link would be aprecated.

My question is.... I have read that it is not good to mix panthions is this good advice? But what if one were to feel the pull of two Goddesses from diffrent countries?

I feel a thrill every time I see or hear the name Danu, also the same with Hecate. Some advice or information would be of great help. I have been a seeker now for about 7 months not long I know so forgive my stummbling baby steps.

Pogue

I'd worship both seperately.  Unless you ask each of them if they get along.  Darkhawk mentioned pantheons being like families and I tend to agree with that.   

I worship both Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) deities and the Orisha from the Yoruba of West Africa. 

I had an experience (two, actually) where Aset (a Kemetic deity and one of my main ones) actually sent some Orisha to me.  The first time was to give them permission to interact with me, the second, was to send me a message through a dream. 

But I don't worship them together.  I do so on seperate altars and at seperate times. 



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« Reply #3: August 10, 2007, 02:56:28 am »

Darkhawk mentioned pantheons being like families and I tend to agree with that.   

That's who I thought it was, I just wasn't sure.
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« Reply #4: August 10, 2007, 08:29:45 am »

Someone on these forums (I'm not sure who) once used the analogy that pantheons are basically families.  You know the dynamics, relationships and interaction with the members.  It's unclear, however, when someone tries to find out how deities from different pantheons interact.  There are no stories that tell whether or not one god/dess interacts well with a god/dess of another culture especially when there is no known interaction between said cultures (in this case Greek and Celtic(?))

This is so true. I have "family" in both the Roman and Celtic pantheons. It works out fairly well; but then, before I got started with it I knew it would work fairly well; I did find out beforehand that the main deities did not want to kill each other LOL.
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« Reply #5: August 10, 2007, 10:41:51 pm »

I did find out beforehand that the main deities did not want to kill each other LOL.

That would probably be the first thing to check out.
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« Reply #6: August 10, 2007, 11:19:36 pm »



My question is.... I have read that it is not good to mix panthions is this good advice? But what if one were to feel the pull of two Goddesses from diffrent countries?

In my opinion, I don't think it's bad.  But, I'm pretty eclectic when it comes to pantheons.  One of the reasons I don't think recon worked out for me well.  Kali is very special to me, as well as Brigid.  I also have a closeness to Lilith, who, by mesopotamian mythology standards, isn't a goddess per se.  Also, I have a closeness to most eastern European Gods/goddesses, especially Baba Yaga, because of my background culturally. That's four completely different cultures so far (I'm not doubting there will be more to come), and I don't feel any conflict.
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« Reply #7: August 10, 2007, 11:27:09 pm »

My question is.... I have read that it is not good to mix panthions is this good advice? But what if one were to feel the pull of two Goddesses from diffrent countries?

As long as you are able to worship each Goddess in a culturally correct context then so be it!
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« Reply #8: August 11, 2007, 02:13:59 am »

Hello, and thank you all for your answers. It seems that if the deity is ok with the other then all should be good. I will have to ask them but I think from my responces to them they both might be willing to work with me.

Thank you again.
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« Reply #9: August 11, 2007, 03:26:19 am »

As long as you are able to worship each Goddess in a culturally correct context then so be it!

I'm not even convinced that's a given. It'd be *my* preference, yes. But if the deities in question decide they're fine with a more eclectic approach, then who am I to say it's wrong?

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« Reply #10: August 11, 2007, 08:50:29 am »

I'm not even convinced that's a given. It'd be *my* preference, yes. But if the deities in question decide they're fine with a more eclectic approach, then who am I to say it's wrong?

--Chabas (who knows better than to argue with deities without damn good cause Smiley )

It's disrespectful, that's why.

If you call An Mhorrigan into ritual using an athame to celebrate Saturnalia than expect some negative repercutions.
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« Reply #11: August 11, 2007, 08:51:54 am »

It's disrespectful, that's why.

If you call An Mhorrigan into ritual using an athame to celebrate Saturnalia than expect some negative repercutions.

Yes, but if I worship old gods under a completely new structure, who's to say /that/ is wrong if the gods don't mind?
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« Reply #12: August 11, 2007, 08:55:49 am »

Yes, but if I worship old gods under a completely new structure, who's to say /that/ is wrong if the gods don't mind?

Why create a completely new structure when one already exists?
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« Reply #13: August 11, 2007, 08:58:38 am »

Why create a completely new structure when one already exists?

because the old structure didn't work for me, and this one does.
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« Reply #14: August 11, 2007, 09:03:51 am »

because the old structure didn't work for me, and this one does.

I still believe a cultural context is still important.

Many Northern European and Celtic polytheist have been forced to create a new structure due to lack of documentation by the ancients, and the coming of Christianity. So, yes, we have a very new structure of rtiual/worship but it is heavily rooted in cultural traditions and practices.
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