My Personal Pantheon

(Note: This page is incomplete, under construction, and still being organized/arranged!)

My Primary Hellenic Goddesses and Gods:

(The following 18 deities were the primary Greek goddesses and gods that inspired my childhood love of mythology.  They have been the major focus of my devotional work and personal practice for the last 15 years . . . 30 years if you count my reverence for the gods and myths that were such an important part of my childhood from about the age of two or three, when my Greek grandmother first read me the myths and told me stories about the old country.)

  • Zeus
  • Hera
  • Poseidon
  • Demeter
  • Hades
  • Hestia
  • Hephaestus
  • Athena
  • Hermes
  • Aphrodite
  • Ares
  • Artemis
  • Apollon
  • Dionysos
  • Persephone
  • Hekate
  • Pan
  • Gaia

The Ancestors of All:

(This is a more recent group, my way of honoring the primordial/cosmogonic/Orphic powers at the dawn of creation – Gaia naturally appears on both lists.)

  • Gaia
  • Nyx
  • Ouranos
  • Aether
  • Ananke-Eurynome
  • Chronos-Ophion
  • Chaos
  • Phanes-Eros-Metis
  • to Agathon (The Good)

Local Powers:

(As a Pacific Northwest Polytheist, these are some of the gods/spirits/forces/totems I’ve encountered and honored since we moved to a little island in Washington state last year.)

  • She-Who-Watches (Tsagaglalal)
  • The Old Man of the Mountain
  • The Oreads of the Island
  • The Wounded Sentinel (aka Mt. Baker)
  • The Nooksack River
  • The Salish Sea
  • The Changer/ The Changing One
  • Raven
  • Coyote
  • Bluejay
  • Eagle
  • The Basket Ogress
  • The Island Spirits

Personal Gods, Daimons/Spirits & Heroes/Heroines:

(These are a diverse range of figures that are part of my personal practice in different significant ways, from childhood encounters to local powers from some of the places I’ve previously lived.  I honor many Heroes and Heroines – including a long list of Poet-Heroes and LGBTQ Ancestors.  I’ve only included some of the most important names on this list, as there are many more. )

  • Antinous
  • The Torch-Bearers
  • My Agathos Daimon
  • Our Household Lares
  • Our Ancestors
  • Eos
  • Helios
  • Selene
  • The Stars
  • Asklepios
  • Hygeia
  • The Dioskouroi (Kastor & Polydeukes)
  • Harmodius & Aristogeiton
  • Mnemosyme
  • The Muses (Kalliope, Kleio, Ourania, Melpomene, Thalia, Erato, Euterpe, Terpsikhore, Polhymnia)
  • The Cat, The Owl, and The Eagle (my childhood guardians)
  • Sequona (The River Seine)
  • The Goddess of the Glade
  • The Oread of the River Valley
  • Orpheus
  • Homer
  • Hesiod
  • Sappho
  • Socrates
  • Plato
  • Proclus
  • William Shakespeare
  • H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  • Edward Carpenter
  • Walt Whitman
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas
  • Robert Duncan (the poet) and Jess (the collage artist)
  • Thomas Taylor the Platonist
  • Emperor Julian
  • Lao Tzu
  • Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha
  • Rumi
  • Hosteen Klah
  • The Poet-Heroes (many more are listed below and on The Global Literary Canon page)
  • The LGBTQ Ancestors (The Men Who Loved Men, The Women Who Loved Women, and The Gender Nonconformists of All Eras)

The Tetrad:

  • Panpsyche
  • Panhyle
  • Paneros
  • Pankrates

Additional  Hellenic Gods:

(I honor the entire Hellenic pantheon – and these are some of the many deities and mythological figures that are not necessarily part of my daily practice, but whom I frequently honor in various ways, including various festivals, recitation of the Homeric and Orphic Hymns, my personal divination methods, and my own devotional poetry and creative writing.)

