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.
- Excellent alternative culture magazine and blog Coilhouse is shutting down, though the creators are promising that this is a mere hiatus and that Coilhouse will return in some form in the future. Quote: “We can’t tell you what exactly is coming next, or when; we just know we have no intention of quitting. Potential directions that Coilhouse may move in somewhere down the line: books, apps, limited edition print/art objects, video, fashion collaborations. Smaller, more manageable one-shot projects that don’t break our backs. But first, we will have to re-strategize our business and production plans. Nothing is set in stone at the moment because, simply put, we need a break. We need to rest.” For now, they’ve made the six print issues of Coilhouse magazine available as free PDF downloads, a token of affection to fans and supporters. I highly recommend checking them out.
- Is the famous Celtic warrior-queen Boudicca buried beneath a McDonalds restaurant? It is rumored to be so. Quote: “Dr Mike Heyworth, the director of the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), said that experts are on the hunt for her burial place, at one point rumoured to be near what is now a McDonald’s restaurant in Birmingham, and he wouldn’t be surprised if she was unearthed in the next few years. There are contradictory but persistent tales (with “no element of truth”, according to the Museum of London) that she lies beneath either platform eight, nine or 10 at King’s Cross Station.” The big question is: what happens to her resting place once the bones are found?
- No, Easter was not originally the celebration of Ishtar. Let’s all be more critical of Facebook image memes, OK?
- At the Huffington Post Grove Harris discusses composting as a Springtime spiritual exercise. Quote: “Composting is in many ways one of the most spiritual of practices. It is the process that will feed the next cycle of life, which will take endings and serve new beginnings. It is powerfully renewing on many levels, and offers deep metaphoric guidance.”
- Enforced celibacy doesn’t really work all that often, no matter what the religion/ideology is. The country of Bhutan is distributing condoms to Buddhist monasteries to stem the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Quote: “Warning signs of risky behavior among monks first appeared in 2009, when a report on risks and vulnerabilities of adolescents revealed that monks were engaging in “thigh sex” (in which a man uses another man’s clenched thighs for intercourse), according to the state-owned Kuensel daily.” So remember, use protection, make it available, no matter what the official rules are.
- Vicki Leon, author of “The Joy of Sexus: Lust, Love, and Longing in the Ancient World,” reminds us how puritanical American culture still is compared to European culture. Quote: “Unlike the Europeans, however, we remain manacled to Puritanical ideals and to earlier Judeo-Christian traditions regarding sexuality and gender. Believers, nonbelievers, or “decline to state,” we are still under the thumb of an ancient deity who thunders, “Thou shalt not!!” to a whole array of sexual actions, beliefs, and thoughts.” Leon praises the (relative) sexual openness of the ancient world, where different types of orgasms were discussed and celebrated.
- Russia’s crackdown of religious “extremism” continues. Russia’s laws against extremism have been used by local officials to crack down on Russian Pagans and other minority faiths (like the Jehovah’s Witnesses) that the Russian Orthodox Church disapprove of. Even the Bhagavad Gita isn’t immune.
- How to recharge your magical tattoos (Thailand edition).
- The perils of accidentally becoming a Tantra adept. Quote: “I fear that, having had the chance to act as a firehose, I am unable to find much joy in being a garden hose again. And I am terrified by the idea of once again becoming a firehose (it would be easy enough; I’d just have to make contact with Dossie or another of my partners that knows how to go there with me, to revisit some combination of the breath with some of the intense pain play I used to love) for fear of triggering another round of out-of-controlness.”
- Yes, there are real people still in prison thanks to the Satanic Panics. To quote Faulkner: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
- The man was sentenced to jail because he put a hit out on his wife, it had nothing to do with Vodou. Not that you’d know that from reading the Washington Post headline.
That’s it for now! Feel free to discuss any of these links in the comments, some of them I may expand into longer posts as needed.