How to Find Your God and Goddess

Updated on March 8, 2017
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Kitty has been following an alternative spiritual path for seventeen years. She encourages others to follow their souls' calling.

Finding your pagan god and goddess isn't as hard as it may seem.
Finding your pagan god and goddess isn't as hard as it may seem. | Source

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.

If you feel drawn to Celtic culture, look at their gods and goddesses.
If you feel drawn to Celtic culture, look at their gods and goddesses. | Source

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
Do you have Egyptian ancestors? Time to look into your heritage.
Do you have Egyptian ancestors? Time to look into your heritage. | Source

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.

The Greek God pantheon has dozens of gods and goddesses just waiting to get to know you!
The Greek God pantheon has dozens of gods and goddesses just waiting to get to know you! | Source

Questions & Answers

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    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      5 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi Steve,I though you should re-read the whole article again. In summary, it says you chose a god/goddess and follow him/her. Which path are you looking at?

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      5 weeks ago from Summerland

      Steve - Often the gods of your ancestors will come through to you easier than those from others. But, that being said, many people follow gods from other cultures.

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      Steve Mosher III 

      5 weeks ago

      My ancesters origionate from scandanavia but i have never felt drawn to their pantheon even after reading several books but have always had a strong infatuation with the greek gods.. Does my ancestry directly affect which gods or goddesses will choose me?

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      Steve Mosher III 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a nordic ancestry originating in scandanavia but i dont and never have felt truly drawn to their pantheon. I have always been completely fascinated with the greek gods.. Does my ancestry directly affect which gods/goddesses will choose me?

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      2 months ago from Summerland

      Brittany787 - Yes! Absolutely!

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      Brittany787 

      2 months ago

      For at least a year I’ve been having dreams of huge strong waves multiple times a week and I didn’t know what to make of them. I’ve wanted to choose a God or Goddess lately and didn’t know who to choose. I’ve wanted to choose Poseidon but felt like I needed reasoning for it and reading this article it finally clicked that maybe that’s why I’ve been having these dreams. Honestly they scared me a little but last night I had a dream of swimming in the clearest and calmest water in Greece. Maybe he’s choosing me.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      3 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi Cassidy, I realize the reasoning of the article is: find your path-way, find a god and follow him/her.

      It is up to you alone to make up your mind.

      If the Roman God is God indeed, follow. This is what the article teaches.

      But beware! A spell is destructive. What is the purpose of the spell ingredient?

      Thank you and enjoy the day.

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      Cassidy R Namid 

      4 months ago

      hi :) I had a dream of Diana giving me a spell ingredient, does this mean I follow the Roman God's Goddess's?

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      4 months ago from Summerland

      Ana - Comment anytime! Yes, it sounds like you are being called by Dionysus. Very cool!

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      Ana Winchester 

      4 months ago

      Hi! I know this post is from a while ago, but it's just becoming relevant for me. I believe I'm being contacted by Dionysus, but I'm not entirely sure. Three things associated with him have always been present in my life, though only now when I stumbled across the name and something clicked within my head do I realise it. First off, I have always loved and been surrounded by tigers which I believe is one of the animals depicted with him (my first stuffed animal was a tiger, and I have found my way to several more since then). Magpies too, the only way I can describe it is that I'm never looking for them but they're always there, in my vision or on the edge of it. The last thing is the grape vine. We have one in our garden, but only in the last couple of years have I truly noticed it if that makes sense. I suddenly find myself drawn to it. I watch the grapes and how they grow and change colour and, at one point when my Mom suggested cutting it back I found myself oddly protective. I knew she wouldn't be killing it, just taming it, but still. I don't know why, but I didn't want anyone to touch it. Could this be what/who I think it is? How do I tell? The more I think on it, I have always been drawn to the greek gods. That and the norse gods, but that's another conversation for another day. I hope this is okay for me to comment, thanks!

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      Nicole Canfield 

      5 months ago from Summerland

      Patrick - Yes, I would believe so!

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      Patrick Grimm 

      5 months ago

      I feel drawn towards the Greek/Roman pantheon, and sometimes I find money on the ground heck, today I found 8 pennies. So is that a sign of say Tyche/Fortuna?

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      15 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi Nicole Canfield, I do not use the wrong, neither has it crossed my mind to use it in my comment.

      You are inferring that.

      All the point you raised in the story, I cherished right from my childhood.

      My people has a thunder and lighting god, called finibeso. He was a human being. He killed his sister. and steps to arrested him, he vanished into lighting and appeared at a neighborhood.

      He remained there for a long time until the death of all that seek his life.

      When he returned, he was venerated as a god, a mere human being because he has magical powers.

      Yesterday, I was reading a book that covers all the gods you named in the story.

      Thunder gods were in Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, Persia and in all culture. Sun gods too in the places mention above. Are they differing sun gods? I think not.

      In Egypt which you mentioned , Atom tried to reconciled the differ sun gods and so on to a worshiping of one god.

      What is your take on this?

      Thank you.

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      15 months ago from Summerland

      Miebakagh57 - Because you are saying my path is "wrong". I've never said that about yours.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      15 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi Nicole Canfield, I don't. really mind if you are "accepting all path."

      Then why say I "go elsewhere"? instead of welcome, though I do not conform to your path?

      It's just a piece of comment on readership.

      Not all agreed to my stories. I still inter react with them.

      Thank you for your understanding.

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      15 months ago from Summerland

      Miebakagh57 - I am accepting of all paths, and I ask, respectively, that you respect mine as well. Otherwise, please go elsewhere.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      15 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      I am a Christian. My God the creator of man, animals, birds and so on is omnipresent.

      I feels him daily.

      All other gods or goddess are the creation of human mind and are no god. They a deceivetive tool birthed by man, and the devil has capitulated on these.

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      15 months ago from Summerland

      xShavers - Yes to the crows being your spirit animal. To answer your god/goddess question, did you read the article? Everything in this article is everything I tell people when they ask me that question.

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      xShavers 

      15 months ago

      Very new to this path starting to be interested in choosing a god and goddess I do feel like I am always seeing crows/ravens throughout my days and they are always catching my attention I believe that this could possibly be my spirit animal but interestingly birds are what I fear most which might be why I am always noticing them. What are your thoughts on this? Also where would you recommend I start my search in choosing my male/female gods?

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      16 months ago from Summerland

      Heidi - Let me know if you choose to do the DNA! Thanks for reading and commenting, as always :)

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      Heidi Thorne 

      16 months ago from Chicago Area

      Though I'm pretty sure what my ancestry is, one of those tests might be interesting since I'm fascinated by multiple cultures. I'm going to start watching for recurring images and themes. Thanks for some more great insight. Blessings!

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