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.Was "PaganDASH" a success in Australia? Last year I reported on efforts in Australia and Britain to encourage more accurate census counts of Pagans by asking respondents to use a uniform Pagan-[tradition/faith] format. Now, the preliminary numbers for Australia have been released, and while the total number of adherents to Pagan religions has grown, that growth rate has remained stable since the 2001 census (around 3-4 thousand new adherents every 5 years). That said, some … [Read more...]

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.Early reviews of “The Wicker Tree” from its Fantasia 2011 screening are emerging. Fangoria says it "can’t match the impact of its predecessor." Twitch opines that it "is going seen as horrific and blasphemous to those who saw the original film as an act of horror and blasphemy." Sound on Sight opines that it is "not only a great genre film, but a film that pushes the boundaries of cinema itself." All the reviews point out that this is a far more broadly comic film than it's s … [Read more...]

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.Not too long ago hardliner Iranian clerics accused associates of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of “witchcraft” and “summoning genies.” If you're President Ahmadinejad how do you respond to that? By launching a "non-governmental organisation to identify those engaged in divination and exorcism as well as 'deviant schools of thought and false Gnosticism'". They are hoping an attack on "nonconformist youth culture, Sufi sects, [and] non-Islamic Gnostic groups such as popular Indi … [Read more...]