Column: Faith Hat

International columnist Lyonel Perabo considers what his decision to wear an Asatru UK hat means for the presenting himself publicly as part of the Pagan community in a secular society.

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

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. Witches: Always fashionable. Quote: “Witchcraft and its moody expressions — long weedy hair, peaked hats and pointy boots — have attained a strange cachet of late. No longer the hideous wart-covered crone of folklore and fairy tale, the witch of current films, like “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” and recent youth-oriented novels like “Released Souls” and “A Discovery of Witches,” has swept aside the vampire as a symbol of power, glamour and style.”

Wicca, Fashion, and Aimee Mullins

I’ve mentioned more than a few times that the occult, witchcraft, and paganism have been reoccurring themes within the world of high fashion. Now designer Elise Overland is getting into the act, releasing a new short film, directed by Poppy de Villeneuve, that centers on “Wiccan and natural magic”. Pamela Love, Poppy de Villeneuve, Elise Øverland, and Aimee Mullins. Jewelry designer Pamela Love, wearing a long Elise Overland frock, designed pieces especially for the film. “I based it on geometric shapes, specifically the circle and the diamond, and a lot of imagery related to the phases of the moon,” she said, emphasizing the femininity of the lunar cycle.

(Pagan) News of Note

My semi-regular round-up of articles, essays, and opinions of note for discerning Pagans and Heathens. We start off with the sad news that author and surgeon Dr. Leonard Shlain passed away on Monday at the age of 71. Shlain is perhaps best known within the Pagan, Goddess, and New Age communities as the author of “The Alphabet Versus The Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image”. “In this groundbreaking book, Leonard Shlain, author of the bestselling Art & Physics, proposes that the process of learning alphabetic literacy rewired the human brain, with profound consequences for culture. Making remarkable connections across a wide range of subjects including brain function, anthropology, history, and religion, Shlain argues that literacy reinforced the brain’s linear, abstract, predominantly masculine left hemisphere at the expense of the holistic, iconic feminine right one.