When you think of God and Goddess (or Gods) how do you visualize them? What names/masks/archetypes do you associate with Deity when you ritualize? Are they always the same or do they vary depending upon what you are doing? For instance, when you think of Goddess is She a single or triple aspected deity? What about the Dark Goddess? What cultural references do you prefer? The reason I ask is this: I am drawn aesthetically to the Celtic tradition - I find this approach beautiful archetecturally, poetically, musically - it speaks to me on a transcendent level, but I have trouble finding the mask(s)/name(s) which fit my mental/emotional/spiritual constructs of Deity in the Celtic tradition. There are many aspects of the Norse traditions which also call to me for many of the same reasons and of course the mythic datum is more accessable to me than the Celtic, better documented and more translations to English (for some reason, I get the feeling that the Celtic loses a lot in translation). Now, despite all of this, the mask(s)/name(s) I most strongly identify with are a "multi-cultural" hodge-podge. My Goddesses change faces on me, sometimes in the middle of ritual, from the above traditions I feel the strongest connections to Brigit and Freija, but I get the Norns and the Fates (of Greek tradition) as interchangeble and then there are moments when the mask/name becomes Ishtar, Athena, Minerva, Persphone (well, you get the picture). What is more, nearly every God I feel connection with comes from the Greek tradition (Dionysus & Pan mostly, but occasionally Prometheus or Apollo). I feel strong resonances in the duality of Frei/Freija and also Apollo/Artemis, but these deities have very different outlooks, mythically. Perhaps I have studied the historical mythic traditions and (more importantly), the symbols associated with them too much? Their background cultures grate against each other in my head and refuse to mix well. Although I have repeatedly tried to do so, I cannot seem to meld my concepts of Deities in their mythic/historical context (with all of their attendant symbols) with my spiritual understanding of modern Pagan/Heathen/Wiccan ritual practice. What is more, though I love ritual, I'm not much for spells. I work my ART through Art (most especially the Theatre) and I can feel the God(s) with me more palpably on the stage than in the circle (which might account for my need to associate with the Greek mythic tradition and symbols more often - I am an expert on ancient Greek theatre, especially the tragic form - and I feel strong magic in it). How about you? What is your approach to the spirituality you practice?