  • Herakles
  • The Titans (in general)
  • Rhea
  • Kronos
  • Themis
  • Prometheus
  • Phoebe
  • Asteria
  • Leto
  • Oceanus
  • Tethys
  • The Rivers
  • The Oceanides
  • Hyperion
  • Theia
  • The Children of Nyx
  • Eris
  • Thanatos
  • Hypnos
  • Morpheus
  • The Moirai – Klotho, Lakhesis, Atropos
  • The Eumenides – Tisiphone, Alekto, Megaira
  • Leukothea
  • Palaemon
  • Melinoe
  • Despoina
  • Astraios
  • Dione
  • Thetis
  • The Nereides
  • Proteus
  • Nereus
  • Eileithyia
  • Hebe
  • Pandora
  • Ate
  • The Litae
  • Kairos
  • Ploutos
  • Aletheia
  • Arete
  • Harmonia
  • Eirene
  • Metis
  • Tyche
  • Nike
  • Iris
  • Thaumas
  • Physis
  • Aion
  • Adonis
  • Arkhe
  • Peras
  • Eniautos
  • The Horai
  • The Kharites
  • The Anemoi (The Winds)
  • The Nephelai (The Clouds)
  • The Kyklopes
  • The Hekatonkheires
  • The Kourotrophoi (The Nurses)
  • The Pleiades
  • Semele
  • Kheiron
  • Priapos
  • Triton
  • The Maenads
  • The Satyrs
  • The Kentaurs
  • The Kaberoi
  • The Korybantes
  • The Kouretes
  • The Hesperides
  • The Sirens
  • The Sphinxes
  • The Harpies
  • Medusa and The Gorgons
  • The Graiae
  • The Hyades
  • The Oneiroi
  • The Erotes
  • Agathos Daimon
  • Kakodaimon
  • The Mountains
  • The Islands
  • The Nymphs: The Dryads, The Oreads, The Leimenides, The Naiads, and others
  • Ganymede
  • The Cup-Bearers
  • The Flower-Boys: Hyacinthus, Kyparissus, Krokos, Narkissos, and others
  • The Torch-Bearers
  • The Charioteers

Gods and Goddesses from Outside the Hellenic Pantheon:

(The focus of my spiritual life has always been, and will always be, the Hellenic pantheon.  However, as a polytheist with a wide range of interests in many cultures and traditions, I actively acknowledge and honor deities from all pantheons.  The following names – right now they are in absolutely no particular order whatsoever – are figures who, while not necessarily part of my daily practice, are still important to me in various ways.)

  • Brigid
  • Ganesha
  • Thoth
  • Amitābha
  • Krishna
  • Grandmother Spider
  • Inanna
  • Isis
  • Cu Chulainn
  • Freyr
  • Mitra-Varuna
  • *Aeusos/*Haeus(os)/Ushas/Ostara/Eostre/Eos/Ausra/Aurora (Proto-Indo-European deity)
  • Oya
  • Jestak
  • Melek Taus / The Peacock God
  • The Star Goddess
  • The Green Man
  • Kernunnos
  • Sedna
  • Tangaroa
  • Pele and her sisters
  • Perkunas
  • Ereshkigal
  • Skanda
  • Bastet
  • Ammon-Ra
  • Horus
  • Osiris
  • Mithras
  • Lugh
  • Odin
  • Freya
  • Tyr
  • Lilith
  • Kali
  • Shiva
  • Vishnu
  • Kuan Yin
  • Avalokitesvara
  • Tara
  • The Jade Emperor
  • The Queen Mother of the West
  • Quetzalcoatl
  • Tonantzin
  • Jasy Jatere
  • Changing Woman
  • Manitou
  • Ogun
  • Yemaya
  • K’daai
  • Cagn
  • Herne
  • Rhiannon

The Heroes and Heroines and Ancestors:

(As I said above, I honor many Heroes and Heroines and Ancestors – the following are some of the general types of deceased historical individuals whom I’ve personally accorded ancestor status and/or honor via hero-cultus.  I plan to write further about this subject.)

