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Samhain: Sunset of the Year

A Wiccan Priestess shares familial traditions for this most sacred celebration. By Kaatryn MacMorgan

On October 31st, many Wiccans, practitioners of the religion of Modern Wicca, will celebrate their end of year festival, Samhain (generally pronounced Sä-wAn, sO-hwen, or sau-An.) Samhain represents the change from summer to winter, and in Wicca marks the change . . . → Read More: Samhain: Sunset of the Year

The Samhain Spiral Dance

By Rae Schwarz

The holiday of Samhain marks the end of the old year more than the start of the new one, yet this is often considered the pagan equivalent of New Year’s. Some Celtic traditions don’t observe the new year until Yule, leaving the period from Samhain on October 31st to the winter solstice . . . → Read More: The Samhain Spiral Dance

Great Falls to pay Wiccan’s legal fees

By Jennifer Miskewicz

Great Falls has to pay a practicing Wiccan because she was offended by references to Jesus Christ in the town meetings. Darla Wynne is a Wiccan priestess. She’s been practicing witchcraft in Great Falls for years, “It’s an earth-based religion that looks at the duality of nature.” She stirred up controversy in . . . → Read More: Great Falls to pay Wiccan’s legal fees

Both sides accept facilitator’s report

The B.C. teachers’ union says it will “reluctantly” accept a facilitator’s report on ending a two-week illegal strike at public schools. In a conference call, Premier Gordon Campbell said his government also accepts the report.

Union president Jinny Sims says the executive committee of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation will recommend teachers approve the proposals made . . . → Read More: Both sides accept facilitator’s report

Harry Potter: The Witch’s View

Real-life witch Marysia Kolodziej, from Tooting, south London, was one of the first to pick up the new Harry Potter book at midnight. Here, the 27-year-old introduces herself, before she reviews The Order of the Phoenix.

I have been involved in the pagan community for seven years. I am a thelemite, a solitary witch – . . . → Read More: Harry Potter: The Witch’s View

Author finds faith in magic

By Mary Bergin

Not in Kansas Anymore By Christine Wicker HarperSanFranciso 275 pages, $25

So Wicker, a former religion reporter for the Dallas Morning News who now lives in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield, began a new line of research and has a new book: “Not in Kansas Anymore: A Curious Tale of How . . . → Read More: Author finds faith in magic

Growing the seeds of witchcraft

By Valerie I. Shell

Ergot, Claviceps purpurea, a fungus infesting cereal crops and grasses, proliferates when summer weather is cool and wet. The distinctive characteristic of ergot-infested grain is its purple to black color in the grain heads just prior to harvest. Known for hundreds of years as somehow connected to epidemics, until the 1800s . . . → Read More: Growing the seeds of witchcraft

A witch’s story…

By Julie Wernau

It’s hard not to offend people when you’re a lesbian witch. But Sheryl Lofgren pays no mind when people ask if she eats toads; she just lives her life. “I don’t kill any bugs. I don’t even kill mosquitoes. I don’t kill anything,” Lofgren sighed as she flitted about, tweaking Halloween decorations . . . → Read More: A witch’s story…

Halloween conjures up a witchcraft conversation

By Kristin Deasy

As Gonzaga students prepare to open their doors and dorms to little witches, ghosts and ghouls this Halloween, perhaps it is an appropriate time to examine what magic really is and its effect on the Spokane community.

On Oct. 8, 2002, two practicing witches founded “The Spokane Witches Meetup Group.” In only . . . → Read More: Halloween conjures up a witchcraft conversation

Worried about Quebec’s future

Lucien Bouchard, the charismatic sovereigntist who almost led Quebec out of Canada in 1995, says the province’s survival is threatened by its low birthrate and by global competition regardless of the political option it chooses. Bouchard is part of a group of prominent Quebecers, including federalists and separatists, who want a debate on the demographic . . . → Read More: Worried about Quebec’s future