Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  October 22, 2011 — 16 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


  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    Is there an uptick in fundamentalist Halloween panic, or do they carry on like this every year around this time?

    • Panmankey

      I think it has gotten worse in the past fifteen years. As the Evangelical movement has grown the Halloween backlash has grown along side of it. I don’t remember Halloween being an issue during my childhood, the early 80’s, but it’s a huge deal now.

    • It seems that in the US, as Electioneering seasons come around, the volume of political candidates who feel their faith is a credential rises and generates a “Me too – I share your belief!” response of increasing audibility.

      Sadly, they often seem to generate an inverse ratio between cogent thought and fundamentalist rhetoric.

    • Thelettuceman

      Baruch, I know in my case it seems like it has increased, but that us because I’ve only started to pay attention in the past five years.

      I think an increased media presence has to be blamed: It isn’t that there is more of it, it is that coverage is more encompassing and overbearing. Particularly to those of us with the interest to pay attention outside the mainstream. The whole Jesusween has been around for a long time – we just have the unfortunate plueasure of being exposed to it on a wider scale. Everything that the internet did for Pagan networking it can do for Evangelists.

  • Mia

    “Spread of Day of the Dead”?

    I still don’t understand why people are talking about this so much. Are American Protestants really that sheltered? Catholics, including “white” ones, have been celebrating that day for centuries. It’s nothing new, and it’s certainly not a Latino-only phenomenon.

    • Well, you know, not everyone is up for new flavors. Sure, they know and are comfortable with Spreads made of strawberries, and blueberries, and even blackberries and apples. Then here comes this new Day of the Dead spread, made special for Halloween season, and well, a few people will try it to be different, and a few will try it to be cool, and others will look at it and ask “Why did someone make a spread of this?”

  • Erik

    There is a very tall, lovely Quan Am statue at the Vietnamese Buddhist temple in Charlotte, NC as well… and last year they hosted the wonderful Jade Buddha for Universal Peace for a week or so. Nice to see the Dharma spreading around here!

  • “Beliefnet News runs a story on an upcoming Washington DC Pagan event, “a protest to the New Apostolic Reformation’s 51-day prayer campaign targeting Pagans, Wiccans, Witches, Druids, Heathens, and other Goddess-worshipers nationwide.”

    Is it just me, or are the Gods being ignored? Ares, Thor, Tyr, Zeus, Odin. Everyone’s always talking about the Goddess and the Goddess worshipers, but come on, we’re freaking polytheists who arguably are going for gender balance and equality. Now I get that some people feel they have to “buck the system” but seriously, Is there no room for the Gods? Are we left to have an over emphasis on the Goddess or Goddesses, who while rightly deserving of praise and worship, are but half of the whole? We should not allow ourselves to fall into the trap of going to far in fighting the influence of the poisoned Masculine that is the Abrahamic tradition. We must reclaim both the divine and sacred Masculine and the Feminine.

    • Harmonyfb

      In mainstream media stories, our Gods are often ignored in favor of our Goddesses because the journalist wants to contrast Pagan faiths against the ‘god-fearing’ religion of Christianity, and doesn’t want to have to worry about people getting confused about which god is being mentioned.

      Short answer: lazy journalists.

  • The juxtoposition in that article on Linda Harvey is cracking me up. She does not believe GLBT people exist, but evil spirits and demons infesting Halloween candy? TOTALLY CANNON

    • Oooh, what a great idea for a spell. Bless the candy, that all who eat it enjoy peace, prosperity, happiness, good grades, and may the calories go to energy rather than straight to the thighs.

  • Blatant plug: There is a slideshow about Dia de Los Muertos for young people (of all ages) done by a Latina lady who combines Wicca with traditional Mexican folkways and Catholicism on the front page of Magickal Media.

  • Nicole Youngman

    Very nice to see the Mobile AL paper doing such a nice piece on Buddhism. We have a lot of SE Asian folks along the Gulf Coast, esp in the fishing communities, and Bayou La Batre AL (profiled in the story) was badly slammed by Katrina. Over here in Louisiana a lot of them are Catholic, not surprisingly, but I think Mary serves pretty much the same function for them that Quan Yin does for the Buddhists.

  • Read some of the linked Harvey articles. Whoah.

    ” keep [your children] in a good Christian school or home school them. Do not send them to public school … read and watch everything your children read and watch.”

    Poor damn kids. Can’t wait to see where they are 20 years hence.