The gods-without call and the gods-within respond. These are not anthropomorizations. I do not project the Lightbringer onto the sun. The sun is still the sun, an unimaginably large flaming ball of hydrogen a hundred million miles away whose light is filtered through 10 miles of atmosphere. But when I face the sun in the morning and raise my arms and recite an invocation inspired by the Rig Veda, I am speaking to that sun in the sky and to the Sun/Son within me.
Let others say their polytheism is more authentic. Let others say my gods aren’t real enough or distinct enough. Let others say that I’m afraid to answer the call of their gods. Let others say my gods are limited or safe. I know better.
These are my gods. They are real without reification. They are mine, and I am theirs.
I am an archetypal polytheist and a naturalistic animist (and many other things besides). Maybe this don’t make sense to some people. They’ll have to deal with it.
In the meantime, I’ll be communing with my gods.
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