What Do I Believe Anyway?

"I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn't even know that I'm alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck." - Neil Gaiman, "American Gods" From time to time, due to the popularity of my blog, folks have been given to speculating on what my stance or agenda is given a certain political, social, or theological topic. For various reasons, I have tried, or more accurately, learned, to keep the personal stuff as close to the vest as possible. Partially because I write about … [Read more...]

Labor Day Weekend + Links

In honor of Labor Day Weekend, The Wild Hunt is taking off until Tuesday. Expect some "best of The Wild Hunt" reprints on Sunday and Monday. For today, here are some posts from across the Pagan blogosphere that you should check out."Mantras, Malas and the Witch's Ladder" by Christopher Penczak. Quote: "If you keep any kind of regular spiritual practice over a long period of time, you'll find that you can hit a wall. The tried and true technique just doesn't do it for you like it once did. In my experience its not so much that the technique is at fault, or that you are at fault, as you've been sincerely using it as a part of your practice with regular frequency, but that you've hit a … [Read more...]

The Power and Responsibility of Movement Journalism

For the past few days I've been considering how best to cover a controversy within a local Pagan community. This situation, I felt, did and does have repercussions for our movement as a whole, and has drawn opinions from national figures on what the best response would be. However, every time I've started to write the piece, I have hesitated. There is news here, but I also know that by holding up my magnifying glass to it I could inflame and re-litigate a situation that seems to have come to some sort of uneasy resolution. There is the very real possibility that my reporting, instead of adding more light, would just add more heat.If I'm being honest, concerns of this nature have not … [Read more...]

A Day to Reflect

I won't be actively blogging today, as I'm taking a personal day for my birthday. I've often thought that birthdays, at least once you bypass the "piles of toys" stage of life, are a perfect time to take stock, reflect on the year past, look toward the year to come, and spend time with dear friends. So that's what I'll be doing.Living in Eugene, Oregon, one of my favorite spots to reflect is from the top of Spencer Butte, a place I often hike to (weather permitting). Here's a photo I took a couple months ago, of the view from the summit.I'd like to take this moment to thank all of you, for reading, supporting my efforts here, and participating in making today's Pagan media the … [Read more...]