Unleash the Hounds (link roundup)

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There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans and Heathens out there, more than our team can write about in depth in any given week. Therefore, the Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up. 

  • For those readers following the Dakota pipeline story, the Standing Rock Sioux were handed their first legal victory June 14. Judge James Boasberg “said that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to perform an adequate study of the pipeline’s environmental consequences when it first approved its construction.” However, that is not the end of the struggle. The court did not stop construction altogether, but rather paused it until a proper study was done and could be evaluated.
  • In May, hot yoga creator Bikram Choudhury was issued an arrest warrant after failing to turn over assets in a sexual harassment case. This is not the first time Choudhury has been accused of sexual harassment; in 2015, there were reportedly as many as six lawsuits filed against him. In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Sarah Harrington talks about the arrest and the need for a yoga teachers’ code of ethics.
  • Researcher Anna Beck may have found the oldest toilet in Denmark. Beck was “digging up what she thought was a semi-subterranean workshop, only to find that she was knee-deep in […] poop.” Viking toilets were common in the period but uncommon in the countryside, and this has set off new questions about the development of technology in those cultures.
  • In the “tiny village of Glubokovo,” Russia Pagans are celebrated the summer solstice in traditional style.”Women sang in circles as men collected firewood for a gigantic bonfire that formed a blazing centre-piece for the festivities.”
  • A collective of artists created a new tarot deck with a modern flair. “A team of four female curators brought over 70 artists together to create a new, more diverse tarot deck.” The project was originally slated for a one day exhibition held in January. As one of the co-curator’s explained to Broadly journalist Sirin Kale, “I don’t think that people who are interested in witchcraft or the tarot necessarily believe in it. It’s more about women and other marginalized groups coming together and looking outside traditional patriarchal ways of viewing the world.” Proceeds from sale of the deck will go to Sisters Uncut.
  • Speaking of tarot, Rachel True, known for playing the role of Rochelle in the 1996 film The Craft, is a reader at the House of Intuition in Echo Park. LA Weekly writer Kristin Lepore wrote, “True says she has always been able to tap into people’s energy. She told me this weeks after my reading when we met at a bar in Hollywood. ‘The [tarot] cards … help me articulate the situation; and then I use my intuition to kind of springboard off of that.’ “
  • Want to know if you are descended from witches? According to smithsonian.com, there is a document that might tell you. As first announced in fall 2016, the Wellcome Library in Scotland has digitized a document that lists the names of those accused of witchcraft from 1658-1662. “This manuscript offers us a glimpse into a world that often went undocumented,” says Christopher Hilton, senior archivist.