Theology Worship

Holistic worship.

There are a number who would say that we should ignore some certain gods, dismissing them with words they presume derogatory, naming them “lunar”, “chthonic”, and otherwise. It has been a prevailing meme in some circles to mock goddesses as feminine, weak, and predominant worship of them a symbol of inferiority. Worse yet, some would call particular gods evil or ‘foreign’ (almost always in extreme ignorance to their authentic nativity), and so to be hated or rejected, with others suggesting the ejection of all of the “lunar” and “chthonic” gods and goddesses from the pantheon to make it “pure”.

It should be self-evident that this is egregious impiety. Deluded by a false, I believe Abrahamic-derived conception of “good” and “evil”, hardcoded with an idea of religion that necessitates there be the forces you favour against those you reject, this ingrained dualism is the source of many of the “pagan right’s” errors and theological excesses.

Religion must be holistic, total, unified, and whole. Religion must reflect the greatest and highest good, the supreme god, Jupiter Caelestis, who is a sublime single union of all things, excluding nothing, nothing without him, nothing beyond him. If we are to make our religion fragmented by having some subset of gods and goddesses dismissed, ignored, discarded, or even despised, we do not bring ourselves closer to that which is good, but rather we distance ourselves by way of reducing our likeness to his goodness.

As Iamblichus says:

He who has not distributed to all [these powers] what is fitting and in accord with the appropriate honour that each is worthy to receive, will depart imperfect and deprived of participation in the Gods. But he who celebrates all these powers and offers to each gifts that are pleasing and honours that are as similar to them as possible, will always remain secure and infallible since he has properly completed, perfect and whole, the receptacle of the divine choir.

And further, he says:

The theurgists know that the omission, even of insignificant things, subverts the entire effect of worship; just as in a musical scale, if one string is broken the whole scale becomes inharmonious and out of tune.

The same sentiment is echoed also by Simplicius:

Just as in the case of a word, if letters are left off or added on the form of the word is lost, so with divine works and words, if anything is left off, or added on, or mixed up, the divine illumination will not take place.

It is necessary that we ignore, reject, rebuff, and contradict those who would promote a segregated and broken religion. Do not underestimate just how essential all of this is: as we have read just now from these most esteemed ancients, error within the cult will mean the total failure of connection with the gods, and will no doubt lead to our enslavement to the daimones.