We love watching the witchy stars of The Craft, Practical Magic, and Bewitched, but how long would they last in a real coven? And as entertaining as the Wicked Witch of the West may be, we can’t help but wonder if her magic is at all consistent with actual Wiccan beliefs. (Spoiler alert: It isn’t.)
Manx National Heritage is delighted to welcome the return of enigmatic historian Professor Ronald Hutton, who will be presenting a public lecture on, ‘Folklore, History and Paganism’, at the Manx Museum on Friday 27th January 2017.
Professor Hutton is a leading authority on the history of the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, on ancient and medieval paganism and magic, and on the global context of witchcraft beliefs.
As we face down the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump — whose administration has promised to assault civil and reproductive rights in America so intensely that Human Rights Watch has listed his rhetoric as a threat to “basic rights protections” — now is an important time to reflect on the strength of the many women, men, and non-binary champions in our society who have managed to navigate (indeed, even overcome) assaults on their sexuality, self-governance, and cultural practices with aplomb. In short: there is a tremendous amount we can learn right now from our country’s communities of witches.
The Bible makes some rather bold claims about prayer. How well do they hold up?
But the best evidence available suggests that there’s no there there.
Guess who has been calling Christmas a pagan holiday for the last 500 years? Christians.
If it feels like the “War on Christmas” is getting really old, it is. Over ten years have passed since Bill O’Reilly first opened December with a segment called, “Christmas Under Siege”—ten long years in which his cadences and refrains and echoing chorus have become as familiar to most Americans as Handel’s Messiah. More familiar, in fact.
To understand why the dramatized witch hunt remains important is to look at the world today, the divisions facing us, and the power of scapegoat and blame in a post-factual society. Two quotes come to mind which capture its historical significance: F.D.R.’s “[We have] nothing to fear but fear itself” and, from horror maestro H.P. Lovecraft, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
So it is with “The Crucible”
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In Assam, two women, both related, were pushed into a well and buried alive on the night of 31 October. They were murdered after being branded as witches. According to one of the three men accused of the crime, their actions were justified because the women had “used black magic to infest with insects the well from which we drink water”.
Continue reading “Witch-hunts in India: We don’t talk about this form of violence against women – Firstpost”
RRANCHI: In a bid to regain lost ground in areas which were once considered their bastion, Maoists are holding awareness campaigns against superstitious beliefs and evil social practices such as witchcraft in Latehar district.
Continue reading “Rebels campaign against social evils – Times of India”
For untold millennia, deep into the misty pagan past, groups of women have gathered under the dark of night to commune with nature and share valuable folk knowledge. Now, a new generation of self-proclaimed witches, drawn by their own misty memories of playing with Ouija boards at sleepovers and bookmarking the dirty parts of The Mists Of Avalon, has answered the call.
When you were in elementary school, did you ever have a friend whose parents banned them from celebrating Halloween? If not, take my word for it — there are few things in this world more depressing to witness.
Continue reading “Dear Parents, Halloween is Not Evil – Daily Utah Chronicle”