Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  August 10, 2012 — 62 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.

The Maetreum of Cybele's building.

The Maetreum of Cybele’s building.

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

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1186404199 Crystal Hope Kendrick

    I hate when ex-Pagans can’t take responsibility for their own choices. “The demons made me do it.” Yeah, right. And you were just a dabbler too. Jessica Galbreth, grow up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1186404199 Crystal Hope Kendrick

      Secondarily, though she blames it on the demon possession, I seriously doubt she minded all the cash she made from her cheesey fairy images. Sorry, but this conversion insanity that comes over some ex-Pagans just really ticks me off. I’m tempted to go through my home and see if I have any of her imagery just so I can send it back to her with an attached note telling her exactly where she can stick it.

    • Genexs

      I’m sure it’s just that she drained the Pagan well dry, and now her sights are set on a fresh pool of suckers.

      • happydog1960

        I’m in your court. She wants to pick up on all that Christian money that people like Thomas Kinkaid raked in by pandering to the audience, while being unable to live the life. It’s not like she was all that great an artist, either. I think the foofaraw over all this proves, more than anything else, that a lot of Pagans have very bad taste in art.

  • BlueManticore

    It’s a shame about Jessica. I actually like her artwork, but I certainly don’t care for her attitude or behavior. She’s no Vermeer, but it seems kind of stupid to destroy all that hardwork just because of its subject matter.

    • kilmrnock

      aye , you are correct …………..since my first post i had time to watch the video , wished i knew where that dumpster was when they tossed that artwork .wether you like her work or not , that art is worth some money . But her attitude sucks . Seems all newly converted Christians must trash thier former beliefs .At least she doesn’t claim to have been pagan . Twas the typical demon possesed nonsence that we usualy hear from these folks . I’m quite sure CBN helped her to know what to say . Kilm

  • NT

    I never much liked her artwork and I still find contrived looking. This person was very obviously never really a Pagan but a weak minded dabbler in the “occult” for the “occult’s sake” I have absolutely no respect for someone who’s so easily taken over and convinced to conform to the point where they would throw out a life’s work of beautiful art or disrespect themselves and their past in this way. Making a religious conversion is one thing but to sensationalize it like this smacks of attention seeking for cash. I suppose now she’ll try to milk the fundie 700-Club crowd for dollars. I wonder when the regret over tossing her artwork will finally hit?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1186404199 Crystal Hope Kendrick

      Never liked it either. Very flat and cartoonish, but the stuff is everywhere. She probably raked in a small fortune selling to Hot Topic and Pyramid Collection.

      • crow face

        Please don’t insult cartoons by comparing them to her bland, lifeless shit.

    • Northern_Light_27

      I’ve always disliked her artwork, it just seemed joyless and flat to me. I looked at her new love-and-light stuff and to be honest it looks as joyless and formulaic as the old stuff did. She seems like someone who really needs to internalize the advice in the Charge of the Goddess, “if that which you seek you find not within, you shall never find it without”. That’s what I took from that 700 Club piece, someone who isn’t happy with herself and is running from thing to thing to try to make herself happy. I guess it doesn’t come as much surprise that she fell in with such a bad lot of Christians– that particular segment of Christianity seems like that problem writ large, a group of people desperately trying to find inner peace by showy outward religiosity.

  • http://egregores.blogspot.com Apuleius Platonicus

    All truly inspired artists are “demon possessed”, if we recall that the word demon originally referred to all those beings who inhabit the middle-region between Gods and humans. The Muses are prime examples of these “Daemons”. Divination, in addition to artistic inspiration, is also attributed to Daemons, so any good Tarot artist must be doubly “demon possessed”, it would stand to reason.

    • John W. Morehead

      Here we agree!

    • Genexs

      “Don’t exercise my Daemons, they’re the best part of me.” Heh!

      • Lēoht Sceadusawol

        You gotta exercise your Daemons. Otherwise they get fat.

