Theology, Method, and Authors

I’ve noticed a particular trend in many modern pagan writings. It seems that the bulk of pagan authors are focused primarily on the methodology of spell work or creating grimoires that can be sold to others or utilizing particular practices or elements within the context thereof. However, it seems there are very few books discussing the spiritual philosophies connected thereto.

Frankly this has been a point of great disappointment for me many times. I buy or look into something not for a list of spells or rituals but for insights, for ideas that may not have occurred to me or new angles, not something that is focused on the methods and specific spells. Granted, these things do have a place, but after a certain point, unless one can provide a truly groundbreaking insight on method, it grows irritating when two thirds of a text are devoted to how to practice and not cosmology, ethics, metaphysics, and other such ideas.

You see, these the various pagan paths, no matter how closely connected to the great and sacred art of magick are religions and yet we seem to be lacking in theologians. There is a great deal of depth to these occult philosophies and yet it seems far less is said about these aspects than the working of spells. While these texts do help us assemble meaningful rites and spells, it does not always address the underlying philosophy of it all. These methods are intimately connected to these philosophies yet so little seems to be written about it by comparison.

This is troubling to me. Considering how vast and diverse the traditions are, you’d imagine that the pagan world would be swimming in theologians and spiritual philosophers. Yet, it seems that most focus on practice in their writings while saying little about metaphysics. The practice is important, but it is the philosophy of it that drives the practice and informs it. A guide to practice has it’s uses, but how can one truly understand or resonate with what they do if they do not know the concepts, the ideas, and ethics attached to it.

Magick may be a part of what so many of us do, but it is not the ultimate goal or purpose of pagan religions no matter how decentralized. It is through the discussion of these underlying theological notions that new realizations and concepts become known.

So i must ask, are there any real theologians out there? Are there any authors out there who write extensively on the philosophy of these spiritual paths? If not, what would it take for more of them to emerge?

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