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The magic of the stones

Moonlight. A woman stands in her garden. The wind lifts her white scarf into the air as the silver light rains down upon her. In her upraised hands lies a six-sided crystal. She gazes at the shimmering stone, sensing its erratic, disturbing…

The man who fought the witch hunts

During the darkest days of the witch persecutions, Reginald Scot was among the few voices of reason to be heard. In 1584 he self-published The Discoverie of Witchcraft, in which he refuted many of the beliefs concerning the power of wItChes…

Can You Smell the Magic?

It has long been held that certain smells can evoke strong emotional responses because of their connection to memories.  There are certain scents that remind me of my grandmother, of my mother, and so on.  For my kids, I hope the smell of…

The Tools Wiccans Use

Wicca is a nature-based religion that exists without any structured clergy or congregations.  While there are Priests and Priestesses in leadership positions within covens, there are also many Wiccans who practice outside of these…

Aphrodite – Goddess of Love

The cult of Aphrodite was largely derived from that of the Phoenician goddess Astarte, a cognate of the East Semitic goddess Ishtar, whose cult was based on the Sumerian cult of Inanna. Aphrodite's main cult centers were Cythera, Cyprus,…

Understanding Beltane

April's showers have given way to rich and fertile earth, and as the land greens, there are few celebrations as representative of fertility as Beltane. Observed on May 1st (or October 31 - November 1 for our Southern Hemisphere readers),…

Brigid and Imbolc

Imbolc is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and there is evidence it has been an important date since ancient times. It is believed that it was originally a pagan festival associated with the goddess Brigid and that it was…

Pagan Origins of May Day

Does May Day have pagan origins? Where did the tradition of May Poles, and May Baskets originally come from? And did shouting May Day as the international signal of distress have origins within this holiday? These and many other questions…

Understanding your familiar

We have all heard about cats and rats as Witches’ Familiars, but do you really understand what a Familiar is? A Familiar is an animal you have a psychic connection with, or one that will help you with magick. Most modern Witches don’t have…