Oh My Gods How do you define the Divine?

oh bollocks but I’m behind. In all things at the moment, but specifically on several of my blogging aspirations. today I am will try to tackle Magickos Musings February prompt, which is as the title states “Oh My Gods How do you define the Divine?”

Over the years I have had various (all pagan) views on what the Divine is. My oldest and still current feelings is that it is so encompassing that I will never be able to fully understand it let alone explain it. By the way this makes it the third attempt at this post as I truly don’t feel I can explain it, but here we go just the same.

Some basics I don’t care what you call the Divine and as a whole I don’t think the Divine cares either. That said I do not believe that the Divine is only one gender. It does not make sense to my mind that way. I do not believe the Goddesses and Gods are metaphors either. I did for a while think that. I thought the Divine was so large that we broke it down into pieces that we could understand better. There maybe some truth to it but I do not think it is the whole truth.

Given recent events in my life I have to say that the Gods are who they are or are a combination of who they are and who we think they are.  Just like a coven is made up of all the members and so is them but at the same time it is something entirely its own.  Perhaps the Gods are who they are and also made up of our beliefs of them. Or perhaps they are just real.  see I said to explain would be hard. let me share a story.

I am in a circle and one of our members is leading a meditation. It is Imobolc and she asks us to see a road before us.  A crossroads and to pick a direction to travel. Smack in the middle of my crossroads is Brigid and She and I have a conversation.

Several days later I am getting dressed and putting on my makeup.  All of a sudden I see and hear a Goddess talking to me. I have no idea who She is and She did not take the time to let me know. Just gave me instructions and a message to pass on.

Now if you’re a normal person you think ah she is crazy she is hearing voices and seeing people.  To which I would say they were not people, and then this normal person would say delusional. I am very sure that if you looked up my spiritual “symptoms” up you could come up with at least one if not more mental diagnosis. That however is not the point . If you believe that well then I doubt you would be reading this.

So here is the part that strikes me as most interesting.  If the Goddesses that show up to talk to me are ones that I know of but do not actively search out or worship as individuals then why would they show up unless of course they are real or I am crazy as mentioned above. perhaps they knew in the back of my mind I see them some way and they wanted that point to come across but why show up as Brigid then and not anyone else?  Again the only answer I have is because She was Brigid and She could no more show up as some one else then I could.

There is more to this and more implications but it gets more confusing then I can handle at the point.

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  1. This resonates with me very much. Seeing one Goddess and then an unknown other giving instructions has happened to me as well. More often than knowing the deity or other spirit, I am clueless. And really, most of the time I feel it may not be a good thing to know. I get that feeling because there isn’t one form or face teaching me. There are many and none of them wholly embody the totality of what I experience in learning and in being taught. It is as if I have this set of lessons dedicated to my lifespan and various teachers in different forms and ways pick up teaching where another has left off. And the whole of it is really beautiful to me, so I am not apt to pick it apart to identify (even if I could) the different aspects coming and going. Maybe it is a stage and later on I will be more able and ready to identify the forces that I am honored to hear and feel. The divine to me is the individual as well as the totality so perhaps identification will one day come and the present is more about learning. I don’t know.

    I find your last point very interesting. And I can see how it can be very complicated. For example, I heard the name Isis and the word “study” so I did. Then a couple of weeks passed and I woke with another name in my mind and on my tongue. I didn’t even know it was a word until I looked it up. It was Urthekau. I came to find out (have not confirmed) that this is more of a title and that Isis had been given this at some point as well as other Goddesses.

    This idea of a title and perhaps skills or knowledge being shared by many deities when they take on the role that is meant by the title could explain why there are so many different faces and forms I experience. Urthekau is Egyptian, but could this concept travel and be inclusive of other pantheons? They appear as themselves because they are themselves, but in one function they are one.

    Sorry to be so wordy. This is something I have been thinking about too and it is hard to get down on paper. 😀

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