Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  December 16, 2011 — 13 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


  • Anonymous

    Before you dump on Traditionalists, you might want, just for balance, to mention what’s in the rest of that Sedgwick blog post. For instance, Sedgwick writes “In Breivik’s case, the connection between [his non-Traditionalist] ideology and action was clear. In Casseri’s case, the connection is far from clear. Casseri was clearly a committed Traditionalist, but this seems to have nothing to do with the deaths in Florence.”

    • I’m not “dumping” on Traditionalists, I was merely corroborating the alleged beliefs of the shooter. As for whether there’s a connection, Sedgwick has made no conclusive statements on the matter, just that is “seems” to have nothing to do with Traditionalism, and that a connection is “far from clear.” No doubt much more will be written on this topic, and I’ll continue to follow the story.

  • “argues for finding the “roots of Europe” not in Christianity or the Enlightenment but in paganism, Indo-European religion and ultimately the Vedas.”

    One consistent issue I have in my encounters with Radical Traditionalism is the obsessive need to form some singular notion of ‘European’ identity and to equate that identity singlemindedly with some interpretation of ‘Indo-European’-ness. There were people in Europe before the Indo-Europeans came along, there are still non Indo-European peoples in Europe. Furthermore, European identity is so linked with Christianity that ‘European’-ness and ancient Paganism have very little to do with each other.

    • Jack Heron

      And even within the Indo-European peoples, there is a wealth of culture and history that is neither Norse/Germanic nor Celtic, which are the ones that seem to get plugged as ‘the roots of Europe’ the most.

  • I cannot help admiring anybody who was able to go through Casseri’s rants and not being bored to death 🙂
    I have some problem in relating to Evolians or Alain de Benoist followers as “pagans” because the main thing is political not religious.
    I also have some problems in thinking of Thule/La Runa/Casa Pound guys in a way that is not “neonazi/fascist” because that’s where their roots lie.
    It’s like when Lega Nord (the radical right xenofobic party) member where doing a sort of Celtic revivalism. It was political and in no way related to any classical concept of religion even if some of them dressed up like druids or had handfastings.
    Same thing happen with fascists or neonazis.
    An adult Italian pagan is not very open about his/her religion. Main risk is not being asked “are a nazi?” but being treated like a freak.
    As far as I know there are around 6 thousands pagan in this country and the neonazi are not included.
    The average Italian pagan is either apolitical or left leaning. The only case I have ever heard of right leaning is some Roman Reconstructionist but it was only some of them
    Could there be an impact on Italian pagans ? I don’t think so because the focus is on the political side. Luckily papers are more interested in the political connections or is fantasy/comics interests than the religious parts.
    Evola fortunately is still considered a fascist authors here and his writings are scarcely knows (I suppose because his way of writing is terrible) 🙂

  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    “we are not at liberty to disclose the details of these actions because of the involvement of minors. Such private information is normally reserved for approved school personnel and primary caregivers”

    Looks to me like they got concrete steps to assure that this kid is not subject to further discrimination or retaliation by anyone at the school.

  • 2011 has been a banner year for mass killing sprees, including the all-time shooting spree champion, Anders Breivik.

    In the case of Casseri there is no more reason to link his murderous rampage to Traditionalism than there is to link it to fantasy and horror literature (of which he was an author and also the editor of a small magazine devoted to the genres), or to his fascination with Vampires and with Dracula in particular. He was also a WWI “buff”, for that matter. It’s easy to see “connections” that aren’t really there when you are eager to place the blame on some movement or idea. But there is obviously nothing whatsoever in Julius Evola’s writings, or in all the literature of Traditionalism, that could be construed as encouraging anything like what Casseri did.

  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    Methinks, pursuant to the Times-Dispatch cite in the Virginia adoption rules story, that the real agenda is to let Commonwealth Catholic Charities do business as it always has relative to gay adoption.

    • Crystal Kendrick

      I was thinking along these same lines.

  • Freyrsman22

    I don’t even think Dan Halloran should be included in Pagan news because of his flip flopping on his faith! If he had a genuine conversion than that’s different but what it looks like to me is someone who is just trying to please the religious right in the Republican party.

    • Christians and Muslims have to deal with flip-floppers in their own religions, and so do we. We may or may not care for him, but we have to deal with him.

  • Rhalynn

    I love my home state of Virginia, and am so happy to be living in it again, but at the same time I have to wonder why I’m so happy here, when there are so many backward things going on. Maybe I’m just weird; i suppose my outlook on some things could be considered redneck, but at the same time I strenuously oppose any act that smacks of discrimination, disrespect, and just plain out sticking your damn nose where it doesn’t belong. Either way, this makes me ashamed of my state, and all the Dark Ages crap that comes out of it. I too, will be very interested to see how this pans out.

    • Crystal Kendrick

      Virginia is a beautiful state, that’s why. One of my favorite parts of my summer vacation trek is the drive through the mountains on the way south. The land sings. *Some* of the people on the other hand…