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...]

Update: Good News for Endangered Pagan Community Center

On July 8th I reported that Sacred Paths Center, a Pagan community center serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul area (aka “Paganistan”), was in danger of closing down unless they could raise $7,500 immediately. That was followed by an interview conducted by PNC-Minnesota with SPC board member CJ Stone, where it was estimated that the center needed to raise $12,000 total by the end of July to remain open and viable for the longer term. Today, CJ Stone left an update in our comments section, to say that they've almost raised their immediate goal, and are hopeful about reaching the $12,000 needed to restructure for long-term survival. "I'm happy to say we've received more than $7000 in donations. We … [Read more...]

Updates: Sacred Paths Center, James Arthur Ray, The Winnemem Wintu, and Harry Potter

This Sunday, I have updates on some previously reported stories.Sacred Paths Center's Fiscal Crisis: As I reported on Friday, Sacred Paths Center, a Pagan community center serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul area (aka “Paganistan”), sent out a message that they were in dire fiscal straits and needed over 7000 dollars immediately if they were to avoid closure. Now one of the SPC's board members, CJ Stone, has been interviewed by PNC-Minnesota about the situation. "We were working from a membership model. A Pagan Community Center has been the dream of several Twin Cities groups, working for the past thirteen years. You would think if the idea of a Pagan Community Center, supported by membe … [Read more...]

Pagan Community Center in Danger of Shutting Down

On Tuesday PNC-Minnesota reported that Sacred Paths Center, a Pagan community center serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul area (aka "Paganistan"), had unveiled a new national public ancestor shrine and sacred spirit altar. Open for just over two years, Sacred Paths has been seen as one possible model for creating Pagan-centered and dedicated space within a local community. Their journey was profiled by PNC reporter Cara Schultz  in a special video series produced earlier this year (part 1, part 2). httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7zQe6H37t4 However, just days later, Sacred Paths Center posted an urgent message on their website saying they were out of capital, and that the center is in danger o … [Read more...]