I'm curious as to whether many people here have created their own pantheon, by this I mean that rather than picking deities from existing religious traditions, you've instead built your own?
For example you notice a particular kind of phenomena, force or energy which is highly influential in your life, but you cant seem to find, or don't find appealing any existing deities which cover it, and so after meditating on the qualities of that phenomena/force/whatsit, you give it character and develop it into a deity with associated imagery, myth and even rites.
Anybody tried anything like that?
Those deity names have more than a little sexual innuendo don't you think. Probably helped sell the book.
Indeed, that was the intention. Screw was the aspect of the God you'd call on if you want to get laid, and as a sacrifice the Witch is supposed to hand out condoms to people.
It was one of the dumbest books I've ever read.
I've been curious myself. I've been wanting to make up a Goddess for an issue unique to modern folks like, computer problems. The ancients didn't have to deal with computer, so there aren't any computer gods. Then create a mythology for the made up Goddess, create prayers and honor her, and see if it works. My theory is that Gods were created by humans any way. But I'm kinda torn. I don't know if it's the mass amounts of human belief that gives a god power, or if the belief of one person is enough.
You should give it a try and let me know if it works. I'm curious.
If its going to be your personal pantheon, for issues relavant to your personal experiences, then there seems no reason why not. People using established deities don't always agree on the attributes for that deity, so in effect they are already giving a personal take that has relevance to them.
I know of pagans who have created a name for what they believe is a goddess who combines many different attributes of other goddesses reflected throughout different cultures. They don't feel that they've created the goddess, just the name that helps them communicate with her. But others feel they've 'invented' this goddess to suit the needs of their particular outlook. The group in question don't care either way - it works for them.
I think I understand what you're saying Micky-P...We are still developing as a species (?) arent we..so doesnt that mean that our minds are developing as well? Archetypes are considered to follow certain patterns of belief..if our beliefs change as we advance, can we not form new dieties, or maybe even just a new understanding of why we believe the way we do....this is a really cool subject, my witches hat off to you..
I personally do not think this would work because I do not believe that Deities can just be created and have them then be distinct and real. A Deity to me is not just a gathering of energy but a distinct person (I can't just think up a new brother or best friend, they would still be imaginary). I think many Gods and Goddesses in many different cultures are already made up by the culture they were worshiped in (or are a deity that has contacted more than one people to worship/was called upon). I just think a full deity would be far too much energy for one person to be able to create.