Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  May 17, 2011 — 15 Comments

There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.

That’s it for now! Feel free to discuss any of these links in the comments, some of these I may expand into longer posts as needed.

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • John Beckett

    In his review, Dreher says of paranormal experiences "Things like this cannot happen in the secular materialist model of reality."

    That they also cannot happen in the orthodox religious models of reality speaks volumes about the foundational assumptions of those religions.

    • Ursyl

      Broom making doesn't seem to be dying out too quickly on this side of the pond. I looked at those photos though, and do not care for that style of broom. I like my brooms to be able to actually sweep, whether floors or cobwebs, whether they're "art" or not. Every broom in our house is handmade, most from Friendswood Brooms in the Carolinas.

      He has a website.:-)

      • Joseph

        Hovey again? Ye Gods. Is she still wearing the clerical collar?

      • I've never really understood the absolute hatred involved in the way that counter-religions (* like Christianity and Islam, the term is borrowed from Dr. Jan Assmann) seem to love building their churches/mosques on top of the remains of other religions' temples that they have torn down. From a theological point of view, I would consider the area where a former house of worship was located to have a certain "taint" making it unfit for a new one to be built on the same site.

        Certainly, in Christian mythology, such sites (particularly those devoted to "Pagan" deities…and especially a cthonic one like Persephone) usually are viewed as having some sort of "evil" or "demonic" power. It would seem that such places would be the absolute worst place to put a church…unless your motive is simply…hatred.

        • It's the architectural equivalent of "I'll dance on your grave." How will the losers know themselves to be truly conquered unless the victor destroys that which they hold most sacred and replaces it with his own?

  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    Macha writes pointedly about the economic barriers to attending MIC events. A similar conversation is going on within Unitarian Universalism, whose annual General Assembly is expensive to attend to a point that is prohibitive not only for some individuals but also for some congregations. (The part of GA that votes is a gathering of congregational delegates.) The UUs are trying out virtual delegation; this year is a non-voting trial run to get the bugs out and next year we may do it "for real."

    GA is also a fantastic UU spiritual and practical gathering with many more non-delegates that delegates, which under this scheme it will continue to be, simply with electronic instant absentee ballots. I used to go to GA when I had money, and I wouldn't want that gathering to cease to exist, even though it has economic barriers to participation.

  • Lori F – MN

    Imagine that, Hovey's a witch.

    • kenneth

      She'll be a Shinto priest, or Kabbalist or a Mormon next month…..

      • Baruch Dreamstalker

        In 2009 she found Wicca too individualistic. In 2012 she finds it too confining.

    • Bogomil

      You have to understand that she is using her own definition of 'witch.' In her dictionary, 'witch' is defined as "self-serving, attention-whoring fraud."

      • It's not that uncommon to go through a spiritual identity crisis, or even multiple ones over the course of one's life. Unfortunately, going through them as frequently and publicly as this woman has only makes her look like a complete buffoon.

    • BlackCat

      The outpouring of hate for Santeria in the Miami New Times' comment section is really frightening, especially in the first article posted about "Brutal Santeria Sacrifices." People were making claims that the animals are mutilated before sacrifice and that practitioners of Santeria are kidnapping people's pets… before turning around and calling for the torture of those practitioners, saying they are all "sick twisted freaks," and claiming that Santeria is a cult. Can't help but notice the overtone of racism in some of those comments too. It's terrifying to read.

    • Pitch313

      What makes me wonder about these folks–How they convert. And how often.

      Now I don't think that we must settle for a mode of spirituality that we find deficient. And, yes, people change and things change. I accept that conversions take place.

      But all this "today I'm X, tomorrow I'll be Z" spirituality stuff makes me wonder about who's changing what and how come.

  • Response from Hovey in an older thread here….