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Secret life of modern-day witches By Lynette Horsburgh

 

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Kathy Rowan-Drewitt concealed her fascination with witchcraft

It is 400 years since the Pendle witch trials led to 10 people being hanged for witchcraft. But do modern witches still suffer prejudice?

He has carved out a successful career as an employment lawyer.

But the 38-year-old, who is sometimes known as Myrddin, also takes part in activities which he prefers to keep secret.

For Myrddin is the head of a witches’ coven in Lancashire.

He said: “We don’t do anything sinister like Devil worship and we don’t make human or animal sacrifices.

“We honour, revere and give thanks to nature. We celebrate the seasons. It’s not all blood and gore. In spring, we celebrate life and rebirth then in the winter, decay and death to make way for new life.”

His coven in Chorley is little more than 30 miles from Pendle, where in 1612, 10 people were seized amid claims of being involved in witchcraft.

But, 400 years later, prejudice against witches stills exists, according to Myrddin.

He said: “It comes from ignorance and fear of the unknown and it is the reason why rituals and celebrations are held in secret.”

Witch school

In his spare time, he wears a cloak “or something warm for the great outdoors” and heads up a magical working group practising traditional witchcraft which includes druidry, shamanism and wicca.

He said there is no conflict between his day job and his spiritualism. “My philosophy is to live in honour and honour every living thing, our landscape and the world we live in.”

Since he was a young child, Myrddin has had an affinity with the countryside.

He said: “I could feel the magic of nature. I was brought up a staunch Christian but it wasn’t enough and I realised there was label for what I felt – paganism.”

The coven celebrates eight Celtic festivals across the year and the moon cycles in the Lancashire countryside centred around a campfire where the motto is “eat, drink and be merry”.

Hazel Woods, of the Pagan Federation, said there are witches of all social classes and occupations but prejudice means many are still reticent about declaring their beliefs.

Kathy Rowan-Drewitt, 51, from Blackpool, runs her own witch school and has taught more than 60 witches.

She said: “Many still keep being a witch secret from their family, friends and work for fear of being treated unfairly or thought of as weird.

“Times have changed but calling someone a witch is

READ MORE HERE: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lancashire-19211852

Why Does Santa Claus Give Coal to Bad Kids? | Mental Floss

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The tradition of giving misbehaving children lumps of fossil fuel predates the Santa we know, and is also associated with St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, and Italy’s La Befana. Though there doesn’t seem to be one specific legend or history about any of these figures that gives a concrete reason for doling out coal specifically, the common thread between all of them seems to be convenience.

Santa and La Befana both get into people’s homes via the fireplace chimney and leave gifts in stockings hung from the mantel. Sinterklaas’s controversial assistant, Black Pete, also comes down the chimney and places gifts in shoes left out near the fireplace. St. Nick used to come in the window, and then switched to the chimney when they became common in Europe. Like Sinterklaas, his presents are traditionally

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https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/31910/why-does-santa-claus-give-coal-bad-kids

Quarter Days and Pagan Fire Festivals

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 year. Which ones you observe will depend on your own magical tradition, as well as which of these sabbats is most meaningful to you.

Did You Know?

  • The term “quarter days” is derived from a system in the British Isles in which four specific days each year were marked as a time to collect rents, hire new servants, and resolve legal matters.
  • Some traditions of Wicca and NeoPaganism celebrate only the quarter days, while others observe only the cross-quarter festivals.
  • In some belief systems, all eight days are celebrated annually, forming the system we call the Wheel of the Year.

Quarter Days

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The quarter festivals, or lesser sabbats, include the solstices

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https://www.learnreligions.com/quarter-days-and-cross-quarter-days-2562061

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One of the most exciting things about fall (besides showing off our new knitting projects) is baking beautiful sweet loaves and breads using our favourite harvest goodies — freshly picked apples, pears, squash and pumpkins — paired with rich, warm spices. Bring on those carbs and cozy sweaters!

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