Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Kenneth Anger. Photograph: Linda Nylind

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.First off, we have an update on the ongoing John Friend Anusara scandal, this time with Friend directly addressing his views on Wicca. It comes from a NY Magazine feature published this past Sunday, and in it he says that "I take Wicca really seriously," and "I have taken Wi … [Read more...]

Details of John Friend’s “Blazing Solar Flames” Coven Emerge

John Friend (photo: Dan Winters via NYmag.com)

Since February, I've been keeping a close eye on the fall of John Friend, founder of the Anusara yoga school, since allegations emerged of sexual, legal, and fiscal improprieties. Of those improprieties was the allegation that Friend ran a Wiccan coven, named the "Blazing Solar Flames," as a pretext for sexual liaisons with Anusara students."John has been the head of a wiccan “coven” that claims to use sexual/sensual energy in a positive and sacred way to help build the efficacy of our pr … [Read more...]

Quick Notes: Christopher Vaughn’s Druid Beliefs, John Friend’s Scandal, and the Occult Crimes Taskforce

Image from the O.C.T. comic, featuring Sophia Ortiz/Rosario Dawson.

Just a few quick news notes for you today.Lawyers May Not Mention Druid Beliefs in Vaughn Murder Trial: Earlier this week I mentioned that lawyers for Christopher Vaughn, accused of murdering his wife and three children, were trying to block any mention of his Druid religion from court proceedings.  Public Defender Jaya Varghese said that “The word ‘Druid’ alone is prejudicial,” and would “significantly impact” his right to a fair trial. Today, Judge Daniel Rozak ruled that Vaughn's Druid bel … [Read more...]

Update: Yoga Scandals and Sex Cults

Since I first took note of the "Wiccan coven" sex scandal that has engulfed John Friend, head of the popular Anusara hatha yoga school in America, the story has left the confines of the American Yoga community and been picked up by larger media outlets. William J. Broad, author of "The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards", informs readers of the New York Times that no one should be surprised that this has happened."Yoga teachers and how-to books seldom mention that the discipline b … [Read more...]


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