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Old 29-10-2011, 07:28 AM
babycakes
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eclectic goddess spirituality

Is there anyone who includes other deities from other forms of worship and spiritual practice? As an example, perhaps the angels and a goddess, and a saint? Thats an example. Or maybe even some other deities from hindu faith, and buddhist or vodou?
Thanks everyone.
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Old 29-10-2011, 05:36 PM
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I know this is in the Wicca subforum, but I'll answer, even though I am not any stripe of Wiccan. lol.

I don't practice eclectism. But I do have an interest in syncretism, particularly Graeco-Egyptian and Romano-Celtic, even though I haven't really pursued either deeply for now.

Eclectism is a sensitive issue for some pagans, particularly if it's done badly. There's a fine line between a well put together system of religious ideas and deities and having a tangled mass of conflicting ideas. I can dig up a pretty good essay on eclectism if you'd like, it's not mine, but it's a really good one.
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Old 30-10-2011, 03:21 AM
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I subscribe to the idea that all Gods are one God and all Goddesses are one Goddess.

What this means is that a particular Diety, and it's attributes and personality, is just one aspect or side, of the whole. But each Diety is also an individual. It's like the Christian Trinity - The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit, each seperate and different, yet One.

The thing is to do your homework. Learn about the Diety before you invoke him or her.

I mostly lean to the Egyptian pantheon, my three patron goddesses being Selkit, Sekhmet and Bast. But I have incorporated some Greco-Roman Goddeses in a few of my rituals.
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Old 30-10-2011, 07:26 AM
babycakes
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I subscribe to the idea that all Gods are one God and all Goddesses are one Goddess.

What this means is that a particular Diety, and it's attributes and personality, is just one aspect or side, of the whole. But each Diety is also an individual. It's like the Christian Trinity - The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit, each seperate and different, yet One.

The thing is to do your homework. Learn about the Diety before you invoke him or her.

I mostly lean to the Egyptian pantheon, my three patron goddesses being Selkit, Sekhmet and Bast. But I have incorporated some Greco-Roman Goddeses in a few of my rituals.



Thats similar to myself. I adore Aphrodite, I also love Yemanya who has assisted me in many life situations. I also work daily with my angels and some arch angels, but also love pap legba. They are just a few of the deities and spirit helpers I adore being in the presence of. Then we have the fae, with whom I have a connection which they pursued. They were the first to let me know Im not alone.
This is why I am asking. Because Ive come to realise I resinate with many from all sorts of backgrounds. Thankyou for your help and response.
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Old 30-10-2011, 07:29 AM
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I know this is in the Wicca subforum, but I'll answer, even though I am not any stripe of Wiccan. lol.

I don't practice eclectism. But I do have an interest in syncretism, particularly Graeco-Egyptian and Romano-Celtic, even though I haven't really pursued either deeply for now.

Eclectism is a sensitive issue for some pagans, particularly if it's done badly. There's a fine line between a well put together system of religious ideas and deities and having a tangled mass of conflicting ideas. I can dig up a pretty good essay on eclectism if you'd like, it's not mine, but it's a really good one.
I would love an essay on this topic! Thankyou so much for offering. It is an interesting topic I know. And I also know its a sensitive one to many. I mean no offence to anyone by any means. Its simply an intriguing concept but also something i practice without meaning to.
Thanks for your response.
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Old 30-10-2011, 07:57 AM
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OK To Pick Different Beliefs From Varied Belief Systems

It’s OK to pick whatever deities from different belief systems that you want to incorporate into your personal beliefs. Combining beliefs from different belief systems can result in a strong rich nuanced belief system. No individual belief system really gets all of it right, even though some have tidbits of it right, so it is really necessary to use ideas from many belief systems. One can develop their own beliefs that are outside on any belief systems as well.

Don’t be concerned if it meets w/ others’ approval, just focus on if it feels right for you.
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Old 30-10-2011, 08:52 AM
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"I know this is in the Wicca subforum, but I'll answer, even though I am not any stripe of Wiccan. lol."

Me neither, Animus

As to the OP. The idea of multiple deities is a cultural issue. There are two principles of the universe - call them Yin and Yang or Male and Female or whatever you wish. So really having several deities is over-kill as they are all the same. Personally, I deify Mother Earth, believing the planet Earth to be a living organism.
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Old 30-10-2011, 09:30 AM
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Thats beautiful morseman. I have been brought up to believe Mother Nature to be a deity. That she is living and provides our wishes considering our kindness towards her and her life....being all living inhabitants.
Thankyou mattie. what you say is very true about making your spiritual practice your own. not heading to others approval. This is 100% what my spirituality thrives on. The deities swell my heart with love. They all appear to me in one form or another and its then up to me to do my research on them. As i get to know them i love them dearly.
thanks for all your input guys. I also hope it helps others who may be wondering aswell.
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Old 30-10-2011, 07:32 PM
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I would love an essay on this topic! Thankyou so much for offering. It is an interesting topic I know. And I also know its a sensitive one to many. I mean no offence to anyone by any means. Its simply an intriguing concept but also something i practice without meaning to.
Thanks for your response.
Here's the article! http://www.ecauldron.net/eclecticism.php
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Old 30-10-2011, 07:39 PM
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Itís OK to pick whatever deities from different belief systems that you want to incorporate into your personal beliefs. Combining beliefs from different belief systems can result in a strong rich nuanced belief system. No individual belief system really gets all of it right, even though some have tidbits of it right, so it is really necessary to use ideas from many belief systems. One can develop their own beliefs that are outside on any belief systems as well.

Donít be concerned if it meets w/ othersí approval, just focus on if it feels right for you.
I don't know if I agree with the whole "no individual belief system gets it right". But I do agree, a well done form of eclectic/syncretic spirituality can be very rich and personally meaningful - even so, it can be a haphazard mix of conflicting ideas that have no tying together, and are only there because of religious fetishism (thatlookscoolimustbelieveinit syndrome ). The issue of cultural appropriation can be a concern as well if one is interested in aboriginal and first nation religions, so one has to be sensitive and aware of what they're doing.

And of course, no one needs any one's approval, but taking advice from others can help make one's religious practice more fulfilling.
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