Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup) September 14, 2012

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.

Herdswomen with beautiful floral cow. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)


  • The altar of art: “The faithful who came to meditate on a fresco of Giotto’s or a painting by Caravaggio sought a personal experience of the divine, the feeling that they themselves were present, witnessing the mystery being represented, a miracle that was being enacted specially for them. At the MoMA show, the artist’s presence offered transcendence through communion and intimacy, in the privacy that Abramović was able to create in a crowded atrium. Watching the documentary, I thought: This is the moment in which we live. Alienated, unmoored, we seek our salvation, one by one, from the artist who brings us the comforting news: I see you. I weep when you weep. The mystery, and the miracle, is that you exist.”
  • This is awesome. So is this.

That’s it for now! Feel free to discuss any of these links in the comments, some of these I may expand into longer posts as needed.

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18 responses to “Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)”

  1. If you are looking for a nice “occult” link to the Transformers movies – the character “Bumblebee” was voiced by British actor Mark Ryan, who is most known for his role as Nasir in the very pagan British tv show Robin of Sherwood, back in the 80’s. Mark Ryan is also known for designing and creating the “Greenwood Tarot” (out of print) which has recently been re-designed as the “Wildwood Tarot” – which bases its theme in UK folklore and mythology.

  2. I could have sworn I read about the comic book series “O.S.T.” starring Rosario Dawson, being produced. What Bay is making sounds alot like “The Gathering” except with Feds.

  3. “The show, which is still in its early stages, centers on an FBI
    agent who returns to work after an extended absence, stemming from a
    breakdown he experienced while investigating his wife’s disappearance.
    Upon his return, he’s placed on a new occult-centric task force with a
    new partner, who specializes in the subject.”

    sooooooo…X-Files 2.0?

  4. Regarding MTV’s proposed Reality show on young Witches, Pagans, and Occultists: I have encountered a few audition-calls for such shows, which I posted about on the Juggler (one was announced thru Witchvox); I feel there is definitely something going on in the TV producing zeitgeist that wants to be presenting Witchcraft/Paganism/Occultism on television (we see this already in fiction shows).
    Stray thought- if there is anyplace in America where Magicke practices are kept especially underground- I suspect it is in the entertainment fields.
    Many Young Magick-Practioners may find the prospect of appearing on an MTV show appealing; it may well prove a historic breakthrough, as surely (sooner or later) For-Real Magick Life hits the airways (it already kind of has, in a few Reality shows already, one of which featured the infamous “God Warrior” located on YouTube).
    One thing to consider, responding to a TV casting call- your life will never be the same, your anonymity gone forever- once you have been on a Magick-Reality TV show.
    If you are on such a show- they can’t run embarrassing footage of you (or the Occult Sciences) if you don’t provide them with any. Let producers ply the cast with alcohol and stir up Witch Wars all they want- if you never present yourself or The Life on-camera with nothing but integrity and honor- what are they going to have to run with?
    A thing to remember about the audition process- it is as much a chance for the actor to check out the production, as it is for the production to check out the actor. It is totally appropriate to ask questions like, Why are you interested in a show about Magick-Life? How do you intend to present Witchcraft, Paganism and the Occult on this show? Are any of you producers involved in the Magick Life?
    It is perfectly fine to respond to a casting notice, and decide not to do the show. You are under no obligation whatsoever, at no point in the audition process, to actually do the show- until you sign your name to a contract. (At that point, you might as well start to consider yourself a vassal-serf to MTV, and oh yeah, your life will never be the same).
    But it is fine to go thru the audition process (if they are serious, they will want to put you on film pretty quickly, to see how you “read” on camera): you are not obligated until you sign a contract.
    If a group of Young People (Younglings) could represent Neo-Paganism and the Occult Crafts and Sciences on television with dignity and honor, for themselves, the Gods, and the Community- rock on, Pagans, rock on.

  5. You think that, perhaps, they are after younger ‘Magical’ types because the older ones are less prone to fuck-uppery?

    Acting with integrity and honour is not going to generate huge viewing figures, is it? Not compared to ritual virgin(ity) sacrifices and Bacchanalian revelry.

  6. Well, MTV’s demo-audience is young people; of course they’re going to look for 20-somethings or teens.
    I would imagine (hope) that Occult Youngsters contemplating such a casting-call would want to Rep the Life with dignity, rather than run ratings. Sure, let the producers encourage all they want (ratings! ratings! ratings!) If you don’t offer up your virginity as a metaphoric Sacrifice in a Dionysian Revel- they don’t have footage of that.
    It is ultimately the actor in front of the camera who controls the performance; no one else generates the performance but the actor.

  7. Speaking as a competition reality fan, I’d much rather see a contestant who just happens to be Pagan on a show that’s not about their Paganism (e.g. Survivor, Amazing Race, Top Chef, Project Runway, etc.) than see a Pagan on a show all about the boospookiness of Paganism. With the caveat, of course, that the Pagan contestant is actually good– Amazing Race had a goth couple on and they were successful and liked enough to have them back in the celebrity edition. That way, at least, both the editors and the audience aren’t expecting them to be all about their religion all the time (indeed, we usually hate it when something like a contestant’s religion becomes too focal– there’s a certain Survivor season that will live in infamy as That Annoying Jesus Season for a large contingent of the fanbase).

  8. Zan, your perspective is appreciated on this subject!
    I only have one thing to add. When you are working for others, they can sometimes maneuver you into situations where you are somehow shocked, pushed, and manipulated. Be prepared for it. Maybe even roleplay with your friends and see how you would react if you’re not expecting something that you might perceive as threatening.
    And even if you are well-prepared, you’re not perfect; nobody is. So realize that you might lose it, sometimes, and that might get filmed. In a world where so many of our actions can be publicized, we must learn to act as well as we can in all circumstances.