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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Songs for Beltane: It’s All About Loreena!

Beltane, or Walpurgisnacht, or May Day, or whatever you’d like to call it, is a festival of merriment and celebration. We’re welcoming spring, and expressing gratitude for everything spring makes us think of: flowers, fruit, warm weather, nature’s beauty, and, related to that, themes rated to fertility and sensuality. The barnyards, forests and fields are [Read More…]

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The only thing worse than a witch hunt…

I’m pretty sure the upcoming SALEM series was in the works before AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN premiered, but I am inclined to agree with the i09 folks: this new show seems to want to give the glossy, envelope-pushing FX drama a run for its money. [Read more…]

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Too good not to share…THE POWER OF THE WITCH

And now for some dreamy old film imagery, scented with patchouli and blessed with love beads… THE POWER OF THE WITCH (video link included). Rare footage of some of the early movers and shakers of modern pagan witchcraft: Alex and Maxine Sanders, et al…filmed in 1971, this was the heyday of the modern occult movement, [Read More…]

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN: What We Loved, and What We Hated

Lilith Dorsey and I had nearly weekly video chats about the show, half rant, half rapture. Because, as irritating as we found the show to be at times, we also found it very entertaining and compelling. Say what you will, it is hard to remain indifferent to a show this intense. But its flaws were every bit as dramatic as its charms. [Read more…]

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New show on WGN “Salem” is a love story, with witch hunters…

Is AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN to blame for this latest media craze, just as the film THE CRAFT set off a flurry of witchy media in the late 1990s? Every day, lately, it seems that witches continue to acquire more attention, more media engagement, more religious scrutiny, more social intrigue. [Read more…]

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Help Us, Stevie Nicks. You’re Our Only Hope

Hey, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, Who Are You to Keep Us Down? Five episodes in, I think it’s safe to say the show’s creators are not terribly interested in portraying modern witchcraft or Voodoo as life-affirming spiritual paths. [Read more…]

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