I’d go further than many on here and say that UNLESS you can work with both, you’re not truly into godhood, you’re just following cult dogma and losing half the power of creation/destruction. This is the guidance I have gotten from spirits, over and over again, in my own quest to command the powers of a goddess, in my lifetime.
The image of Shiva Nataraja is the best image of true godhood in human form I can think of. Create, preserve, destroy, veil and reveal. Etcetera.
And the Christ imagery comes from an earlier concept of the Ascended GodMan, so while it’s got baggage now, it also has a lot of magickal value and power, the erasure of all information on the cult of Mithras lends credibility to this because someone did NOT want that information found and used as a pathway of ascent.
The genocide of the Druids by the Romans, who feared them, and the gradual split of leadership into Church AND State (instead of the head of state being also possessor of priestly authority, as was the case with Pharoahs) is part of the general descralisation and schism of our human society into worker drones who have no spiritual autonomy, who outsource even basic spirit communication, and a small elite which hoards knowledge and spreads lies. I mean, this is controversial stuff for some folks, and I’m still researching more deeply, but this is what I am finding over and over again.
The King embodies the people and by walking in sacred power, sacralises them in the flesh, right here on earth.
Castrating the head of the church with celibate priests and turning the King into an empty figurehead (or eliminating them completely) broke that established link of the Divine Man who belongs to the people. The heavenly flesh, the pinnacle of his society, reduced to a fucking piece of biscuit.