  • Kilmrnock

    i have to agree , tis a shame about Jessica. i had liked her work . i had a chance to breifly meet her b/f her conversion, at a fairy festival . Liked her and had her sign a few of her figuirines. i may be lucky those signed ones may be worth something some day. now that they are out of production , and signed . i had noticed her work was not showing up in the catalogs i receive , now i know why ..Kilm

  • Anne Newkirk Niven

    If you watch the video, it’s obvious that Ms. Galbreth was into “the occult” spooky darkside, not actual Paganism. I mean, would any actually *Pagan* artist portray Hecate like this? http://www.fairyglen.com/ea38916.html#.UCU5xZHhfIw

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lamyka-L/649965363 Lamyka L.

      I can’t tell whether you’re being snarky or not. On a side note This is great–now I don’t have to see her crappy pseudo-fluff bunny ‘fairies’ in Pagan stores.

    • http://twitter.com/JanetBoyer Janet Boyer

      Boy, isn’t that the truth, Anne…

    • http://www.wildhunt.org/blog/ Jason Pitzl-Waters

      One of the many Goth Pagans surely would portray Hecate something like that. It isn’t any worse than some depictions I’ve seen from allegedly “sincere” Pagans artists and artisans. Anyway, I’m uncomfortable with litigating her time as “one of us” to look for clues as to why she really wasn’t “one of us.” There were, no doubt, a complex nexus of reasons for her conversion experience.

      • Anne Newkirk Niven

        Perhaps some Pagan artists would portray Hecate as an underweight, teenage, skinny white chick with too much makeup, a bad hairstyle, and the wrong kind of dogs (“hounds of Hekate” are not Huskies) but I’ve been working with Pagan artists for decades and this isn’t typical (or original — her Aradia looks virtually identical.) When I see Hecate I see someone more like this:http://thespiritthatmovesme.blogspot.com/2012/03/allowing-death.html. I admit, your mileage may vary.

        • http://www.wildhunt.org/blog/ Jason Pitzl-Waters

          That’s fine, so long as you acknowledge that your preferred image of Hecate is just as far from ancient conceptions as Jessica’s was.

          http://www.theoi.com/Gallery/T16.1.html

          • Anne Newkirk Niven

            Wow, what a cool and surprising image! Thanks for enlightening me, Jason!

          • Northern_Light_27

            TY Jason for the link! I thought I recalled reading that the idea of Hecate as Crone is a new idea and isn’t historical, but I’m not a Hellenic Recon, so hopefully someone who is can fill in details.

          • Tara

            I remember reading somewhere that the idea of Hecate as a crone started with Crowley.

          • Lēoht Sceadusawol

            Too few people look to the contemporaneous depictions/descriptions of historical/mythological figures, it must be said.

        • Tara
      • Collin

        Whole lot of Not True Scotsmaning going on here.

        • Lēoht Sceadusawol

          ‘Not True Scotsmaning’? Meaning?

          • Collin

            Typo on my part. I was referring to this:
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman

            Basically an observation that whenever people publicly become an ex-Pagan the response from the Pagan is that they were never a *real* Pagan in the first place.

          • http://egregores.blogspot.com Apuleius Platonicus

            The fault here usually lies with the convert, however. Almost inevitably there is a lot of revisionism in accounts like Galbreth’s, and the new convert reinvents her or his biography so that the eventual conversion to Christianity is foreshadowed from the beginning by the many supposed deficiencies of Paganism (whatever it was that the person was prior to becoming Christian).

          • Lēoht Sceadusawol

            Ahh. Hadn’t heard the phrase before.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1186404199 Crystal Hope Kendrick

      You don’t think Hecate sports a belly shirt now and then? Lol. You’re right, probably not very Pagan or occult. I just wish these people could “find Jesus” without kicking the community that supported them so squarely in the head.

    • http://profiles.google.com/marc.k.mielke Marc Mielke

      I dated a girl who looked like that! She liked wolves too!
      That said, it’s always sad when an artist renounces her own hard work. One of my favorites, an adult-themed artist, did that right before his suicide.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lamyka-L/649965363 Lamyka L.

