News stories and articles featuring pagans and witches of all kinds as well as related topics. Learn about the past, present, and future of witchcraft!
The Best Fiction Books About Faeries and their Magickal Worlds
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Lavie Tidhar
"Sometimes — like, maybe, right now — you want to escape to another, better world. But is Fairyland it? Emerging from the mist of British folk tales and beliefs, the Fae did not always resemble the cute winged creatures in Disney’s “Peter Pan”... "
The US Witch Population has Seen an Astronomical Rise
By Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz & Dan Kopf
"Spirituality is now firmly placed in mainstream culture...Though the data is sparse, what we do know is that the practice of witchcraft has seen major growth in recent decades. As the witch aesthetic has risen, so has the number of people who identify as witches..."
Major Arcana: Portraits of Witches in America
Frances F. Denny
By Aline Smithson
"Major Arcana is an exploration of contemporary witchery told through striking photographs and short, thought-provoking essays in the subjects’ own words...Frances F. Denny is an artist and photographer whose work investigates female identities... From occultists and Neo-pagans, to herbalists and Wiccan High Priestesses..."
1,800-Year-Old Altar to Pagan God Pan Hidden in a Byzantine Church
By Laura Geggel
"The volcanic basalt altar dates to the second or third century, but it was repurposed as a support brick in the fifth-century church... Whoever built the church apparently didn't want worshippers seeing a dedication to the god Pan, so the altar was turned around, possibly to debase and humiliate any pagans who still practiced "old" polytheistic beliefs..."
Some of the Best Images from the Spectacular Winter Solstice at Newgrange
By Shane O'Brien
"Viewers were treated to a spectacular site on Sunday as the passage tomb filled with light at dawn...The Newgrange passage tomb is Ireland's best-known Neolithic structures and draws tourists from all over the world...Dating back to around 3200 BC, Newgrange is about 500 years older than the pyramids in Egypt and at least 1,000 years older than Stonehenge in England..."
Eerie Witches’ Marks Found Among Ruins of Medieval English Church
By Isis Davis-Marks
"Archaeologists conducting excavations at the abandoned church of St. Mary’s in Stoke Mandeville, England, discovered strange stone carvings and medieval graffiti suspected to be “witches’ marks,” or protective symbols designed to ward off evil spirits...a design perhaps meant to entrap malicious spirits, dooming them to forever wander around an endless line or maze..."