Posts Tagged ‘witchcraft’

Pentagram Pizza: An ‘Apocalypse’ for Witches

¶ From Scarlet Imprint, Peter Grey’s Apocalyptic Witchcraft. In its review The Daily Grail said, Grey sets out to explicate a perspective on the familiar symbols and stories of witchcraft in the West which has little truck with the formalities of scholarship, the sensibilities of the Wiccan paths or the white-light Newage perspective. His is […]

1971: Witches in Bellbottoms, Talking Heads

Here is a 1971 documentary from the BBC that is supposed to be about witches. But at the time it was made, no one was making much effort to sort out the new Pagan Witches, anthropological and folkloric witches, and Satanic witches of the Church of Satan variety. So what you get is all of […]

Excavating Witches

It was the obligatory Halloween content over at Bones Don’t Lie, but I had too much else on my plate to link to it then. The question is, how can you tell if a buried ancient skeleton was that of a witch (in the anthropological sense)? Does the mouth full of iron nails mean something? […]

Pentagram Pizza: Should You Print Out These Links?

Items that deserve more commentary, but are not getting it today: • From  MIT Technology Review: When we read books on paper, do we retain more than when we read on a screen? • Re-creating the sound of ancient musical instruments, sometimes with synthesizers. • A review of Apocalyptic Witchcraft, from Scarlet Imprint. • At […]

Magick and Improvisational Comedy

Really? Witchcraft at Second City Chicago? Magical warding for the building? Or were those “demons” just metaphorical? How come this was not part of last November’s “Occult Chicago” tour?

It Makes Women into ‘Witches’

What is it? Long hair: Whatever the fashion, no woman over 55 should even think of wearing her hair long and loose, unless she wants to look like a mad witch. Hillary Clinton unwisely let her hair down recently and her authority drained away. She would do better to rein it back again neatly. Long […]

Around the Pagan Blogosphere

• At The Used Key Is Always Bright, a young boy’s dream of “small gods” intriguingly includes “the god of keys.” • Ivo Dominguez deals with someone who thinks that His People own the idea of four directions, the elements, etc. Via Miniver Cheevy, where there is a postscript. • Christopher Penzcak talks about the Mighty […]

Sarah Pike on Witchcraft and American Religion

Religious studies professor Sarah Pike, author of Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community and New Age and Neopagan Religions in America discusses her work at the Religion and American History blog. In a chapter I wrote recently on “Wicca in the News” about changing representations of Witches in American news […]

Hogwarts for Vampires

Maybe if I had a bookish teenage daughter I would know this, but the boarding-school-for-vampires (etc.) genre has exploded. Here is a typical cover blurb: Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering […]

Ghost Girls: Witchcrap or Pop Occulture Fun?

My old friend Oberon Zell of the Church of All Worlds is backing this show because he designed some jewelry for the characters. A Facebook commenter calls the show “the kind of CRAP our spiritual community has had to put up with for decades!” According to the projected TV series’ website, Janet, Crystle, and Tawnya […]