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!
Healing myself the Pagan way: how witchcraft cast a spell on me
By Jennifer Lane
"Witchcraft has always played a large role in my life. While many kids were learning badminton or taking trombone lessons, I was reading up on spellcraft and ways to plant my herb garden. I grew up in the late 1990s when my cultural life became saturated with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed and Sabrina the Teenage Witch... But the draw wasn’t just the empowerment that spells and telekinetic forces threw my way; I was intensely charmed by witchcraft’s connection with the world outside and the earth around me."
Global Witch Lore Shines in THE WITCHVERSE Animated Series
By Amy Ratcliffe
"Most of us know some myth about witches. Maybe it’s about warts. Or maybe it’s about dark magic and the rule of three. A new animated series from Baobab Studios and Disney Branded Television will focus on what witch mythology around the globe is like. The Witchverse is an animated anthology series based on Baobab Studios’ award-winning virtual reality experience and short film Baba Yaga. Uh yes, please."
How Some ‘Jewitches’ Embrace Both Judaism and Witchcraft
By Heather Greene and Emily McFarlan Miller
"...creator, Alicia Jo Rabins, identifies as a Jewish artist and educator who incorporates elements of witchcraft into her practice of Judaism, an increasingly common, if still controversial, combination. In both the modern witchcraft and Jewish communities, people are bringing together magic — often called witchcraft — and religious ritual. The ways in which these two seemingly distinct practices merge is often highly personal, depending on heritage, education and spiritual calling."
I'm Proud to Be a Real-Life Witch
By Angie Brown
BBC Scotland News
"Tonks Brown lives on her own in a remote croft in the Scottish Highlands and says she is proud to be a real-life witch. For her, Halloween is not about costumes, pumpkins and trick or treating. 'I think society has a pop culture idea of witches,' says 36-year-old Tonks. 'It is about so much more, it's a big part of my life, it's my religion and faith,' she says...She turned to Paganism when she was 12 and living on the Isle of Mull. 'I was bullied at high school for being different,' she says."
The Craft Inspired a Generation of Teenage Witches
By Peg Aloi
"Perhaps no other contemporary film had as great an impact on the modern witchcraft movement as The Craft. Though it premiered to middling reviews, the 1996 movie...captivated both experienced witches and total acolytes with its authentic portrayal of adolescent girls who dabbled in witchcraft to improve their lives and gain power. Enthralled by its dark glamour, countless young girls were compelled to learn more about witchcraft and paganism... "
Help Name The Best Witch in Pop Culture History
By Michael Walsh
"Something wicked this way comes. Wicked fun, that is. This year we’re celebrating Nerdoween with our first-ever 'Nerdist Witch Week.' During the final days of October, we’re paying tribute to those broom flying, spell-casting, potion brewing denizens of the scariest season. And we’re asking you to be a big part of the festivities. You’re going to help us name the best witch in pop culture history. We’re putting 64 of the scariest, most popular, and most infamous witches up against one another March Madness-style on our Twitter."
A Spooky, Witchy Reading List to Kick off Scary Season
By Fire Lyte
"No matter whether the witch is something more than human or as mortal as the rest of us, for many people, these stories spark an interest in magic that never quite goes away. I’ve gathered together 9 stories of witches, a coven of stories if you will, that encompass the history of the witch through time and how these stories are thriving in the modern era."
A New Exhibition Gets at the Truth Behind the Salem Witch Trials
By Katie White
"It is among the darker chapters in American colonial history: In the spring of 1692, three girls in Salem, Massachusetts, came forward claiming to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft against them. The accusations unleashed waves of panic in the Puritanical colonial society, and in a few short months, more than 200 people would stand accused."
What We Know About Women in the Viking Age Is Steeped in Cultural Bias
By Nancy Marie Brown
"History books are not 'true.' They do not, and cannot, capture the totality of what happened in any one place or time. Historians choose what to tell and what to leave out. That choice is an interpretation...no matter how many facts a historian recounts in her book, it remains a story—an interpretation. And as such, it reflects her cultural biases. Until very recently, one of those cultural biases was to ignore women."
The Pandemic Turned Me Into a Witch
By Daniel Zomparelli
"We got married and moved into our first home together in L.A., and soon after found ourselves browsing the local mainstay witch store, House of Intuition...Turns out, we’d both been into witchcraft at a young age, even owning versions of the Book of Shadows...Growing up Catholic, I attended Catechism, a weekly religious school where I was constantly in trouble for giggling.... There, I was taught that witchcraft was sinful. Now, in a store dedicated to witches, I felt like I was getting to enjoy, wait for it, a forbidden fruit."
How King Knight's Director and Cast Made a Comedy for People Who Love Witches
By Matthew Jackson
"Armed with a love of witches, a coven of personal friends who happened to be witches, and years' worth of research into modern witchcraft, Bates began working on what would become King Knight, his latest feature... Funny, trippy, and made with a sense of eccentric conviction, the film is Bates' effort to tell a story about witches you might meet in real life, free of not just darkness, but also of judgment..."
Kerry Katona's Teenage Daughter Lilly Says She Practises Witchcraft
By Jessica Sansome
Manchester Evening News
"Lilly says she started experimenting with spells around the start of the first lockdown last March. She decided to invest more time into it after discovering a pagan symbol on a tree which she took as a sign and now meets fellow witches regularly...'It's so sad because it's so misunderstood. There's such negative connotations around what witchcraft is...but it's actually a wonderfully kind, good religion,' she says."
Banished 'Witches' Sing Of Their Pain — And Their Dreams
By Aaron Cohen
"On a brief track called "I Stand Accused," a woman in a remote part of Ghana intones and repeats the title phrase with the intensity of a global town crier...This singer is one of an estimated 1,000 women in northern Ghana who have fled their homes because of witchcraft accusations — and the fear that they will be physically attacked as a result."
How Metal Embraced Pagan-Folk Mystics Heilung
By Dave Everley
"Heilung have materialised in metal’s collective consciousness like a spirit, despite possessing few of the traditional characteristics of a metal band. Their live performances aren’t so much gigs as communal rituals, complete with warriors, bonfires and rune-casting. The two albums they have made to date, 2015’s Ofnir and 2019’s Futha, pulse with mind-altering tribal rhythms and wordless exhortations to long-gone gods – “amplified history”, they call it."
Shooting the Summer Solstice
By Gill Prince
Gill Prince Photography
"The Summer Solstice is especially relevant in Milton Keynes, as the 'new city' was designed specifically so that the sun will shine straight down Midsummer Boulevard, through the centre of town, on Midsummer's morning. You can draw a straight line from the Light Pyramid in Campbell Park...over the bridge and all the way down Midsummer Boulevard...Quite impressive really. "
Australian Witches and Druids Optimistic About Post-Pandemic Future
By Nick Baker
ABC News Australia
"Over the past year, the pandemic has meant most pagan rituals and events around the country have either been cancelled or conducted online...But there's optimism among some in the community that pagan groups could emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever."
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..."