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Magic is part of everyday life in bewitching Salem

By CHRISTINE WICKER SALEM, Mass. – I didn’t have high hopes for magic during the annual Halloween night march to Gallows Hill. Clearly, the hill where 19 accused witches died 300 years ago would be teeming with spirits if any place in the world was. Certainly, the huge, sacred Wiccan circle that was to be . . . → Read More: Magic is part of everyday life in bewitching Salem

Vampire as Path to Meaning

By Liriel McMahon

THE VAMPIRE is a myth. Now hold on a minute! Don’t just stop reading! At least ask yourself what you think I mean. Okay, so what do I mean by myth? The word myth is Greek in origin, mythos, meaning: Word, speech, story and legend. Confused yet? I was. Try this: . . . → Read More: Vampire as Path to Meaning

Not All Witches Are Wiccans

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

How many times have your heard the phrase ‘all Wiccans are Witches, but not all witches are Wiccan’? A lot right? But how many times have you read a news article that fully illustrates that difference and how it can cause conflicts? Peter Rowe profiles two occult stores that exist on the . . . → Read More: Not All Witches Are Wiccans

Bobbing for Apples

Samhain, a precursor to our All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween celebration, occurred at a time that was a magical for the Celts of Britain. A time when the veil separating the worlds of the living and dead was its thinnest. A time when the distinction between past, present, and future would blur. Many of the . . . → Read More: Bobbing for Apples

Pagan inmates are given a day off from work for Halloween

Prison Service bosses have instructed staff to grant the convicts, who include Devil worshippers and Satanists, special privileges on Tuesday. Hundreds of Pagans serving prison sentences are to be given the day off work for Halloween out of respect for their religious beliefs. While fellow prisoners sew mail bags and undertake other jail work, the . . . → Read More: Pagan inmates are given a day off from work for Halloween

The happy and the horrific

By Katy Brandenburg FREDERICK — From a time to engage in lighthearted mischief to the worship of darker religious forces, Halloween has meant different things to different people over the years. For many kids, the holiday is merely a chance to hoard as much candy as possible, but it’s an affront to some children’s and . . . → Read More: The happy and the horrific

Halloween Errors and Lies

by Isaac Bonewits Every year in October, some folks begin shouting that Neopagans must be “stopped” from celebrating Halloween, which they describe as a “Satanic” holiday. Many Christian Fundamentalists say loudly and publically that we Druids, Witches and other Neopagans kidnap children, sacrifice babies, poison or boobytrap Halloween treats, drink blood, and hold orgies at . . . → Read More: Halloween Errors and Lies

Phoenix Mythology

Although the Phoenix is well known in legend, there are few classical stories associated with it from mythology. The Phoenix is a large bird that is revered around the world as a symbol of immortality and re-incarnation. In Greek legend, the Phoenix lived in Arabia near a cool well. Every morning as the Sun rose . . . → Read More: Phoenix Mythology

Feds give money to First Nations shelters

By SooToday.com Staff Canada’s new government delivers help to First Nations shelters OTTAWA, October 24 – The Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, the Honourable Jim Prentice today announced a one-time investment of $6 million for 2006-07 to address the immediate needs of existing shelters and . . . → Read More: Feds give money to First Nations shelters

A Witch’s Coven

By Charity Gordon On a neglected downtown Columbus street, a dusty minivan sits across from a store. Nothing suggests what’s inside the shop except for the vehicle’s bumper sticker: “My other car is a broom.” Store owners and self-described witches Lady Hawk and Ole Bear have kept a subdued business since 2001 – for the . . . → Read More: A Witch’s Coven