Brooklyn Stabbing Death Attributed to “Pagan Ritual” (aka, Imbolc?)

Well, in case you thought the days of the Satanic Panic were over and done with, the New York Post (and other websites and publications picking up on the Post’s story, like The Gothamist) reporting a story of a 31 year old man dead from thirteen stab wounds to the stomach, whose wife said he [Read More…]

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THE WITCH: Enchanting the Satanists

The hot Sundance hit from 2015 THE WITCH is soon poised to open nationwide, and the hype machine is working overtime. The fledgling distributor A24 (which got lucky in its early days with arthouse-mainstream crossover faves like SPRING BREAKERS) is doing some naughty publicity, like this meme generator that lets you define evil in your [Read More…]

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You Call it Groundhog Day, and So Do I

A number of years ago, as part of an ongoing series of articles on the seasonal festival I wrote for The Witches’ Voice website, I wrote about Imbolc. I liked the article because it actually contained a fair bit about groundhogs! In recent years I have noted that the emphasis on this holiday seems to [Read More…]

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David Bowie: Mystic, Magician, Wizard, Shaman, Shape-Shifter, Pagan, God

  It’s stunning to behold the widespread grief and admiration being expressed across social media today, as millions learn of the death of one of popular music’s most beloved icons. David Bowie was a shape-shifter of the highest order, creating unusual and glamorous personae decades before theatrical costumes became the norm in popular music. Bowie [Read More…]

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You Call it Christmas, We Call it Yule… Pagans, Celebrate!

Well, I wrote this article nearly two decades ago but I think it still stands as a decent exploration of the customs of Christmas and Yuletide that many of us still embrace and enjoy. The trees, the lights, the feasting and merriment. Much of my research for these kinds of articles came from the books [Read More…]

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The Three Best Yuletide Songs You’ve Never Heard

Many pagans and witches enjoy seasonal music, but Yuletide is a special conundrum. There is so much wonderful traditional music out there, full of nature imagery, holly, ivy, running deer, starlight, snow, etc. But it’s generally still regarded as Christmas music. There are a few modern songs written for Yule, but some of them are [Read More…]

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It’s October! Time for Witch Wars!

You didn’t think we’d get through the month without a major witch war in Salem, Massachusetts, did you? Ah, Salem. Charming seaside town, with a storied history of being a major commercial port. It went through some hard time in the 1970s (economic downturn and changes in shipping industry) and the town fathers (and maybe [Read More…]

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Samhain, Hallowmass, Hallowe’en…It’s About Death, Folks

It’s that time of year again. That holiday beloved (sometimes begrudgingly) by witches. Late autumn in the Northeast United States is a stunningly heady time: the colors, the scents of decaying vegetation, the dark storm clouds giving way to sun, the chilly mornings laden with frost giving way to afternoons full of buzzing insects, and let [Read More…]

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It’s October: Get Ready for a Lot of Really Dumb Fashion Articles About Witches

Well, folks, it’s that time of year again. Pumpkin spice lattes, apple picking, wool sweaters, suede boots, black cats, broomsticks, and witches! Every year there seems to be an explosion of articles on the web about witches just in time for Hallowe’en. While some of them profile actual witches, or take a look at folklore, [Read More…]

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