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My interpretation of the Gods/Goddesses
« on: August 08, 2014, 09:42:37 pm »
Hello, I am new to the forum and I would first like to say I am very happy to be part of it. Thank you :)

I started on the road to Paganism about a year ago and I would like to say I am just leaving the beginner stage and edging my way towards novice. I recently found a connection to Asatru and what the Gods and Goddesses represent. Though I'm not sure if I can be considered a true follower because I don't exactly view the Gods as deities or real people. I see them more as personifications of the natural world.

For example, I like to think of Odin as the universe and all it encompasses. He is knowledge and that little voice inside that prompts us to find answers and truth. Thor is your own inner strength, and obviously thunder, lightening, storms, etc.. Loki is a way to describe the so-called "evil" in the world, but also allows us to see the not necessarily evil, but mischievous urges within ourselves. I think every God/dess has a meaningful connection to what's inside you and what is in the world. They are like metaphors to better explain what can't be explained.

I don't know if this point was brought up in any other thread but I would like to hear from a more experienced and knowledgeable Asatruar to tell me if this is an acceptable way to view the Gods or is this path not for me. Also, feel free to share your own views on the Gods and how you honor them in daily life. I am eager to learn and get different viewpoints that I may not have thought of before.

Thanks again :)

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Re: My interpretation of the Gods/Goddesses
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2014, 02:20:01 am »
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Though I'm not sure if I can be considered a true follower because I don't exactly view the Gods as deities or real people. I see them more as personifications of the natural world.

I would like to hear from a more experienced and knowledgeable Asatruar to tell me if this is an acceptable way to view the Gods or is this path not for me. Also, feel free to share your own views on the Gods and how you honor them in daily life. I am eager to learn and get different viewpoints that I may not have thought of before.

Thanks again :)

 
I can't claim to be a more experienced and knowledgeable Asatruar, just so you know...but I feel moved to weigh in. I always had access to the idea of archetypes, anthropomorphic personifications, and Jungian symbols. That's the filter through which I began to live the faith that I was raised in, and the faith to which I converted and then left.

So, even when I got thwapped by Loki, a part of me kept thinking that he was just a projection of the fire in me, or the shadow in me--but, frankly, it didn't matter what I think or how I thought about it. The experience of being thwapped had taken on a life of its own, and to live it, I had to quit being so cerebral and just take it as real in my heart--having faith. Reading up on the lore, keeping an ear out for what the Reconstructionists were saying, were a great help and really deepened and expanded my spiritual life. So, I took to calling myself Reconstructionist, and never got asked to not call myself that because I let it slip that I don't really believe or anything.

The entities/thoughtforms/whatever that I work with now, are similarly strayed from my conscious control...but, since they have no mythologies associated with them, don't have anything around them to imply that they're anything but figments of my psyche.

I hang around here, continue to make posts from this standpoint, and haven't been warned or banned for it or even caught in an argument about how Jung and Campbell are problematic culture-stealing jerks for presuming to announce a common humanity in distinctive multicultural philosophies and aren't real spiritualists anyway so they would be completely inappropriate to mention on spiritual and religious forums or whatever--So, from that I've gathered that this here lot is actually pretty cool about it.

If one person considered Odin more of an ancestral figurehead, and another more soft polytheist as the cosmos and all it encompasses, then that would usually be an interesting discussion that won't devolve into attempted excommunication from a religion that usually doesn't generally have that sort of official organization...

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Re: My interpretation of the Gods/Goddesses
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2014, 08:17:07 pm »
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I hang around here, continue to make posts from this standpoint, and haven't been warned or banned for it ...

 
Of course you haven't - in our rules it states what things can lead to a warning or a ban, and posting from that standpoint isn't one of them.

If, for some reason, you are worried about receiving either based on a forum post, you can always check with a staff member through PM.

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Re: My interpretation of the Gods/Goddesses
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2014, 11:35:27 pm »
Quote from: feigi;155191
I don't know if this point was brought up in any other thread but I would like to hear from a more experienced and knowledgeable Asatruar to tell me if this is an acceptable way to view the Gods or is this path not for me. Also, feel free to share your own views on the Gods and how you honor them in daily life. I am eager to learn and get different viewpoints that I may not have thought of before.

Thanks again :)

Welcome! There's actually a related discussion happening in this thread about the nature of the gods. See what you think!

As a general response, in heathenry there's certainly a balance between following your own "beliefs" (aka, "unverified personal gnosis," aka UPG) and attempting to reconstruct historical beliefs / practices. People tend to lean more one way or another, as opposed to perfectly in the middle. As long as you're not trying to present your own ideas as historical fact, you should be fine! :)
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