  • The Men Who Loved Men
  • The Women Who Loved Women
  • The Gender Nonconformists
  • The Sages
  • The Founders
  • The Leaders
  • The Teachers
  • The Martyrs
  • The Liberators
  • The Mystics
  • The Prophets
  • The Visionaries
  • The Poets
  • The Artists
  • The Scribes
  • The Ancestors (spiritual and blood-kin)
  • The Ghosts

Additional List of Poet-Heroes:
(I am attempting to revive the ancient Greek cult of the Poet-Hero.  My favorite book on the subject (okay, make that the *only* book I know on the subject) is Archilochos Heros: The Cult of Poets in the Greek Polis by Diskin Clay.  It’s a fascinating study of the many poets/philosophers/writers honored with hero-cults by the ancient Greeks.  Below are some of my favorite Poet-Heroes, and yes, my definition of “poet” is particularly broad and encompassing of many writers or thinkers or scholars in general.   Many, many more are listed on The Global Literary Canon page, though that page also includes many great writers who are thankfully still alive and still writing.)

  • Orpheus
  • Homer
  • Hesiod
  • Archilochos
  • Sappho
  • Herodotus
  • Aesop
  • Pindar
  • Aeschylus
  • Sophocles
  • Euripides
  • Aristophanes
  • Socrates
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Theocritus
  • Kallimachus
  • Apollodorus
  • Ovid
  • Vergil
  • Catullus
  • Horace
  • Cicero
  • Seneca
  • Petronius
  • Apuleius
  • Plutarch
  • Diogenes
  • Heraclitus
  • Parmenides
  • Pythagoras
  • Pausanias
  • Plotinus
  • Porphyry
  • Iamblichus
  • Sallust
  • Proclus
  • William Shakespeare
  • Walt Whitman
  • Edward Carpenter
  • Robert Duncan
  • John Keats
  • Hart Crane
  • Ezra Pound
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Algernon Charles Swinburne
  • William Butler Yeats
  • Richard H. Horne
  • Charles Dickens
  • Harold Norse
  • William S. Burroughs
  • Guy Davenport
  • Oscar Wilde
  • John Addington Symonds
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Gertrude Stein
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Mary Renault
  • Mina Loy
  • Amy Lowell
  • Iris Murdoch
  • George Eliot
  • Mary Butts
  • Emily Bronte
  • Radclyffe Hall
  • Marguerite Young
  • Willa Cather
  • Adrienne Rich
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Kathleen Raine
  • Lady Augusta Gregory
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Gloria E. Anzaldua
  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
  • Audre Lorde
  • Enheduanna
  • Mirabai
  • Qurratulain Hyder
  • Li Qingzhao
  • Wu Tsao
  • Lady Murasaki
  • June Jordan
  • Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Gabriela Mistral
  • Zitkala-Sa
  • Scheherazade
  • Joyce Mansour
  • Maria Sabina
  • James Baldwin
  • Yukio Mishima
  • Rumi
  • Vyasa
  • Hosteen Klah
  • Black Elk
  • Chief Seattle
  • Valmiki
  • Kalidasa
  • Langston Hughes
  • Leopold Sedar Senghor
  • Aime Cesaire
  • Octavio Paz
  • Li Po [Li Bai]
  • Tu Fu [Du Fu]
  • Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • Cao Xueqin
  • Thomas Taylor
  • Joseph Campbell
  • Karl Kerenyi
  • Jane Ellen Harrison
  • Walter F. Otto
  • C.G. Jung
  • Mircea Eliade
  • Walter Pater
  • James G. Frazer
  • Pierre Hadot
  • Eknath Easwaran
  • Madame Blavatsky
  • William James
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • G.R.S. Mead
  • Diskin Clay

All Members of All Pantheons:

(I am a polytheist and a pluralist.  There are countless deities and forces in this universe, and I therefore make a point to use certain language in some of my hymns and prayers to acknowledge my reverence of all.)

