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Witches Do Not Bend*

Allow me a moment's irritation that this persistent misinformation continues to get shared. The 'witch' of witch hazel or witch elm is *not* that witch. This is the Proto-IndoEuropean root *weik

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Charm for Weaving

Weaving has long been a winter activity. As the last vestiges of the cold hang on hereabouts, the thought of spring still seems distant. But friends have been sharing pictures of their new lambs so it's coming nonetheless. The whole cycle from wool to woven begins again.

There has long been an association of magic with weaving. While dismissed as 'women's work' often, its intricacies inspire wonder at its mysteries. If you don't know how to do a thing, the process can look like magic. Indeed the association goes back to the Moirai, the Parcae, the Norns and even Macbeth's three witches. The threads they weave, measure and cut -- how do they affect our fates? And what are the incantations they mutter over the threads?

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Nettles & Mugwort

While I was reading Sylvia Townsend Warner's Lolly Willowes, a too much neglected classic of witchcraft fiction, I was struck by a rhyme Lolly's Nannie Quantrell had taught her as a child, which she had learned from her grandmother:

If they would eat nettles in March

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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, March 30

A manuscript detailing Isaac Newton's alchemical pursuits is revealed. Controversy erupts in the Pagan community over political activism. And we take a look at how coloring has taken over as a hobby among Pagans. It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment on news about the Pagan community! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, March 9

The issue of consent within the Pagan community is discussed. We take a look at Oya, one of the best-known deities of the West African religion Orisa-Ifá. And how should Pagans view the Abrahamic pantheon? It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment on news within the Pagan community! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Get Charming

I'm teaching a course this semester called 'Witches, Healers & Saints' mostly so I could teach a lot about witches. One of the themes developing in all my courses is how the few people with power often abuse it (honestly, it's always been there -- I'm just making it more overt now), but a major theme in this class is magic as technology.

My aim is to get away from the modern impulse to see magic only as 'superstition'; our belief in our superiority to the past causes us to dismiss too many things. If you think of magic as the best knowledge available at the time about some very mysterious things, it's easier to understand the role it played. I'm introducing the students to sympathetic magic and the power of charms (like the Anglo-Saxon Charm for Bees or the Charm against a Wen).

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  • Byron Ballard
    Byron Ballard says #
    I'd like to take that class.
  • Kate Laity
    Kate Laity says #
    That would be fun!
Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, September 30

A Neopagan leader calls on her students to teach others as she taught them. The misogyny behind Africa's witch hunts is exposed and examined. And a list details 10 of the most famous real-life magicians in history. It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly take on news about the Pagan and magical communities! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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