Horrorshow is one of a growing number of young people who practice witchcraft or identify themselves as a witch. As both VICE and The Guardian outline, witches have especially seen a resurgence among women, trans and queer-identifying people recently. Some of them dress up, some cast spells and do tarot, others create webcomics and video games.
Some see witches as icons of feminist power, or women who challenge the rules and boundaries of society. Cultural historian Rictor Norton writes that witches have always been associated with heresy, and were thought to practise unorthodox activities, such as homosexuality, which “was often an important feature of the witches’ real or alleged initiation rituals”.
Accordingly, game maker Solomon Fletcher finds that “even though the term ‘witch’ is usually tied to womanhood, it’s always felt genderless to [them]”. Witches naturally invite genderqueer discourse, and that’s part of the appeal of adopting the philosophy in 2017.
Emmalie Hall-Skank, a senior from Streamwood studying interior design, gazes up from inside a bamboo forest Sunday during an afternoon hike with members of the Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance at the Marberry Arboretum off Pleasant Hill Road in Carbondale.
The group hike was organized by Tara Nelsen, founder of SIPA and a 2002 SIU graduate.
Glamorous business, this writing life? Not always. Beth Underdown is two sleeps away from the publication of her first novel – she’s been counting – but this is not the time to sit back with a glass of something sparkling.
It’s the evil and self-styled Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins, who’s bringing her 200 miles south-east. The man who thrived during the instability of the Civil War years, and is believed to be responsible for the deaths of 300 or so innocent women in less than three years, conducted most of his witch-hunts in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
This is the second in a series of excerpts from author Kevin Gibson’s new book, “Secret Louisville: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.”
The American Council Of Witches fell apart after one year due to infighting between members with slightly differing beliefs.
From a young age, Haley Murphy recognized that she had what she refers to as “spiritual gifts.” Murphy’s the driving force behind ATL Craft, touted as Atlanta’s witchcraft store and community space. The new shop recently opened its doors on Edgewood Avenue in a shared retail space with artist/entrepreneur Grant Henry, owner of the elaborately named bar Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium.
Wendy Koffer carried a wicker basket full of gloves, clippers, plastic baggies and a ball of string as she strolled through Rock Creek Park.
Several members of the Assembly of Capital District Pagans were happy to step “out of the broom closet” and discuss their religion and how it’s depicted in the hit show and in the original novel by Albany native Gregory Maguire. According to Rising, most pagans use rituals to honor the cycles of the sun and the moon. In the realms of comedy, fairy tale and horror, there’s no shortage of witches in popular culture.
If ghosts existed, physicists would know about it by now.
Once a pagan festival, then a religious holiday, Valentine’s Day has evolved into a cultural institution.
It may be all chocolates, roses and sweet sentiments today, but Valentine’s Day wasn’t always that way. The romantic associations are a relatively recent spin on this long-observed day.
Source: How Valentine’s Day came to be