The very best thing about my Polytheism, is that it’s mine. I don’t have to pretend like my personal practice is indicative of any universal “right way”. And even in the areas where my Polytheism mingles with others’ Polytheisms, those similarities are only superficial. I may be Hellenic in inclination, and even on the traditional side of Hellenic in my worship practices, but I concluded a long time ago that I was not participating in Hellenismos, as it is commonly known and touted among those more traditionally inclined than I am. My Polytheism has no name, and if it did, I might just call it “open source”, for I am open to all relevant sources.
My Polytheism is flexible. I am spoused to an Olympian, and my ultimate loyalty is to Zeus and Hera. My Territories swear fealty to the High King of Olympos, but there are no commandments (anymore) which prevent me from seeking knowledge or companionship elsewhere. I have Family among the Norse Pantheon, and Friends among the Demonic Pantheon. I freely learn the ways of my people, Dragons from a distant realm. My Polytheism isn’t “pure”, and it never was.
My Polytheism has no boundaries but those I choose to adhere to. I follow the Maxims to the best of my ability, and I follow the Protocols given to me by Apollon, which are always subject to change. I rely on the wisdom of my Treasury Sisters, and others whom I trust and respect, but there is no ultimate authority in my Polytheism, save for the Blessed Gods and my own conscience.
My Polytheism is no one else’s Polytheism. I don’t practice to please the masses, or to impress them, or to wield power over them, in body, mind, or heart. I am a Queen of specific spirits. Humans have nothing to do with my duties. And if I ever again include humans, it will be because I choose to, not because I was compelled by a Higher Power.
My Polytheism is unique, and nonconforming. I follow my true will, wherever it leads, and I embrace my true nature, however it presents. My Polytheism exists everywhere I exist, and only where I exist. It is Immersive, encompassing the whole of my life, and each thought and action within it. It is the mirror of my soul, displayed for all to see, but for no one to hold. None except me.
I am my Polytheism, just as you are yours. And as each of us are unique, so are our ways. As they should be. For within a hundred Polytheists, you’ll find a hundred Polytheisms. One for every individual. When you know this deep within, others’ Polytheisms, no matter how foreign or similar, will posses no power to intimidate, or to dictate your own.
My Polytheism is freedom. What’s yours?