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

Christopher Scott Thompson

Some heathens and polytheists express hostility toward a perspective they define as monism, seeing it as the complete opposite of polytheism, a modern or at least relatively new “corruption” of polytheism, a version of henotheism, a backdoor to monotheism or even a synonym for monotheism. Christopher Scott Thompson argues that these perceptions are largely based on misunderstandings of the terms, and that a polytheistic monism is indeed possible. [Read more...]

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Be the change you want to see in the world

Ancient monoliths in Mawphlang sacred grove, India

As a queer and polytheist Wiccan, some of the changes I would like to see in the world are less heterocentric behaviour in Wicca, and less heterocentrism generally; equal rights for everyone; more respect for the environment; the re-enchantment of the world; and more appreciation of diverse perspectives. [Read more...]

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A Dance of Impermanence: Introducing Myself in Two Chapters (Otherwise Titled, Why Am I Here and Who Am I, Anyway?)

Me, with Tree

New contributor, Sarah Sadie! “I went into the class defining myself as a loose-ish, pagan-ish follower-ish of an undefined goddess figure, and I more or less believed that all the gods and goddesses are really archetypes. I changed my mind pretty quick when I was approached by Wayland the Smith, a more-than-mortal figure about whom I knew nothing.” [Read more...]

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5 Top Posts for #Patheos5Yrs

Knowth spiral. Image by Christine Kraemer.

Happy 5th Anniversary, Patheos! To celebrate, here are the top 5 most-read posts on Sermons from the Mound for Christine Kraemer and Yvonne Aburrow (respectively!). [Read more...]

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Consent Culture 101: Basic Practices and Teaching Games

Image by Podengo via Wikimedia Commons

What is consent culture, and how do we build it? Here are some basic practices that Pagans can use for teaching consent culture to both children and adults. [Read more...]

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Now the green blade rises: a Pagan perspective on Easter

Vincent Van Gogh, Wheat Field (1889)

You can enjoy Easter on a mythical and mystical level. There’s no need to take it literally to enjoy the unfolding drama of the Mystery. We can witness the many stories of death and resurrection, and experience transformation ourselves, like participants in a mystery tradition. [Read more...]

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The Future of Paganism (Part Two): What Pagans Can Learn from Pioneer Mormons

Wagon_train

For Pagans who are interested in growing community and wielding political power in the service of minority religious rights, Mormons could be our teachers—particularly if we focus on nineteenth-century Mormons and the practice of gathering. [Read more...]

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