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13 Ideas for Samhain

by Heather Evenstar Osterman

Let’s face it; Halloween is a major commercialized holiday. So how do you find something meaningful to pull out of all the mainstream commercialism for your Sabbat celebrations? What do you do when most of the people around your family don’t understand the ancient traditions they unconsciously uphold?

Take a close . . . → Read More: 13 Ideas for Samhain

Day of the Dead really a celebration of life

By Elizabeth York

Day of the Dead does not sound like a holiday involving celebration, but by many appearances, it is. Loved ones place flowers, balloons, figurines, framed pictures, favorite food and drink and even play music around the graves of loved ones. “(Day of the Dead) is meant to be both sad and happy,”? . . . → Read More: Day of the Dead really a celebration of life

Witch wins government grant

A Norwegian woman setting up shop as a witch has been awarded a government grant worth 53,000 kroner ($7,500; £4,500). Lena Skarning, aged 33, was given the money because her business plan – according to officials from the regional development fund which gave the grant – was “pretty reasonable and well thought out”.

Her business, . . . → Read More: Witch wins government grant

Bewitched by witches? Expand your wisdom

By Emilie Le Beau

Smear your face with green paint and grab your pointy hat, it’ll be a big night for witches. You might not be too worried about bumping into a broom-riding hag, but for centuries, people were terrified of witches. From Europe to America, many innocent folks were accused of witchcraft, and some . . . → Read More: Bewitched by witches? Expand your wisdom

Was Hitler defeated by witchcraft?

On February 12, witches’ covens across the land will mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Gerald Gardner, left, the Merseyside man who became the father of modern witchcraft.

People had different ideas about how we could repel the threatened invasion of Hitler’s Nazi hordes. Winston Churchill, heavy-jowled bulldog of the people, growled . . . → Read More: Was Hitler defeated by witchcraft?

‘Idiot’s Guide’ takes a walk on the paranormal side

By Peter Cameron

Thomas Edison was working on a device to communicate with the dead before he died. No joke. At least not according to the Idiot’s Guide to Ghosts.

Just in time for Halloween, the Complete Idiot’s Guide has released several books to inform you about ghosts, witches, elves and fairies. And for you . . . → Read More: ‘Idiot’s Guide’ takes a walk on the paranormal side

Stocking the Magical Cabinet

By Fiona Blackwolf

A group I am in recently posed the question, “If you had to make a list of 13 herbs for someone who is new to the craft, what would you put on it?”? This really got me thinking. What do I use most often? Why do I feel they are important? And . . . → Read More: Stocking the Magical Cabinet

Interview with the vampire

By Victoria Scrozzo

It was dusk and as we walked north on John Street, it was eerily quiet and the air was getting colder with each step. Every few minutes we’d pass other pedestrians on their way to somewhere else, unaware of our presence. I started wondering if leaving the crowded and noisy Starbucks on . . . → Read More: Interview with the vampire

Fired teacher loses bias suit

By Pamela Manson

A jury Monday night unanimously rejected a former teacher’s claim that she lost her job at Sevier School District because she is a woman and a non-Mormon.

The jury of eight women and four men reached its decision after a six-day trial and about 9 1/2 hours of deliberation. Erin Jensen and . . . → Read More: Fired teacher loses bias suit