A thought hit me the other day that I'd like to share because I think I've finally made enough sense of it to be able to communicate it more simply now than when the idea first came.
It started a while ago, probably not long after I got onto my path, but I began reading anything and everything I could find about the old gods, particularly the Egyptian Neteru and the Sumerian Gods. I did this because for some reason, which was likely ancestry-oriented, it was important for me to find out exactly who the gods are/were from not only a spiritual standpoint, but from a historical one.
And just as others who also have been bitten by this same bug have found, it's incredibly difficult to correlate one culture's pantheon's gods to anothers' due to the lack or incompleteness of historical records from those cultures and eras, let alone the utter lack of peer-reviewed material on the subject largely because the historical languages from those times are not widely understood anymore.
For the most part, we as practitioners especially are able to discover and interact with the "egregoric versions" or Godforms of these entities, especially during evocation, but the "historical" beings behind the myths and legends of the entities that we evoke remain obscured from clear view by the mists of time. For all intents and purposes, and more to the point of this post, it appears that the bulk of any historical records depicting the cultures and exploits of the gods of those times perished during the Great Flood along with most of humanity. Unfortunately for us, so also may have perished any truly meaningful opportunity to conceptualize the gods as "flesh and blood", perhaps even as flesh and blood of extraterrestrial origin as has been widely postulated, instead of only as entities which we evoke for getting new jobs and for healing toothaches and such.
To set my premise in perhaps clearer terms, I believe that the gods actually walked among humanity before the flood, and so they were "known" in a much different way during those days than how we perceive them now. Further, as legends were transmitted orally amongst cultures, and mythologies were cast and recast, sometimes deliberately for political reasons (depending upon who was in power at the time - especially in Egypt), the names were changed and the stories were told and retold.
THE GRADUAL TRANSFORMATION INTO EGREGORE
From what I've been able to gather from the existing records, it seems that the Annunaki (Sumerian) Gods were here until the flood occurred, during which time they left and came back and then founded Sumer after the flood. Sumer was afterwards destroyed by infighting amongst the various Annunaki factions, and then Egypt rose to power, but by that time the old "Sumerian" gods had undergone their cultural transformation into the Egyptian gods, the transformation itself taking hundreds or perhaps thousands of years.
So Enki became Ptah, Ningishzidda became Tehuti, Inanna (or Ninhursag) became Isis/Hathor, and Marduk became Ra, just to name a few "identity-switcheroos". It is not as clear how other major Sumerian gods such as Nergal, Ninurta and Utu/Shamash were similarly transformed if they were at all by the Egyptians. With regard to these three Sumerian gods in particular, it is interesting to note that they each also represented a distinct phase of the sun in it's course across the sky, with one god representing dawn, another noon, sunset, etc., similarly to later conceptions of the Egyptian god Ra. The cultural transformation of Marduk into Ra is especially interesting, since the respective myths and legends about these two gods have little in common yet Ra is commonly accepted to actually be Marduk.
In his myths, Marduk was the champion of the gods and the slayer of Tiamat, who was described as having been a large serpent, and of Kingu, from whose blood humankind was partially created. Alternately, in the mythos of Ra, the slayer of this "serpent-like being", renamed Apep, was not Ra but was instead Set who was conceived of as being the protector of Ra before his "demonization".
Also in the Egyptian rendition, this "serpent-slaying" didn't occur only once, but was instead a daily conflict as Ra moved across the sky in his solar barque. It's hard to miss the similarities in these two stories, along with the collective of other similar "hero-slays-the-dragon" stories from various cultures, such as Hercules' slaying of Hydra, Baal Hadad (Adad) versus Yamm/Lotan, St. George versus the Dragon, etc. It describes an evident archetypal conflict within the collective unconscious of humanity, one where a hero slays a dragonlike creature, and one which may be based in historical fact in some way.
By some accounts, the original battle where the serpent was slain occurred long before the creation of what we know of as matter, or the material world, the battle itself being the necessary precursor for matter's creation - as it is said that heaven and earth were fashioned by Marduk from the cloven body of Tiamat.
What isn't clear in that case is how this battle could have occurred at all if matter hadn't been formed yet. Were these "astral" battles which occurred in a higher, less "material" dimension and afterwards somehow we've become privy to their outcome? Were these stories intended to contain astrotheological truths, and were the so-called "gods" actually planets and not beings per se? Subjective interpretation is required in the absence of clarity on that.
HOW DID THESE EXTRATERRESTRIALS BECOME EGREGORES/GODFORMS?
So how is it that Ra, who was known as Marduk in an earlier culture, and who was likely to have been either a general or other military warrior albeit extraterrestrial, become represented by "the Sun itself" and subsequently worshipped as an almighty god? The same question is asked for the others, like Inanna, Ningishzidda, Enlil, Enki, and the rest. How does an allegedly historical physical entity such as Ningishzidda become "Thoth" for the Egyptians, "Odin" for the Norse, "Hermes" for the Greeks, and "Mercury" for the Romans, each legendary figure having it's own lore and magickal potency as a separate godform?
How does a brilliant extraterrestrial (mammalian or reptilian humanoid) Annunaki geneticist like Enki, who is by most ancient accounts directly responsible for the creation of humanity, first become worshipped and revered as Ptah by the Egyptians, but then demonized as Lucifer by Christians, or as Samael/Azazel by the Hebrews? Can Enki be conjured up as Ptah for beneficial workings, or as Samael for works of wrath, or are these names only powerful thralls called in place of him? When those other names are used in conjuration, is it a concentration of Enki's spirit which shows up, or is it a Ptah/Samael egregore? Is Enki actually Samael, or perhaps the entity known as Satan? If so, and since we know that many later incarnations of this being were demonized, does that mean that Enki is also Pan/Shiva/The Horned God? Is he also Aiwass, who is said to be a form of Set or Shaitan. Is he also Melek Taus the Peacock Angel of the Yezidis? How could one ever know, and does it even matter for the sake of getting the results one seeks from working with these entities?
I realize that these questions may never be answered. I for one am greatly hoping for the long-awaited disclosure of the true history of our planet, so that these and countless other questions can finally be put to rest. I only offer this post something to perhaps provoke thought and discussion, and to record these thoughts.