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. Since the incident last week where Mrs. B from Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom was attacked (and “prayed for”) by Christian mom-bloggers for performing too well in the “faith” category at Circle of Moms a wonderful thing has happened. First, several Christian mom-bloggers apologized for the behavior of their coreligionists, and thanks to a mobilized online Pagan community Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom is now in first place, and several other Pagan mom-blogs (The Pagan Mom Blog, Witch Mom, Hearth-n-Home, etc) are in the top 10. Congrats!

Pagans Observe Memorial Day

In America, today is Memorial Day, a federal holiday that recognizes those who have died in the service of our military forces. For decades modern Pagan military personnel have worked to see that their contributions and sacrifices were given equal honor and recognition. Today, Pagan involvement in our armed forces is at level of visibility and acceptance never before imagined, though with that recognition comes new challenges and questions. Modern Pagan religions, like other established faiths, have been taking the time to observe Memorial Day and honor those who have fought and fallen in our name. The modern military experience can also be a modern Pagan experience, and that some who are wounded and die in our country’s service aren’t an anonymous “other” removed from our experiences, but us. For example, Pagans in Minnesota will gather at Ft.

In Honor of Memorial Day

In America, today is Memorial Day, a federal holiday that recognizes those who have died in the service of our military forces. For decades modern Pagan military personnel have worked to see that their contributions and sacrifices were given equal honor and recognition. Today, Pagan involvement in our armed forces is at level of visibility and acceptance never before imagined, though with that recognition comes new challenges and questions. I urge you to listen to the voices of our military Pagan personnel, and their families, past and present, on this day. At the Warriors & Kin blog, you can read about a Pagan mom who’s son is entering the military, and her experiences with Memorial Day within her family.

Agora (Finally) Comes to America and other Pagan News of Note

Top Story: Alejandro Amenábar’s film “Agora”, based on the story of Hypatia of Alexandria, is finally seeing a limited release in American theaters  this weekend after achieving financial and critical success in Europe last year. American reviews are starting to trickle in, here’s A. O. Scott from the New York Times.

“Mr. Amenábar, working from an insightful script that he wrote with Mateo Gil, focuses on two moments when the ancient culture war reached a fever pitch and shows that no group is entirely innocent of violence and intolerance. Whoever is in power tries to preserve it by fair means or foul, and whoever wants power uses brutality to acquire it. So in the first half of the film the insurgent Christian mob draws pagan blood, and the beleaguered pagan elite, including Theon and Orestes, meets the threat with savagery.”

A Trip Around the Pagan Blogosphere

Let’s check in on what’s happening around the Pagan blogosphere! The Fate of Fate: Chas Clifton at Letter From Hardscrabble Creek comments on the grim prospects of the classic metaphysical/Fortean magazine Fate. Once owned by Llewellyn Worldwide, and then sold to former employee, the magazine has gone from being a monthly, to bi-monthy, and now, it seems, PDF download only. “The magazine death pool is so close you can smell the fetid waters. Fate’s blog keeps putting up new entries, but discussion of the magazine’s own fate is oddly missing. The economics must be rough.