  • All Heroes and Heroines
  • All Daimones
  • All Nymphs
  • All Spirits
  • All Totems
  • All Faeries
  • All Genii
  • All Orishas
  • All Elementals
  • All Animal Guides
  • All Sacred Plants
  • All Precious Minerals
  • All Divine Matter
  • All Divine Beings
  • All Divine Messengers
  • All Angels, Archangels, Archons
  • All Powers, Forces, Forms, Ideas, Archetypes
  • All Life-Affirming Beliefs
  • All Numbers
  • All Goddesses and All Gods
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20 Comments

  1. brian

     /  May 5, 2012

    i like your lists, especailly the diversity in those outside the hellenic pantheon, i think youve got just about everything covered from budhist to sumarian and native american. and your last list (all members of all pantheons) i think makes a valid and often overlooked point.

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    • Thanks! I’ve always felt that valuing and rejoicing in diversity is one of the greatest things about being a polytheist. I may have a central tradition that I am most familiar and most comfortable with, but I am open to experiences with divine beings from all cultures and all places, and honoring the totality of those many diverse and individual deities is a major part of what I do.

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  2. Finally a complete list of what modern polytheists are ! I always feel so “outcast” regarding my so large pantheon, but now I’ve read your post, I think finally we are many like that. It must have taken some time to write down, thank you for doing it, and with such a clear structure. I think it’s really ‘educational’, representative of what worship is. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for commenting, and I’m glad the list resonated with you! Though (at least for me) such lists are always changing and definitely not complete in the particulars, it certainly reflects my attempts to find language to express my love and reverence of ALL goddesses and ALL gods. And it’s very nice to hear there’s more than a few of us out there! I will definitely write down more of my thoughts on this subject when I discuss what I mean when I describe myself as an “Eclectic Reconstructionist.” In the meantime, thanks for reading!

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      • Obviously yes, the list and struture changes as our spirituality lives and evolves. But it is really interesting to have one, as a sort of draft or reminder. Being a hard polytheist, I can’t restreint myself to one pantheon, I must have very important/frequent Gods, Gods I love, Gods I never talked to but nevertheless honor (by simply being a polytheist) etc. Plus I’m a spirit-worker so I have also the spirits in the middle.

        I’ll be glad to read you on the subject.

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        • Yes, I completely agree. It sounds like your outlook as a hard polytheist is very similar to mine, and one of the many reasons I love lists is definitely to provide a structure or framework for what I do and how I honor the gods, daimons/spirits, heroes/heroines, ancestors, etc. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  3. Nymphaea

     /  May 16, 2012

    This is such an interesting and beautiful undertaking! My personal pantheon is rapidly expanding, as both my childhood fascination (the Hellenic pantheon) meets with what little cultural heritage I’m aware of and blends with local deities and spirits I honor. Your list strikes a close cord in my heart 🙂

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    • Thank you! I’m very glad to hear this resonates with your own spiritual practice!

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  4. Andre

     /  March 13, 2016

    Ryan, I know this is long after your post, but I hope you can add Diskin Clay himself to your list of poet-heroes. He was my husband, who died June 9, 2014. He wrote beautiful poetry, some of it published in Oxyrhynchan Poems, and Arion and other journals. I know he would appreciate your attention to his Archilochus work, which I agree is brilliant! Email me if you’d like me to send you some of his poetry.

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    • I haven’t checked or updated this blog in ages, but I just saw your comment today and I have added the brilliant scholar and translator Diskin Clay to my list of poet-heroes. His work had a tremendous influence upon me, and I had no idea that he also wrote poetry as well. I am so sorry to hear he has passed on, but thank you for notifying me. What is remembered, lives. And I would love to read his poetry, so I’ll send you an email at the address attached to your comment. Thanks again!

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      • Since you responded to Andre, I’m leaving here a very short notice. I have wondered about you all this time. If you ever feel like it, I’d be delighted to have some news from you. If you still have my email

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        • Valiel! Great to hear from you! I’ll be sending you an email shortly! Let me know if it doesn’t reach you.

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