Daily Egyptian : Photo of the Day: “For us this is church” — Daily Egyptian

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.

Source: Daily Egyptian : Photo of the Day: “For us this is church” — Daily Egyptian

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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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