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by Dr Leo Ruickbie
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That's what this website is here to find out. Witchology.com is the website of WICA - the Witchcraft Information Centre and Archive - founded in 1999 by Dr Leo Ruickbie as a research and education provider specialising in the areas of Witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism, Magic (Magick) and the Occult. We have been online continuously since 2000.
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April's Fool to Walpurgisnacht
From April Fool's Day to Walpurgisnacht and Beltane, find out the history and origins of these traditional festivals and customs as well as anniversaries and a what's on guide to events around the world.
April Events Guide
From the Festival of Scarecrows to Walpurgisnacht and World Healing Day, we cover this month's pagan rituals, moots, parties and events. Find out what's on around the world with our April events guide.
History and Origins
April Fool's Day
April Fool's Day or All Fools' Day is a traditional custom celebrated in many countries on the 1st of April. The day is marked by hoaxes and other practical jokes being played on people with the aim of making 'fools' of them.
Beltane or Beltaine is an ancient Gaelic holiday celebrated between 30th April and 1st May. In Ireland, by tradition, it marks the first day of summer and indeed gives its name to the whole month of May, called Bealtaine in modern Irish. It is a Cross-quarter day, marking the midpoint in the Sun's progress between the Vernal Equinox and Summer Solstice. The astronomical date for this midpoint (known as Old Beltane) is slightly later on the 5th of May.
Walpurga's Night (Valborgsmässoafton in Swedish, Vappu in Finnish, Volbriöö in Estonian, Valpurgu nakts or Valpurgi in Latvian, Walpurgisnacht in German) is a holiday celebrated on the 30th of April or the 1st of May, in Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Germany.
Historical Pagan Calendar
Sacred rites of Venus and cross-dressing for fun mark the beginning of April. The name April is derived from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love who was known to the Romans as Venus, and the whole month is sacred to her.
23rd April 1466
According to Dr Ruickbie's new book Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician, Doctor Faustus was born on the 23rd of April 1466. [Find out more]
Salem Witchcraft Trials
3rd to 30th April, 1692
Arrests and further denounciations made, the witchcraft trials in Salem Massachusetts are well underway.
Church of Satan
30th April, 1966
Anton Szandor LaVey founded the Church of Satan on Walpurgisnacht, the 30th of April, 1966.
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