The Wild Hunt FAQ: In which many useful facts about this site are shared.
What is “The Wild Hunt”?
What is “modern Paganism”?
Do you cover other religious traditions?
What is your opinion of Christianity?
What is the political stance of this blog?
Will you review my book/CD?
Do you accept advertising/endorse products?
Who hosts this site?
Do you have any conflicts of interest?
Can I copy or re-publish a story on your blog?
In simple terms, this is a daily updated blog that concerns itself with news, opinions, and events dealing with (or of interest to) the modern Pagan and Heathen communities. The ultimate goal, ideally, is to raise the standards of journalistic discourse regarding our faiths from within and without. Consider it an exercise in advocacy journalism, where a decidedly “pro-Paganism” view is exercised. As for the name itself, I feel the Wikipedia article on the subject sums things up rather well.
Modern or “neo” Paganism is (according to Wikipedia): “an umbrella term used to identify a wide variety of new religious movements, particularly those influenced by ancient and pre-Abrahamic Pagan religions.” Like all umbrella terms it has its limitations and dissenters, but serves well enough when speaking broadly about our diverse faith communities. Some modern Pagan religions include Wicca, Druidry, Asatru (who often prefer the term “Heathen” over “Pagan”), the Goddess movement, Celtic Reconstructionism, Hellenismos, and several other distinct faith groups.
Yes. I will often deal with religions and philosophies that have ties to the modern Paganism community like Aleister Crowley’s Thelema, the Afro-Diasporic faiths (Vodou, Santeria, etc), and various forms of occultism. In addition, I will sometimes cover stories involving indigenous religions, Hinduism, and other non-monotheistic faith communities.
I’m not anti-Christian. I feel that several strains of Christianity have valuable qualities that are admirable. I encourage respectful discourse with Christians whenever possible. That said, I have no qualms about criticizing Christians who attack or slander modern Pagan faiths, or try to meddle with our religious freedoms. In general I feel the “dominant monotheisms” (Christianity, Islam, Judaism) have far too much cultural and political power, and I actively advocate for the growth of religious diversity and non-monotheistic conceptions of the divine. I have a dim view of “missional” activities and other attempts to “convert” the world.
While I tend to “lean left” in my personal political views, my blog doesn’t advocate for a specific political party or ideology. If this blog has a political stance it is a “pro-Pagan” one, and political issues important to modern Pagans like environmentalism and religious freedom will be covered when appropriate. Pagan and non-Pagan readers from across the political spectrum are welcome to engage in respectful discourse.
In regard to issues and controversies within the Pagan community, while I tend to stay neutral regarding doctrinal splits, I won’t hide my opinion of broader issues within the Pagan/Heathen community(s).Will you review my book/CD?
I’m always open to reviewing work that meshes with my interests.
Books. Generally speaking I am interested in books on religion and modern Paganism that go beyond the obvious overview or the easy sell. I am not a fan of spell-books or rehashed information on Wicca (unless you think you are the second coming of Starhawk, then by all means try to win me over). Sociology, autobiography, anthropology, theology, history, and analysis of pop-culture are areas I’m particularly interested in. Otherwise, if you read my blog and think I would just love your book you are welcome to give it a shot.
Music. I’m a professional DJ, I have done radio and club gigs (heck I even did a wedding once) and I’m a passionate fan of music. I’m also very picky and a bit of a snob, so be warned. I like all sorts of genres of music but I prefer stuff that is challenging and fresh (define that however you wish). Keep in mind that I think a good chunk of the stuff passed off as “Pagan” music is awful third-rate filk. Beyond that I’m pretty open. I like everything from the dark ambient ritual-noise of Hexentanz to the bagpipe-stomp of Corvus Corax.
Disclaimer. I won’t send stuff back, I won’t promise to review it if I don’t like the material or if it doesn’t inspire me. I won’t take down a review you don’t like. I will review as time and space on my blog allows. I usually try to acknowledge receipt of a book, and will send out a note once my review has been posted. If all that is fine with you, send me an e-mail for shipping information.
Short answer: Patheos accepts advertising, but I don’t endorse products. Longer answer: While I’m no longer “ad-free,” I have no control over the ads, and revenue from them does not flow directly to me.
I was formerly on the board of directors of Cherry Hill Seminary, and have taught a class at that institution. I have written for Llewellyn and BBI Media, though I’m not under contract with either company. I worked for a Unitarian-Universalist community center several years ago. I’m a co-founder of the Pagan Newswire Collective. I’m on the advisory board of IPCOD. I’m a paid member of, but not actively involved in, the ADF.
To a certain extent. My site’s content is under a Creative Commons licence that allows sharing of blog posts so long as it is for non-commerical purposes, is fully attributed, and links back to the original entry. This licence to share does not supercede my ownership or rights under the law, which means that if you “remix” my content in a manner that I do not agree with, I have the legal authority to ask you to take it down. All uses of my content outside the CC licence must be approved of by me beforehand. All linked content is copyright of the original authors/institutions, and you’ll have to seek them out if you wish to republish an article’s content beyond the bounds of fair use.