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Asatru (Norse heathenism)

History/Founder: Although Asatru is an ages old traditional religion of the Norse there is not a continuity of practice. The modern revival of Norse Heathenism dates to the nineteen-seventies, when poet Gothi Sveinbjorn Beinteinsson petitioned the Icelandic government for official recognition of the faith.

Current leader/governing body: None. Asatru is an autonomous faith which consists . . . → Read More: Asatru (Norse heathenism)

Meet the white witch of Harlow

Halloween means more than just dressing up in pointy hats for mum Carly Duff. The 27-year-old was staring death in the face after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 20, but then turned to the Wiccan faith.

“If it hadn’t been for Wicca I just wouldn’t have been able to cope,” admitted Carly, . . . → Read More: Meet the white witch of Harlow

Having a spell with witchcraft proves popular for women

By Barney Zwartz

Witches and charismatic Christians are leading religious growth in Australia with many women turning to witchcraft or paganism as a reaction against the patriarchal nature of traditional Christianity. Dr Philip Hughes of the Christian Research Association said the numbers of people participating in nature religions – mostly witchcraft and paganism – rose . . . → Read More: Having a spell with witchcraft proves popular for women

Is Sin City becoming Zen City?

By Christina Littlefield

These aren’t your average Sunday school classes. This fall local colleges are offering classes on Kabbalah, witchcraft and the meditation practices of Zen Buddhism. You can learn about angels, study the origin of evil or learn how to be content in each moment. Instructors say those classes are meeting a growing desire . . . → Read More: Is Sin City becoming Zen City?

Real Witches

By Wendy Solomon

In the countdown to Halloween, we are surrounded by fanciful caricatures of witches as warty, hook-nosed old women dressed in swirling black capes and pointy black hats who fly through the air on broomsticks. Throw in a few evil spells, cauldrons and a cackle or two and the witch as old crone . . . → Read More: Real Witches

Witches Among Us

By Alicia Grega-Pikul

When his pentacle pendant hangs neatly beneath his shirt, Paul Jones looks like any other middle-aged computer programmer. As well he should. The fact that he’s been practicing Wicca for 30 years is less strange than you might imagine — or so he’d like you to believe.

Jones first recognized his strong . . . → Read More: Witches Among Us

The Wild Hunt

By Lindsey Leffew

The Wild Hunt is possibly one of the most haunting myths in Faery lore, and as such it’s always been one of my favorites. I’ve encountered elements of this particular story in a variety of modern fantasy novels, in passing, or as a direct element of the story, as well as in . . . → Read More: The Wild Hunt

Vermont witch display sparks chest beating

By Dawn Witlin

Brattleboro, Vt., has been under a spell ever since residents David and Lauren Petrie decorated the lawn of their Guilford Street home with a breast-feeding witch Halloween display a couple of weeks ago. The display features a scarecrow witch with a gourd breast and a green baby witch doll.

“I would hope . . . → Read More: Vermont witch display sparks chest beating

Witches are top role models for our girls

WITCHES were today declared hip by a university researcher after centuries of being derided as evil, haggard crones. Positive images of portrayed by hit TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Alyson Hannigan as Willow pictured left) and Sabrina the Teenage Witch had transformed the popularity of the occult figures.

The findings come from researcher Rachel . . . → Read More: Witches are top role models for our girls

The Wiccan way of Halloween

By Matt Newton

It’s Oct. 31, Halloween night. Children and adults dressed as monsters and movie stars are out trick-or-treating, or simply hanging out at a party. Maybe a few chaps are up catching a “Friday the 13th” marathon.

Elsewhere, in Williamsport, 16-year-old Amber Buechling is among many Wiccans and pagans alike celebrating a slightly . . . → Read More: The Wiccan way of Halloween