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Why The Witch Is The Ultimate Feminist Icon

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.08.2015 | Women

Witches are having a cultural moment. From "American Horror Story" to "Witches Of East End" to Jenji Kohan's upcoming series about the Salem...

We're Not All Witches: An Introduction to Neo-Paganism

John Halstead | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

A lot of the coverage of Paganism tends to be sensationalist and tends to focus on Witchcraft and Wicca. But not all Pagans are Witches or Wiccans.

In Praise of Witches Everywhere

Miriam Ava | Posted 08.24.2015 | Women
Miriam Ava

Over the centuries, our culture has created a wonky, wicked view of witches. A whirlwind of power wielding from the Inquisition to the Salem witch ...

5 Women Accused Of Being Witches Beaten To Death In India

AP | Posted 08.08.2015 | World

PATNA, India (AP) — Dozens of villagers in eastern India beat to death five women Saturday, accusing them of practicing witchcraft and blaming them ...

Stop Accusing Us Wiccans of Ritual Murder

Courtney Weber | Posted 08.06.2015 | Religion
Courtney Weber

I don't know how else to say this. Wiccans don't practice ritual murders. Wiccans don't practice ritual murders. Wiccans don't practice ritual murders, okay? How are we in 2015 and still trying to make this clear? I'm scratching my head over here. Okay, I lied. I'm banging it against my desk. Or at least, I was until I stopped to type you this letter.

Mystical Summer Fun for Kids: Part II

Laurie Lovekraft | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Laurie Lovekraft

Instead of an abundance of screen time this summer, how about weaving a story around the campfire that culminates in a kid-friendly ritual? Or camping with your children and building a labyrinth in the woods. Or taking a group of teens on a night hike that includes a silent meditation.

Witches Brew: A Conversation With Author Suzanne Palmieri

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Voodoo, bayous, and lost souls haunt The Witch of Bourbon Street, the latest novel by Suzanne Palmieri. This, her third novel, follows the Sorrow family as they reconcile their losses and gains at summer solstice with a storm coming in.

Bolivia's Witches Demand Respect, Seek Common Ground With The Pope

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2015 | World

EL ALTO, Bolivia, July 4 (Reuters) - At a "Witches Market" in the Bolivian city of El Alto, dried llama fetuses said to bring good fortune hang outsid...

Enchanting Photos Capture The Modern-Day Witches Of Poland

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.17.2015 | Arts

Maria, a healer and a visionary, from "Women of Power" series. Courtesy of the artist and Porter Contemporary Gallery What images comes to mi...

Tanzania Police Arrest Man Accused Of Trying To Sell Albino Niece For Witchcraft

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2015 | World

By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM, June 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tanzanian police have arrested a 44-year-old man accused of tr...

Dark Side Of Life Discovered In A Medieval Oxford Nunnery

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion

Archaeologists excavating a medieval Benedictine nunnery in Oxford have shed light on the darker side of convent life. The excavation of the Littl...

Somewhere Right Now, On This 21st Century Mother's Day, a Woman Is Being Accused Of Witchcraft

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We may idealize women in the role of mother, but the urge to demonize the female isn't just a tribal one. Do you know when the last woman was imprisoned for witchcraft in Great Britain?

Witches Are Selling Sex Spells On Etsy

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion

Enterprising witches, wiccans and occultists are setting up shop online, where customers can pay a fee to have a spell cast remotely on their behalf. ...

Running From Your Past: Read This Magical Novel

Meira Bienstock | Posted 05.16.2015 | Books
Meira Bienstock

Some of us may be attempting to outrun our past, sprinting away from it, cowering away each time it knocks into our lives, unwanted, repeatedly, almost as though our lives are a perpetual series of cycles.

Albino Toddler Dismembered For Witchcraft Purposes, Police Say

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.20.2015 | World

An albino toddler who went missing in Tanzania was found dismembered, and police say they believe the gruesome death is linked to witchcraft rituals. ...

The Weirdest Museums in the World

Findery | Posted 04.19.2015 | Travel

What qualifies a museum as weird? Take a pinch of strange, mix it with morbid, and add a dash of mystery. All of these museums are one-of-a-kind and speak to the curious and will leave you smiling, shuddering or bewildered. Or, all of the above.

Woman Accused Of Witchcraft Burned Alive In Paraguay

AP | Posted 11.05.2014 | World

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — An indigenous woman was burned alive in Paraguay after being accused of witchcraft, a local prosecutor confirmed Wednesday...

11 Witches From Fiction Who Embody What Feminism Really Means

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.31.2014 | Books

Of all the spooky beings spotlighted on Halloween, none is more truly badass than the witch. Sure, they may seem a little square in the age of sex...

Hekate: A Goddess for Halloween

Laurie Lovekraft | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Laurie Lovekraft

Let's take a closer look (if we dare) at the inspiration for the cackling Halloween hag, the patroness of witches: Hekate.

Which Witch Is Which? The Blurred Lines Of Halloween Reappropriation

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion

A black cape, a pointed hat and a broom. There is perhaps no Halloween costume more iconic than a witch. But does it cross a cultural sensitivity line...

Stampede to the Exit

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Thanks to a Tar Heel friend who alerted me to issue ads in the North Carolina senate race, I now know that "for six years the policies of Barack Obama and Kay Hagan have dominated Washington." Karl Rove's American Crossroads, you see, is touting Republican Thom Tillis.

Mysterious 'Witch Girl' Found Buried Face Down

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.09.2014 | Science

Archaeologists in northern Italy have unearthed the skeleton of a teenage girl who lived there hundreds of years ago. The skeleton itself is unremarka...

The Real, Shocking History Of Witch Hunts (EXCERPT)

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books

The word "witches" may cause modern minds to leap to Harry Potter and the fantastical world of Hogwarts, but witches and witchcraft have a real and tr...

Breathtaking Photos Of Witch Doctors And Healers Reveal The Spiritual Diversity Of Bolivia

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.25.2014 | Arts

Artists Thomas Rousset and Raphaël Verona traveled across the Altiplano region of Bolivia for a very specific reason. They wanted to photograph t...

Pat Robertson Blames Witchcraft For Boy's Stomach Pains

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion

Tell most people your son is having extreme stomach pains, and they will tell you to get to a hospital as soon as possible. Pat Robertson on the other...