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About Samhain: A Guide to the Sabbat’s Symbolism

By Arwynn MacFeylynnd

Date: October 31.

Alternative names: All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween, the Witches’ New Year, Third Festival of Harvest.

Primary meaning: Samhain, pronounced “sow-en” — not “sam hain” — marks the beginning of the cold months or winter; it is the Day Between the Years. Primary elements to contemplate are endings and beginnings, change, . . . → Read More: About Samhain: A Guide to the Sabbat’s Symbolism

Pagans prepare to honor the dead during Samhain

Ancient rituals celebrate new year by Andre A. Rodriguez

Tonight is a very important night for Shana McNelly. The 18-year-old will be going through a ceremony to dedicate herself as a Wiccan priestess. She will be following in the faith tradition of her mother, Vanessa McNelly, and practices of some of her Appalachian ancestors.

“I’m . . . → Read More: Pagans prepare to honor the dead during Samhain

Local high priestess speaks out on Wicca

By Liz Chretien

High Priestess Maria Kay Simms of Kensington spoke to teens Friday about what it really means to be Wiccan as part of Teen Read Week at the Harvey Mitchell Memorial Library.

Simms, an astrologer and author of books including “The Witch’s Circle,” “Time for Magick,” and “Moon Tides, Soul Passages,” said she . . . → Read More: Local high priestess speaks out on Wicca

How witchcraft makes woman’s house a home

By Mary Butler

At night, Dionne Deschenne kneels beside her bed on a meditation bench to begin the blessing of her family’s Louisville, Colo., home.

She lights candles and burns sage. She sounds chimes. Occasionally, she grabs her crystal-tipped wand to “direct energy into a room that’s feeling stagnant.” Deschenne, a pagan “wild witch,” regularly . . . → Read More: How witchcraft makes woman’s house a home

From Cradle to Coven

By Barbara Taormina

When Randi Warner suspected her boyfriend was being abused by a parent, she didn’t talk to a teacher or call a trusted adult. Instead, she and a friend got together and cast a spell they believed would protect him. “At the end we mixed a little drop of our blood together to . . . → Read More: From Cradle to Coven

Dream Symbols – Witch

By Parthena Black

Witches have been stereotyped as individuals who engage in evil practices in the dark to harm others. They have been associated with the “devil” or “Satan” since the advent of Christianity. During the Inquisition that spanned from 1450 to 1700 A.D., women, children and a small percentage of men were tortured and . . . → Read More: Dream Symbols – Witch