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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 ...

Why Gay Men Are Obsessed With Witches

Matt Baume | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Witches are the eternal outsiders, and so they must learn to be fearless and brave. Rejection by society teaches them strength, and they become self-made, self-reliant, self-confident. They're like Beyonce but with a broom.

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.

Witch-Hunting May Finally Be Ending in India

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.15.2015 | Women
Van Winkle's

In parts of Africa and Asia, witch-hunting is alive and well, in a very literal sense. And, just like those Salem trials, 21st-century witch-hunting functions as a thinly veiled patriarchal scheme to target and punish women, as well as members of other disenfranchised groups, such as the mentally ill.

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...

Bruce Holsinger on How to Write Historical Fiction, Plagues, Witches, Wars and Guns

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors met Jeff Holsinger at the Tucson Book Festival and when he told us about his book, The Invention of Fire, we just had to pick his brain about writing historical fiction, non-fiction, teaching fiction, plagues, witches, wars and guns.

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. ...

The Pagan Side of Easter

Yolanda Shoshana | Posted 05.16.2015 | Religion
Yolanda Shoshana

Eostre is the pagan connection to Easter. Does that mean that Easter is a pagan holiday? There is not a simple answer to this question.

Witch Hunts In Tanzania On The Rise As Vigilantes Seek Justice For Murders Of Albinos

Religion News Service / USA Today | Tonny Onyulo | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion

TABORA, Tanzania (RNS) Many women are living in fear in this rural part of northwestern Tanzania because they are increasingly being targeted by witch...

What's With Wicca and Witches?

Yolanda Shoshana | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion
Yolanda Shoshana

What's your story? That is a question that I am constantly asked and it use to annoy me. Somewhere along the way I embraced the fact that I am unique.

9 Totally Weird Holiday Traditions Around the World

Findery | Posted 02.10.2015 | Travel
Findery

There are hundreds of holiday traditions around the globe, many of which you've probably never heard of -- the giant goat made of hay (Sweden), the witch that brings candy (Italy), the burning pile of dirt (Guatemala).

If You Want To Attend Hogwarts, Go To Poland

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment

The day everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived: We can all attend Hogwarts. Thanks to a few Polish and Danish Harry Potter fans who were...

Witches Were Sometimes Year-Round

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 01.18.2015 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

I remember Miss Marshall very well. She was my third grade teacher at Cloverdale Elementary School in Dothan, Alabama in about 1964. I remember the first time that I saw The Wizard of Oz that I thought she looked just like Almira Gulch.

Stop the Thanksgiving Insanity

Karl Wilder | Posted 01.17.2015 | Travel
Karl Wilder

I'm amazed that millions of people still travel for hundreds of miles in brutal traffic or go to crowded airports to go someplace they don't want t...

My Pagan Youth Within The Walls Of Christianity

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 01.09.2015 | Fifty
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

The all girls' private school that I attended from kindergarten through the sixth grade, played havoc with my personal wardrobe creativity. Being called out of class and into the school office to have my skirt length measured or queried about a certain hairstyle I had designed that morning on the way to school, was a regular occurrence for me. So was detention.

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...

What Witches Have in Common (Hint: It's Not the Hat)

Katherine Howe | Posted 12.29.2014 | Women
Katherine Howe

Witches are tricky. If I say the word "witch" to you, I suspect an immediate image comes to mind. It involves a broomstick, a hat, an ill-tempered fel...

Witch Is the Black: How to Dress Like Your Favorite Sorceress

Bianca Heyward | Posted 12.28.2014 | Style
Bianca Heyward

This week you will likely be seeing far more black and pointy witch hats than you're used to, but it doesn't need to be Halloween for you to dress like the sartorially conscious sorceresses that haunt your television screens.

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...

Sexy Tween and Teen Halloween Costumes? Let's Talk

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Halloween is almost here and I've had costumes, not candy, on my mind. Lots of parents have been asking me about the appropriateness of sexy costumes for their tween and teen daughters.

6 YA Witch Books to Read This Halloween

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Whether you're a fan of the "casters" found in Beautiful Creatures, or a witch in a modern fairy tale like Spellbound, this list has something for everyone and is sure to satisfy all your spooky needs this fall.

4 Things I Learned When I Wrote Macbeth

Ian Lendler | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Ian Lendler

For me, Macbeth is the play that I co-wrote with Shakespeare. Okay, technically I just adapted it into a graphic novel for kids, but by sticking my head under the hood and seeing how the play's engine worked, I learned some interesting things along the way.