    I wonder how Pagans are going to react to this Jessica Galbreth person. It’s one thing to move to another faith; things like that happen, whatever. It’s another to actively complete your cult-member stamp card by smearing your previous faith. When in the LGBT community there’s for example the athlete/politician who actively bashes LGBT people and then is caught (sometimes literally) with their pants down, there’s a backlash.

    Maybe word should be avidly spread about this woman throughout the community as her ‘art’ is seen and SOLD in so many Pagan shops. Why not promote a general boycott? Why not show solidarity against someone who came in our House, ate unbidden from our fridge and then proceeded to piss on our couch.

    • Deerwoman

      Over on her blog, she states that she has had many former fans and apparently other fantasy artists criticize her on her Facebook page, etc. for the shift in focus of her artwork. She frames it primarily, as far as I tell, as they’re saying nasty things to her about retiring her previous Enchanted Art collection of fairies, witches, Goddesses, etc.

      I’m not sure if all the negative comments she’s received are truly about retiring her old line and her current bright, shiny, Christian direction, or if people are actually complaining about the way she now seems to be demonizing her previous interests in her 700 Club interview. She has a tendency to delete comments that are not flattering to herself and work, so it’s hard to be sure what the percentage of negative feedback relates to.

    • someone

      People often go through cleaning house after they’ve changed their outlook.
      I react with understanding.

    • WhiteBirch

      There are an awful lot of Pagans who come out of Christianity and do pretty much the same thing. I’ve tried awfully hard to avoid it, but there’s a couple of times I wish I could take back things I said or did in that vein too. I’m not inclined to fault her more for her reaction-against than I do us for ours. Not that I think it’s praiseworthy, per se. But if I was going to boycott/speak out against everyone who was nasty to their former faith after a conversion, I wouldn’t have a lot of Pagan friends either (including myself).

      • harmonyfb

        I’ve always said that new converts to any religion should be held to a rule of silence for at least two years, til the novelty wears off.

  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    I checked with Macha’s blog and discovered that she’s a migraineur like me. Posting a comment there is a process I find forbiddingly complex, so I will offer the information here and hope she picks it up.
    Macha: I get good results from an anti-migraine prep called Prodrin. I assume it’s a form of acetaminophen because it warns you not to do other forms whilst taking it. I pop one when I feel the first tingle of onset, and in half an hour I’ve forgotten about it.
    About the rudeness, bullying, etc: Everything is worse when one’s body is off-kilter.

    • Deerwoman

      I’ve had a lot of luck with the over-the-counter medication Excedrin Migraine. I was on Imitrex and Maxalt for a while, but I honestly prefer it over those two and I don’t need a prescription to get it.

      • Baruch Dreamstalker

        Artemis bless you if you can get results from OTC preps.

      • http://kauko-niskala.blogspot.com Kauko

        I get frequent migraines and I also am lucky enough that Excedrin Migraine works well for me. I pop two of those and lie down in a dark, quiet, cool room until it goes away.

      • WhiteBirch

        I got the best relief from cutting all artificial sugars. I’ve gone from migraines at least once a week to one barely every few months. I could not believe how much it helped. Of course, when I do get them they’re as intractable as hell and I can’t do anything for them. But getting fewer is the best.

    • someone

      Migraines are awful, and what helps one person is useless or worse than useless for another. And of course unwanted and undesired advice gets thrown out at people all the time. Also, Migrainers can’t actually just wish them away. If you hold the belief they can, keep it to yourself and don’t tell it to a someone with chronic pain while they are having an episode. If they have had severe migraines or similar problems for awhile, then you should know they’ve already had many times they’ve wished with all their might and prayed to ALL the g-ds already for relief. So perhaps just be nice, be helpful, and don’t hover.

