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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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The Supernatural"The Supernatural is the perfect introduction to the world of all things eerie, inexplicable and otherworldly." - Jason Karl, Most Haunted
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Witchcraft out of the Shadows: A Complete History"Witchcraft out of the Shadows: A Complete History is an engaging book which deserves to be the benchmark for all future analyses of the Craft." More

Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician"Dr Ruickbie has re-evaluated the Faust tradition from a position of authority. A work of meticulous scholarship that can be read as a gripping page-turner." More


Open Source WiccaHistories of the Barbarians: Vandals, Goths and FranksBeowulf in Anglo-Saxon and English Translation


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Yule at Witchology Yule (Winter Solstice)

Known as Yule or Winter Solstice, the end of December is a traditional Pagan holy day and Witches' Sabbath. Explore the following links to find out more about this magical time of year.

All Pagan Seasonal Festivals, Rituals and Events


Imbolc SabbatImbolc (Candlemas) Sabbat

Find out about Imbolc - also called Candlemas - this month's seasonal witchcraft Sabbat celebrated by modern Wiccans and pagans.

St Valentines DaySt Valentine's Day

February is the month of love magic and ancient Pagan sex rituals, so why is it named after a Christian saint? Find out more about St Valentine's Day and its origins in the Pagan fertility rituals of Ancient Rome.

Witchcraft EventsOther Witchcraft Events for February

From the anniversary of the Salem Witchcraft Trials to the Ancient Roman Orgiastic festival of Juno Februa and the Fornacalia, we cover this month's pagan events. Find out what's on around the world.

Ostara SabbatSpring Equinox (Eostre/Ostara)

Find out about the Spring Equinox - the Wiccan Eostre or Ostara Sabbat - this month's seasonal witchcraft Sabbat celebrated by modern Wiccans and pagans.

Witchcraft EventsWitchcraft Events for March

From the anniversary of the Salem Witchcraft Trials to Mexico's Annual Witches' Congress we cover this month's pagan events. Find out what's on around the world.

Walpurgisnacht BeltaneApril Fool's to Walpurgisnacht

To the Brocken, the witches are flockin' - Find out about Walpurgisnacht - the Wiccan Beltane Sabbat - this month's seasonal witchcraft Sabbat celebrated by modern Wiccans and pagans. Also explore other anniversaries and events for this month.

MayBeltane to Frigg's Day

The ancient festivals of Walpurgisnacht and Beltane - still celebrated by modern Pagans, Witches and Wiccans - bring in the month of May. Also explore other anniversaries and events for this month.

JuneSummer Solstice Sabbat

Find out about Sigurdsblot, Tibetan All Souls' Day and the Summer Solstice - this month's seasonal witchcraft Sabbat celebrated by modern Wiccans and pagans. Also explore other anniversaries and events for this month.

JulyJuly

Find out about the Neptunalia, Lady Godiva Day and Lammas Eve - the Wiccan Lammas Sabbat - this month's seasonal witchcraft Sabbat celebrated by modern Wiccans and pagans. Also explore other anniversaries and events for this month.

AugustAugust

Find out about the Day of Hecate, Puck Fair and Lammas - the Wiccan Sabbat - this month's seasonal witchcraft Sabbat celebrated by modern Wiccans and pagans. Also explore other anniversaries and events for this month.

Halloween and Samhain at Witchology Hallowe'en / Halloween / Samhain

Known as Hallowe'en (UK spelling), Halloween (US spelling), or Samhain, the 31st of October is a traditional Pagan holy day and Witches' Sabbath. Explore the following links to find out more about this magical time of year.

Hecate Goddess of WitchcraftFestival of Hecate (Hekate)

November is the month of Hecate, a goddess of the ancient world whose name has become synonymous with witchcraft and magic. Explore the following links to find out more about Hecate and her magical festivals.

Yule at Witchology Yule (Winter Solstice)

Known as Yule or Winter Solstice, the end of December is a traditional Pagan holy day and Witches' Sabbath. Explore the following links to find out more about this magical time of year.

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