Any polytheists in the house?
Well, I'm writing this because I just read JMG's A World Full of Gods and found it very intriguing, one of those books that you happen on that just happens to mean something to you at a certain time in your spiritual or intellectual journey. So I have a few questions! I was hoping this would be a place where other polytheists might happen to be and so I wanted to just post this here.
For a polytheist, what explains where your god/the gods come from? For example in a cyclical cycle of time, is there a set of gods that remain throughout multiple cycles or are gods also subject to the creation/destruction? How long do they live? How did they get to be gods? As opposed to, like, people. I know there might be many different explanations like, for example, ancestor spirits, but I was wondering what some other answers might be.
Also ... how do you go about meeting a god? This isn't a silly question. The book really struck a chord with me and my husband and I were able to identify with the nature/wonder/god thing he describes. (I'm going off of very little sleep now so I hope I'm not too hard to understand.) We thought, you know, do you find a place on the earth that's important to you and find that it's a god? You know, a symbol of an actual god. Or do you read myths and hope something sounds good? Or do you "pray?" I say that like that because I was a very devout Christian for a long time and that path no longer has any real meaning to me ... talking to something inside your head, feels like just that. And also -- I was taught that any kind of meditation or openness to anything in your head opened you up to demonic possession! Ack! So that would be hard to overcome that idea for me.
I guess maybe the book seems good because it kind of provides this answer that, hey, maybe I can have a god involved in my life. It has seemed like something that's been missing in a small way. I've been resigned to agnosticism for a while, but am hoping to find something a little more in line with what I think I want to believe. Mostly I just find that I find complete satisfaction in my relationship with my husband and I think that was mentioned as one of the ways you can find a god?
Anyway, that was quite a ramble, but I hope someone here has some info that could be helpful!