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How You Can Help Support the Restoration of Marie Laveau’s Tomb

By Lilith Dorsey

Marie Laveau is the Ultimate Voodoo Queen. There is no contest. She is more famous than all the others combined, and this was even before her recent appearance in the popular media.

As many of you know back in December, the world famous tomb of Marie Laveau was painted pink by a . . . → Read More: How You Can Help Support the Restoration of Marie Laveau’s Tomb

Wiccan Faith Services at Lackland AFB

By Marvin Hurst

Atreiyuh Cammen is more than 4,000 miles away from his home in Alaska. He’s a basic military trainee at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. His faith, however, is just a heartbeat away.

Cammen is a witch.

“There’s nothing wrong with Wicca,” he said.

[Snip] Cammen is among a curious multiplication of Wiccans at . . . → Read More: Wiccan Faith Services at Lackland AFB

Being Pagan at Penn

By Brenda Wang

It’s not easy being pagan.

Deidre Marsh, a College senior, founded Penn Wheel a semester ago in order to build a community for earth-based religions and paganism. But even in a school of over 10,000 undergraduates, Marsh has been unable to find anyone else who shares her religious beliefs.

Marsh defines herself . . . → Read More: Being Pagan at Penn

Magick & The Occult in America: The Long Lost Friend

By Jason Mankey

[Snip] My interest in The Long Lost Friend began after reading the book Grimoires by Owen Davies. Davies only makes a few quick references to The Friend, but they were enough to etch the name into my brain. Last summer I found myself in New York City for an outdoor Pagan event . . . → Read More: Magick & The Occult in America: The Long Lost Friend

The Evolution Inquisition

An Occultist’s Response to the Scopes Trial

By John L. Crow

In January 1925 Effa Danelson changed the name of the magazine she edited from Psychic Power to The Occult Digest. She had long been involved in various occult and spiritualists circles in the Chicago area even publishing a book in 1904 entitled, Journeys Though . . . → Read More: The Evolution Inquisition

Celebrate The Winter Solstice With Los Angeles’ Own Eco-Pagans

By Antonia Blumberg

When it rains in Los Angeles, few Angelenos would describe it as the patient hand of some sky goddess, brushing away the thick webs of smog.

Nonetheless, Starhawk, an author and activist, has managed to find a home for her particular blend of eco-pagan activism among the liberal environmentalists and spiritual agnostics . . . → Read More: Celebrate The Winter Solstice With Los Angeles’ Own Eco-Pagans

Maetreum of Cybele Win Tax Fight

By Jason Pitzl-Waters

The Maetreum of Cybele, Magna Mater, which has been in an ongoing battle with the Town of Catskill, New York, over religious property tax exemptions, was today vindicated in their multi-year struggle when a State Supreme Court ruling against them on this issue was overturned on appeal. The decision, which was issued . . . → Read More: Maetreum of Cybele Win Tax Fight

The Salem Witches Are Missing

By Pat LaMarche

In November of 2008 bodies were found while work crews were digging in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Workers had stumbled onto additional remains of a slave cemetery — first discovered in 2003, that dated back to 1705. Archeologists swooped in and collected the artifacts which had been neglectfully covered over by centuries of . . . → Read More: The Salem Witches Are Missing

Studying “the Occult” in Colonial America

By John L. Crow

It is unlikely I have to tell the readers of this blog about the significance of Jon Butler’s Awash in a Sea of Faith (Harvard 1992) or David Hall’s Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment (Harvard 1990). Both books were important in examining the way the occult manifested in the religious . . . → Read More: Studying “the Occult” in Colonial America

Pa. Germans’ beliefs in witchcraft subject of book

By Andrea Gilhooley

Though Thomas White specializes in Pennsylvania history, legends and folklore, he was amazed by how deeply the belief in witches permeated society throughout the state.

White studied the strange but true story of witchcraft in Pennsylvania from the Colonial days to the present for his latest book, “Witches in Pennsylvania: Occult History . . . → Read More: Pa. Germans’ beliefs in witchcraft subject of book