Re: Scots? My personal view on this is that if there is only one divine being, it came to us in different forms for a reason. There are a lot of religions, ancient and modern, who hold a belief that all gods and goddesses are one larger being... but they aren't usually treated as such. What do you mean by "hearing" them, though? There are instances where this would be somewhat acceptable, and in times past this did happen. People would have dreams that told them that a god wanted a specific thing, and that person would do it. And I also feel that you can take some license with your worship. But I also think it's almost reckless to do things that are completely different than what was done historically. For example, I offer my gods chocolate. They didn't have chocolate... so why offer it to them? Because it is something sweet, there is no historical evidence to suggest they wouldn't have offered chocolate, and chocolate is easy for me to get. However, were there some giant taboo that worshipers of my gods followed, I wouldn't go against that taboo based on my "gut feeling." And if I couldn't handle it, I'd worship a god who didn't have those taboos. And that's why it's Reconstructionism, and not an unbroken tradition. It's not exactly easy to Reconstruct anything. That's why we study, and why we study from a variety of different sources to try fitting the puzzle together the best we can. Exchange of ideas isn't a bad thing, necessarily, and every culture does it. Even most Reconstructionists, like I said, we have no actual connections with those cultures. The way I practice looks highly American (in some cases, German American). But at the same time, I'm constantly juggling. I don't want to do things that anger my gods, so I'm not willing to allow gut feelings and contemporary ideals to change anything that my own research tells me will do that. To use your parent analogy, you're right: People will have different relationships with the gods. But at the same time, aren't there things that your dad wouldn't like from any of his children? This is the line that I try not to cross. Sure, there is some room for personal experience, but it's still not doing whatever I want. And this is the difference between the Reconstructionist and the more eclectic. I just plain don't feel right doing whatever I want. I'm a studier, it's something I love to do, and whether I believed in it or not I would be studying as many academic sources as I could, just for fun. Some people can't do that, and as much as I don't like it (and I won't lie to you, I don't like it), it is better for their own person that they do things for themselves, or do things based on their own feelings rather than what history tells them. Well, not all polytheisms are made alike. For many polytheistic religions, ancient and modern, it probably was seen as "One True Way." My personal view on it is that there are many ways, but that not every way is right.