About Sam Webster

Sam Webster, PhD, M.Div., Mage, has taught magick publicly since 1984. He is an Adept of the Golden Dawn, cofounder of the Chthonic-Ouranian Templar order, and an initiate of Wiccan, Druidic, Buddhist, Hindu and Masonic traditions. He is the publisher at Concrescent Press and author of “Tantric Thelema”. He founded the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn in 2001, the Pantheon Foundation in 2014, and serves the Pagan community principally as a priest of Hermes.

Hermes in Service

As our community matures, we are inevitably producing priesthoods and with that, laity. This happens because commitment and investment are not the same for all individuals. Some can, even must, pour their lives into their dedication to the Gods or to a particular Deity or set of Deities. Others, even finding a divine relationship congenial or compelling, may not be called into deeper engagement for temperament, path, or resources. Just some make a life of it, and with that comes the knowledge, skills and experience that demands so much more while giving so deeply. [Read more…]

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Hermes at War

Conflict is inevitable. How we deal with it is one of the greatest measures of our character and integrity. Hermes in myth, and experience, is often in the center of conflict and challenge yet is not known for battle. But the Guide of Souls is a sure hand in times of struggle… [Read more…]

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Hermes in Action: Professional Life

A God is as a God does, and Hermes is no exception. How this applies to the Deity’s priest-folk can be subtle or evident, intimate or public. For those deeply dedicated to a Deity, this is likely to manifest in their professional life; it certainly did in mine… [Read more…]

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The Mind of the God: the Power of the Question

To know Hermes is a lifelong task. Bounded approaches provide entry points and structures with which to grasp the fundamentally ineffable. Body, Speech, and Mind can be seen as the entry points. Thus far we have seen the form of Hermes’ body and explored the character of His speech. Now, we turn to His mind and examine one exemplary quality of that vastness: the Power of the Question. [Read more…]

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The Speech of the God and The Value of Deliberation

Today our commentarial tradition is fast and furious. If a weakness can be seen in any statement, it is instantly pounced upon and used to flog the knowledge, the intelligence, or even the character, of the author. What a long way we have come… [Read more…]

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Forming the God

Gods arise to our experience in response to need, being the embodiments of Divine Providence. Otherwise we would never know of Them. Their appearance is a reflection of us, our understandings and predilections, yet They are independent of us, and are far beyond any human conception of Them. But in Their tender Providence, what we might call Compassion today, They come in forms we can grasp and with powers we need in our lives. [Read more…]

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God Work

Is it enough to worship the many Divinities we know? For our maintenance, our simple well being, of course! Divine Providence is an ever-present grace to which we can attune and make more present in our lives by worship. Yet there are more advanced approaches for the seriously committed. Is it enough to worship the many Divinities we know? For our maintenance, our simple well being, of course! Divine Providence is an ever-present grace to which we can attune and make more present in our lives by worship. Yet there are more advanced approaches for the seriously committed. Among these are the paths of Divine Union… [Read more…]

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