Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  April 26, 2013 — 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.

"Psychostasia" by Daemonia Nymphe

“Psychostasia” by Daemonia Nymphe

  • The great Greek Pagan band Daemonia Nymphe have announced that their new album, “Psychostasia,” will be officially released on May 10th.  Quote: “Six years after ‘Krataia Asterope’ (2007) and many Live dates in Europe, the Greeks led by the duet Spyros Giasafakis & Evi Stergiou are back with their new album ‘Psychostasia’ (the “weighing” of souls by Gods). Since its origins the band uses instruments recreated from the Greek Antiquity [...] ‘Psychostasia’ takes us into the journey of a Life, the journey of a Soul. It starts with Zephiros (the god of Wind), then comes ‘Pnoe’ the breath that animates each thing … During the trip, we will meet Gaia, the forces of Nature, the moon dances for Selene and Eros, to finish into Hypnos’s dreams.” You can order and hear samples of the new album at Prikosnovenie.
  • The reality television program “Wife Swap” aired another episode featuring a Pagan family last night, but according to participant Arana Fireheart, the process from his standpoint was not exploitive. Quote: “[The casting director] reassured me that we would be given the chance to present ourselves as a normal happy family that just happen to be Witches and I trusted that he would keep his word.” So did anyone watch it? How was it? Let us know in the comments. I think it’s fair to say that the show hasn’t the best track record regarding Pagan families, so I’m interested to see if things have evolved
  • Stonehenge is looking for a part-time Solstice manager, which has gotten a bit of press attention. One of the qualifications is an ability to maintain good relations with Druid groups and other “stakeholders” who access the stones for special events. Quote: “As English Heritage’s Tim Reeve told the BBC, one of the General Manager’s subsidiary jobs will be to liaise with neo-druid leaders, helping to oversee arrangements for the ceremonies that those leaders conduct to celebrate the summer and winter solstices. The General Manager will work to guarantee, essentially, that the rocks of the 21st century remain as faithful as possible to the rocks of prehistory. It’s ‘important,’ Reeve notes, ‘to ensure we keep the dignity of the stones.'” You guys are lucky I’m not a UK citizen, or I’d have this thing locked up. 
  • A retired Russian Orthodox bishop has been deposed after it was revealed that he was giving psychic counseling at a New Age center in Russia. It seems a fair cop. The Orthodox news site that reported on the incident is in English, but the lingo, acronyms, and haughty triumphalism make it nearly indecipherable to the casual reader (I suppose some could argue the same about my site, though I try to remain accessible). 
  • This story is supposed to be satire, but I can actually imagine certain Heathens saying something like what’s quoted in the “article.” Quote: “It’s an insult to our religion, it is bad enough they turned our God of Thunder into a blond pretty boy in a unitard, but the lack of bloodshed makes a mockery of our beliefs.” You laugh now, just wait until they turn The Morrigan into a superhero character… oh, wait.
Photo: Time Magazine / EFE / ZUMAPRESS

Photo: Time Magazine / EFE / ZUMAPRESS

  • In a move that should surprise no one, the Vatican has made it clear that they really, really, don’t like Santa Muerte. Quote: “The Mexican offensive against Santa Muerte (Saint Death) launched by former president, Felipe Calderon, has now gone global. In an interview last week with a Peruvian Catholic news site (Aciprensa), the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, condemned the cult of the skeleton saint as “sinister and infernal.” The Italian prelate, whom Vatican watcher John Allen recently called “the most interesting man in the Church” and even profiled as a candidate for the papacy, called for both Church and society to mobilize against devotion to Saint Death.” Chances that this will hinder the religious movement? I’d wager they are slim to none. 
  • The interfaith ceremony that took place after the Boston bombing attack excluded humanists and atheists. Quote: “We made it exceedingly easy for the Governor’s staff to find us and include us, but they chose not to do so. The exclusion of non-theists today no doubt deepened the hurt the people in the non-theist community are feeling. What principle was served by our exclusion, I don’t begin to understand.”
  • Come visit scenic Cornwall, we’ve got a really, really, big Celtic Cross. Quote: “We hope it will become an iconic landmark, our version of the Angel of the North, so people don’t just pass by Saltash, but go in.” Also, King Arthur was conceived there, but that’s not exactly a roadside attraction. 
  • Speaking of Stonehenge, here’s a new theory about it. Quote: “…the site, which was occupied continuously for 3,000 years, had evidence of burning, thousands of flint tool fragments and bones of wild aurochs, a type of extinct giant cow. That suggests the area near Stonehenge may have been an auroch migration route that became an ancient feasting site, drawing people together from across different cultures in the region, wrote lead researcher David Jacques of the Open University in the United Kingdom.”
  • My pal Cara Schulz (who also happens to be a Hellenic Pagan), is holding a Kickstarter for a cool-sounding luxury camping book, and in honor of reaching $1,500 of the $4,500 goal she shares a drink recipe on Youtube called the “Blue Gem.” With Summer festival season almost here, maybe we could all use this book? 

