Are we our own gods?
I received following question:
Do you believe we are our own gods? And if so why? If we are our own gods then why do we need Set, or a mask of Set, or any other Deity
for that matter?
The question is easy, did the gods create men, or vice versa.
My very personal view, as a spiritual atheist, is the last. At least in so far, that we name them, attribute them with powers, characters and more.
I do believe there is energy in the universe, that maybe is the origin of all that exists, but I think this is not a personal god, or even any god we can imagine. In the mythology of On (Heliopolis), it state that all came forth from an original ocean, called Nun. We could ask ourselves if this can be seen, as a vast energy, from where all developed?
Without Nun, nothing would have come to be, at least, if we follow the creation myth of On. For me this original water or ocean is the Abyss, which is so many times named in occult works and from where all comes forth.
From Nun, one god came forth, namely Atum, who further gave life to other gods, which in the end gave birth to Sutekh.
If Sutekh is a god or archetype is a personal question and answer, factually we can ask where the difference is, as Carl Gustav Jung said about the psychoid archetypes, that they don't exist, but are true beings. Ok, that is maybe difficult to grasp in the start, but what Jung means, is that the psychoid archetypes don't really exist, but men have created them from energy, named them, gave them power, characters and all, what we could expect from a god outside monotheism, and as such they do exist.
Basically we can state, that men used energy, formed it and then accepted these forms to stand above them as gods. For sure, these beings are powerful, due to the millennia of devotion and prayers that were aimed to them, and empowered them even more. Energy, that we can use in rites or meditation, to project our own thoughts and desires to, and let them come to be. One can state that we then need no outside forms, but directly use the energy. I do agree with that, but it’s difficult to aim towards an energy that has no shape, even if we see it in everything that exists. As such the forms we know as gods are a great help, to aim our workings and open doors to higher levels for us.
As Sutekh is so old, it is a fact that he is a powerful being / archetype and that he factually came to life, to become the being we expected him to be. This explains the many forms people seem to find in him, as all of us, recognize something of ourselves in Sutekh, and this attracts us to him, just to discover, that we need to work on our own being, to overcome our limitations and grow, through him, whose name we have accepted, as part of ourselves.
Even if I consider myself to be a spiritual atheist, I have a small shrine to Sutekh in my house, where I burn candles, incense & offer food and wine. For someone who doesn’t know me, they probably would think I am a Dark Pagan or Satanist.
Personally I have no problems with Theistic or Deistic people, let every one their own view and what we share in common, let it be our mutual path.
For I am not a master or teacher, just one who is searching through life & wants to share his views with others, so we may all learn in return.