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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Gender and sexuality in Wicca

"All acts of love and pleasure: inclusive Wicca", by Yvonne Aburrow

This is the video of my talk at Witchfest in Croydon, November 2014. The talk discusses expanding and deepening our understanding of the concepts of polarity and fertility, what tradition is and how it works, what we bring into circle (our whole self, or do we bring only our essence, and what does our essence include?) and how to make Wicca more LGBTQI-inclusive, with examples from rituals and from history. [Read more...]

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What is theology?

The Young Cicero Reading by Vincenzo Foppa (fresco, 1464), now at the Wallace Collection

What is Pagan theology? Theology is not only the theory of what deities are; it is also about ethics — how we relate to ourselves and other beings. It is the theory that underpins ritual practice. [Read more...]

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A patchwork of ideas: introducing myself

Yvonne Aburrow

I have been a Pagan since 1985, when I realised that there is no external deity outside the universe, controlling it – how could there be when there was so much wrong with the world?I have been a Pagan since 1985, when I realised that there is no external deity outside the universe, controlling it – how could there be when there was so much wrong with the world? I decided that sexuality and the body are sacred. I realised that Nature is full of divinity. And I realised that if the world is going to get any better, it’s up to us to roll up our sleeves and do the work ourselves, not wait for some deity or deities to do it for us. I realised that Nature is full of divinity. And I realised that if the world is going to get any better, it’s up to us to roll up our sleeves and do the work ourselves, not wait for some deity or deities to do it for us. [Read more...]

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Yvonne Aburrow Joins “Sermons”; Gender and Sexuality Article

Knowth - image by Günter Claßen

Yvonne Aburrow joins Sermons from the Mound, plus a new academic article on gender and sexuality in contemporary Paganism. [Read more...]

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