Pagan Blog Projects Weeks 1 and 2
I’m starting a little late on the Pagan Blog Project, I’m sorry to say. I missed last week’s post because I was in the hospital and wasn’t able to write or post something for the first week of the letter A. So this week I’m combining my two posts into one to catch up. Just a reminder that all opinions expressed are my own and usually supported by nothing more than UPG.
First off, some definitions supplied by Wikipedia and paraphrased here:
Apotheosis, also known as deification, is the act/process of someone or something becoming divine.
An avatar, the actual Hindu kind not the movie with the blue people, nor the master of all four elements (although that Avatar is cool too), is a deity incarnated as a human.
So you see how these two go together, one is mortal –> god, while the other is god –> mortal.
In a previous post I described how I believed gods came to be gods; how a non-divine spirit could become divine through the belief and worship of enough mortals. Since I first heard about apotheosis, and the people or whom it is part of their path, I’ve been wondering how it works. In my research some of the to be deified bloggers write about how their particular deity or deities is/are involved in the process, how they will ascend with the help of the god. While this makes sense to me, and I by no means doubt or question their path, I have had such trouble trying to fit this new possibility into my cosmology and my understanding of how the gods gained divinity. The only solution that I have been able to come up with so far has been that the deity or deities who are “sponsoring” the mortal’s ascension will give up some small part of their own divinity/divine power and share it with the mortal in question. My personal path mirrors that of apotheosis, more to do with reclaiming than achieving, so I haven’t managed to wrap my mind around how this would work. Probably it is different for every cases, as most of these things are.
On the opposite end of the spectrum we have avatars, or incarnation. This is something that I have had more personal contact with, those I haven’t yet come across anyone who identifies as an avatar. In my personal worldview it isn’t just gods who can become incarnate as humans, but all spirits who have a desire to. For the most part I have heard of this in the Otherworld and it seems to be on the same level as a spirit that was previously a human reincarnating as a human, there is no major shift, and the spirit now being incarnated as human does not undergo any major changes and the human life is not exceptionally remarkable, for instance just because the spirit was previously a lake spirit it doesn’t mean the human incarnation can breath underwater or has any more connection to that lake in particular or water in general than one may have from one human life to the next.
This is not so much what I am interested in. I’ve heard tell in the Otherworlds, from the spirits and gods I work with a serve that when a deity or a particular kind of spirit is forgotten, which is essentially killing them, they continue to exist in a fragmented form, and that it is possible for one or more of those fragments to become lodged in a human body. That fragment would then continue to live human life after human life, gathering information and strength until enough of the other fragments are assembled again and this fragment can rejoin it’s fellows and perhaps become some aspect of the original spirit again. Since I heard of this phenomenon I have been wondering how this relates to the idea of the avatar. Is this similar to a god in human form? Surely the god who is becoming human has a choice, does this spirit fragment?
These are just things that I’ve been wondering about for some time, and I thought, since they fit the theme I would share them. I’d love to hear people’s opinions on these.