Hmm. I just realized something that sets us apart from pretty much all other forms of Heathenry – and possibly makes us unique among contemporary polytheisms.
And it’s not the mixing of Greek with Norse, Slavic, Baltic and related elements.
You see, our pantheon doesn’t exist yet.
It is a consequence of Ragnarök and what comes after. Specifically our pantheon constitutes the collective of Gods and Spirits who band together under the rule of Dionysos when the present world-order collapses. Now, most of these relationships were forged in the remote past, when he went by the name Óðr and wandered through the Hyperborean lands, but some of them – and indeed the Gods and Spirits themselves – will be profoundly altered by the coming ekpýrōsis. I’m particularly thinking about the ones who won’t be around post-battle, or who will be reborn into different forms and functions.
So, that begs the question: do we honor the Gods as they are or as they will be? Especially since the future is like a river, constantly shifting its shape and course. What we glimpse may never come to be.
Fuck, that sounds crazy even to me.
And yet the notion that Dionysos will one day be the Successor of Zeus is straight out of the Rhapsodic Theogony, according to Otto Kern’s Orphicorum Fragmenta, which you can find bits of here.
This line in particular stands out:
Proklos. Zeus the Father ruled all things, but Bakchos ruled after him.