What are the gods?

One of the most basic and most baffling questions of our path must certainly be what exactly are the gods?  It’s a question I grapple with on a nearly daily basis.

There’s the camp of people who simply believe that the gods are 100 percent separate from ourselves and have independent existence. How else could we experience their hands in our lives if that were not the case?  If we admit that the gods work actions in our lives then they must be their own entities. I accept this train of thought up to a point. I have seen firsthand how the gods work in our lives. If they were not entities outside of ourselves how could we explain so many different phenomena?  Chance?  Fate?  Coincidence?  None of those answers are completely fulfilling to me. I believe there must be an entity outside of myself making certain events occur. Maybe that makes me naive or just plain simple minded. But my experiences in this multiverse leads me to this belief.


There’s another part of me that believes that the gods are merely archetypes of our own psyche. This belief contends that humans are just too multidimensional of creatures to be explained simply. That we are fully capable of creating pantheons to simply explain our human experiences. Nothing outside of ourselves. Simply a way of explaining and experiencing the human condition through our own imagination

I vacillate between these two very different ways of viewing our gods.  I believe both versions have validity.  I believe neither is totally wrong.  Or totally correct.  So I’m definitely of two minds on this issue.  Makes me a bit crazy sometimes.  But I feel it gives me a deeper experience of the gods.  What are the gods?  Maybe I’ll never have a completely satisfactory answer for that question.  But it’s a rewarding journey trying to figure it out!


Author: vitkimusings

A fifty-something Vitki living in the suburbs of Chicago. Follower of the Nordic Path for the last fifteen years. Student of runes for the last 23 years and seidr for the last seven years. Always learning and growing!

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