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November 16, 2018
Fakelore, Black Witches, and Re-discovering Animism
Pixnio. Stock photo. Searching for Personal Truth Many individuals seem to be seeking out the...
July 30, 2018
The Astrological Importance of Lughnasadh
The festival of Lughnasadh, later known as Lammas, is one of the four grand sabbats...
April 29, 2018
Beltane: Beginning the Growing Season
The arcane practices of a solitary practitioner of occult herbalism and classical witchcraft during the...
March 02, 2018
Following the Hoof Prints of the Old One
Among the many forms taken by the great Horned God of Old, this article explores...
February 26, 2018
Nicholas Kingsley, Professor at The Grey School of Wizardry
This article features Nicholas Kingsley who is an instructor of Performance Magic and Wizardry at...
February 20, 2018
The Ravages of Conservative Christianity on Non-Christian Children
The Christian Church has influenced nearly every aspect of Western Civilization since its rise to...
February 13, 2018
Assembling the Poisoner’s Pocket Guide
This unique guide to the Crooked Path features an arcane compilation of various tools of...
February 10, 2018
The Benign Aspects of Saturn in the Dead of Winter
Saturn helps us prune away all that is detritus in our lives, as Cain the...
January 30, 2018
Candlemas, Imbolc, and Serpent Fire
The Typical and Not-so Typical Imbolc Traditions Imbolc is one of those holidays that is...
January 23, 2018
Creating Relics of Witch Working: Artes and Craft
The hand crafted athames of Artes and Craft are arcane works of art. A perfect...
January 15, 2018
Relics of Witch Power
In addition to the magical tools that we use on a regular basis there are...
January 05, 2018
Gathering Your Personal Symbol Set
We internalize all of the symbols that we encounter and they become part of our...
January 05, 2018
Taking Back Power
There are many types of power and many forms it takes, witches work with personal...
December 11, 2017
The Final Rite of Witching
If there was a universal rite of witch-making, what do you think it would look...
December 11, 2017
Humanitarian Efforts within the Pagan/Magical Community
This was a reminder of how lucky I feel to be part of the magical...
November 07, 2017
An Evening With Deadly Nightshade
The Path of Poisons is treacherous, and its powerful denizens will quickly overcome the unprepared.
October 20, 2017
The Eternal Denizens of All Hallow’s Eve
There is something uncanny in the air during this time, whether you observe Samhain, All...
October 16, 2017
The Arcane Art of Halloween Decorating
Halloween decorations are part of the magic of the season, I love seeing the diverse...
September 20, 2017
Fort Wayne Pagan Pride Day-Poisoner’s Apothecary Workshop
This article is a recap of the workshop that I led at Fort Wayne Pagan...
September 12, 2017
The Autumnal Equinox on the Poison Path
For Green Witches the Equinoxes are the perfect time for plant alchemy, a balance of...
August 24, 2017
Devil’s Breath: A Trick of the Nightshades
The Nightshade Alkaloids The plants traditionally associated with witchcraft have shared infamous reputations and prominent...
August 07, 2017
Materialism, Impermanence, and Originality in Modern Witchcraft-Poisoner’s Apothecary
Have modern practitioners allowed too much importance to be placed on obtaining magical objects and...
July 27, 2017
The Green Harvest of Lammastide-Poisoner’s Apothecary
Not all practitioners of magic observe the eight sabbaths that make up the Witch's Wheel...
July 25, 2017
Hitting Magical Reset-Poisoner’s Apothecary
Beginning the path of the witch is an exciting undertaking, and creating one's own ritual...
July 06, 2017
Children of Earth and Moon
The image of the classical witch has been shaped over the centuries to become an...
June 29, 2017
Individual Components of a Witch’s Practice
Understanding the underlying currents that feed our magical practice give us new insight to the...
June 20, 2017
Changing Perceptions of Spirit Boards
Spirit communication has been a central pillar of magical practice since the begininng of human...
May 29, 2017
Altar Bones: More Than Decoration
Bones of all shapes and sizes have been used by numerous cultures in ceremonies and...
March 06, 2017
My First Time at ConVocation
A Gathering of Witches, Druids, Sorcerers, and the many practitioners of the Sorcerous Arte Come...
March 05, 2017
Witchcraft in Fundamentalist Evangelicalism
Witchcraft in Fundamentalist Communities Within certain Fundamentalist Evangelical groups and other Fundamentalist Christian communities witchcraft is...
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