Column: the Naming of Things

Pagan Perspectives

[This column comes to us from our newest columnist, Luke Babb. Luke is a storyteller and eclectic polytheist who primarily works with the Norse and Hellenic pantheons. They live in Chicago with their wife and a small jungle of houseplants, where they are studying magic and community building – sometimes even on purpose.]
1. I am applying for my first membership in a magical order. It’s a strange, charged feeling.

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than our team can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up. We begin with two updates on stories previously reported:

A Georgia State House Committee completely tabled the pending SB129 “Religious Freedom Restoration” bill. The unexpected action reportedly killed the bill’s chances of enactment for the foreseeable future. This was the bill that prompted a public response from the Aquarian Tabernacle Church and multiple reactions from the local Wiccan community.

Gary Gygax 1938 – 2008

Writer and father of the role-playing game, Gary Gygax passed away on March 4th after struggling with a string of illnesses. Gygax is best known for co-creating the role-playing game (and cultural phenomenon) Dungeons and Dragons.Gary GygaxThough not a Pagan, or formerly connected to the Pagan community in any way, it would be entirely remiss of me to not mention the passing of the man primarily responsible for giving us a game that has inspired, entertained, and enriched so many of us. A game that created Christian hysteria over occult recruitment long before Harry Potter came along. A game that answered important questions for budding polytheists, like how many hit points does the goddess Morrigan* have? Certainly my own pre-Pagan days were enriched by the idea that I could inhabit a character who lived in a world filled with ancient gods, wise Druids, mysterious Witches, and a preponderance of Chaotic Good crusaders for justice.