How to Find Your God and Goddess
Finding a Pantheon
Often when people come to a path of paganism, be it Wicca or some other form of paganism, they immediately want to know who they should follow as their god and goddess. This is a question that doesn't have to be answered right away, as sometimes it takes time for the person to make a connection with a specific set of Gods or a "pantheon" (which is a particular culture's set of Gods, for example the Greek gods).
However, for those who are adamant to get an answer to this question, you will find different ways of discovering your pantheon below. Keep in mind that everyone's connection to deity will be unique and sometimes not even make sense. This is all a part of the process and should be enjoyed anyway.
What Are You Drawn To?
The first thing I ask someone when they want to know how to find their god and goddess is what culture or ancient culture are you drawn to? As a child were you interested in Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, maybe you were drawn to the history of India? China? Perhaps you had an affinity for the ancient Celtic tribes.
If you can answer this question, then I would tell you to look further into this culture's pantheon and go from there. Often we are drawn to an ancient culture or country because we have lived past lives there, or our ancestors might have been from there. Whatever the reason why we are drawn to it, this might indicate you should be researching and connecting with the pantheon of this people.
Who Were Your Ancestors?
The next thing I ask a person who's looking for their god and goddess is who were your ancestors? If you know for sure that your ancestors were from Nigeria, then I usually suggest to look up the different deities (gods) originating in Nigeria. To delve into your ancestors' beliefs and gods can be enlightening and can also help you find your god and goddess. This is just one example. If you know your ancestors were Irish or British, perhaps looking at the various Celtic gods from those countries in ancient times will help you find your god and goddess.
Some people answer this question with, I don't know who my ancestors were. If you aren't sure, ask a relative. You can start by asking the oldest person in your family - be it a grandparent, great aunt, or even your parents. They may know at least a general idea of where your ancestors come from. Even if they don't know exactly and you get an answer like "I don't know, somewhere in Europe. I think Germany." This is a great place to start. You can look into the Germanic gods and goddesses and also the Gallic gods and goddesses.
If you know literally nothing of your ancestors and heritage, and you have a little money to spend or a birthday coming up, ask or buy a DNA kit. Ancestry and My23.com both offer relatively inexpensive DNA tests that will tell you your ethnicity. Take the results and apply them to this question. Now you have an idea who your ancestors were or at least where they were from and you can look into those gods and goddesses. This also helps for people who were adopted and know nothing about their biological parents and family.
Don't box yourself into one pantheon just because you've heard it's the best. Search for your own truths and make your own path.— Nicole Canfield
Recurring Symbols and Patterns
When you come to a pagan path and want to know who your god and goddess are, often the signs are right in front of you. You just night not see them. Start paying attention to any recurring symbols or signs around you.
For instance, maybe you're seeing an overabundance of crows or ravens in your yard or different places you go. This might indicate a specific god or goddess is trying to get your attention. For instance, the crow is directly associated with the Irish Celtic goddess The Morrigan. Ravens are associated with the Celtic god Bran and the Germanic god Odin. Maybe you're seeing the Egyptian Sphinx everywhere - now is the time to look into the symbolism of the Sphinx and perhaps the Egyptian pantheon of gods and goddesses.
The Divine and the gods will use whatever method necessary to get your attention, as most of the time we are not paying any attention to our surroundings. This is about learning to be observant and noticing things that most people don't notice. This is all a part of walking the path of paganism and an alternative spiritual path. You will begin to see how your spiritual path is very real and very tangible.
Is It Okay to Mix Pantheons?
Some people say they have a god and a goddess from different pantheons coming to them. They may wonder if this is okay and whether or not this would make the gods angry. Truly the answer is really in what you believe and is totally up to you to decide. However, if you ask my opinion, I believe the Divine (the gods) don't care who you work with, as long as you are showing each of them reverence and honor.
If you are working with Bastet from the Egyptian pantheon and want to also work with Odin from the Germanic pantheon, I don't see anything wrong with this. If you feel uncomfortable with it, perhaps separating their altars or working with them separately is the best way to go. For instance, don't do a ritual honoring them both at the same time but split the ritual up in two nights. Don't give them the same offerings, but provide them with offerings they would each individually approve of.
On a separate note, if you have two gods from the same pantheon that bump heads, it's probably best to also keep them separate, even if they are from the same pantheon. For instance, Osiris and Set are both Egyptian gods; however, if you research their history/mythology you will find that Set killed Osiris and threw the pieces of his body into the Nile River. So it might be wise to keep their altars and workings completely separate.
© 2017 Nicole Canfield