I have had an affinity for witches since I can remember.  The first memories I have of witches as a child were watching The Witches with Angelica Houston, and going to see Hocus Pocus in theatres with my parents.  I wanted to dress up as the wicked witch of the west every year for Halloween, even though I had a year round cauldron and witch hat that I wore.  I even remember making “potions” at a very young age at my… Read more

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This book is written under the pseudonym “Aoumiel,” which is the author’s craft name.  She uses the name Ann Moura in her more recent books.  Moura has written many books on witchcraft, such as: her “Green Witchcraft series” including “Grimoire of a Green Witch.”  Ann Moura considers herself a hereditary practitioner of a nature based tradition.  Her writing is down to earth and easy to understand, which is wonderful for those just starting out, and it is a refreshing read… Read more

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In this book the author takes an interesting approach to the explanation of medieval Grimoires and their use by various sorcerers and magicians of the time.  Lecouteaux is an author of numerous books on medieval, pagan, and magical beliefs.  He begins with a brief history of Grimoires and their beginnings as handwritten folios to the printed and bound examples we see today. Within this historical account, he also incorporates definitions of magic and sorcery, explaining the varying typed of folk… Read more

The “thorn-blooded witch” is a term used by the author Raven Grimassi to describe his tradition of Old-World Green Witchcraft. This book traces the history of green witchcraft back to its early days in the Middle Ages and the Roman Empire.  This book of traditional witchcraft places particular focus on veneficium, the use of poisonous herbs associated with witchcraft in ritual.  Grimassi also goes into great detail on various other traditional witching herbs, such as vervain, their history and ritual… Read more

Thomas Hatsis is an historian of witchcraft, magic, Western Religions, enthroned, and medieval pharmacopeia. This book is a well-researched academic pursuit of the “witches’ ointment” or Unquentum Sabbati.  Hats is sought to fill a gap in academic occult literature where he found little information on the use of entheogens during the medieval period.  Much of the information available was written by the clergy and other inquisitors of the time.  They left out any actual documentation for the use of entheogens, and… Read more

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/05/opinion/the- persecution-of-witches-21st-century-style.html?_r=0 This article sheds light on the growing issue of brutality against those who practice witchcraft or are innocently accused of it. It many countries around the world in South America, Africa, and modern communities in America; we have seen violence against magical practitioners in the form of brutal murders carried out in sinister ways. These people did nothing to harm their accusers, and we either outcasts or practiced some type of healing magic and ancestor reverence. It is… Read more

Over the millennia the one who we call the Devil has taken many forms, and gone by many names. These identities have changed over time, as inspiration for his portrayal was drawn form faraway lands. In watching the documentary, The Devil We Know, we get an in depth look at the devil’s identity. In the Book of Job, Satan, as he is identified becomes personified as “the tempter, not necessarily a rival but fulfilling a role for God.” He is… Read more

Witches were often the outcasts of society. They were those people that were disliked, and therefore made easy scapegoats. Those accused of witchcraft were demonized and accused of performing numerous heinous acts. Many of these accusations consisted of testimony gained under torture. The guiding questions of the inquisitor led them to the information they wanted. Their goal was to create such an identity that it would strike fear in all those around. According to the reading, The Devil & The… Read more

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