Quarter Days and Pagan Fire Festivals

byPatti Wigington In some modern Pagan traditions, including some forms of NeoWicca, the eight sabbats or holidays are divided into two groups: the fire festivals, or cross quarter days, and the quarter festivals. Some belief systems celebrate only one group — either the quarter or cross quarter days — and others mark all eight each … Continue reading Quarter Days and Pagan Fire Festivals

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What Pop Culture Gets Right and Wrong About Witches

By Lila Shapiro The coven. Photo: Corinne Dodenhoff In TV, movies, and real life, women have been at the forefront of the year’s biggest stories — so this Halloween season, we’re looking at pop culture’s most wicked depictions of female power. On a recent October night, three witches dressed all in black made their way across the … Continue reading What Pop Culture Gets Right and Wrong About Witches

Dragon’s blood is not a magical concoction but a real ingredient in medicine, incense, and more. By Magda Origjanska

The so-called modern pagans frequently come upon “dragon’s blood” as one of the ingredients needed for their rituals. The name of this substance signifies the blood of a mythical, flying creature that, according to many stories, performs wonders and heals even the sorest of wounds and most grievous illnesses. Surprisingly, dragon’s blood is not only “real” but also has been … Continue reading Dragon’s blood is not a magical concoction but a real ingredient in medicine, incense, and more. By Magda Origjanska

What is a Goddess?

Bright Magickal Blessings to all, from The Silver Sage Witch of NewFound-Life.com

9 Winter Solstice Superstitions & What They Mean That Will Prepare You For Dec. 21 By ALLI HOFF KOSIK

  Hugh Pinney/Getty Images News/Getty Images I'm sure your top concern as we approach the upcoming winter solstice may be just how many more minutes of sun you're going to get during your commute each day, but the truth is that the event is steeped in history and tradition that goes far beyond our modern taste for … Continue reading 9 Winter Solstice Superstitions & What They Mean That Will Prepare You For Dec. 21 By ALLI HOFF KOSIK

Introduction to Familiar Spirits BY KELDEN

In today’s modern Witchcraft, Familiars are often times thought of as being animal companions or pets. When asked if they have a Familiar, many Witches will often refer to their cat, dog, or other animal. Usually these pets have a predisposition towards Witchcraft, whether they’re always showing up at ritual time or just can’t seem … Continue reading Introduction to Familiar Spirits BY KELDEN

Feather Symbolism, Magic, and More! By Nicole Canfield

Finding a Feather on the Ground You’re walking down a familiar path when something on the ground catches your eye. You walk up and realize it’s a large feather. You were having an awful day, but somehow finding a feather on the ground has completely elevated your mood and state of mind. That is the … Continue reading Feather Symbolism, Magic, and More! By Nicole Canfield