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Searching for ...i dont know what im searching for
« on: September 25, 2011, 11:13:35 pm »
I chose paganism about 3 years ago, before that I had just left being a christian and kind of floated or wandered around feeling out just what else was out there...
Now I find myself wandering still as I have felt called or pulled toward deities from 3 different cultures....one being Ancient Egypt: Anubis and Isis
another being Norse: Thor
and the last being Ancient Greek: Athena

I do not need to meditate in order too know these deities are there, they simply make themselves known as they wish.

My question i guess is, if there is any one path that encompasses these beliefs?

I'm still learning and feeling my way around a lot so I will probably have a lot more questions.

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Re: Searching for ...i dont know what im searching for...
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2011, 01:10:36 am »
Quote from: LeaLynne;22260
I chose paganism about 3 years ago, before that I had just left being a christian and kind of floated or wandered around feeling out just what else was out there...
Now I find myself wandering still as I have felt called or pulled toward deities from 3 different cultures....one being Ancient Egypt: Anubis and Isis
another being Norse: Thor
and the last being Ancient Greek: Athena

I do not need to meditate in order too know these deities are there, they simply make themselves known as they wish.

My question i guess is, if there is any one path that encompasses these beliefs?

I'm still learning and feeling my way around a lot so I will probably have a lot more questions.

For Athene, Isis, & Anubis, you can look up Graeco-Egyptian religion, where the two cultures were syncretised. As for fitting Thorr into the picture - nothing says you can't pursue a Norse/Heathen path separately of your Egyptian/Hellenic one. The great thing about most pagan religions is that they're rarely exclusive.

ETA: I can't recall for sure, but I think that some Germanic deities were syncretised with Roman/Greek ones. I don't know if they were actively worshipped, although I do remember that Tacitus equated Germanic gods with the Roman ones; Odin as Mercurius, Thorr as Jupiter, etc. So it wouldn't be impossible to work Germanic deities into a Graeco-Roman framework.
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Re: Searching for ...i dont know what im searching for...
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2011, 07:35:07 am »
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I chose paganism about 3 years ago, before that I had just left being a christian and kind of floated or wandered around feeling out just what else was out there...
Now I find myself wandering still as I have felt called or pulled toward deities from 3 different cultures....one being Ancient Egypt: Anubis and Isis
another being Norse: Thor
and the last being Ancient Greek: Athena

I do not need to meditate in order too know these deities are there, they simply make themselves known as they wish.

My question i guess is, if there is any one path that encompasses these beliefs?

I'm still learning and feeling my way around a lot so I will probably have a lot more questions.

 
Well, you don't HAVE to go historical - a lot of people do, but that doesn't mean it's a requirement.  You KNOW Who's bugging you.  I'd start with that and figure out what it is They want from you and what it is you have to give.

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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2011, 02:28:03 pm »
thanks to both answers, I will be looking into the Graeco-Egyptian religion.

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Re: Searching for ...i dont know what im searching for...
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2011, 08:58:33 pm »
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I chose paganism about 3 years ago, before that I had just left being a christian and kind of floated or wandered around feeling out just what else was out there...
Now I find myself wandering still as I have felt called or pulled toward deities from 3 different cultures....one being Ancient Egypt: Anubis and Isis
another being Norse: Thor
and the last being Ancient Greek: Athena

I do not need to meditate in order too know these deities are there, they simply make themselves known as they wish.

My question i guess is, if there is any one path that encompasses these beliefs?

I'm still learning and feeling my way around a lot so I will probably have a lot more questions.

 
As Mata said, there is nothing wrong with worshipping dieties from different cultures. And you don't have to follow a specific, cut-and-dry path or tradition. Everyone's journey is different, and sometimes it is easier to just have a patchwork of themes, ideas, or rituals. I don't really know of any paths that are based on these beliefs, or at least not any well-known ones.
I, personally, just go with whatever feels right. I worship many Egyptian dieties, as well as a number of others. But I also celebrate the Celtic-based (I believe... my have my facts mixed up. It's been a long day.) Wheel of the Year. I just utilize and work with whatever feels right for me. Going with your intuition is always the best road, in my opinion.
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2011, 11:59:23 pm »
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As Mata said, there is nothing wrong with worshipping dieties from different cultures. And you don't have to follow a specific, cut-and-dry path or tradition. Everyone's journey is different, and sometimes it is easier to just have a patchwork of themes, ideas, or rituals. I don't really know of any paths that are based on these beliefs, or at least not any well-known ones.
I, personally, just go with whatever feels right. I worship many Egyptian dieties, as well as a number of others. But I also celebrate the Celtic-based (I believe... my have my facts mixed up. It's been a long day.) Wheel of the Year. I just utilize and work with whatever feels right for me. Going with your intuition is always the best road, in my opinion.

Thank you, that actually sounds exactly like what I liked most about paganism in the beginning, I was encouraged to think and to listen to what felt best....sounds like I just need to get back to basics...

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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2011, 10:02:05 am »
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Thank you, that actually sounds exactly like what I liked most about paganism in the beginning, I was encouraged to think and to listen to what felt best....sounds like I just need to get back to basics...

 
Perhaps. =) that's why I chose paganism as well, because there is no forced mold that you have to fit in. It may seem overwhelming at first, but eventually you will probably get to a point where it all comes so natural, even if you are worshipping dieties from different cultures or using rituals and stuff from fifty different traditions. =) The Cauldron is a great place to ask questions and find information. =)
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2011, 07:02:31 pm »
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Now I find myself wandering still as I have felt called or pulled toward deities from 3 different cultures....one being Ancient Egypt: Anubis and Isis
another being Norse: Thor
and the last being Ancient Greek: Athena



My question i guess is, if there is any one path that encompasses these beliefs?

I'm still learning and feeling my way around a lot so I will probably have a lot more questions.

 

My question is why do you have to choose? Why can't you honor all of them? Isn't that the joy of being a Pagan or am I way off?
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2011, 09:08:07 pm »
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My question is why do you have to choose? Why can't you honor all of them? Isn't that the joy of being a Pagan or am I way off?

 
No you're not off...i don't think....i just over think things way too much....something I've been told on multiple occasions is both a good thing and a bad thing....in faith it means i doubt things a lot...but in everyday life and work it means I fulfill my job to the infinite degree....I just need to keep the over thinking under control...

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« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2011, 09:24:24 am »
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My question is why do you have to choose? Why can't you honor all of them? Isn't that the joy of being a Pagan or am I way off?


You're not way off.  Some people choose to create their own structure; others want to start from an existing structure.  It all depends on the individual.
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« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2011, 02:22:34 pm »
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You're not way off.  Some people choose to create their own structure; others want to start from an existing structure.  It all depends on the individual.

 
okay, cool, because I haven't stuck to one pantheon as of yet as each deity has so many different things to bring to the table. I suppose that's my structure. lol
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