A Day to Reflect

I won't be actively blogging today, as I'm taking a personal day for my birthday. I've often thought that birthdays, at least once you bypass the "piles of toys" stage of life, are a perfect time to take stock, reflect on the year past, look toward the year to come, and spend time with dear friends. So that's what I'll be doing.Living in Eugene, Oregon, one of my favorite spots to reflect is from the top of Spencer Butte, a place I often hike to (weather permitting). Here's a photo I took a couple months ago, of the view from the summit.I'd like to take this moment to thank all of you, for reading, supporting my efforts here, and participating in making today's Pagan media the … [Read more...]

Funding Pagan Journalism One Event at a Time (Let’s Start With Chicago)

We live in an unparalleled and historic time for the evolution and growth of Pagan-oriented media, and the development of journalism within our interconnected communities. In the span of a decade we've gone from counting notable self-identified Pagan journalists on one hand, to watching the evolution of a grass-roots Pagan newswire project, and the emergence of a vibrant and unprecedented interview culture thanks to podcasts and Internet radio. I've been truly blessed, through The Wild Hunt, to be a participant, booster, and  direct beneficiary of this phenomenon. I've been an ardent evangelizer for the power of new media within our community, and I'm always looking for new ways Pagan journa … [Read more...]

Quick Note: Today’s Post Delayed

Greetings! I've been on an assortment of planes and trains today on my way home from Hexenfest (more on that later), so today's post at The Wild Hunt won't appear until later this evening. Thanks for your patience and understanding.Until I get back, consider this an open thread to discuss whatever you'd like (in a civil manner, of course). … [Read more...]

Guest Post: The Pagan Worldview in a Post-Constantinian World

[Nicole Youngman is a sociologist at Loyola University in New Orleans. She's been Pagan over 20 years and is active in a grove of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. She also does volunteer work with the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans.]Listening to fundamentalists talk about the looming threats of “witchcraft” and “paganism” can be a decidedly surreal experience. They use the terms in a variety of ways: sometimes they’re talking about actual Witches and Pagans, sometimes they mean anything that doesn’t meet their definition of “Christian,” and sometimes they mix it all up willy-nilly and throw in a few Harry Potter references for good measure. Despite our best efforts to e … [Read more...]