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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  • Michael Lloyd

    I’ve read many things on The Wild Hunt over the years, Jason, but “haughty triumphalism” hasn’t been among them. :-)

  • Lēoht Sceadusawol

    The Stone(r)henge job vacancy.

    I did look at it, but lack the qualifications/experience.
    I probably wouldn’t go down too well, either, as I would cause too much controversy – I dislike the people that got there purely for the party (I have known some that have even complained about the Pagan presence there at the solstice, as they ‘get in the way of the party’) and would also ask why the Druids want to go there, since it is not a Druidic site.

    The satirical article about the new Thor movie.

    I have caught myself complaining in that vein already. I know I am not alone, either.

    Santa Muerte

    The Vatican is always going to decry anything that appears like it could be a threat to its powerbase.

    Kernow’s Celtic Cross

    Considering that the base of their economy is tourism, I have to wonder just how necessary another tourist draw is, in Kernow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1193650425 Cynthia Almy Savage

    I have to laugh when it comes to catholicism decrying anything. It is quite clear that catholicism co-opted European paganism when it comes to elevating Mary (goddess status), Easter, Christmas, All Saints’ Day, Feast of St. Brighid, May Day. Now the priests don’t like St. Death-since their entire religion is based on death, I’m not exactly sure what the problem is. Unless, of course, it cuts into their profit margin…

  • http://about.me/CosettePaneque Cosette Paneque

    I happened to catch the Wife Swap episode. I thought it was fine. The family seemed normal, healthy, and happy. I don’t feel like the show made a big deal of them being Pagan. The opposing family was Christian, but not especially fundamentalist. The Christian wife expressed she thought they were not normal, but she later apologized for that comment, and the Pagan husband felt confident that, by the time it was all over, he and his son had helped dispel frightening stereotypes she’d held. Both wives struggled, but learned a thing or two, and did nice things for the other’s family. I think it was a big improvement from older episodes.

  • Peg Aloi

    I’ll be posting a review today on my blog, but just briefly, I thought the WIFE SWAP episode portrayed the pagan family very positively. The “other” wife had issues with the “satanic” nature of their beliefs but she came off as ignorant and mean-spirited about it, in my opinion…

    • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.wilson3 Cindy Wilson

      I agree. I watched the show and thought for the most part, Pagans were portrayed in a favorable image (albeit a tad eccentric). It was much better than the Wiccans and the deranged, screaming Baptist of an earlier show.

  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    The humanists and atheists of Boston will probably get an apology from someone official in the weeks to come, likely released at 5pm of a Friday. But systematic stonewalling is a bell that can’t be un-rung. Remembering to be inclusive in the future would be better.

  • harmonyfb

    The great Greek Pagan band Daemonia Nymphe have announced that their new album, “Psychostasia,” will be officially released on May 10th.

    Oh, this is awesome news!! Their music is perfect for meditation, ritual – I use it as background music while I’m writing, as well.

    The interfaith ceremony that took place after the Boston bombing attack excluded humanists and atheists.

    Maybe the organizers thought atheists wouldn’t be interested in an ‘interfaith’ gathering? Did any Humanist group approach them and ask to be included?

    • Baruch Dreamstalker

      Did any Humanist group approach them and ask to be included?
      Yes. Click on the link in the post for a fuller answer.

      • harmonyfb

        Thanks, Baruch – though I had to read all the way through to find it – the language used in most of the article was very passive. Perhaps the local Humanists should go in person to reach out to the folks they spoke with – some face-to-face interaction might help future relations.

    • Hecate_Demetersdatter

      One of the problems is the use of the word “faith” when what’s meant is “religion.” Not all religions include “faith” as a component of their beliefs and/or practices. Some people consider Humanism to be their religion, indeed, Humanists and Atheists are entitled to symbols on their headstones at Arlington. Using the word “faith” instead of “religion” plays into the framing that America is a Judeo/Christian nation.

      • Genexs

        Well said. That problem is a major blind spot for the Abrahamic religions. They don’t really have the mental tool-kit to understand us, as this event seems to prove.

  • M

    OT: They’re selling Wounded Knee!!!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22301842