Why Real Witches Are Going to Love (or Maybe Hate) The Love Witch

  Witches are a hot topic lately, as savvy political essayists have shown. But the witch’s popularity in media has exploded since 1999’s The Blair Witch Project; though it’s a shame the latest reboot in the franchise is so ham-fisted and awful. Both Hollywood and indie efforts have been exploring pagan and occult narratives in [Read More…]

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Hillary Clinton is Not a Witch…or is She?

Who better to discuss the witchy proclivities of our democratic candidate than another witch? If you’re paying attention, you may have noted that the witch archetype has been discussed a bit more than usual during the recent Hallowe’en season. And now, on the eve of the Samhain cross quarter (when many witches celebrate the Celtic [Read More…]

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Connecticut School Cancels Hallowe’en, Citing “Respect for Religious Beliefs”

An elementary school in Niantic, CT has canceled its Hallowe’en festivities citing a number of reasons, including “safety concerns” as well as “respect for religious and cultural beliefs.”  That means no costume parade (a practice that has a long tradition in many American schools, including the one I went to in central NY), and no [Read More…]

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The New BLAIR WITCH Movie: Are We Excited?

Drop Everything But Your Pants! There’s a new sequel to The Blair Witch Project, slated to open in September. The news broke recently, as in, Friday night recently, when the trailer was shown at Comic-Con in San Diego, as reported by the Nerdist website (another genre-happy blogs and sites). The movie is called The Woods, [Read More…]

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Witches in the News: Grave-robbing is Not Okay

Have you seen this news story? About the “witch” named Ender Darling who let it be known they were taking bones that had “washed up” after heavy rains in a New Orleans cemetery and offered them FOR SALE for “curse work” and “general spells that require bone”” Darling posted about this on tumbler and got called [Read More…]

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Welcome to the Twenty-First Century Satanic Panic

Satanic Ritual Abuse. Hey, didn’t we figure out more than a few years ago what a crock it was? Well, unfortunately there’s a whole new generation of gullible people who haven’t been exposed to the debunking, and a whole bunch of trouble-makers who want to spread these insane rumors all over again. [Read more…]

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Oh, look! Witches are media darlings. AGAIN. (SIGH)

Remember the late 1990s? THE CRAFT? Then CHARMED? Then BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER? Then THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT? Then all the witchcraft stuff appearing in episodes of shows like THE X-FILES, MILLENNIUM, etc.? To quote one of the creepier moments of TWIN PEAKS: “It is happening again. It is happening right now.” [Read more…]

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American Horror Story: COVEN Reinvents the Witch Archetype

I know, as a media critic and practicing witch and activist, that I am supposed to be overtly critical of media portrayals that trumpet the “evil witch” stereotype, but honestly, isn’t the over-the-top witch narrative something many of us were raised on and that we secretly love, crave, even? [Read more…]

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COVEN: American Horror Story’s witchy new season

The third season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY is subtitled COVEN and will be set in both Salem, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisiana. [Read more…]

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