Why Dowsing for Divinity?

Water Reflections, by Ana Montreal on Flickr. [CC-BY-SA 2.0]

We decided that the title Sermons from the Mound no longer quite fitted the type of posts we are actually writing. Technically, a sermon is a reflection on a text, and an exposition of its meaning. That’s not what we are actually doing with our writing.

So we had a very enjoyable brainstorming session via email, with a total of fifty-five different suggestions for names for the blog. But we kept coming back to dowsing imagery, with its connotations of looking for hidden currents, connections with the unseen, hidden waters, and hidden patterns. [Read more...]

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Navigating the ethical minefield

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As we go through life, most of us find our ethics are guided by the field of Applied Ethics. That is, we use concepts of duty and legal/contractual obligations to guide our behavior. Witchcraft requires a different approach: one of normative ethics. Normative Ethics attempt to define, in general terms, what actions are morally right. [Read more...]

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The Three Brigits of the Ulster Cycle and the Forgotten Origins of Neopagan Theology

Christopher Scott Thompson

This week, we are pleased to once again host an original research article by Christopher Scott Thompson, exploring an alternative origin for the “maiden, mother, crone” Goddess theology that has been so influential in contemporary Paganism. [Read more...]

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Guest post: A Field Guide to Pagan Leadership

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There are so many types of leadership manifest in any religious culture. Perhaps identifying and acknowledging the importance of the many categories of Pagan leadership will allow for an appropriate expansion in the definition of leadership and thus allow for a move toward an appropriate division of labor and acknowledgment of each participant’s leadership in their own sphere of excellence? Of course while one person can excel in multiple areas of leadership, identifying the ‘best person for the particular job’, may help resolve the on-going predicaments with Pagan leadership. [Read more...]

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Polytheistic Monism: A Guest Post by Christopher Scott Thompson (Part Four)

Knowth spiral. Image by Christine Kraemer.

Thompson concludes with “Polyvalent Polytheism” and “Monad and Multiplicity.” “I don’t claim any superiority for this perspective. It is only one perspective, and the fullness of reality includes all perspectives in unlimited freedom.” [Read more...]

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Polytheistic Monism: A Guest Post by Christopher Scott Thompson (Part Three)

Knowth - image by Günter Claßen

Thompson continues with the question of whether polytheistic monism denies the gods and whether monism compromises autonomy. [Read more...]

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Polytheistic Monism: A Guest Post by Christopher Scott Thompson (Part Two)

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Thompson explicates the relationship between henotheism and monism and looks at polytheistic monism in historical context. [Read more...]

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