In Wicca, do worshipers accept the gods and goddesses of different pantheons?

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In Wicca, is there only a God and Goddess?
Or do worshipers accept the gods and goddesses of different pantheons?
More thorough answers to explain would be nice!

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gaara137

dieties(sp) you mean? there are many gods and goddesses in wicca

Hilary :]

Eclectic Wiccans, like myself, worship many different deities from different cultures.

LabGrrl

Traditionally in Wicca, the term “god and goddess” or “Lord and Lady” refer to specific deities in a pantheon, with the names of the specific deities not shared with outsiders who might approach them with less than appropriate reverence, for example, the way non-Pagans treat the names of Pagan gods in Yahoo Answers.
These deities are usually directly related to the people practicing Wicca in an area, or more broadly to the area. For Wiccans who practice outside of groups, these deities are usually the ones they have a personal relationship with, but it is not uncommon for Wiccans of different areas and groups-even those of the same tradition-to relate to different deities, and see ourselves as priests of quite specific gods.
We generally are truly polytheistic- worshiping parts of a pantheon at a time, depending on the year and place, a sort of modified henotheism that might be hard to understand without a knowledge of the underlying theology.
In short, we are generally polytheistic, but not every ritual is for every god.

Apples

An essential difference in the relationship with deities in Wicca, compared to other religions, is that Wiccans do not worship a deity – instead they build a working relationship and would be more likely to say I “work with” a deity than to say I “worship”. The idea is that it’s a partnership built on mutual respect, not blind devotion.
In covens there will generally be a main God and Goddess who are the patron deities. However, they may call upon the presence of other deities depending on the work they are doing. In an Alexandrian Coven they work primarily with deities of the Egyptian Pantheon but depending on where they live, they may also call upon local deities from time to time.
For Wiccan’s who are solitary, they may work on developing a relationship with a specific deity who they feel called to. This deity could be from any pantheon – Hindu, British, Inca, Mesopotamian.
The relationship built, whether by coven or solitary, will involve lots of research into the history and customs surrounding that deity. This is done in order to approach the deity in the proper, respectful way. One would then do various meditations and pathworkings in order to explore further. Eventually it would be possible to approach the deity for help or guidance, but of course they often want something in return so further devotion or actions may be needed.
Researching deities is a very essential part of working with deities in Wicca. Knowing their history and myths surrounding them is vitally important because invoking two deities who are enemies will have very destructive effects.
In some cases a deity may choose to make an individual their Priest or Priestess. This is both a huge privilege and a great burden. Depending on the deity, they could insist on that only his or her pantheon is used from there on.
This would sum up most of what compromises deities and pantheons of Wicca but it is a very elaborate and interesting aspect – this is only a brief glimpse of it therefore.

Nightwind: Mwa ha ha!

The quick answer is yes.
Soft polythiest Wiccans consider all deities to be facets of two beings, the God and Goddess. Hard polytheist Wiccans accept their gods are two of many (or at least many possibilities), and they might work with additional deities beyond their patrons.
I mention “possibilities” because some of us don’t specifically say we believe in other deities, but we accept their possibility. I’ve only experienced evidence of my gods, so I only specifically believe in them. however, there is no reasons for other gods to reveal themselves to me. My lack of knowledge of them certainly is not proof of non-existence.

Enigma

yes. all pantheons are simply faces of Deity. All these different faces exist because no two people are the same, and therefore no two people view Deity the same. Other gods are simply different faces that others see Deity by.

StarDanser [Santa's baby]

In my experience, Wiccans are generally free to call to any particular deity from any pantheon (unless, for some reason, their path or coven restricts that somehow), but most Wiccans generally have patron deities that call to them, with whom they tend to work with more frequently.
Some Wiccans I’ve met are strictly dualistic and believe that all Goddesses and Gods are simply facets of two supreme deities. I personally find this limiting, and prefer to be more polytheistic and work with the deity I connect to at that time.

Rai A

It’s a deeply personal path.
I’ve seen people attracted to Egyptian/Celtic Pantheons, & others to different combinations.
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Teawitch

Wicca is polytheistic, meaning two or more Deities who are both male and female. Depending on your path will depend on which you worship. I am Celtic/Druid yet I have a Viking Goddess who is with me as well.

MSB

I don’t think the pantheon matters. I believe all Gods and Goddesses are different aspects of the same Higher Power.

ChezleaDawn

In it’s most basic form Wicca is a polytheistic religion whose followers worship a God and Goddess representing certain aspects and attitudes but not personified as such (given names, histories and strict personalities). This is the template but it’s not carved in stone and variations on this idea occur widely among different Wiccan traditions and solitary Wiccans.
Some Wiccans depart from this only slightly by identifying the God as a specific deity and the Goddess as a specific deity (i.e., Zeus & Hera, Morrigan & Cernunnos, and others). The deities remain static and the Wiccan worships only these two. **I don’t claim that these pairings accurately represent mythologically correct pairings of deities from various religions, they’re just examples.
Others might worship entire pantheons, communing with specific deities based on the purpose of their ritual or magical working (if they’re a Wiccan who is also a witch).
Still others lean towards either the God or Goddess as the primary focus of their worship, recognising the other in a slightly more minor role.
These are just examples of the possible approaches to deity in Wicca, typically people start out with the God and Goddess idea and find that their beliefs evolve as deities sort of make themselves known to the individual. There are probably a lot of other ways you could go about organising deities and still be able to classify what you’re practising as Wicca and there is definitely a lot of debate over one or more of the situations I’ve suggested and whether or not it still classifies as Wicca or whether it becomes something else entirely at a point. Either way, one of the great things about Wicca is that it is a very customisable religion (within reason) and no one is forced to worship a particular god or goddess that they don’t feel a connection with.
Before you start picking deities out of mythologies, however, get a good, thorough understanding of what Wicca is and is intended to be. Then, really study the stories of deities you’re interested in and feel a connection with before you start modifying this religion on a whim.

Stephen

yes, it’s more like a visual idea for us, something that will help us “see” our god and goddess.
I know that the way i explained it is kinda sucky but i hope you understand =P

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