Posts Tagged ‘witchcraft’

“Choose How Cute or Evil She Should Be”

The sexy witch. The evil witch. The cute witch. What accessories should she wear? What animal is her familiar? And where did she come from? When I ran across this website (another update of the old paper doll), I thought of two things right away. One was a book co-authored by my friend Nikki Bado, […]

The Mind of the Native and the Mind of the Witch

Typical Colorado foothills weather — from snow on the ground mid-May to temperatures in the 80s F. by the first of June. What is this “spring” people speak of? If you have hummingbirds and snow at the same time, that is our spring. Some links: • Rod Dreher posts on “How to see a ghost,” […]

Response by Robert Mathiesen to “Investigating a Grandmother Story”

This guest post by Prof. Mathiesen began as a comment to my earlier review ofThe Rede of the Wiccae, which he wrote with Theitic of the NECTW tradition. With his permission, I have moved his comments here. Thank you, Chas! That’s a handsome and generous post. My view of the history is close to yours, […]

Investigating a “Grandmother Story”

Robert Mathiesen and Theitic, The Rede of the Wiccae: Adriana Porter, Gwen Thompson and the Birth of a Tradition of Witchcraft (Providence, R.I.: Olympic Press, 2005), 167 pp., $17.95 (paper). • • • Gwen Thompson (Craft name of Phyllis Healy), 1928–1986, founded the New England Coven of Traditional Witches in the late 1960s. It went […]

A New History of the Craft in America

When I wrote Her Hidden Children, I definitely was not trying to tell the history of different groups, except in broad strokes and as that history helped the discussion of the larger questions that interested me, chiefly, “What do we mean by the term ‘nature religion’?” Thanks to his earlier experiences with reference books on […]

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?