Posts Tagged ‘witchcraft’

Wiccan Ghost-Hunting in India

If you are of a certain age — or if you hang around the “occult” section in used-bookstores — you might remember the ghost-hunting team of English witch Sybil Leek (1917–1982) and American parapsychology author Hans Holzer (1920–2009). They were both writers, but the books appeared under his name, such as The Lively Ghosts of […]

She’s Dead, She’s Female, She Must Be the Witch!

There is a well-known set of standing stones in England called the Rollright Stones — actually, a dolmen plus a “circle” plus a larger standing stone, believed to have been erected at different times in the long Neolithic period. So they have had at least four thousand years to accrue folklore, not to mention for […]

The Blue Moon Made Me Do It

A northern Florida sheriff speculates that the deaths of a family were “ritualistic” murders. “The time of death on Tuesday also coincides with what’s referred to as a blue moon, which occurs every three years.” According to the Associated Press version, linked above,  which “faith or religion” the sheriff had in mind was not made […]

Review: “The Sisterhood of Night”

Pagan film critic Peg Aloi has interesting things to say about a new movie, The Sisterhood of Night. Not only does it have the traditional element of teenage girls, secrets, and occultism (see, not coincidentally, Salem, Mass., 1692) but there is a social-media element too: The film cleverly allows us to speculate for a bit […]

Some Polish Healers and Witches

Part of a photo portrait exhibit on “women of power” in Poland by photographer Katarzyna Majak. (Via Slate)

This is Not a Film for Your Wicca 101 Class

On 4 December 1969 a press party was held for a documentary film on Witchcraft, Legend of the Witches, directed by Malcolm Leigh. Among the media types attending was a magazine writer on assignment, a fifty-something man named Stewart Farrar, but that is another story. Legend of the Witches offers a very Margaret Murray-style reading […]

Links: Exorcists, Vampires, Shamans, and the New Gothic

So many links, so little time to comment. Pick one, two, or three of these to read. Mix and match. Fill your plate. Come back for more. • Sexy vampires threaten Catholic youth, thus encouraging — you guessed it — “dabbling.” • Witchy craft: I am building these. • Another interesting article on the revival […]

How to Ruin the Mysteries, or Religion is not Moral

In retrospect, I was lucky that the high priest of my first coven (mid-1970s) was something of a scoundrel. He was always tapping people for money and favors (“Could you fix my truck’s clutch? Oh, you’re a welder? I have some projects . . .”) — all for the good of the Craft, of course. […]

It’s Not Culturally Insenstive When We Do It in a Hip and Ironic Way

One Antonia Blumberg, writing at The Huffington Post, which often veers off into the weeds of political correctness, tackles that burning question of late October: Is it “culturally insensitive” to wear a Hallowe’en witch costume? But the  HuffPo’s  cultural sensitivity is barely skin deep — they are also featuring an article on “Witch Is the […]

“Good Witches” at the Alchemical Bar

In Brooklyn, says the New York Times, “real-life good witches” are selling herbal cocktails and “celebrating all things magical.” Ms. Ayales’s best-selling formulas are Love Handles, a tonic said to help blast fat with ginger, Himalayan pink salt, green coffee bean and a rain forest tree berry called cha de bugre, and Lucid Dreaming, a […]