Tri-Faith America and American Pluralism

[The following is a post from The Wild Hunt archives. The Wild Hunt is on hiatus through Labor Day weekend and will return with new posts on Tuesday, September 4th.]Despite the fact that the history of the United States is incredibly well-documented, many of us labor under various misapprehensions regarding our nation’s past. This seems especially true of America’s religious history. Lately it seems as if there’s been an inundation of pundits, amateur historians, and demagogues trying to frame us into a reductive (Protestant) Christian mold, painting a picture of harmony and piety that endured until the post-60s culture wars started raging. This sort of narrative leaves little room for re … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Interview with John Matthews on The Wildwood Tarot

[The following is a guest interview with John Matthews, author of "The Sidhe: Wisdom from the Celtic Otherworld" and 90 other books, co-creator of The Wildwood Tarot.  Matthews and fellow Wildwood Tarot co-creator Mark Ryan, who played "Nasir" on Robin of Sherwood, will be appearing in Atlanta, Georgia this November to conduct a workshop. The interview was conducted by Virginia Chandler, with an introduction written by John Matthews.]For many people today, the woodlands are the last vestiges of the mystical world in which we had our beginning. Such places are full of classic archetypes from Robin Hood to the shadowy figures of the Green Man and Woman. To walk in the wild wood is to take a … [Read more...]

Interview with Rob Young, author of “Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music”

One of my favorite non-fiction books published this year was Rob Young's "Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music," a wide-ranging, adventurous, and  deeply pleasing work that traces the beginnings, rise, and legacy of British folk music. Not content to merely provide discographies and musical influences, Young digs deeper into the romanticism, yearnings, and spiritual dimensions of making a "British" music, mapping an "Other Britain" or "Albion" that exists as an ideal, a repository of the nation's constructed hopes and aspirations. Young also makes connections between folklore, folk music, and the then-emerging Witchcraft revival. I was lucky enough to conduct a short interview … [Read more...]

Interview with Owen Davies, author of “Paganism: A Very Short Introduction”

Owen Davies is Professor of Social History at the University of Hertfordshire and author of books that specialize in subjects relating to witchcraft and the practice of magic, including "Popular Magic: Cunning-folk in English History", "Witchcraft, Magic and Culture, 1736-1951", and "Grimoires: A History of Magic Books". His most recent work is part of Oxford University Press' Very Short Introductions series, in which he tackles the subject of Paganism, both ancient and modern. I was lucky enough to conduct an interview with Davies about "Paganism: A Very Short Introduction," in addition to asking some questions relating to his research into grimoires.Oxford recently published "Pagan … [Read more...]