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    Are the gods real? Look in the mirror, there you'll find your god and goddess (depending if you're male and female), also since everyone has male and female energy you are your god and goddess in the person of you. We are not the main God but we are all gods. Were the gods human? Yes, the gods we read about or the most popular gods, some were humans that achieved a level of fame. Think of people like Elvis or John Lennon, they are almost deified by some people. If they were born many moons ago they would be gods. Celebrities and the like can be consider as achieving a certain level of god-like status within our culture but the ones people really remember are the gods that will be worshipped for a long long time. In Ceremonial magick it is believed that a person can become a living god while on earth. I suppose it just depends on how you look at these things. Names giving to energy? We are all energy, we all have names, so yes that is part of it. We humans like to name things, codify things if we can, so I'm sure that is part of it as well. We give things names so that we can attain it or use it again as we did before. These are just my opinions, I hope you enjoyed them.
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    I very much agree with what has been said already. As for what a god/goddess is/are there are so many answers to that I personally think the only truth of the divine is that there is no absolute truths. It's like the ask 10 witches and you'll get 30 answers lol. You'll have to answer that question for yourself but being able to answer that question requires doing some homework like research and putting what you research into practice. I would like to add a little to Solanaceae's advice about research. Balancing time is highly recommended I feel. The time you spend researching as well as the time you spend on particular topics that you research is important for preventing burnout or boredom. Since there are so many cultures out there past and present each with their own concept of what the divine is, it's just too easy to hinder yourself in finding a system that works for you if you're time isn't managed well. I'd also figure out how much time you wish to spend on reading vs practicing. I think it's extremely important to allow yourself time to practice what you have found interesting to see if its something that could work for you. I actually discovered very unexpected things about my spiritual practices and beliefs because I actually put to practice what I was reading. It was interesting because there were times that what I thought were perfect for me (the idea of it etc) turned out to be oh-so-wrong for me in actuality. Then once you've figured that out, I would then keep the topics on the fewer side at a time. For example- only study celtic deities/culture and perhaps only 1 or two specifics at a time...ie irish and welsh only rather than all celtic cultures/systems all at once! Otherwise You'll end up burning out on it all or misunderstanding/confusing the information. Take it in small to medium chunks and I think you'll do just fine figuring out for yourself what they are to you. Also be patient with yourself...you don't have to know for certain one way or another right now...or ever for that matter.
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    I suppose the conflicting opinions on the nature of deities isn't helped much by what I've come to realize; the divine (especially the deities I work with) don't interact with everyone they choose to have relationships with in the same way. It varies from deity to deity and from person to person. I work with a few deities on a more professional level, and we aren't going to make it a more personal relationship. Others have involved themselves so much that they might as well be another set of parents. If you find that a deity would be interested in working with you in any capacity, I recommend taking them up on their offer. If not, there's still plenty that you can do without their patronage and either way you'll come out of your search with a better understanding of the nature of those kinds of things, and I find that can be a reward in and of itself.
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    No one can really answer that for you. It is going to have to come down to your own personal feelings on the matter. That will be based on your own experiences. Everyone's experience is different. My advise on researching deities is this; don't try to learn about them all at once, that would be overwhelming to say the least. Pick one or two to start with that interest you most. Maybe you even feel called, or someone has reached out to you. Perhaps you feel a pull toward, or have connections to a specific culture or tradition. You could start there. Then, go deep. I would suggest avoiding the new age or modern ideas of deity for the most part. I am not saying none of it has value, but much of it is someones personal imaginings or experiences, and can be very misleading. Delve into the old lore and texts wherever you can, that can tell you an awful lot. For example, if you want to know about the Christian god, read the bible old and new testament, perhaps the book of Enoch and such if you want to even go deeper. If you want to know about Muhammad, start with the Quran. If you want to know about about Krishna, read the Bhagavad Gita, or Brahma, the Vedas. Those would tell you much about Hindu mythology and beliefs as well. Sacred texts would be a great resource, at least a starting point, for studies in nearly any culture, religion, pantheon or system of belief you could want to read about. Here is the link; http://www.sacred-texts.com/world.htm This may sound like a daunting task, but there really is no easy way as far as I am concerned. There is no encyclopedia that condenses all the useful info into one nice, easy to digest package. Some may think that the old texts have no place in the modern world, and the roles of the deities have changed now anyway. Perhaps there is some truth to that, but remember this; whatever anyone believes they are, they are without a doubt ancient and vast, and their roots go far and deep. They do not necessarily care that the world has changed. Who and what one thinks they are of course will vary from person to person, as you said yourself. In my experience and research it also varies from deity to deity, culture to culture, ect., further complicating things. For some cultures for whom ancestor worship is the major practice, certain ancient ancestors have no doubt become gods and goddesses. Some seem to have been something else originally, such as a nature spirit. I personally believe that some could have been powerful thought-forms, fed and maintained over many years until they become independent entities, possibly. Some were very likely human emotions, energy or natural phenomena personified. I do hope I did not just majorly complicate your search. I am sorry, but there really is no simple answer.
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    I just keep reading so much about them, and its hard to wrap myself around exactly who and what they are.
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    I used to work with a Slavic goddess in my pagan days. If you are interested in working with deities, they will offer patronage from what I understand. Some traditional witches work with deities, but from what I understand that is rare. I hope you find what you're looking for.
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    I understand. To me it seems like the Craft is more akin to the realm of feeling or art rather than more left brain subjects in that there is no absolute right or wrong but rather different interpretations of what is sensed. Esoteric knowlege also seems to evolve and change like a living thing or a relationship, maybe. It has been difficult for me, at times, to have no concrete answers. And you're welcome :)
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    Thank you for the reply. This is what makes following my path hard. There is different beliefs and followings for everyone. Makes it hard to know what is real, if that makes sense?
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