Unleashing an New, Independent, Wild Hunt!

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  October 16, 2012 — 39 Comments

Though I’ve written thousands of posts for The Wild Hunt, I couldn’t help but feel a certain sense of excitement writing today’s. Not just because I’ve been away for over a week, but because this is the first post of a newly independent Wild Hunt. A Wild Hunt that, while maintaining many of the things you’ve grown to love about our site, will also see a number of changes. The first will be that The Wild Hunt is no longer a solo venture. I am proud to welcome two new writer/reporters who will be making regular contributions each month here at this site: Rynn Fox and Heather Greene (Miraselena). Both have excellent resumes and backgrounds, and I’m excited about not only for what they’ll bring to you as readers, but also what they’ll allow me to do: spend more time writing and researching original journalism for the Pagan community.

In addition, The Wild Hunt is standing on principle, and will not only be paying our two new reporters, but will also be paying all contributors to the site from this point forward. I’ve seen a troubling trend within our culture to expect content and excellent reporting to happen without support from the community the writers are serving. While there is amazing free content out there, and many, many, talented writers who are doing this for the love of it, I feel there needs to be a space where this work is nurtured, supported, and paid for. From guest posts by top-notch writers like Eric Scott, a contributing editor at Killing The Buddha, to the contemplative writings of Teo Bishop, or the latest breaking story from a Pagan Newswire Collective bureau. So with my first post of the newly independent Wild Hunt, let me announce our annual Fall Funding Drive.

Fall fund large


Over the next month I’m hoping to raise $6000 to not only cover costs here, but to use that money to turn The Wild Hunt into an enterprise that pushes this site to a different level, one that sustains, trains, and propagates excellence in Pagan journalism, analysis, and commentary. Head over to the official IndieGoGo site for a full explanation of what the money will be used for, the various perks of becoming a Wild Hunt funder, and why your donation is so important. So spread the word, and if can, please contribute!

Now, having said all that, it’s been a while since we’ve unleashed those hounds, hasn’t it? Let’s take a look at some stories that have been percolating while I’ve been away.

That’s all I have for now, but expect much more in the days and weeks (and hopefully years) to come! Thanks to all of you for your support, and I hope you’ll spread the word about our Fall Funding Drive and consider donating to help us achieve our goals!

Thanks to Valerie Herron for allowing me the use of her lovely “Cernunnos” illustration for The Wild Hunt.

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Erynn

    Welcome back!

  • Lupa GreenWolf

    Most awesome! I love the site redesign, and I’m looking forward to the newest iteration of TWH.

  • Welcome back to where WH is at it’s best and most powerful.

  • Zachary Fisk

    In regards to the religion brief, economy may surely have some impact. However, the larger impact is that people are still subscribing to a religion, the state. The author points back to the Great Depression to support his claim that economic factors have wedged a role thus not affording people the luxury of religion. However that was also a time of great upheaval and strengthening of state powers. We’re more dependent than ever on the mystical force known as government. Rather than church attendance we have school attendance. The pendulum is swinging too far towards the growing state and away from religion, we need to find more balance between them.

    Nice to see the return of the Independent Hunt!

    • Baruch Dreamstalker

      This analysis assumes allegiance to church or state is a zero-sum game, ie that adherence to one implies detachment from the other. To check its validity one might study church adherence during wars, when adherence to the state also increases; does church adherence decrease in wartime?

  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    Hurrah! Good to see you back & in form! My mornings are no longer boring.

  • Faoladh

    Glad to see you back!

  • PJ

    Love the new design (that pic is awesome) and hoping the community supports the endeavor.

  • BryonMorrigan

    Yay! I don’t need to immediately close a pop-up ad when opening TWH for the first time in a long time…

  • BryonMorrigan

    …and Cara needs to admit that she’s not a “Conservative,” as Gary Johnson isn’t one either…

    • Cara Schulz

      I’m a small “l” conservative. Just as there are small “l” progressives.

  • Islam can be practiced freely in Haiti. Can anyone name a single Muslim majority country where it would be legal and safe to practice Vodou?

