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.What's it like being a Pagan in Wyoming? Pretty hard, apparently, as locals attending a Pagan Pride Day event in Laramie discuss being closeted and how "people are not so nice here." Quote: “They’re closeted,” said Jo-Ann Aelfwine of Laramie, who has been practicing paganism for 50 years. Wyoming is a conservative state, and people aren’t always open to differences, Aelfwine said. “We have to worry about things like losing your job, having your kids taken away from you,” s … [Read more...]

Wiccans, The Band (Plus Some Pagan Pride)

I think that modern Paganism has hit some sort of landmark when hip(ster) touchstone Vice Magazine features a new music column spotlighting a show in Ann Arbor, Michigan headlined by a band called 'Wiccans.'"Last night I walked into Encore Records, the best record store in Ann Arbor and one of the best anywhere, where Wiccans front women Aran Ruth and Kelly Jean Caldwell had cleared a space on the floor to spread out a flowery blanket on top of which they were busily setting up an altar made out of spellbooks, incense, a silkscreened tapestry of a tarot card Empress, and candles—one of them in the shape of a kitten because there's apparently no rule against mixing magick and cute shit. … [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.Yesterday, herdsmen and women in Germany celebrated their annual cattle drive down the alpine mountains. According to Getty Images this tradition "dates back through centuries, and in countries like Germany, Switzerland and Austria alm culture has a deep resonance in folk history." If the entire herd survives, the lead cow is decorated with flowers on the return journey. Paganism: Sometimes you get to decorate a cow with flowers. The Salem Gazette reports on last Sunda … [Read more...]

A Quick Note on Sacred Music

There are a couple stories I'm in the midst of writing, but none are quite ready for primetime. So instead I'd like to chat a bit about music. I'm about to record this week's episode of A Darker Shade of Pagan, and I'm getting ready to see the great Peter Murphy in concert this evening. So music is foremost on my mind. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmKmpgX3MBk Murphy is, of course, a famous student of Sufi mysticism and religion, and that sense of the sacred imbues his work. "If someone calls themselves a Sufi... you can be sure that they're not...Sufism isn't a fad or cool fashion spiritualism... its at the dead center of your being. Yes YOURS; where the "I" is effaced in the … [Read more...]