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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 Eric Newsom

Folklore, Horror Stories, and the Slender Man offers a comprehensive look at the Slender Man phenomenon from its origins to later developments.
The Occult Book, by John Michael Greer

The Occult Book, by John Michael Greer

The Occult Book organizes topics chronologically, which makes for an interesting exploration of the ways that various traditions expanded and branched off into different directions.

Exiting the broom closet: Sharing your magick with friends and family

Being open with your practice to friends and family isn’t everyone’s goal, but if you want to be able to talk about it with loved ones, here are some tips!
Wicca, Plain & Simple: The Only Book You'll Ever Need, by Leanna Greenaway

Wicca, Plain and Simple, by Leanna Greenaway

There is something so satisfying about a guide entitled, “The only book you’ll ever need” -- especially when, as in this case, the volume is just 125 pages long. This isn’t to say I am credulous, only that I enjoy the idea that one book could cover a topic so authoritatively as to declare itself the only one needed.
Detail from The Sun, Next World Tarot, by Cristy C. Road

Tarot for kids: 15 decks to get them started

If you read tarot and have children in your life, chances are they are super curious about the cards.
Broom, photo by Daniel Horacio Agostini

Not my Burning Times: Witch trials, oppression, and magical identity making

Witch hunts and witch trials are a real part of the historical record, but is invoking them in today’s, modern magical communities helpful?