Not Fakelore: The Witchcraft Revival

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So was Gerald Gardner initiated into a coven of Witches in 1939? Even if he wasn’t, could there be some truth in the story anyways? [Read more...]

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How the Claim of Being Old Saved Modern Paganism

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By claiming a historicity for his Witchcraft Gerald Gardner saved us all from a more authoritarian present. By leaving the door open for other Witches, Gardner helped keep the Craft vital, fresh, and forward thinking. [Read more...]

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20 Questions with Sable Aradia

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Sable Aradia is a peer, a friend, and now a published author! Her first book “The Witches Eight Paths of Power” is a legitimately good one and led to these 20 Questions. [Read more...]

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Paganism & The New Age

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For many Pagans “New Age” is a dirty turn of phrase often dismissed as any sort of progressive Spirituality that comes with a large price tag, but Paganism and the New Age have shared many ideas and philosophies over the past seven decades. [Read more...]

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Pagan Time Capsule: 1950′s

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The 1950′s marked the beginnings of “Public Paganism” and for the first time in modern history individuals began self-identifying as Witches and Pagans. What were the most important books, music, and movies of the decade? Find out in this first edition of “Pagan Time Capsule.” [Read more...]

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Maybe Wicca is Not a Nature Religion?

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For many people Wicca is a harmonious walk with Mother Earth and the Horned God, but for some Wicca remains a far more occult-type path. As a Pagan I’m a tree-hugging dirt worshipper and feel very connected to the Earth, as a Witch I’m often far more in tune with ritual, ceremony, and communing with specific gods. The things I do as a Witch might certainly be connected to “nature religion” but I think many of them come from very different origin points. [Read more...]

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Witches Toolbox: Athame

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The athame might be the most recognizable tool in the Modern Witch’s Toolbox. It’s a unique instrument and has a long and distinguished history. Read about the origins of the athame and how the author found just the perfect blade after twenty years of searching. [Read more...]

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The Non-Adept’s Guide to Gerald Gardner

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The importance of Gerald Gardner to Modern Witchcraft and Modern Paganism cannot be overstated. Gardner was one of the first people in the Twentieth Century to publicly self-identify as a Witch, and he either created, revealed, or refined the first long lasting and influential tradition within Modern Paganism. For those interested in Gardner, here’s where to start. [Read more...]

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The Non-Adept’s Guide to Aleister Crowley

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Aleister Crowley continues to cast a large shadow over both ritual magick and Modern Paganism. Where does the non-adept start when trying to figure out Crowley’s legacy and influence? [Read more...]

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The Rede of the Wicca

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Where did the Wiccan Rede come from? Is it genuinely old or a product of the 1950′s? Raise the Horns traces the history of the Rede, versions long and short, and argues that parts of it might be genuinely old. [Read more...]

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