Witchology, the history of Wicca & Witchcraft
by Dr Leo Ruickbie
Study and learn the history of Witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism, Magic and the Occult with our courses and resources
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What is Witchcraft?
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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May: Beltane to Frigg's Day
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.
May 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 May events guide.
History and Origins
30th April / 1st May
The night of the 30th of April and the 1st of May is celebrated by two traditions. The Celtic festival of Beltane (or Beltaine) and the Germanic celebration of Walpurgisnacht are both observed between 30th April and 1st May.
Historical Pagan Calendar
May begins with a day sacred to Maia, the goddess who gave her name to this month. In ancient Rome it was the month of the Lemuria and Rosalia festivals, amongst others. Around the world, Isis, Frigg and Tefnut were honoured.
Salem Witchcraft Trials
2nd to 31st of May, 1692
Arrests and further denounciations made, the witchcraft trials in Salem Massachusetts are well underway.
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