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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.
Still from The Wizard of Oz

Are you a good witch, a bad witch, or something else?

It seems there is some division within the Pagan community that perpetuates stereotypes about the practice of binding.
Hampstead Heath, photo by Olivier

Pagan heritage: Connecting to your roots and finding common ground

My understanding of my Pagan heritage is something that has changed, evolved, and grown over the years, and I'm sure it will continue to do so.
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
Photo by Robin Dude

Deepen your connection to the land throughout the Wheel of the Year

Emma Kathryn writes on how to work with the seasons of Sabbats through the year to deepen your connection to their magical influence.
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.
Deeper Into The Underworld_ Death, Ancestors and Magical Rites, by Christopher Allaun

Deeper Into the Underworld, by Chris Allaun

Deeper Into The Underworld: Death, Ancestors and Magical Rites is a great read for anyone who feels a connection to working with the deceased. There is much to be gained from tapping into the Underworld and bringing the wisdom of our beloved ancestors into the physical realm.
witchcraft and social media at spiral nature

Witchcraft and social media: Digital tools for magick

Digital spaces in general, and social media specifically, offers witches so may exciting new ways to perform magick and connect to other witches. It’s an exciting time to be a witch!
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?
The Devil's Crown, by Shani Oates

The Devil’s Crown, by Shani Oates

Most of us are familiar with Cain, the first-born son of Adam and Eve. The Devil’s Crown delivers further insights into this and Robert Cochrane.
Budget, photo by CafeCredit.com

Witching on a budget: Magick on the cheap

The witch aesthetic is filled with Pinterest-ready crystal rings, handcrafted wands, and the finest organic herbs. That’s all just glitz and glam for mood boards though. Cheap witchcraft is real, and you can practice it.
Candles by Massimaxxx (flickr)

The Way of the Lover, by Ross Heaven

I recommend The Way of the Lover for those who are struggling in darkness because, as Rumi suggests, “the remedy for your wound is the wound itself.”