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When Darkness Was the Light

The Transmission of Women’s Power and the Demonizing of the Night

by Lauren Kaye Clark

Since the era of female subordination, nighttime has become symbolic of evil, fear, and that which must be heavily resisted in many mainstream ideologies. In the world of academia, it became synonymous with what is ignorant and mentally inferior, and . . . → Read More: When Darkness Was the Light

Pagan group fights town for religious property status

By Colin DeVries

After four long years of being denied religious property status, a landmark court battle over a cloister of pagan witches is brewing.

The Maetreum of Cybele, Magna Mater, a faction of matriarchal priestesses living in a historic Palenville inn, has filed suit against the Town of Catskill after being denied a religious . . . → Read More: Pagan group fights town for religious property status

Love, Lust, and the Natural Order of Things

By Fire Lyte

Love spells. Is there any kind of spell more representative of a witch’s magic? The steaming cauldron filled with flowers, herbs, and more unmentionable materials. The words and actions summoning up great power. The pictures or poppets or images of the desired beloved. The ensnared lover who suddenly has fallen utterly and . . . → Read More: Love, Lust, and the Natural Order of Things

Planetary Spells and Rituals, by Raven Digitalis

Reviewed by BadWitch

Books of spells can be a bit hit and miss, in my opinion. Some are full of useful and original ideas for spellcraft, some are rehashes of traditional folklore and others are really only amusing fluff – intended more for entertainment than as practical magic. When I get a new spellbook I . . . → Read More: Planetary Spells and Rituals, by Raven Digitalis

In All Ways, by Jim Malachi

Reviewed by Miriam Raven

Sometimes, I have to admit, I’m a bit sceptical of the hype about sacred sexuality as the ultimate way to spiritually bring together the masculine and feminine so that all live happily ever after … it doesn’t seem so easy in a patriarchal society where gender inequality is inherent in all . . . → Read More: In All Ways, by Jim Malachi

Tribalism is Best

By Swain Wodening

Some within the Asatru community are now advocating tribalism. They feel that tribalism is best for Heathenry, something Theodism has known all along. Mark Stinson even wrote on the functions within tribal Heathenry, which is not unlike the social structure of a theod. Theodism and Asatru are, for once, growing closer together, . . . → Read More: Tribalism is Best

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Reviewed by Zan

Predictions for a Witch’s future- Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (Voice: Hyperion, 2009) is going to make an awesome movie one day (I’m seeing Dakota Fanning, with Sandra Bullock playing Deliverance in the flashbacks). I don’t want to give away too much, because it is a ripping good mystery- . . . → Read More: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

The Victorian Occult Revival in West Yorkshire

By Kai Roberts

Forming a sad, decaying conurbation on the eastern fringe of the South Pennines, today Bradford and the neighbouring town of Keighley scarcely seem the most obvious setting for occult drama. Yet in the 19th Century they were engines of the Industrial Revolution, prosperous municipalities brimming with an emergent middle class. As such, . . . → Read More: The Victorian Occult Revival in West Yorkshire

A priest at Pendle Witch Camp

By Mark Townsend

Pentagram flags flapping wildly in the wind, belly dancing beauties hurling flaming torches, and Nordic shamans calling down the old gods! It’s hard to adequately capture and portray the intensity of what I just experienced with words alone, since this isn’t a religion of words but one of encounter and experience. . . . → Read More: A priest at Pendle Witch Camp

Is Witchcraft Shamanism?

By Sarah

I’ve been noticing in blogs, forums, podcasts, and from talking to other Witches in person that many within the Pagan and Witchcraft community don’t know the answer to this question or even where to look to find it. Shamanism doesn’t just refer to Native Americans or Siberians – European Shamanism did exist and . . . → Read More: Is Witchcraft Shamanism?