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Rock music in Wiccan worship

Terry Riley, high priest of the Southern Delta Church of Wicca (a part of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church), is preparing a Grease ritual for an upcoming new moon.

It'll be a"special circle" that will have"a double high p...

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A look at Paganism in South Africa

Encompassing over 470,000 square miles and boasting close to 1,750 miles of coastline on two oceans, South Africa is the 25th largest nation by area, also 24th largest by population. The expression “Pagan” was unknown there before 199...

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Beliefs and Practices of New Age Spirituality

There's no way in one blogpost a to discuss the wide variety of beliefs and practices that are typically associated with New Age spirituality. New Age thinking is so diverse, so fluid, and so unique to each individual practitioner tha...

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Addressing issues of sexual abuse in Pagan communities

In recent years, allegations of sexual misconduct in Pagan and polytheist communities have become increasingly visible. The arrest and conviction of Kenny Klein resulted in a range of public allegations of abuse levied against the mus...

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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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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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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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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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Witchcraft and Evocation Simplified

Spirit Conjuring and the Legendary Witches

It is a long tradition in the annals and legends of witchcraft that witches performed magic through the agency of demons, fairies and lesser spirits, such as elemental...

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Candle Magic: A Witch's Guide to Spells and Rituals

Candle magic is something almost everyone has tried, even as a child - who hasnt made a wish over a birthday cake? Candle spells are among the easiest yet also the most effective to perform. They are perfect for anyone who wants to ha...

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Pathways in Modern Western Magic, Book Review

Pathways in Modern Western Magic is Concrescent Press’s reply to the conditions of contemporary academic publishing—an activity that, especially for scholars of area studies, is at best difficult and at worst, financially unten...

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Beyond the Broomstick. Thoughts on the Philosophy of Wicca

Many people still think Witchcraft doesn’t go much beyond old hags flying on broomsticks. Maybe such a view suffices when reading fairy tales to children, but in daily life it most certainly does not. Witchcraft – or Wicca as it is no...

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Reform Among the (People who Study) Pagans

For some time now, a debate has been rolling about the status of “pagan studies” as a field of academic research. It’s not that there’s been any doubt about the importance of studying contemporary paganisms; on the contrary, academic ...

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Where Do I Start My Wiccan Practice?

You’ve heard this story play out several times before (or maybe you’re even starring in a remake right now): someone wakes up and it dawns on them–they’re supposed to be Wiccan.

Well, what does that even mean? Often it means run...

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Advanced Alexandrian Witchcraft - A Wiccan Golden Dawn

I have recently wrote an article stating my opinion that Alex Sanders was a modern day Pagan Magus. I demonstrated, by carefully examining an old documentary, that he was clearly engaged in an experimental approach to witchcraft and m...

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Kissing the Hag: Book Review

Often books come into my life when they are needed, and other times I by a book and it takes me several months or years before they get read. This one is a little of both, I knew of its existence, when it was first published back i...

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Occultism in a Global Perspective: Approaches to New Religions

Two of humanity's most fascinating, and troublesome, traits are our imagination and our capacity to contemplate the hidden. In a way, these are the same trait, as thinking about the hidden depends on imagination, and humans have erect...

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Different Branches of Paganism

The Contemporary Pagan Movement is hard to pin down by design. Paganism is a very big (and often literal) tent and those inside form and un-form groups freely. The Pagan belief in the supremacy of nature is general enough that it leav...

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