      I’m going to be now guilty of offering further info to take or leave, but a non-prescription combination suggested by my neurologist – Petadolex brand butterbur extract (reason for the brand name – butterbur without the right treatment can harm the liver), vitamin B-2, vit D-3, magnesium, Co-q10 has, to my large surprise, after a delay of 3 weeks of taking them daily, reduced the number of instances. These are outlined in an article in Neurology Now (a magazine I recommend those with chronic pain to read) by the AAN
      http://patients.aan.com/resources/neurologynow/index.cfm?event=home.showArticle&id=ovid%2Ecom%3A%2Fbib%2Fovftdb%2F01222928-201208030-00017
      Also meditation is as always good for all brains: http://journals.lww.com/neurologynow/Fulltext/2012/08040/Meditation_as_Medicine.9.aspx
      And this article is worth reading http://journals.lww.com/neurologynow/Fulltext/2012/08030/10_Year_Ache__Singer_Rosanne_Cash_on_living_with.16.aspx and leaves this warning:
      “Looking back on it all, the singer has only one regret: she wishes she hadn’t placed so much faith in so many “new age” practitioners of alternative therapies to deal with her problems. “I still have a lot of residual anger towards some of these people—many of them basically told me it was my fault for 10 years,” Cash says. “You know, that it was my hormones, or my stress, or my holding in my anger.”

      And I’m so sorry you were bullied Macha.

      • Baruch Dreamstalker

        “Someone” is a master of self-contradiction, and not above a little mild bullying, too…

        • someone

          Your suggestion was as good as mine, since what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. Meaning we know both pieces of advice are likely worthless and unwanted.
          But I didn’t post Neurological digests to tick you off, and I don’t attach bullying as your motive for your own comments. And in turn, I don’t deserve your accusation.

    • someone

      And also, I’m glad something is working for you, too

  • Sunweaver

    Regarding the so-called “decline in religiosity,” the question is asked, it seems, in such a way that might only show a decline for the big five – the organized religions. Paganism is a collection of disorganized religions (for the most part) and many, along with our New Age friends and neighbors, would probably say they’re spiritual and not religious. Not having numbers or polls to back my claim, I can’t say for sure, but that’s my suspicion.
    I consider myself very religious, but I can’t say my Pagan colleagues would use that same language.

    Anyway, I’m a little glad that it seems more people are coming to know that they have religious and spiritual options. I see this “decline in religiosity” as a kind of widespread soul-searching. Many of us have gone through this on an individual level, so there’s really no telling what the picture will look like in 10 years. Who knows? I don’t think it’s a bad thing, just a transitional thing.

    • Mike Englsh

      I’m finding a lot of pagans are also becoming less religious or spiritual. In North America especially, Paganism is following a path of power, egos and politics not unlike Christianity. Many pagans are disillousioned.

      • kittylu

        So were all equally disillusioned? WRONG.

        • Guestlin

          Mike Englsh isn’t “wrong”. That’s not what he’d said in his brief comment. He said “many”.
          Its a New Age description for a person to say they’re “spiritual, but not religious”.
          I think it’s fine. I think the saying tries to be the equivalent of being in a store and saying “just looking”.

    • harmonyfb

      Regarding the so-called “decline in religiosity,” the question is asked,
      it seems, in such a way that might only show a decline for the big five

      This is the problem I have with such reports. I would describe myself as very religious, but as a Pagan (even if I belonged to a larger congregational groups), I am not counted. My ‘religiosity’ is ignored or handwaved away.

      Information-gathering about religious subjects is notoriously poor, anyway – seldom is it done by people who are well-educated on any religion beyond the three Abrahamic ones. (I once took one poll where religious adherence was checked by how often you attended church. When you ask the wrong questions, you get wrong answers – according to that poll, I was nigh to an atheist.)

  • Tester McTesterson

    Test

  • http://egregores.blogspot.com Apuleius Platonicus

    Jason: “As more and more people shift away from the dominant monotheisms, there will naturally be a time of realignment, perhaps Pagans and other minority religions will benefit during this time?”

