Pagan Spirit Gathering Update

We have had rain, and WiFi issues and just a lot of things going on, so forgive me for not updating sooner.So many amazing things going on, as usual, and there are handfastings, Wiccanings, ordinations and rites of passage. I'll give a further update on those things but today I just want to hit the high spots.Patrick McCollum held a press conference organized by Pagan media. I'm still overwhelmed by that. Audio on The Wild Hunt.This site is gorgeous. I know this being the first year here … [Read more...]

A Big Welcome to The Wild Hunt!

As Jason posted this morning, The Wild Hunt is moving to Patheos, and I and the rest of  the Patheos staff are thrilled to have him on board. I'm not the only fan of Jason's work here at Patheos and we've worked hard to make sure we can provide what he and his community needs. Jason writes: For the majority of Wild Hunt readers, the shift will be seamless. The new site will initially have the same design as the old site (though I may do an upgrade to something a bit more modern in the near … [Read more...]

Memorial Day: Honoring the Fallen

Let's not forget those who have fought and fallen to protect our freedom to kick back and debate our religious communities' issues.Selena Fox is doing a ceremony to honor Pagan Military Dead this morning, and asks folks to check out the Pagan Military Association page on Facebook.Celia, who wrote the anthem "Symbol" in response to the pentacle quest is offering a free download of the song today on ReverbNation.I found myself drawn to revisit The Wild Hunt post from May 6th, in which … [Read more...]

Organized Pagans: Proving Jon Stewart Wrong

Llewellyn has 58k Facebook fans, The Witch's Voice 27k and Witch School has 9,800 fans, yet the campaign to get Jason Pitzl-Waters on The Daily Show to speak about David Barton's attempts to deny our religious rights and the other challenges minority religions face has garnered a far fewer number of fans than you might expect.What makes me sad about this is it proves Jon Stewart right. "Dude, Pagans don't have an agenda. They're Pagans. Organizational skills, eh, not their strong suit." -- Jon … [Read more...]

First Japan, Now The Daily Show

Over $32,000 was raised by the Pagan community for Doctors Without Borders relief efforts in Japan and donations are still trickling in. That's amazing. It's proof-positive that despite our differences, Pagans can work together to create positive change in the world.Which is why I have no doubt that we can accomplish another worthwhile goal: getting Jason Pitzl-Waters of The Wild Hunt on The Daily Show to provide a different perspective on David Barton and the challenges facing minority … [Read more...]

Productive Anger: Get The Wild Hunt on The Daily Show

Some days, anger overwhelms me. Some days it is hard to look at my wonderful friends and neighbors and remember that not all Christians are hateful. Instead, some days all I can focus on is the hateful, to watch them with a wary eye full of distress.When the Washington Times thinks it's appropriate to publish a column stating the Air Force Academy is "pandering" to my "fringe" religion, despite the fact that Pagans have fought and died for this country, I get angry. Around the 1950s, fringe … [Read more...]

Beltaine & Stuff ‘Round the Web

You know, who knew there would come a day when there is too much going on regarding Paganism to effectively cover? Well, Jason Pitzl-Waters knew, that's who! I am always amazed and impressed when he has Wild Hunt posts covering multiple issues, and even more amazed that I have too much to possibly write about before Beltaine. So here's a smattering of cool things for you...Beltaine and Stuff on PatheosBeltaine is being featured on the home page of Patheos and a round-up of related links is … [Read more...]

Quick Bit of News and Inspiration

I've had to find a quiet place to work today and have had an interesting morning, so as much as I have to say on many things today, I simply don't have the focus to get it out.Which is ok, because The Wild Hunt has a great news roundup today, including coverage of the TSA firing a Witch in what appears to be a case of religious discrimination.I found a really interesting translation of the Homeric Hymn to Hephaistos. The last line has become my new prayer: Of Hephaestus, famously skilled, … [Read more...]

Final Push for Pagan/Japan Relief Effort

Reprinted with permission from PNC-Minnesota.The fundraising effort by the Pagan community for the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan heads into its final push this weekend.  The goal is set at $30,000 and as of press time, $28,631 has been raised since the effort began on the 14th of March. Peter DybingPeter Dybing, First Officer of Covenant of the Goddess, has set up a fundraising page to gather donations from Pagans to send to … [Read more...]

Reflecting on the Life of Steve Collins/Lord Senthor

I think the saddest thing about writing for the Pagan community is writing about elders who have passed that I never had the chance to meet. The poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko said "Not people die but worlds die in them." It's an appropriate way to express the memories, knowledge and perspective lost every time someone passes from our communities. We should make a greater effort to reach out and honor our elders and record their stories before they become our ancestors. I know a lot of Pagans are … [Read more...]