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Newgrange’s Winter Solstice to be live-streamed

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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

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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

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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?

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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 »

So You Want To Be A Witch

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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

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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 »

The Core of Wicca

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Wicca is a pretty diverse religion today with assorted different denominations (usually called “traditions”), independent covens, and thousands if not millions of solitary practitioners around the globe. What exactly makes all of these practitioners Wiccan? Historically the religion of Wicca traces to Gerald B. Gardner who first promoted and taught a form of religious witchcraft as far back as the… Read more »

The Principles of Wiccan Belief

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Way back in the Spring of 1974 during a Pagan conference called “Witchmeet” in Minneapolis, MN USA a diverse group of 73 witches, representing a range of groups as well as solitary practitioners, formed what they decided to call the American Council of Witches. The group held only a single meeting before they chose to disband. At that meeting they… Read more »

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Critical Thinking Skills for Pagans

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(Excerpted from “The Wiccan Mystic”, chapter four.) Information on the occult and on alternative religious paths such as Wicca is readily available now more than ever before. Most mainstream bookstores carry at least a few books with titles like “Easy Wicca” or “Casting Spells in 3 Simple Steps,” or might have a wider selection from scholarly philosophical tomes to straightforward… Read more »

The Historical Role of the Publicly Stereotypical Witch

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In recent news there has been a story making the rounds about a Maine resident, Phelan Moonsong, who wears a pair of horns on his head most of the time even when out in public.  Moonsong got the attention of reporters when he was able to get a copy of his driver’s license (which he uses as ID, as he… Read more »