Essex: Beth Underdown’s new book on Manningtree’s Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins – What’s on – Ipswich Star

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.

Source: Essex: Beth Underdown’s new book on Manningtree’s Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins – What’s on – Ipswich Star

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ATL Craft brings witchcraft to Edgewood

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.

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Local Wiccans have own perspective on Proctors-bound ‘Wicked’ – Times Union

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.

Source: Local Wiccans have own perspective on Proctors-bound ‘Wicked’ – Times Union

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It’s Not Always Easy Being Iceland’s Best Witchcraft Museum | Atlas Obscura

Tucked away in a small, unassuming building in the town of Hólmavík, in Iceland’s Westfjords, is a museum that holds some truly gruesome displays of 17th century sorcery. There are pants made of human skin, which are said to give the wearer unlimited wealth; you can see magical sigils called staves, thought to offer powers ranging from the ability to see ghosts to making someone fall in love; and strange two-headed snake creatures that are born to steal goat’s milk.

While all of this arcane weirdness could be viewed as little more than an out-of-the-way collection of oddities, for both the curator of The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, and the town of Hólmavík itself, the exhibitions here are an important reminder of a darker time in local history. Oh, and they’re also really great at bringing in tourist dollars.

Source: It’s Not Always Easy Being Iceland’s Best Witchcraft Museum | Atlas Obscura

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Imbolc 2017: Facts, Traditions And Recipes To Celebrate The Pagan Holiday

Pagans across the world are attempting to lure the spring equinox with traditional Imbolc festivities this week. The festival — pronounced “IM-bulk,” “EM-bowlk,” or “oi-milk” — falls on Feb. 2 and is meant to celebrate the early signs of spring.

The festival falls midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox at a time, which is traditionally the coldest and darkest time of the year for pagans, commonly referred to as Wiccans. Imbolc is also called Brigid’s Day, honoring the Celtic goddess of fire, fertility and midwifery.

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