In Faery, the Blue God is the divine child of the Star Goddess. Sometimes it is taught that this being is the result of “two bright spirits,” (known more commonly as the Divine Twins, often symbolized by a dove and a snake) merging into a singular being within her cosmic womb. Mythologically, the merging of the serpent and the dove results in the peacock: the heavenly bird of cyclic immortality, not unlike the phoenix. Read more

In The Orphic Hymn, Hekate is called the Keeper of the Keys of the Universe. In her cult at Lagina, rituals included a practice known as kleidos pompe where a priestess carried a key. Hekate in ancient times was often the matron of households, and there is, of course, her association with crossroads, gates and thresholds. All of which often involve either a literal or figurative key. Read more

I’ll just say that anyone who doesn’t see the ongoing dangers of Trump and his administration—to democracy, the rule of law, the environment, working and poor people, reproductive rights, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, minorities, the free press, and just about everything good and decent—is probably not reading this anyway. They’re watching Fox News. Read more

Heather Greene’s Bell, Book, and Camera: A Critical History of Witches in American Film and Television, is perhaps the only book on the subject that you’ll ever need, at least until more movies and shows with witches are made. You may know Heather Greene from her work as the managing editor of the online journalism website for witches and pagans, The Wild Hunt. Read more

As a gay man, when I saw that Ariana Grande had a new music video, I was pretty excited. Then when I listened and watched the new music video, as a feminist queer goddess-worshipping pagan witch, I let out such a loud “yaaasss” that it was probably heard in other dimensions. Read more

The word aura comes from the Latin word aurae which means a breeze. In Greco-Roman mythology, four gods personified the four cardinal winds. These gods were called the Anemoi. The Anemoi had daughters who were the nymphs of the breezes. These nymphs were called the Aurae. There was also the principal goddess of breezes who was named Aura. Aura and the Aurae were depicted in classical art as having a velifactio, which was a piece of fabric that would billow in the breeze behind them. Read more

Lady Rhea has been a Gardnerian priestess since the 1970s and co-founded the Minoan Sisterhood. She’s been running occult shops in New York since the 80s and is often lovingly referred to as the “Witch Queen of New York. Read more

Witchcraft IS political. It’s been political since the first kings summoned sorcerers for a strategic edge in war, to bind opponents, to gain political power, to give prophecy, or poison other kings. Read more

There may be no other text more debated or controversial than Aradia, or Gospel of the Witches by Charles Leland, purported to be given to him by an Italian Witch named Maddalena. Read more

Byron Ballard has called western North Carolina home since her birth at the local Seventh Day Adventist tb sanitarium. Her education includes a BA in theatre and a Master of Fine Arts in the same field. She studies and practices Appalachian folk magic, a traditional folkway that she’s dubbed “hillfolks’ hoodoo.” Her research in its origins has led her to field-work throughout the British Isles. Her books on the subject include “Staubs and Ditchwater: an Introduction to Hillfolks Hoodoo” (Silver… Read more

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