If all those entities with individual names and powers and personalities are just avatars or facets of one god, then, well, why? Why appear in different guises to different people over time? That seems inefficient and certainly brand-diluting to say the least.
Are they physical manifestations so that our eyes are not burned out and our minds blown? Or could these different names represent different beings who adopted a conveniently powerful moniker for their own gain?
You can see, I have lots of questions.
My view of Deity has always been twofold; Goddess is immanent and is all matter in the universe, while God is transcendent and is all energy in the universe. My cosmology simply does not address the idea of different gods and goddesses, and I have tended to think of various members of various cultural pantheons as representations of a concept they “rule”. They are part of my magical correspondences, like herbs or crystals or wand wood.
I have had success casting spells in the name of Lakshmi, in her role as Great Provider and Great Mother. But if she is just an emanation, reflection, facet or avatar of Goddess, that might be okay. But what if I’m wrong, what if that Tweet is wrong? Should we just deal with one entity and eschew the rest, acknowledge a polytheistic cosmology but practice monotheistically?
What are your thoughts?