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    Mixed beliefs and inner confusion.

    Have you ever felt torn between 2 kinds of worship? Two pantheons of Gods with their own different names and rituals?

    I started off a Wiccan some years ago. I worshiped the Triple Goddess, and she still holds a sacred place in my heart. Later on I began researching and eventually worshiping and making offerings to Greek Gods and Goddesses. I still firmly believe that Aphrodite gave me the passion and strength in my heart to ask out my boyfriend, who I'm still with after 4 years. The Titan Gaia has also offered me wisdom and inspiration, as well as Apollo, Hera, Demeter, Persephone and Artemis.

    So for a while I primarily worshiped these deities, but I /sort of/ remained open to other paths. When ever I made offerings, I made them with all Gods in mind.

    Recently I've taken a interest in Norse Paganism (Heathenism). I have a Norse and Germanic background in my family (but really, my family comes from all over Europe). Anyway, I've actually been familiar with the lore and mythology of Norse Paganism since I was little because of the stories my mom would tell me. But recently something's happened.

    A certain Heathen God pretty much just sprang out of the woodwork and made contact with me. My reaction was pretty much "Oh my goodness, what on Earth is happening and why did you make contact with me?" To which he pretty much told me not to question it. So I figured it wasn't my place wonder why. I left him offerings in return for reaching out to me, since he was the very first God to ever do so.

    But now I feel like I'm at a crossroads. I know a lot of Heathens are very protective of their religion and their customs and I'm very much new to it. And I haven't really "let go" of my Greek deities, nor do I really want to. But the Gods and Goddesses of those religions are completely separate beings.

    ugh, I just don't really know what to do. Has anyone else ever felt like this? Where you have two different sets of deities that you both honor and hold in your heart and you feel like you can't chose? Is it wrong to still honor both?

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    Re: Mixed beliefs and inner confusion.

    I have, and am still, definitely gone through the same exact thing, though I don't worship deities as much because I'm still learning . It's very hard to know whether or not it's right or not, especially when one gets a visit from a certain spirit/God. One such visit lead me to one religion, which I stuck to for a while, but now I'm starting to explore other ones again.
    As I'm currently having the same problem, I can't say whether it's right or wrong. My advice is to ask for help or guidance from your Greek deities, or possibly the God that visited you.

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    Re: Mixed beliefs and inner confusion.

    Being eclectic I haven't felt this. I leave offerings and perform rituals to the Goddess and God, being the Earth and the Earths fauna respectively. But I also leave offerings Athena who is in my pantheon. I have recently been contacted by another diety who I'm starting to believe is Norse. Along with that I've been drawn to Ganesha, a Hindu God.

    Basically, everyone has their own ways. You do not have to go buy the books with how or whom you worship. Do as you wish, if it bothers you then stop. If it feels right, then continue.
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    Re: Mixed beliefs and inner confusion.

    I myself have felt very similar, I have always held the norse gods in high regard, but was never really one to call on them for help. I tend toward wights and spirits for my personal work, and revere the gods because they deserve it. Out of nowhere a goddess from a pantheon I had never really worked with made herself known, I tried to reconcile this in my existing pantheon, but well that didn't go too well. So I do get where you are comming from, and its throwing alot of things off for me. (the whole thing was very recent, and was one of the things that prompted me to join the forum in the first place, never asked the question though.) One thing I have really been trying to do is not let what I do and have always done for my existing gods and pantheon to stop in favor of this new presence. This has resuted in a few extra items in odd places and I had never really had the need for an alter (in the traditional sense) before, having one about is awkward, but I can say that alot of things kind of normal out eventually, as reluctant as I am to adopt the eclectic label, or any label for that matter, it applies now. This is up to you though, how you handle it will have to be your own, remember that this deity chose you for some reason or another, so the way you respond has to be your own.
    Sorry if I wasn't very useful, but it is a thing I am still working out for myself.

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    Re: Mixed beliefs and inner confusion.

    Reflecting back on my experiences, this IS the first deity that has ever reached out to me, who came to me and told me that I needed a change in my life. He is a deity of change and now that he's visited me I feel a new need to improve myself and change myself for the better.

    With my previous deities, they sort of influenced me and gave me inspiration that I drew from what they symbolized and represented. Their lore and stories.

    I feel much more of a grounded, physical connection with this deity.

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    Re: Mixed beliefs and inner confusion.

    Pantheon mixing can go one of three ways.

    1) very, very well.

    2) horrifically bad and I start wondering if you think the Divine is a mall where you're picking out fashionable gods for the year.

    3) soft polytheism.

    Long as you avoid the option in the middle, you should be okay. Just progress with care and respect for (and research into) both traditions.
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    Re: Mixed beliefs and inner confusion.

    Quote Originally Posted by ConsultingTrickster View Post
    Have you ever felt torn between 2 kinds of worship? Two pantheons of Gods with their own different names and rituals?
    Well I view it like this: Do what you like. If you know yourself and know youre genuinely making a sincere effort in your neopaganism no criticism should reasonably matter.

    Id be critically self aware of what youre doing though.

    But believe me with the people you meet in the US anything they accuse you of they are being accused of by the people they claim a sense of kinship with in Europe. Its a fact of life that who and what you are will never be enough for some people. If you like who you are and what you do. Enjoy it and tell the begrudgers to jump in a river.

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    Re: Mixed beliefs and inner confusion.

    Yeahh. I feel like maybe the best thing to do is take a step back, reflect some more, do my research, listen to my heart.

    And THEN, when I'm sure that I'm really ready, I'll make up my mind as to what I what spiritual path to follow.

    Because I don't want to rush into anything. And I most certainly don't want treat the Divine with any disrespect. I want to do what really feels right to me, while honoring and respecting my deities properly.

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    Re: Mixed beliefs and inner confusion.

    You don't necessarily need to choose one over another. Synthesis isn't a bad thing, and if you're a solitary practitioner, then it doesn't matter what other people's opinions are on the matter. It's a decision that is solely between you and your higher powers.

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    Re: Mixed beliefs and inner confusion.

    I think our faith is an every growing, every evolving part of ourselves. It will grow until the day we cease to be in this world.

    It also sounds like you sought out your greek gods. You took favor with them and they you. But this norse God sought out you. I think we can work with many aspects and through many different deities. (personally I think its a collective, each diety is more of a piece of a whole, with holding certain aspects of that whole.) But the very fact you say that the norse God is the first one to ever spring out at you... I think that should be what you let lead your path.

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