    • I’m pretty sure it would be in eg Malaysia or Indonesia. Hinduism is freely practised there allready

      • Hinduism is definitely not freely practiced in either Malaysia. Freedom of religion is severely restricted in Malaysia, and, as is the case in all Muslim majority countries, Muslims themselves suffer from this lack of freedom as much or more than other religions.

        The irony is that Muslims have far more freedom to practice Islam as they see fit in Haiti than they do in Malaysia. In all Muslim majority countries every aspect of Islam is regulated, and any Muslim who violates the rules has to answer to both the civil and the clerical authorities.

        The only way for Muslims to practice their own religion freely is to live some place where Muslims constitute a small and relatively powerless minority.

        • I would say a place where no one religion constitutes a majority.

          • Faoladh

            Or a place where a polytheist religion is in the majority, as in the case of Japan, for instance.

  • Bravo, Jason! I’m excited for this new chapter for TWH!

  • PhaedraHPS

    Congratulations on the new venture! (But just FYI, I don’t find this font as easy to read.)

    • Jason Hatter

      This one, and Teo’s new font, too. 🙁

      • It takes a minute to suss out the details, for certain. I’ve since updated my main font to a more traditional font. Please give that a look and let me know if you have any problems reading it.

    • Northern_Light_27

      If you have Firefox, the NoSquint addon is your friend for all sites that insist on the tinyfont.

  • Best of luck on the new venture and site!

  • Turtle

    Congratulations on your independence. I’m trying to help promote the funding drive on various sites and pages I frequent, and I do intend to make a donation myself–I’m still trying to decide if I want to promote a website since I don’t have one of my own. But I will be helping as much as I can.

  • Valerie Herron’s Cernunnos is spectacular!

    • Thank you 🙂

      • Wefneck

        Hi Valerie, I saw your Cernunnos on Facebook earlier in the year and bought a print. It is now hanging proudly in my dining room. Just wanted to say thanks for the gorgeous art.

  • Everything looks great!

  • Blessings

  • Welcome back – I’ve missed the daily Wild Hunt. Glad you were able to relaunch without waiting 60 days.

  • Yay, my news! And I can comment through Facebook! Excellent, I despise Disqus. As for the stories: When reading Toews’ representative’s comments about how their office still values religious freedom and how all inmates will still have access to Chaplains, all I could think is either how ignorant their office is or how incredibly obtuse. Sure, a Christian chaplain is totally equipped to provide services to Buddhists, Asatruars, and Sikhs. How could this scenario possibly go wrong? As for the Green Man super hero, he is rather intimidating until you notice he has berries on his knees- but still it’s a cool idea. And lastly, I think this election cycle will be the year of the third parties. Voting Green myself, this time.

    • Baruch Dreamstalker

      Looks like Swamp Thing with (relatively) normal facial features.

  • Now my phone won’t randomly redirect me to a publishers clearinghouse ad that I can’t escape using the ‘back’ button. Excellent.

  • NEVER LEAVE ME AGAIN. *clings to TWH*

  • Congratulations on getting The Wild Hunt up and running on its own again. Although we don’t always agree on things political, I do find TWH a valuable resource and happily link to it on my own blog.

    One slight technical thing– it seems that the RSS feed is still coming from Patheos. Hopefully that’s something that’ll fix itself in a day or two as the DNS sorts itself out, but thought you might want to know, just in case.

  • Oh, good. I was worried that you were going to be out of commission for the whole 60 days. Glad to see you’re up and running. (And no, not just because I’m looking forward to writing some posts!)

  • Glenn McCrimmon

    Welcome Back, the site looks great!

  • Sunweaver

    Oh, this is lovely! I like this much better – and I completely agree with creating sustainability in our culture. Heck, if public radio and Buddhist meditation centers can do it, so can we.

  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/10/18/salafists-destroy-ancient-carvings-in-morocco/

    Hard-line Muslims who adhere to an interpretation of Islam that forbids
    idolatry have destroyed 8,000-year-old stone carvings in Morocco’s High Atlas

    “One of the carvings, called ‘the
    plaque of the sun,’ predates the arrival of the Phoenicians in
    Morocco,” Aboubakr Anghir, a member of the Amazigh (Berber) League for Human
    Rights, told