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British Public On The Hunt For 'Witches' Marks' This Halloween

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.31.2016 | Religion

Hoards of trick-or-treaters will roam the streets tonight demanding candy from any who come in their path. But centuries ago, God-fearing Britons beli...

Samhain 2016: Traditions And Rituals For The Pagan New Year

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.28.2016 | Religion

In late October and early November, many witches, Wiccans and other pagans around the globe celebrate Samhain, believed to be an ancient Celtic festiv...

Double, Double Toil and Trouble: Fall Under the Spell of These 8 Bewitching Books

Off The Shelf | Posted 10.27.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Emma Volk | Off the Shelf Nothing says Halloween like pointed hats, black cats, and broomsticks. The thrill and mystery of witchcraft make for the...

Season Of The Witch

Donna Henes | Posted 10.26.2016 | Women
Donna Henes

By the half-way point of fall we are surrounded by a ambient prescience of impending death. Death and decline. Death and disappearance. The sun seems ...

All Women Are Witches According To This Gory, Feminist Fairy Tale

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.19.2016 | Arts

Elaine, the protagonist of Anna Biller’s fairy-tale horror film, “The Love Witch,” is herself a witch. She reads Tarot, brews spells, seduces me...

Book Review: Housewitch By Katie Schickel

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 08.11.2016 | Books
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

As featured in Merrimack Valley Magazine. Reprinted with permission ©2016 512 Media, Inc. If literature is food for the soul, then Katie Schickel's ...

Is Hillary The Devil?

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Hillary is the Devil--uhm, sounds like we have traveled back to Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Think this is silly or is just a metaphor? But you don't trust Hillary? Well then think again you are part of the mob that helped to hang those witches on a roadside hill. Not bad people then or now, just those who are blinded by their own labels.

Dabble In Magic Using This Handbook Of Witchcraft

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 06.21.2016 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

There was a time when choosing to invoke an incantation as a means to an end would get one burnt at the stake. In today's world, taboos seem to be falling like leaves in autumn. So one need not be fearful any longer when choosing to resort to witchcraft in a time of need.

Powerful Portraits Of Accused ‘Witches’ Showcase Women’s Strength

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 06.14.2016 | Arts

In Western pop culture, the word "witch" elicits thoughts of feminine badassery -- Sabrina’s wry eye rolls, Hermione’s tenacious fight for social ...

What is the Devil?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

From An Opinionated Dictionary of Religion at DEVIL. Noun. A felon on license from God to wreak havoc on Earth. The notion that u...

Relax, It's Only Magic: An Oral History Of 'The Craft'

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.20.2016 | Entertainment

Teen film in the 1990s and early 2000s was largely defined by titles like "Clueless," "Scream," "Can't Hardly Wait," "American Pie" and "Cruel Intenti...

Unearthed: The True Location of the Salem Witch Trial Hangings

The Lineup | Posted 03.11.2016 | Weird News
The Lineup

Credit: Wikimedia Commons By: Jamie Bogert Sarah Wildes' troubles began long before she was sentenced to death for witchcraft in 1692. As a young wo...

Director of 'The Witch' Explains The Movie's Historical Inaccuracies In Detail

Quora | Posted 03.01.2016 | Entertainment

What are the major factual inaccuracies (if any) in The Witch? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions...

The Tangled, Feminine History of 'The Witch'

Brunonia Barry | Posted 02.13.2016 | Entertainment
Brunonia Barry

In the media these days, as in Salem itself, one can't swing a figurative black cat without hitting a witch, and the depictions of those witches are often poor enough to make The Witches Education League take notice. With the recent publicity about Proctor's Ledge, Salem's true hanging ground that has gone unrecognized for centuries, even more attention has been paid to the already saturated Witch City, so it was with trepidation that I attended a pre-screening of "The Witch," writer-director Robert Eggers' feature debut that was previewed recently for a few writers and historians at the Salem Cinema. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Can a Scary Halloween Costume be Healthy?

Aimee Heckel | Posted 11.06.2016 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

This Halloween, I hope Bettie felt beautiful and ugly, innocent and evil, powerful and mortal. I hope that, for one day, she felt undefinable -- and that somehow brought her closer to peacefully walking through this weird world.

When Mister Rogers Rankled Witches

Michael G. Long | Posted 10.29.2016 | Religion
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers often encountered criticism from viewers of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.' In letter after letter, irate viewers criticized everything from his generous views of divine grace to his pacifist approach to war to his bold decision to show the erect nipple of a breast-feeding mother.

The Neuroscience of Witches

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 10.29.2016 | Science
Dr. Douglas Fields

Sex, bias, and mind-bending properties of natural products are at the core of witchcraft. The Tarot cards and highly intuitive witches who read them in New Orleans were fun, but all of this natural and supernatural human behavior--witch's brews, witchcraft, and witch hunts--is neuroscience.

Halloween Favorites for LGBT Movie Nights

Matt Baume | Posted 10.29.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

By all means, go out and party. But what if you're a grumpy loner like me and all you want is a nice quiet spooky evening at home? Well, there's no better way to spend a dark and stormy night than with a creepy, scary, or generally disturbing movie.

15 Witchy, Nature-Loving Instagram Accounts To Follow Right Now

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion

Witches, healers, herbalists and goddess-lovers of all types are sharing their wisdom on Instagram, and it's time we all take note. These accounts sha...

The Witches: What Really Happened In Salem In 1692

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion

Over nine months in the year 1692, 14 women and five men were executed in the colony of Massachusetts for the crime of witchcraft. The Salem Witch tri...

Debunking The Biggest Misconceptions About The Salem Witch Trials

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.28.2015 | Arts

If you read "The Crucible" in high school, you probably think you have a pretty solid understanding of the Salem Witch Trials. Author Stacy Schiff wan...

Samhain 2015: Dates, Traditions And Rituals Of The Pagan New Year

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.27.2015 | Religion

In late October and early November, many witches, Wiccans and other pagans around the globe celebrate Samhain, believed to be an ancient Celtic festiv...

Yes, The Witch Community Loves The LGBTQ Community

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In case you were wondering, queers are welcome within the witch community. In the video above, Damon Stang, a professional witchcraft practitioner and...

There's A Coven Of Witches In Brooklyn And We Want To Be Their Friends

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.27.2015 | Arts

"What is the definition of a witch? If it's just a person who is trying to find this cognizance between themselves and the earth and their role in the...

This Is What It’s Really Like To Be A Witch In America Today

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.26.2015 | Arts

Alex Mar needed a love potion. The man she’d been seeing had been derailed for weeks by frequent contact from an overwhelming ex; constant texts ha...