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Real witches try to break old myths

By Vincent Pierri

On Halloween night, scores of pirates, princesses and superheroes will ring doorbells and receive M&M’s in return. While kids beg for candy, another group will peer into black mirrors, cast spells, read tarot cards and generally take advantage of what they say is the best time of year to commune with . . . → Read More: Real witches try to break old myths

Anti-Satanism Panel Set Up

Wary of the rise of Satanism, the bishop of San Marco Argentano-Scalea has established a commission to study and prevent the phenomenon.

Bishop Domenico Crusco said the commission will study Satanic occultism and has “the subsequent and urgent duty to plan an adequate prevention and catechesis, beginning with the schools with the direct involvement . . . → Read More: Anti-Satanism Panel Set Up

Changing face of fright night

Even the most cursory glimpse into the history of Hallowe’en leaves us feeling that we can be certain about very little and doubtful about much of the rest.

Most authorities seem to agree, however, that the majority of Hallowe’en myths and practices are Celtic in origin. When Christianity arrived on these shores its adherents . . . → Read More: Changing face of fright night

The ghosts of a chance

Having grown up in ‘the most haunted castle in England’, Mary Wakefield understandably had an interest in the paranormal, even if she had never experienced it. Here, she conducts her own investigation and talks to the ‘experts’ October 2000, an American television company, the Fox Family Channel, picked an average Dr Pepper-drinking family from a . . . → Read More: The ghosts of a chance

Closer to the dead

By Linda Leicht

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in the United States, when children don costumes and gather treats from friends and neighbors. For pagans, it is a holy time when communication between the living and dead is possible. Pat Allgeier, high priestess of the Greenleaf Coven in Springfield, says it’s . . . → Read More: Closer to the dead

Nature Spirit Magic

Nature Spirit MagicCopyright 1988 by Larry Cornett890 Alhambra Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44110Phone: (216) 692-2124E-mail: lcorncalen@aol.comWild Ideas


Deity (God, Gods, Goddesses, the Tao, etc.) manifests in nature immanently. Animistic Pagans and others can work together with Deity as manifested in the Spirits of nature to heal the Earth, however we may think about other levels . . . → Read More: Nature Spirit Magic

Judge scraps TV law

By Mike King

Making it illegal for Canadians to subscribe to foreign television channels via satellite infringes on their freedom of expression, a long-awaited judgment concluded Thursday.

The 153-page ruling by Quebec Court Judge Danielle Cote found two sections of the federal Radiocommunication Act dealing with so-called grey-market satellite systems for decoding an encrypted . . . → Read More: Judge scraps TV law

Woodcutter of Gura

An African (Ethiopian) Tale

A man from the village of Gura went out one day with his ax to get firewood for his house. The trees nearby had been cut away, so he walked across the plain and down to the Adi Gulgul riverbed, which he followed for several miles until he came to a . . . → Read More: Woodcutter of Gura

You call it Halloween, we call it Samhain

By Peg Aloi

October 31st, commonly called Hallowe’en, is associated with many customs, some of them mysterious, some light-hearted, some of them downright odd. Why do we bob for apples, carve pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, and tell ghost stories on this night? Why do children go door-to-door asking for candy, dressed in fantastical costumes? How is . . . → Read More: You call it Halloween, we call it Samhain

Cup of tea may help boost memory

Drinking regular cups of tea could help improve your memory, research suggests. A team from Newcastle University found green and black tea inhibited the activity of key enzymes in the brain associated with memory.

The researchers hope their findings, published in Phytotherapy Research, may lead to the development of a new treatment for Alzheimer’s . . . → Read More: Cup of tea may help boost memory