Benebell Wen on integrating culture-specific practices into your own. You might also want to consider aspects of cultural appropriation, and whether or not how you approach the work falls into that category. Donyae Coles’ article, “Problems with whitewashing in worship,” looks into that in terms of thinking about one’s deities, but other articles we’ve published over the last few years might help you think through that too.
The art of creating logos for spellwork. On a related note, see Areosol’s “Smuggling sigils across: Sigil magick for the professional magician.”
White dudes converting to faiths founded and dominated by visible minorities can create problems that reverberate.
Workout your spirit along with your body, and forgive.
Black Witch on Black identity and Paganism. If you’re interested in thinking through these things more, I highly recommend Donyae Coles’ “Black witch resources: Getting started” and “African pantheons: A primer” — for starters.
Heathenry doesn’t have to be racist and sexist, obviously. For more on this theme, see Jade Pichette’s excellent articles, “#HavamalWitches: We are the witches the Havamal warns you about” and “Canadian Pagans taking a stand against bigotry and intolerance.”
A woodland meditation and ritual.
On choosing a patron deity. Also see Donyae Coles’ article, “Worshipping familiar gods: Going beyond pop culture.” Her article “Creating your altar: A beginner’s guide” may also prove helpful in getting started.
At some point, you’ve got to learn to fix your own problems.
Hulu is developing a series based on the 1980s Satanic Panic in the United States. This could be interesting. Beth Winegarner’s article, “Occult Profiling: Where it comes from and why it’s worth fighting,” delves into some some of the problems with media and popular understanding of these terms.
This random collection of old photographs of Finnish witches and magick rituals is pretty nifty.
The largest collection of items related to witchcraft in North America opens at Cornell University.
In other news, the Olsen twins have released a Wiccan product line and that seems kind of… odd… and overly expensive?
The Yoga of Light reviewed.
A review of Wicca Moon’s Ostara Ritual Kit.
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress reviewed.
A review of Dark Mirror: The Inner Work of Witchcraft.
The National Geographic is finally stepping up and acknowledging that their past coverage has been extremely racist and exploitive, and they pledge to do better.