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.

Anusara Yoga founder John Friend.

Anusara Yoga founder John Friend.

Kenneth Anger. Photograph: Linda Nylind

Kenneth Anger. Photograph: Linda Nylind

That’s it for now! Feel free to discuss any of these links in the comments, some of them I may expand into longer posts as needed.

About Jason Pitzl-Waters
  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    I saw the mane-cutting headline on WitchVox and linked to the story. I was impressed that almost every single one of 26 on-line comments slammed the story for its sensationalistic treatment of Wicca and Satanism.

  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    Re John Friend on Wicca: I took the statement in NY Magazine to mean that he had taken an oath that gave permission for his coven mates to murder him if he disclosed coven secrets. Sounds more Masonic than Wiccan to me but it’s a big world.

    • kenneth

      I took his statement as evidence of what we’ve all long suspected: He’s just basically a tool and self-serving hustler. 

      • http://www.peacockfairy.com Ruadhán J McElroy

        Indeed, this was my thought, as well.

  • Boris

    The lettering of “Unleash the Hounds” is very difficult to read, at least to my eyes. There is hardly any space between the lines. Is it possible to convert back to the previous lay-out?

    • http://www.peacockfairy.com Ruadhán J McElroy

      This is probably more to do with the slight changes made when a list is posted.  While Mr Pitzel-Waters can certainly change that, you also have a couple options.

      If you’re using FireFox, Go to the “View” menu at the top, click “Zoom > Zoom In”, or hold down the control and shift keys and hit the “+” symbol twice.  I *think* there might be a similar feature on Internet Explorer and Chrome, but I’m not sure how they’d work.

      • http://www.wildhunt.org/blog/ Jason Pitzl-Waters

        I’ve put in a request to my Patheos overlords to tweak the CSS.

        • http://www.peacockfairy.com Ruadhán J McElroy

          I can read it just fine —which, considering I’m half-blind, even with glasses, people who think it’s “hard to read” just confuse me— but there are other blogs and sites that I zoom in on cos of small default typefaces.  I only bother to say something to the blog owner when zooming in doesn’t help.  [shrug]

          • Boris

            There are many different kinds of visual handicaps. I have a slight hyperphoria. Text seize does not matter very much, but to follow the lines I need a clear contrast between de line and the space between the lines. Most of the Wild Hunt is excellent, both typographically and content-wise. 

          • http://www.peacockfairy.com Ruadhán J McElroy

            Fair enough.

          • http://quakerpagan.org/ Cat C-B

            It’s also pretty ugly.  I agree, the readability suffers–and zooming does not help.  (I don’t have vision problems, but I do appreciate good graphic arts and layout skills, and miss them when they’re absent.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543961321 Peg Aloi

    Was thinking as I read these, wow, what a great line-up of links! Then saw your kind congratulations at the end. Thanks, Jason! :) I so appreciate your support in helping me become part of Patheos.

    May I also say, I agree with Boris’ comment; this layout is slightly difficult to read with the lines of text being so close together….

    • http://vermillionrush.wordpress.com/ Vermillion

       I’ll third what both Peg and Boris said about the lines of text being so close together, perhaps it’s the font (Georgia it looks like)?

      Also congrats on the Patheos job Peg :)

    • http://www.peacockfairy.com Ruadhán J McElroy

      I don’t see what’s so hard to read, personally, but have you tried zooming in?

      • Northern_Light_27

         Text size and lack of white space are two completely different issues. I also find the new links list hard to read, because of the lack of white space. Zooming just creates bigger letters with the same lack of white space.  The font size is fine. The spacing is a problem.

        Generally speaking, a lot of people online find it visually exhausting to read a giant hunk of text with the lines jammed together and no breaks between list items/paragraphs. Haven’t you ever seen comments about giant text-walls?

        • http://www.peacockfairy.com Ruadhán J McElroy

          Haven’t you ever seen comments about giant text-walls?

          Yes, but every time I’ve personally seen a comment like that, it’s been about a big run-on paragraph with no breaks, which clearly defies current convention.  There didn’t used to be that convention of breaking up paragraphs, and there’s a form to properly-written paragraphs that the “wall of text” folk seem to have a tendency to ignore. 

          I’ll take your word for it, that some people find that habit visually exhausting, but I’ve never had that problem, nobody I know has ever expressed having that problem to me in the twenty-eight years I’ve been reading, and so naturally, having never heard of such a thing before, I’d previously assumed that as long as the writing/font is legible and things are spaced evenly, that’s all that mattered and that everything about leading is just an aesthetic argument and double-spacing was just a cheap way to meet a minimum page count for an essay in high-school.  Now I know better.

