Disclaimer: I treat my personal theology as more of a hypothesis than a firm set of beliefs, at least for the moment (thus my agnosticism).
On the Nature of God
I think that there is one Supreme Being, with omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, etcetera, but which has little in the way of agency or personal interaction. Often times I think of this Supreme Being in very abstract terms, describing It as more of a Force.
From this Supreme Being, all life emanates, including gods and men. We beings are both separate from the Supreme Being yet also conduits of the Supreme Being’s essence and immanence.
The gods are immortal spirits which are wiser and more powerful than us. They are wonderful and worth worshiping for the sake of love alone, but they also act as spiritual guides, whether directly or indirectly, and provide a means towards greater “enlightenment” (this is a somewhat loaded term for me; while I don’t necessarily believe in true enlightenment/nirvana, I think that spiritual growth is important and part of the gods’ role).
I’d love to believe something specific about the afterlife, but I don’t. Since I see many of my parents’ traits in myself, I have a hard time endorsing reincarnation as the afterlife. I believe in ghosts, but I’m also not sure what that entails or if it occurs for everyone. Additionally, my brain is always tempted by the fear that we are simply erased.
For now, the most compatible possibility I can conceive of is this: we are simply absorbed into the Cosmic Energy of the Supreme Being, and that the psychic imprints of ourselves form the basis for ghosts/shades.
Evidently, my theology is very similar to Hinduism and Vodou. That having been said, I consider gods from several polytheistic backgrounds (i.e. Hellenism, Kemetism, Celtic Polytheism, etc.) to be relevant to my developing practice. I like to look at these different traditions and think about how I can incorporate their theological intricacies and lore into my own overarching theology.
Kali, Shiva, Freya, Dionysus, Isis, Ariadne/Cretan Mother Goddess