Category Archives: Articles

Newgrange’s Winter Solstice to be live-streamed

      Comments Off on Newgrange’s Winter Solstice to be live-streamed

Another interesting way to celebrate Yule 2020 — watch the live-stream of Winter Solstice at Newgrange! https://www.irishpost.com/news/newgrange-monuments-magical-winter-solstice-to-be-live-streamed-across-the-world-199246 UPDATE: You can watch the recorded video at https://youtu.be/8anbIH-XfPU

Circle Sanctuary’s Online Yule 2020

      Comments Off on Circle Sanctuary’s Online Yule 2020

Here’s what Circle Sanctuary is offering for Yule 2020 online in this year of the pandemic: YULE FESTIVAL 2020 ONLINESaturday, December 19,  10 AM – 1 PM Central Time Registration is open for this year’s Community Yule! Blessings, toasting, sharing and giving thanks during the Yuletide period is tradition and social distancing  is making that hard for us this year.  But… Read more »

Online Samhain Celebrations 2020

      Comments Off on Online Samhain Celebrations 2020
pentacle with pumpkins, candle and book

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic a number of events have opted to shift to online celebrations instead of outright cancellations. Here’s a few that you might want to participate in! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/samhain-online-ritual-tickets-123443507855 https://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/events/samhain-2020

Think You’ve Been Cursed?

      Comments Off on Think You’ve Been Cursed?
Myths & Scams

This is another one of the topics that gets posted pretty regularly on occult and magickal discussion boards: “I think I’ve been cursed!” or “Don’t post pictures online or you’ll be cursed!” or some variation of those. Here’s the simple response: magick isn’t like Hollywood depicts — curses are actually very rare and it’s extremely unlikely you’ll ever encounter a… Read more »

Great Book Of Magical Art, Hindu Magic And East Indian Occultism – L. W. de Laurence [PDF]

      Comments Off on Great Book Of Magical Art, Hindu Magic And East Indian Occultism – L. W. de Laurence [PDF]
The Great Book of Magical Art, Hindu Magic and Indian Occultism by L. W. de Laurence

This book provides a lot of magickal lore and how-to information on a wide range of techniques. The author and publisher, L. W. de Laurence, produced a lot of popular books on these subjects – some were his own while others were written by others. His books were sold primarily through mail-order. This book was originally published in 1898, and… Read more »

So You Want To Be A Witch

      Comments Off on So You Want To Be A Witch
pentacle with pumpkins, candle and book

I see it all the time on message boards and forums on the internet. “I want to be a Witch — how should I start?” It is pretty bewildering to newcomers because there is so much information out there, so many different “kinds” of Witches that someone who is just getting started can easily become overwhelmed. Here’s some advice from… Read more »

View an Online Beltane Festival

      Comments Off on View an Online Beltane Festival
Maypole in Columcille Megalith Park, Bangor PA

2020 has been a rather unusual year due to a global pandemic which has resulted in stay-at-home orders in many places, and all the usual public events being cancelled. Some, like the Beltane Fire Society in the UK, decided that this year they would hold their festival online instead of in the usual way. Even though the event is now… Read more »

So You Want to Become A Wiccan? Tips for Getting Started

      Comments Off on So You Want to Become A Wiccan? Tips for Getting Started

I’ve seen the question come up more and more often lately: “I’m interested in becoming a Wiccan. How do I start?” Here are some articles and suggestions for books to read that will give you a solid beginning. First, you need to get a better idea of if you want to become a Wiccan, a Witch, or a Pagan. What’s… Read more »

Pagan Bookshelf: Witchcraft History

      Comments Off on Pagan Bookshelf: Witchcraft History

There are lots of books about the history of witchcraft. Many do not even mention modern practitioners, let alone witchcraft religions like Wicca. Some do mention modern practitioners but fail to fact-check claims resulting in some of the worst speculations being reported as fact. Here are some books about the history of witchcraft, ancient and modern, that tend towards being… Read more »

Pagan Roots in the North

      Comments Off on Pagan Roots in the North

Throughout history the British Isles have been swept by waves of new inhabitants and ideas. Some came as invaders and others as settlers from other lands. As each new ethnic group became established and eventually assimilated into British culture their unique qualities were absorbed too. One of the notable influences on the British Isles and therefore on English occultism and… Read more »