Midnight In The Desert — witch

Tue Dec 25 - Ellen Evert Hopman - The Real Witches of New England

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Tue Dec 25 - Ellen Evert Hopman - The Real Witches of New England

Ellen Evert Hopman reveals what it really means to be a witch. www.elleneverthopman.com @EllenEHopman BIO: Ellen Evert Hopman is Archdruid of Tribe of the Oak, an international Druid teaching Grove based in New England, a founder of The Order of White Oak and a member of The Grey Council of Mages and Sages. She has also been a teacher of Herbalism since 1983 and of Druidism since 1990. She is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and has presented on Druidism, herbal lore, tree lore, Paganism and magic at conferences, festivals, and events in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scotland,...

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Wiccan Beliefs, Principles, and Practices: A Beginner's Guide to Wicca

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Wiccan Beliefs, Principles, and Practices: A Beginner's Guide to Wicca

Although Wicca is a decentralized religion often led by solitary practitioners, there are a few central tenets that dictate the Wiccan belief system, at least in the United States. At a 1973 conference of more than 70 Wiccans from different Wiccan subsets, the temporarily convened Council of American Witches hammered down 13 core principles that many U.S. Wiccans still recognize decades later. According to Pagan Path, the 13 principles of Wicca are these: We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters....

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Shoes hidden in home walls to ward off evil spirits

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Shoes hidden in home walls to ward off evil spirits

A growing number of old shoes have been discovered concealed inside the walls of British homes. The peculiar practice, which was thought to have been carried out by superstitious builders and homeowners, was intended to help protect the buildings from evil spirits. One such example was discovered by Laura Potts - a homeowner who was undertaking renovation work at her Georgian home near Norwich when she came across a woman's shoe in the wall. According to History professor Malcolm Gaskill, it had probably been left there to deter 'witches'. "In the early modern period, people also believed in demons, ghosts,...

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Christmas Witch: La Befana is Santa's Wine-Guzzling Female Counterpart

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Christmas Witch: La Befana is Santa's Wine-Guzzling Female Counterpart

I don’t know about you, but if I can wedge Halloween into any other holiday, I absolutely will. Sure, everyone is already familiar with the Halloween-meets-Christmas crossover The Nightmare Before Christmas, but what if I told you the Italians figured out how to do a holiday mashup long before Tim Burton ever did? Move over, Mrs. Claus, because La Befana, the wine-drinking, cheer-spreading, gift-giving Christmas witch is the heroine this holiday really needs. The legend of La Befana began in Southern Italy, when the biblical magi – AKA the Three Wise Men – paid her a visit on their way...

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Woman accused of witchcraft burned alive for three days in Peruvian jungle

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Woman accused of witchcraft burned alive for three days in Peruvian jungle

LIMA, PERU (AP) – A woman accused of being a witch was burned alive on a bonfire in an indigenous community in a remote part of the country's Amazon rainforest, authorities said Tuesday. Prosecutor Hugo Mauricio said members of the Shiringamazu Alto community sentenced 73-year-old Rosa Villar Jarionca to death over claims she made people sick through witchcraft. The alleged burning took place Sept. 20, but the area is so remote that word of it did not reach authorities until recently. Mauricio said a cellphone video shot by a witness and given to prosecutors appeared to show Villar with her...

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