There’s a Quincunx for Sir Thomas Browne at the RCP

That modernist block by Regents Park that houses the medical professionals of the Royal College of Physicians has been given over to alchemy, astrology and witchcraft.

It’s an exhibition, not a new branch of the NHS, and this “cabinet of rarities” is a collection of objects collected by physician, philosopher, collector, and polymath, Sir Thomas Browne.

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Scottish Water defends use of witchcraft to find pipes and leaks

SCOTTISH water has defended its use of witchcraft to detect pipes underground.

The public-owned utilities company has admitted that some of its water operatives use rods and divination to establish the “presence of water and pipes”.

Known as water witching in the United States, but more commonly referred to as dowsing here, it’s the practice of holding twigs or metal rods that are supposed to move in response to hidden water.

Though an ancient method, it’s not backed up by science.

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Tarot on the Square brings spiritual fortunetelling to Denton

A group of people sit criss-cross upon the Denton Courthouse lawn in the early dusk of a Thursday night. Curious onlookers diverge from their path in order to get a closer glimpse of what is happening. From afar, it may look as if the group is playing some sort of trading card game, but upon close

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Get nasty (for charity!) at Let’s Get Nasty: Witch Hunt

Halloween is over, but no one is safe, (w)itches.

The Nasty Woman Project, a feminist initiative that began as a social media portrait project, is hosting its second major charity event Let’s Get Nasty: Witch Hunt in December.

“The immersive party will be set up like a witch hunt from the infamous Salem Witch Trials to represent the continuous demonization of the feminine spirit. The Witch Hunt was established to kill that spirit. We are here to bring it back. To revive it from the dark corner it’s been hiding in for all of this time. We are here to celebrate the WITCH.”

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The Shaken Path: A Christian priest’s exploration of modern pagan belief and practice, by Paul Cudby

John Drane finds it worth doing outside our church walls

PAGANISM is probably the fastest growing spiritual movement in Britain today, and Paul Cudby explores its appeal from his perspective as a Christian priest. The book begins with an account of his own faith journey, and a sabbatical that took him the length and breadth of the British Isles to meet self-described pagans.

Source: The Shaken Path: A Christian priest’s exploration of modern pagan belief and practice, by Paul Cudby

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Statue Plan Raises Questions – KTSA

By Don Morgan

A statue that’s planned for the San Pedro Creek area is creating some controversy.

It’s called Plethora and Allan Parker at The Justice Foundation tells us it’s being erected with nearly a million dollars of taxpayer money on county owned land…and that violates the Establishment of Religion Clause of both the Texas and U.S Constitution.

Parker says the artist stated the statue is the likeness of a Goddess and he doesn’t feel a Pagan statue should be paid for with your tax dollars.

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California Governor Signs Bill to Defend Against Religious Registries | Electronic Frontier Foundation

On the last day to act on legislation in 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill creating a firewall between the state’s data and any attempt by the federal government to create lists, registries, or databases based on a person’s religion, nationality, or ethnicity.

S.B. 31 was one of the earliest bills introduced by the legislature to oppose discriminatory policies floated by Pres. Donald Trump and his surrogates during the 2016 campaign. S.B. 31, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, was a direct response to Trump’s and his surrogates’ support of a so-called “Muslim Registry.” Although the bill places California at odds with the White House, both parties in the California Senate unanimously approved the bill, as did an overwhelming bipartisan majority in the Assembly.

Source: California Governor Signs Bill to Defend Against Religious Registries | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Witch-hunting, a curse in Rajasthan – The Hindu

Dalit women in Rajasthan are being hunted by ‘bhopa’ sorcerers, who exploit superstitions on health

When a 75-year-old woman, labelled a witch by an influential Jat family and locked up in her own home was rescued by a team from the administration in August, the ugly face of medieval-style witch-hunting was revealed in the Mewar region of Rajasthan. The incident at Bholi village in Bhilwara district is not an isolated one.

Sunita Devi (name changed), who spent 18 days in a room measuring 10 ft x 10 ft without a window, was held responsible for the illness of a school-going girl from a Jat home. A ‘bhopa’ (exorcist) told the family that Sunita was a witch, and Jats responded by attacking her modest house – the only one belonging to the backward Nai community in the village – and thrashing her husband and sons.

In another instance, Lakshmi Bai (name changed), 65, has been forced to live in Bhilwara for 12 years after being driven out of her native Dariba village on the suspicion of being a witch. Living with her husband as a social outcast, she attended the caste panchayat five times pleading that the odious tag be removed, but to no avail. Sunita Devi and Lakshmi Bai came to Jaipur this week to narrate their sufferings to State Women’s Commission chairperson Suman Sharma, after the occult practices of ‘bhopas’ were exposed in a sting operation led by social activist Tara Ahluwalia. Hundreds of ‘bhopas’ have gone into hiding in Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand and Udaipur since their torture of innocent women came to light.

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Cobb County Genealogy Society to have meeting on Salem Witch Trials | News | mdjonline.com

The Cobb County Genealogy Society will have its monthly meeting on Oct. 24 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church St. in Marietta.

The program will be Exploring the Salem Witch Trials. The trials, synonymous with paranoia and injustice, will be presented by Candy Parrow whose ancestor was accused of witchcraft. The trials took place in colonial Massachusetts during a two-year period from 1692 to 1693. Parrow will set the stage for how the witch panic started and the possible reasons for it.

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New York Church Defaced With Spray-Painted Images of Upside-Down Crosses, ‘Witch Spells’

A New York pastor dismissed the vandalism attack that hit his church last week as just “paint on the walls [and] no one got hurt,” but it still spelled trouble for the Christian community and the police.

Source: New York Church Defaced With Spray-Painted Images of Upside-Down Crosses, ‘Witch Spells’

Awww… The little kiddies and wanna-be satanists are out and got hold of spray paint. Just check the local Halloween costume shop.

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