          • Baruch Dreamstalker

            I’ve been lurking this sub-thread but interested. I can verify that there are a lot of people with text-reading problems that go beyond the aesthetic. Strong light will give me a migraine, and some text outlays will push me in that direction even without an excess of brightness. I know someone from a UU connection who can’t read ordinary email without some special arrangement.

            There are a lot of various vision problems out there that did not seem to be triggered by books, but were pushed out into the open by monitors, and the one-size-fits-all approach of the early machines didn’t help much. These days there are both software and hardware fixes, as described above.

            AIH I have no problem with the present layout though I do wish the art at the top were not obscured by the headline — but that *is* aesthetics. But I do not doubt that some folks are having problems.

  • Castus

    Hurrah for the Goddess Temple of Orange County!

    • Poison Symic

      Oh yes, it’s truly heartwarming to see that pagans can find common ground with fundamentalist Christians in preaching bigotry and intolerance towards trans women.

      • http://twitter.com/widdershins_cat Katie B

        It’s sickening to see how ready fascists are to stick a jackboot in.

    • http://www.peacockfairy.com Ruadhán J McElroy

      Shouldn’t you be watching The History Channel right now, or singing “Tomorrow Belongs To Me”?

      • Castus

         I prefer the The Military Channel; they have some excellent programs. And thank you for introducing me to “Tomorrow Belongs To Me”. I had not previously listened to it, but it is a very fine song indeed.

  • No Bod E

    Oaths? Nobody told me Wiccans had to take oaths. Did I miss that lesson somewhere?   I don’t know. Death for telling the truth seems more xian to me.

    • Deborah Bender

       If it comes as a surprise to you that Wiccans take oaths, either you don’t know very much about Wicca or you are using a different definition of Wicca than I am. Maybe you’ve been reading some of the writings about Pop Wicca that say Wicca has no rules.

      I’m an initiate of three Wiccan traditions, and each one of them required an oath from me at each initiation. In some cases I knew in advance what I was going to be asked to swear to; in other cases I had to make my mind up on the spot. The practice is modeled on Freemasonry, as another poster wrote, and perhaps also on feudal oaths of fealty and on the Mystery cults of the classical world. In ancient Athens, revealing details of the Eleusinian Mysteries was a capital crime and people were tried for it.

      Many Wiccan oaths include vows of secrecy on certain matters (what is secret varies from tradition to tradition). I’ve never read of nor taken an oath that outright required me to lie. However, some oaths forbid revealing the identity of other witches,  and if asked a direct question about someone who is a witch, one might have to lie to avoid outing them. In ordinary circumstances (i.e., not in the middle of a witch hunt) one avoids getting into that kind of situation by not talking about witches or witchcraft at all with nosy  or hostile outsiders.

      Penalties for oath breaking vary as well. Severe penalties would ordinarily be left to the gods to exact. Human-inflicted penalties would be in proportion to the actual harm caused by the oathbreaker. The most I’ve ever seen or heard of is kicking the offender out of the group and letting anybody who cares know that he or she is an oathbreaker. What John Friend is quoted as saying strikes me as BS with a grain of truth in it, which is the most effective form of BS.

  • http://twitter.com/AdrianneB78239 Adrianne Boudreau

    Re: Goddess Temple Of Orange County. This right there is is one of the reasons that I continue to refuse to join a lot of  goddess centered groups. I think it’s right down disgusting that these groups are so bigoted against transwomen. I personally think that Goddess doesn’t give a damn what you are or who you were underneath , as you worship her sincerely.  

  • A.C. Fisher Aldag

    To those of us who are having a challenge reading TWH — you may be able to enlarge the font / type on your own computer.  I’m not sure exactly how — if you use Microsoft products, on the Control Panel somewhere is a device that adjusts viewing on the screen for people with visual handicaps.  Anyone?

    • Mia

       On Windows (I’m currently using firefox but it should work for most browsers), hold down Ctrl and hit + on the number pad to increase text size.

      hold Ctrl and hit – on the number pad to decrease.

      • Boris

        This is what I have been doing for years, but in the text I am referring to the space between te lines is still too smal for easy reading.

        • Obsidia

           It’s called “leading” (pronounced “ledding”)…setting the space between the lines. 

          http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_leading

          • Obsidia

             While I’m at it (talking about the new design of the website), I can’t find a contact email address for you, Jason, anymore. 


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