I was fishing for ideas for the second letter-D post when my partner suggested the concept of Deity as the subject. “What are your thoughts on the godhood of the gods?” he asked.
Good damn question. It’s taken me two weeks to answer.
I don’t know if there’s a god or many gods or no gods. I don’t know if gods are psychological archetypes that we use as windows into the mysteries–or to try to make sense of a nonsensical universe. I don’t know if gods are very real, totally separate individuals who exist whether or not we humans do, let alone whether or not we humans worship them, or if our love and attention feed and fuel them. I don’t know if gods and humans are symbiotic and one cannot survive without the other. I don’t know if humans created gods or if gods created humans or if we evolved together.
Since I don’t know, and I’m pretty sure I can’t know, I’m free to believe whatever makes the most sense to me. I can choose the belief, the framework of Divinity, that jives with me and supports the experiences I’ve had in my life. Ironically, it was Sekhmet, the most individual of all the gods I’d known at that point, Who insisted I drop my attempts at being polytheistic and revert to what felt natural and right to me – which, as I discovered years later, is called monolatry.
I’ve experienced gods as essences, collections of feelings and stories and energies, personal but not people. I’ve experienced gods as individuals, with Their own personalities and agendas. And I experience gods now as both individuals and parts of a greater whole; the Kemetic terms for this are Netjeru, the gods, and Netjer, the whole. Before I knew the word ‘monolatry’ existed and that it was a concept that extended beyond my own patchworked paradigm, I talked to the Universe and hailed it as the spark of divinity that animated and united all living, incarnate things. The Tao is a close approximation of how I feel about the Universe; it is flow, it is the way, it is a state of rightness and harmony. The Kemetic concept of ma’at is similar to the Tao, with a little less “flow” and a little more “rightness.”
I’m not sure what makes the gods godly, but I really do feel that the same spark that animates them animates us as well. To me, the Universal Soul is the force of life, and it’s part of everything that’s alive, whether it’s physical or not. So maybe I’m saying that the godhood of the gods is also the humanity of humans and the catness of cats and the fishness of fish. Same spark, different lamp shade.
Yeah. I think I’m happy with that answer.
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