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. Some folks really don’t want Godsmack to play the Jackson County Fair, apparently part of the opposition comes from lead singer Sully Erna’s Wiccan beliefs. Quote: “Sully Erna, the lead singer of Godsmack, has acknowledged he is a practicing Wiccan. Critics have called him a devil worshipper, to which he has said: ‘We also don’t worship Satan; he is a Christian creation and they can keep him.

You Can’t Visit Salem Without Including Some Witches

The new game show “Opportunity Knocks” premiers tonight on ABC, and an upcoming episode will feature a segment where contestants will have to pick “which Witch is a Witch”. Why? Because the traveling game show was shooting in Salem. Laurie Cabot”Laurie Cabot took the stage with three witch imposters during a taping of a new TV game show in Salem Saturday night. They billed the segment “Which Witch is a Witch?” An ABC TV crew comes to Salem close to Halloween and sets up a stage in the middle of the Witchcraft Heights neighborhood.

(Pagan) News of Note

My semi-regular round-up of articles, essays, and opinions of note for discerning Pagans and Heathens.A planned Pagan-run rave (in honor of Lammas) in the Pendle Borough of England is running into some resistance from the locals concerned about noise and litter.”Plans for a pagan music festival – dubbed a ‘mini-Glastonbury’ – have been lashed by residents who fear it will wreck the countryside and encourage drug use. Organisers of the three-day Shamania festival between Burnley and Colne have not yet been licensed .. Residents near the Pendle site have objected to the licence application … ‘We are deeply concerned about the amount of noise created by this event, as well as people camping at the venue, causing disturbance to the wildlife, and to people who pay high rates to live in this area.'”The organizer insists that the event will be held responsibly, while commenters on the article seem to think objections are more related to the “people who pay high rates” than the concerns for wildlife. A decision is to be made on Monday concerning the license.Police in San Jose are on the lookout for a Santerian scam-artist who has been bilking money from credulous clients.”Police are searching for one of two brothers who allegedly used spirituality to scam hundreds of victims out of thousands of dollars in the South Bay, San Jose police announced Tuesday.

The Paths of Sully

In February Bartleby Press will release the biography of Godsmack singer Sully Erna entitled “The Paths We Choose” (Amazon link). The book is supposed to cover his early years up till his successes with the hard-rock band Godsmack.”The book is called The Paths We Choose, and it’s not about being a rock star or his life on the road. It’s about his life growing up, and all the struggling, suffering, and sinning along the way. It’s about the good times, and the time he almost gave it all up. It’s about the people he loves and the ones who betrayed him, the bands he lived for and the mistakes that seemed like good ideas at the time.