    I think this is one reason why Pagans should be more outspoken in our critique of Christianity, since that is where a lot of people are “at” now. They know Christianity is not for them, but this is usually just a vague sense of dissatisfaction. Pagans should be helping these people to understand and and articulate this dissatisfaction in a constructive way. But this requires a willingness to speak plainly about Christianity in a way that, for some strange reasons, makes many Pagans (of all people!) all squirmy and sweaty. So, instead of doing our jobs, we have left all the fun to the idiotic “New Atheists” who are incapable of articulating a critique of Christianity that is either logically coherent or spiritually satisfying (because they are congenitally incapable of thinking outside the Christian box and therefore simply ape, from the other way around, the Christian argument that one must either believe in the Christian “God” or believe in nothing)..

    Recently a lot of Pagans expressed their gratitude, and rightly so, to Gore Vidal for his novel “Julian”. Well anyone who liked that novel should obviously appreciate what Julian himself had to say about Christianity. Fortunately a gifted classical scholar, R. Joseph Hoffmann, has performed the Herculean task of re-creating what the Christians tried so hard to destory 17 centuries ago: Julian’s “Against the Galileans”. Hoffmann’s book also has a really great 80-odd page introduction which provides an excellent overview of Julian’s life and times.

    Now that we have the (hard-fought) freedom to do so, and now that people are already leaving Christianity in droves, but are unclear about where to go from there, we should pick up where Julian left off!

    Link to Hoffmann’s “Julian’s Against the Galileans”: http://www.amazon.com/Julians-Against-Galileans-Emperor-Julian/dp/1591021987

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1186404199 Crystal Hope Kendrick

      Thank you for the link, Apuleius.

    • http://kauko-niskala.blogspot.com Kauko

      I’m amused that the book’s (which I own but, being severely backed up on reading, haven’t gotten around to yet) one negative review is a nearly incomprehensible two sentences complaining that the work favors one side. I mean, it’s titled ‘Against the Galileans’, what did that person expect?

      • http://egregores.blogspot.com Apuleius Platonicus

        Hoffmann has gotten a lot of grief from many different corners for his work. He is a genuinely independent thinker, and the result is that everyone can find plenty of reason to disagree with him. In addition to his invaluable translation of Contra Galileos, he has also produced a reconstruction of Celsus’ Alethes Logos (a work that was even more thoroughly suppressed than Julian’s critique). And he also has a blog which is always interesting and occasionally hilarious.

  • John W. Morehead

    The news item on Jessica Galbreth is disturbing on a number of levels. I fail to see why fantasy art, including that which includes various mythical and folkloric creatures, should be considered as intimately tied up with “the occult,” and thus out of bounds from a conservative evangelical perspective. Her narrative experience follows the usual evangelical template on such things, but the inclusion of “possible possession” is also likewise troubling in terms of it linking the satanic to the occult. Finally, why is it that evangelicals always refer to “dabbling” in the occult. It is in the Galbreth story, it’s in the title of another video related to that on the CBN website, and recall that it was a term used by Christine O’Donnell’s narrative about witchcraft. Doesn’t anybody take the occult seriously enough to move beyond dabbling to jump in with gusto?

  • kittylu

    Re: Jessica Galbreth she sounds like the Son of Sam David Berkowitz who said he killed people because he was a possessed by a demon and is now born again.  Don’t Christians still believe in free will?  Every act to them comes from an outside source and its either Demonic or Christlike… none of their actions are their own.  Its a very primitive irresponsible theology YUCK.

    • Guestlin

      CBN’s theology.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.ellenwood Matthew Ellenwood

    Thank you Jason for such a lovely shout out to Terra Mysterium. It is easy to get lost in the waves of social media, and I am so grateful to you for all of your work here!

  • Lauren Bernier

    If you look to the Unitarian Universalists, the President of the UUA, Peter Morales, thinks that many of these “nones” fit in well with the UU faith – which, for those who don’t know, contain a great deal of Pagans. Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, anyone?

    I don’t know what the world’s spiritual future holds but it would be nice to think that it contains more Pagans and people of Progressive Faiths.