Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  October 24, 2012 — 9 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.

Chico Goddess Temple entrance.

Chico Goddess Temple entrance.

  • The Quietus interviews Hexvessel’s Matthew McNerney, who talks about his band’s unique mix of metal, jazz and psychedelic folk, and also opens about Paganism, the natural world, and practicing magick. Quote: “I was brought up a Catholic, so I know about organised religion. I’ve always been interested in the occult and magick. I don’t know how much you can say about practising magick, because I think it’s something that’s very personal and very subjective and I think this album is about that. It’s about “When does magick become objective? When does religion become an objective thing? What does it mean to be holy?” It’s all connected with nature and how we see ourselves in relation to the world around us. It’s definitely the theme of the album, and I believe that we’re creating and practising magick all the time.”
  • Gina Athena Ulysse, Professor of Anthropology & African American Studies at Wesleyan University, writes about defending Vodou in Haiti at The Huffington Post. Quote: “In recent years, defensive tactics have included the formation of umbrella organizations (such as Zantrayand Bode Nasyonal) that brought practitioners together to address common concerns. It must be noted that these groupings are not necessarily representative of all Vodouists and are not without controversy. Nonetheless, with the persistent presence of protestant missions and increasingly aggressive spiritual cleansings and other attacks especially since the 2010 earthquake, Vodouists have become increasingly vulnerable and have to be on the offensive.” Ulysse also notes the recent controversy over the amended Haitian constitution, and the fear that it may have removed protections for Vodou practitioners.
  • Boing Boing’s Gweek podcast interviews Lisa Morton, author of “Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween,” about, well, the history of Halloween. Quote: “Have you ever wondered about the origins of Halloween? Where does the word Halloween come from? What is the origin of the term trick or treat? Why do we carve jack-o’-lanterns? And how did costumes come into play?”
  • Tourist-trade witch, living in cave, seeks potential suitors. Seeks someone less “goody-goody” than Merlin, but not as evil as Voldemort.

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.

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  • EmilyRaven

    One of the reviews of “Escaping the Cauldron” really shows how little education some people have and that they go to the wrong sources to learn: “When I was offered to review this book from Glass Road Media, I had
    to say yes. I don’t know too much about the occult except for what I
    have seen in horror movies and on reality series, such as Ghost Hunters,
    so I was interested in reading the memoir.”


  • Lēoht Sceadusawol

    I don’t think Nicholas Cage can be blamed for ruining the ‘remake’ of The Wicker Man. Even without him that film was so awful I think the producers should have been put in a wicker man. Since that isn’t going to happen, I will simply refuse to acknowledge its existence.

  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    “But the internal diversity of the religiously unaffiliated presents a challenge to candidates and campaigns who are seeking to court this group’s votes.”
    Going to have to talk to them like adults. The horror, the horror…

  • Zan Fraser

    Kristine McGuire is writing because “the enemy gains a stronghold when people refuse to engage in spiritual warfare”? I’m scared of these people and their militaristic spirituality.

    • Lēoht Sceadusawol

      To paraphrase Tolkien: “War is upon us, whether we desire it or not.”

      We just need something to fight for.

      • Jason Hatter

        Freedom of religion, conscience, and happiness?

        • Lēoht Sceadusawol

          To quote Joss Whedon’s character (Shepherd) Derrial Book:

          “It does not matter what you believe, only that you believe it.”

          That is to say, a person with something to fight for is a far more formidable opponent than someone who merely has something to fight against.

  • E

    Oh, that “Witch of Wookey Hole Caves” is super cute! <3

  • Zan Fraser

    On the other hand, Nicolas Cage doing one of his bug-eyed over-the-top performances might be the jolt that “Left Behind” needs, to become a superior camp-classic (like Faye Dunaway in “Mommie Dearest”). “It’s the APOCALYPSE!! And we’ve been LEFT BEHIND!!” Dang, now I kind of want to see this.