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.

Bull of Heaven publication party. (photo: Christopher Gregory/The New York Times)

Bull of Heaven publication party. (photo: Christopher Gregory/The New York Times)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gSdJYU75ac

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

About Jason Pitzl-Waters
  • Guest

    I’m so glad the WM3 are out. That was an abuse.
    Regarding further abuse of many – The State of Virginia’s law is that those convicted of capital offenses only have 21 days to produce any new evidence toward their innocence or raising any appeals to the court process that were not raised during the trial. http://www.cstone.net/~vadp/info.htm

    There are other cases where people are declared innocent or DNA testing has proven they were not guilty of the crime or meant there is no evidence they had been present, but judges there still have refused to free said convicts. It’s a mess.

  • Obsidia

    So great to hear about the wonderful celebration of Michael Lloyd’s book (“Bull of Heaven”) about Eddie Buczynski (and the “rise of the New York Pagan”). I’ve never heard of him and am so happy to learn about such a wonderful man! I will definitely be reading that one! I really enjoyed that New York Times article about the celebration, too. I’m sure Mr. Buczynski was there in spirit….in GREAT spirits!

  • Lēoht Sceadusawol

    Concerning the Pendle Witches Trial anniversary…

    A new walking trail has been opened to commemorate the witches.

    Totally 51 miles in length, the walking trail follows the route the witches took from their homes to the place of their execution:
    http://www.visitlancashire.com/inspire-me/heritage-revealed/pendle-witches/on-the-trail-of-the-pendle-witches

  • thesilverspiral

    It breaks my heart that so much of those three young men’s lives was
    taken unjustly. They’re free now, but they spent some of the best years
    of their lives in hell because of others’ prejudices. Sad and
    shameful.

  • Zan Fraser

    Michael Lloyd’s publication party was such an important, singular event, in that it pulled together so many of NYC’s “First Generation” Witches for a once-in-a-lifetime reunion. It was truly an honor to have been there, and I know that I speak for everyone present when I say thank you to him for hosting this extraordinary occasion (it’s only too bad that it happened too late to be included in the book).

  • Mary Sharratt

    Thanks for reporting on the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch Trial, Jason. Beyond the pointy hat and broomstick fancy dress, there was also some more serious work going on. There’s is a movement to get the Pendle Witches posthumously pardoned. Lancaster University hosted a three day interdisciplinary conference, CAPTURING WITCHES, with academics, writers, and independent scholars from all over the world speaking on topics as diverse as historical witchcraft, Neopagan practice, and the shocking persecution of so called “child witches” in modern day Nigeria.

  • Sunweaver

    In re: the Air Force policy document
    I’m very glad to see improvements here. I’ve known people in the military who have been subject to proselytization and discrimination because they weren’t Christian and that the Air Force has recognized this and is working to change things for the better shows the best of what our country can be. I’d love to know where the other branches of the armed forces are with this.

  • Mia

    “In America, the great thing is that we don’t use religion as a divisive thing. We celebrate diversity.”

    Which America is this one? Certainly not the US, unless he hasn’t been paying attention to anything this past year.

    RE The herbalist issue, how do you even show that you are qualified to treat anything with herbs? It’s so easy to pick up a book or two describing “medicinal and magical properties” of herbs (I did when I was only 15), unlike in the far past, and now studies can be accessed by the public rather quickly thanks to the internet. I already found an herbalist mentioned in TWH that simply copied and pasted a pubmed article’s abstract on Valerian with no indication that the author actually knows what any of that means. No good cites of the research alluded either to back up their statements.

    Maybe they do know, but how am I supposed to tell? Is it really so bad to have some sort of CV or license to go along with herbalism in order to legitimize it and the practitioner? This goes beyond Ebay and Etsy, because the lack of legitimization of “alternative therapies” is a common obstacle and the changes can begin with the practitioners themselves. We did that with Pagan chaplains and I doubt anyone saw that coming a mere handful of decades ago. There’s also an increase in scientific exploration (and public interest) of “alternative therapies” with some positive results, so it’s not impossible to gain acceptance.

    And for the record, no, I’m not “siding with Big Pharma”. I’m well aware that conventional medical claims can also be bull, we’ve disproven plenty of Western medical ideas in the past and we will continue to do so in the future.


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