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.
- Mrs. B from Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom recounts her experience of being attacked (and “prayed for”) by Christian mom-bloggers, a situation instigated by her blog performing well in the “faith” category at Circle of Moms (she’s currently number #2). They say living well is the best revenge, so why not head over and vote for her? More on this from Patti Wigington.
- Is everyone ready for a renewed debate on the term Pagan? No? Well, I’m sorry to tell you that train has already left the station. Sparked by a post by Drew Jacob on why he doesn’t identify as a Pagan (though he is a polytheist), several have now weighed in on the “P” word. Star Foster at Patheos.com gathers many of the responses, some saying the issue is a matter of association, some asserting their Pagan identity, and some arguing that PR and politics should matter in our decision. And more. And more. I have more to say on this, but will present my thoughts in a separate editorial.
- An interesting history of Salem’s slogans. From the current ‘meh’ of “Still Making History,” to the 1920s-era unintentionally awesome suggestions of “City of Shoes” and “Where We Make Your Sheets.” I bet “The Witch City” doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?
- The Pagan Alliance is hosting the 1st Annual Conference on Earth-Based, Nature-Centered, Polytheistic & Indigenous Faiths. The theme this year is “Gender & Earth-Based Spiritualities,” and is cosponsored by Circle of Dionysos. Presenter Submissions are now open, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of application. Space is limited so don’t miss out!
- Chas Clifton notes that it seems Nigerian Witches and Wizards have cracked the secret of herding cats.
- British/Mexican artist Leonora Carrington, whose work dealt with occult and mythological themes, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 94. Carrington was an important figure among her generation of artists, and was the lover of Max Ernst for a brief time.
- The Indian population in the Bay Area is booming.
- The “incoherence of all faiths” that results in creating hierarchies of belief systems in the classroom.
- The MSNBC.com photo blog looks at the Kumari (living goddesses) of Nepal. Check out all my coverage of the Kumari, here.
- The Pagan Centered Podcast looks at the Paganism and Wikipedia controversy.
- Christian hate-preacher Bradlee Dean is finally seeing some ramifications for his views.
- Oh, and before I go, new opinions on the term Pagan have just popped up. Do Pagans and Reconstructionists share the same values? The pragmatism of sticking with the Pagans. Vocabulary is a privilege. Polytheist (as a term) has fewer preconceived notions. Really, the whole thing is somewhat complicated. Expect my own take on this soon.
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. Oh, and do check out the Witchtalk Conjure podcast/radio show tonight, I’ll be making a special appearance.