If I were on your side of the screen, I’d be asking myself “What is up with this girl? How do you reconcile polytheistic deities with a monotheistic mindset?”. I believe the phrase, you can’t have your cake and eat it too, may be running through your mind. I know it would be on mine if I’d read this three years ago. But since my mindset shift, it seems easy to me. What we would consider Gods or deities in the classic sense, are not. I don’t believe the pre-Christian Irish and Celts viewed God within the same scope that I view God. To them, Gods were territorial, ancestral, and specialized. For me, that just isn’t God. But that makes these beings no less real or powerful.
The sad fact of the matter is we don’t have any written works from pre-Christianized Ireland. Every scrap we have on the Irish deities has to be sifted and sorted from medieval writings of Christian authors, and distilled into what we believe is the core Irish story. And I realized that my modern notion of God isn’t to be found in those writings. We find glimpses of the eternal God in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism, but even then God is forced into a mold (divine child, savior,avatar) to be more easily understood by men. But with these, even though you see the incarnations, in the divine form, you see an eternally divine being. But with much of Celtic and Western Europe, you don’t have that so much. Yes, you have god-kings and tribal heads, but not in the eternal. There’s many instances of Gods dying and being reborn, but that doesn’t make them Gods.
Celtic deities, for the most part, don’t seem to have incarnations or avatars. You may argue that the Morrigu manifests as three seperate goddesses, or that Taliesin is an incarnation of Gwion Bach. This, to me, doesn’t seem the same as deific incarnations. But even though its not blatantly there, I do believe you do glimpse the eternal, because how else are these beings going to keep coming back to life? God is the physics that holds it all together.
But where does that leave us with the Irish Gods? Should they be relegated to mere servants, like Christian angels? I think if one were to try that within a crafting framework, that person would be in for a nasty surprise. Because God is not the only powerful spiritual being that exists, we as humans tend to be powerful spiritual beings when we train ourselves to be. We have a hierarchy in our society, why shouldn’t the spiritual beings as well? We see instances of this hierarchy in pre-Islamic Arabia, such as the jinn, and in Hinduism and Buddhism. Humankind has people of different levels, so why would that not be paralleled in the spiritual realms (personally, I refer to the spiritual realms as the Mythic Realm, but more on that later)? And when I speak of human hierarchy, I’m not talking social hierarchy, but the unique hard-wiring of every individual person. I believe the Irish Gods to be manifestations of an unique soul that is predisposed to be a certain way and representative of a certain thing.
I’m one to shy away from some of the more modern pagan terms, but I do feel that the term “Lord and Lady”, or even “King and Queen”, apply here. These beings are the rulers of their cosmos, which overlaps our cosmos, and should be treated as such. But these beings still have limitations and must work within the physics of their realm. And if we accept this hierarchy, that culminates with a Godhead that has no true humanized traits, it is easier for us to interact with the Tuath (the Irish Gods) and the Sidhe (spiritual beings).