Pantheism & Deism
Cthulhu's manifestation is the matter of some healthy debate.
There are two schools of thought that exist within The Cult of Cthulhu.
The majority of Cultists use Cthulhu, His kin, the mythos and the imagery therein as vivid archetypes and metaphorical forces that represent aspects of the self and a way of life.
The ideals of the Great Old Ones and The Mythos align with the Truth as The Cult sees it. An iconographical God, not to be believed in literally or worshiped necessarily, but to serve as a figurehead of the organization and a banner to rally behind.
Cthulhu represents what is to be found in the pages of The Bible of Cthulhu.
The self-proclaimed puritans of this belief system believe that Cthulhu descended from the stars literally and slumbers in His house in R’lyeh, having communicated His will to H.P. Lovecraft through dream.
In this sense H.P. Lovecraft can be seen as a kind of ‘prophet’, communing the will of the gods through cryptic texts and messages.
The Bible of Cthulhu covers both the scientifically-plausible explanation and the philosophical proposition for this belief.
There is no discord between the two sects.
In truth it does not matter which you believe. Philosophically, both and neither can be true simultaneously. Whether the Cthulhu Mythos fills you with a sense of wonder and fulfills your imaginative desires with it’s fantastic imagery and prose; or strikes at your soul with the ring of cosmic truth and unlimited potential, The Cult Of Cthulhu is really all about YOU.
When Cthulhu is alluded to and personified it may be taken as the literal manifestation of Him or the archetypal icon that He and His religion represents.
All that is fundamentally essential is your journey with The Work, which will be explained in depth later.
Try to open your mind to the possibility and acceptance that two differing groups can exist in harmony under one common ideal, working as mutually reinforcing schools of thought for a grander idea.