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Hutton and the Writing of Witchcraft History

No - this article is not about UFOs or Fox Mulder! It is instead about the recent article written by Ronald Hutton in the latest issue of “The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies.” That article is entitled “Writing...

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Medieval Fear and Loathing of Red Hair

In medieval Europe, the infamous witch-hunting manual, Malleus Maleficarum, warned that red hair and green eyes were marks of a witch, werewolf or vampire.

So were freckles, which redheads tend to have aplenty.

The Spanish...

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A Brief Overview of Sigil Magick

Sigil Magick is defined as a magickal system that makes use of occult characters, diagrams, condensed verbal intentions, geometric symbols, mystical alphabets, angular signatures of spirits and other kinds of symbolic or hieroglyphic ...

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What Is A Core Discipline In Magick?

ason Miller, in his recent blog article (No Replacement for Meditation) in the blog Strategic Sorcery has stated that meditation is the core discipline in the practice of magick. He has emphasized this to the point of saying that he w...

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“Mysticore” is the New Norm: Inside the Trend That’s Casting its Spell over the Culture

Welcome to the season of the witch. Recently, the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosted a Witches Brew film festival, which included the acclaimed new film “The Witch.” Lately it isn’t uncommon to see glossy magazines like Nylon with headl...

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The Left Hand Path and Dark Workings in Magick

I have decided its time to discuss the topics of negative magick, dark workings, justifiable retribution, personal ethics and integrity and the left hand path, generally. We have skirted around this issue by discussing tangential issu...

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Austin Osman Spare and the Zos Kia Cultus

H.P. Lovecraft, in one of his tales of terror, alludes to certain entities which have their being "not in the spaces known to us, but between them. They walk calm and primal, of no dimensions, and to us unseen."

This aptly descr...

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Ritual Pattern of the Archetypal Gate Ritual

I will be invoking all eight of the Seraphim and Cherubim over the next four weekends. The main ritual that I will be using to perform these tasks is called the Archetypal Gate Ritual in the Order. A prudent analysis of this ritual is...

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How the Power of Witchcraft Gripped 70s Britain

In modern society, we’re totally past burning people at the stake, or dunking women in the town lake because our crops died. The tendrils of witchcraft have found their way into contemporary fashion, zine culture and sharp-tongued 90s...

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Mother Shipton's Prophecies

Ursula Southeil (c. 1488 - 1561), better known as Mother Shipton, was an English soothsayer and prophetess. The first publication of her prophecies, which did not appear until 1641, eighty years after her death, contained a number of ...

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Ancient Spell Scrolls Discovered in Serbia

Extremely rare curse tablets made of gold and silver instead of the usual lead have been unearthed at the ancient site of Viminacium in Serbia, about 60 miles east of Belgrade. Archaeologists were excavating land adjacent to power pla...

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The Secret Lore of London

I love books about the mysteries, myths and magic of London (there’s an alliteration for you). I’ve got quite a collection and I frequently use them to get ideas for places to visit and for things to blog about.

Sometimes I loo...

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The Top 3 Biggest Misconceptions About Manifestation

Over the past couple days, I was very honored to interview Jen Mavros, a Woman’s Leadership Coach, Manifestation Expert, and creator of The Mavros Method of Manifestation. Jen was able to manifest her husband, major moolah (6 figures)...

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CEREMONIAL MAGIC AND SORCERY

CEREMONIAL magic is the ancient art of invoking and controlling spirits by a scientific application of certain formulæ. A magician, enveloped in sanctified vestments and carrying a wand inscribed with hieroglyphic figures, could by th...

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Wicca: Overview of practices, tools and rituals

Wiccan ritual tools are used in order to direct energy according to the witch’s wishes. Ritual tools aren’t mandatory for magick, and not all witches use them, but they can add strength to a spell or ritual – and creating your own co...

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An exploration of mental illness in correlation to heathenry, sorcery and mysticism

Generally speaking, “mental illness” is a social artifact. What is adaptive or maladaptive “mentally” is based on the basic assumptions of a society. So, this extends far beyond any worldview we’d like to describe as, or locate as, “h...

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Inside the Mysterious World of Witch Tattoo Art

Noel’le Longhaul – one of the world’s first ‘witch tattoo artists’ – has mystified Instagram with her primeval creations

The best word to describe Noel’le Longhaul’s tattoos is “primeval.” Even when freshly inked and uploaded on...

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Witchcraft: Remembering Michael Bertiaux

It was back in the summer of 1977 on a sweltering Sunday afternoon in Chicago that I got to meet the notorious Michael Bertiaux. I had traveled with my teacher and High Priest, Christopher Syn (Bill Schnoebelen) and selected members o...

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Growing a Witch's Garden

Whether you are Wiccan or traditional, coven member or solitary, kitchen or hedge witch, a garden can be a powerful and vitalizing part of your magical practice. Growing herbs you will eventually make part of your spellwork allows you...

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The Occult Activism of 1960s Group WITCH is Still Relevant

When people think of feminist protests of the 1960s, they most often think of bra burning at the Miss America pageant. This is super lame because bras weren’t even burned at that protest, just discarded into a trash can. It’s hard to ...

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Goetic Magick and the Black Grimoires

I am reading Jake Stratton-Kent’s book “True Grimoire”, which is an operant version of the Grimoirum Verum. I am also carefully looking over and reading Joseph Peterson’s book “Grimorium Verum” at the same time. My purpose in this dua...

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The Astronomer and the Witch – How Kepler Saved his Mother from the Stake

Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) is one of the world’s most famous astronomers. He defended Copernicus’s sun-centred universe and discovered that planets move in ellipses. A planet, NASA mission and planet-hunting spacecraft are named afte...

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Why Are Lemons Used In Black Magic?

People often say everything is fair in love and war. This is not just a saying; it is a statement that gives birth to many evil activities that people often justify in the light of this saying. Whenever people suffer from any type of ...

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Art of Armadel, Theurgic Ascension and Sethian Gnosticism

We have already obliquely defined the art of Armadel as the art of disposition, and that such an art was dedicated to the acquiring and obtaining knowledge, wisdom, deep mystical insights and illumination - a kind of gnostic wisdom. W...

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