You know, several times recently I’ve noticed reference to the Goddess in posts by pagans on questions relating to religious concepts. I’m vaguely aware of the pagan conceptualization of the overarching reality that either is or underlies nature as being representable by both the male and female principle, personified as the God and Goddess, and also I realize that people’s understanding of this is going to vary all over the lot. (Hey, I’m a Christian – ask ten of us about the Trinity and the nature of God, and you’ll get 22.5 different answers! ;))
But I was wondering if sincere pagans, Wiccans, and the like, could speak frankly about the intellectual and emotional investment they have in the God/Goddess concept. I mean, for me God is a quite real and meaningful Personal Entity Who makes His love for me and for all mankind known to me, and Who guides my actions (so far as I’ll let him; I can be quite deaf to Him sometimes!). Does this sort of personal-relationship sense come through for you pagans in your beliefs? Do you see Them as “real people”? Are they symbolic abstractions invested with mythopoeic meaning to you? Does the concept I’ve run into that they’re two different manifestations of an underlying reality have any validity for you?
I’ll appreciate the information, and promise to the extent possible not to turn it into a “My god’s bigger than your god” sort of debate. (I do reserve the right, in behalf of me and other monotheists who may participate, to explain something that we feel or believe, with the idea of doing a compare/contrast to what you do, not as an attempt to overtly witness.)