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Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft at the Ashmolean Museum at Spiral Nature

Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft at the Ashmolean Museum

Spellbound is thought-provoking, engaging, and succeeds in its aims as a concise and well-presented overview of magic, ritual and witchcraft.
Artist Spotlight: Tommie Kelly and the Forty Servants at Spiral Nature

Artist Spotlight: Tommie Kelly and the Forty Servants

Tommie Kelly is an incredible illustrator, accomplished magician, successful writer, and creator of the Forty Servants.
L'homme et sa femme, André Masson, 1958; photo by Olivier Bacquet

Surrealism: Six occultnik painters and writers

These six surrealist artists opened doors to other realms through the use of a paintbrush, pen or typewriter.
Detail of a cash register, photo by Bill Collison

Ethics in witchcraft: Where do you fall?

Ethics: it can be a tinderbox subject in any situation, but within the spheres of witchcraft and Paganism, there always seems to be drama.
Greatest Hits: Best of Occulture 2018

Greatest Hits: Best of occulture in 2018

Of the 15 articles on occulture we published in 2018, these are the 8 most popular on Spiral Nature Magazine.

Introduction to Surrealism: An occultnik art movement

Surrealism is a 20th century avant-garde movement in art and literature that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind. The term "avant-garde" tends...
WITCHfest North photo by Monica Bodirsky, st Spiral Nature

Building community: Approaching WITCHfest North 2018

WITCHfest North was created by a small group of volunteers putting together a celebration of witches, Wiccans, Pagans, and women in the arts.
Mixtape: Eldritch August 2018, photo by Andrew Malone, with work from Psyche

Mixtape: Eldritch August

For our very first mixtape, I put together 12 "Eldritch August" songs, since August is H.P. Lovecraft’s birth month.
Pharoah Sanders, photo from Wikimedia Commons

Always ascending: The magick of jazz

If you had to pick one genre as being innately spiritual and magical, jazz is the most otherworldly form of music humans have created.
Occulture, by Carl Abrahamsson

Occulture: The Unseen Forces That Drive Culture Forward

Occulture: The Unseen Forces that Drive Culture Forward is a collection of essays and lectures that set out to explore the places where the magical bleeds into the cultural, influences it, and leaves it both changed and charged.
Statue of Samantha Stevens, photo by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

A witch’s guide to Salem: Navigating the sacred and the profane

Consumerism is not going to disappear, so perhaps we can be discerning, provide education, and look at Salem as a locus of witch activity
The Slender Man, photo by mdl70

Folklore, Horror Stories, and the Slender Man, by Shira Chess and...

Folklore, Horror Stories, and the Slender Man offers a comprehensive look at the Slender Man phenomenon from its origins to later developments.

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