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04 17 Salem

On my recent visit to Salem, I was amused with thoughts of what Cotton Mather and the Salem town fathers of 1692 would think of what has become of their town. The true cause of the panic may lie in hysterical teenagers, petty jealousies or ergot poisoning, but these were people who seriously believed in malefic magic – they were terrified of it. They did their best to rid their town of witchcraft, an effort that killed twenty innocent people and ruined the lives of hundreds more. But in doing s … [Read more...]

A Druid in Witch City

04 09 Witch Trials Memorial

My visit to Salem last week was not a pilgrimage. Unlike some of last year’s travels, I felt no particular calling and I expected to find no great inspiration. But knowing its historical significance and its importance to modern Paganism (or at least, to one segment of modern Paganism), I knew our trip to New England had to include a day in Salem.Here’s the bottom line: Salem is a tourist town. It’s a nice tourist town and a tourist town with an unusual twist, but at the end of the day it’s a … [Read more...]