Monday, November 3, 2008

The Constellation Of My Metapantheon

Here's my metapantheon, the assemblage of deities, guardians, and figures from a variety of sources that take an active part in my Neo-Pagan Craft practice.

Most members of my metapantheon come from the mythologies of several historical cultures (or culture complexes), but several come from literary sources or from personal discovery. Even though I made active selections of many to most of the deities, on more than one occasion a deity or group of deities joined my metapantheon. I didn't invite them by name or anticipate their continuing participation.

For the most part, no deity has dropped out of my metapantheon, although the active focus of my practice has shifted over the years. Some deities with whom I was once very engaged have moved to the sidelines. Others have then become more focal for me.

My practice engages one to several deities from each larger pantheon, but I recognize every deity from each pantheon. And I respect all members of each pantheon.

These days, the very active constellation of deities in my metapantheon is:

Hindu/Tantra--Kali, Durga, Shiva, Ganesha

Neo-Pagan Celtic--Maeve, Olwen, Culhwch, The Morrigan, Tam Lin,Thomas the Rhymer, The Queen of Faery

Arthurian--Morgan le Fay, Gawain

Hawaiian--Hi'iaka (and by extension, the Pele family)

The Pantheon of the Anderson Feri Craft Trad--The Star Goddess, The Guardians, The Goddess of North

The Pantheon of British Traditional Craft--The Goddess, The Horned God

Figures of the Land, usually known to Native American cultures--Raven, Coyote, Red-Tailed Hawk, Redwood trees, Jaguar, Agave

The less active constellation of deities includes:

Norse--Odin (the Wanderer), the Valkyries

Greek--The Muses (truth to tell, they could just as well be in the active).

Cthulhu Mythos--Yog-Sothoth, Cthulhu, Nyarlathotep

Tolkien--Gandalf, Galadriel, Tom Bombadil, The Nazgul

Yoruba, Santeria, Umbanda--Oshun

Popular Occulture--Gremlins

Popular Culture--Wile E. Coyote, Devil Ducky, Azrael the Cat

Not much discord occurs among the members of my metapantheon, and I can usually do magical work guided by deities who come from more than one cultural source--and have that work turn out to be fruitful.

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1 comment:

Broomstick Chronicles said...

Great post, Pitch! Just perfect food for thought for CHS' thea/ology course. I've referred the teacher to your posts. I love talking polytheism.