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Voodoo Caused Quake, Claims Minister

A minister in Northern Ireland has blamed Voodoo for the earthquake catastrophe that has hit Haiti, saying that Voodoo was a ‘dangerous and destructive religion, involving the worship of evil spirits’.

Witches Cast Spell for Haiti

Witches across the world joined forces to cast a global spell to help the people of Haiti. Rev Terry Power, a High Priest of the Correllian Nativist Tradition of Wicca, issued a call to all witches to join him in performing a ritual for Haiti.

Robertson Blames Quake on Devil Pact

American evangelist Pat Robertson called the earthquake that has devastated Haiti a “blessing in disguise”. Speaking on the Christian Broadcasting Network on Wednesday 6 January, Robertson told viewers that the Haitians “got together and swore a pact to the Devil”.

New Witch for Wookey HoleNew Witch for Wookey Hole

When Wookey Hole Caves advertised for a witch they were inundated with 3,000 applications for the £50,000 job. In scenes reminiscent of a Witches’ Sabbat, some 300 finalists with broomsticks and pointed hats queued for hours to take part in what one newspaper called the Hex Factor.

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Keeping Kids Involved in Pagan Practice
As the modern Pagan movement progresses and evolves, the Pagan community has grown to encompass people of all age levels. Those who discovered Paganism as teens or college students two ...

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Reader Email: Welcoming the Non-Pagans
A reader contacted me with an interesting question. He says, "I'm hosting an open circle, and several members of my group are inviting their non-Pagan friends to attend. This is fine, but I'm wondering if you had any suggestions on how to make people feel welcome that are not part of our tradition...

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Teen Pagans and Bullying
It's no secret that teenagers are often the victims of bullying, and those who are outside the mainstream -- those who look different, act different, etc. -- can often be ...

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Summer Reading: Our Favorite Witchy Fiction

Get ready for summer with some witchy fiction!
Image © Getty Images Summer is looming on the horizon, which means a lot of us need some good vacation reads - and so it's a good time to revisit our About Pagan/Wiccan list of favorite witchy fiction. Be sure to check out our list of ten great books (some series, some single titles) which are my favorite reads about witches, wizards, Pagans, and magic at Summer Reading: Witchy Fiction.

What's really awesome is that thanks to our Readers Respond feature, over seventy readers have added their favorite titles as well, so there's no shortage of good reads! You can share your own book ideas with other readers at Reader Favorites. I've turned off Comments on this post so you can share your suggestions on the Readers Respond page instead - that way other readers can find them easily, any time.

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Are You a Crafty Pagan?
OK, so one of the most popular aspects of this particular About.com site is, I have found, that people really love Pagan-themed craft projects. I've posted a number of them ...

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Reader Mail: Do I Have Special Powers?
A reader asks, "I always have dreams about what's going to happen. My grandmother was sick and I dreamed she was going to die, and then she did. Sometimes I know someone is going to call me and then they do. I'm pretty sure I have special powers. Does this make me more powerful as a witch?...

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Making an Athame

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own athame? Me too!
Image © Patti Wigington 2011 Many Pagan traditions use an athame, or ritual knife, during workings. It's typically involved in the directing and guiding of energy, and rarely used for any cutting other than the symbolic. While you can buy an athame at just about any witchy shop, a lot of people like to make their own. My twenty-year-old athame has informed me it's ready to retire, so I'm seriously considering making my own athame as a replacement. However, I have little to no knowledge of metalworking, so it's an experiment in progress. Until I get it right and can post a tutorial, I thought I'd share a few tips I've picked up along the way: Making Your Own Athame.

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Celebrate May's Flower Moon

Celebrate the Flower Moon in May
Image © Getty Images It's May, and that means that the Flower Moon will appear this week. This is a time of fertility and new growth, and May is a fiery month indeed -- full of lust and passion! In addition to the obvious sexual connections, this is a good time to focus on new beginnings in your career and finances. For magical workings, try a fire divination under the full moon, or do rituals related to jobs and prosperity. Take the seeds you planted in April, and watch them bloom this month, under the Flower Moon!

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Life Rituals: Create a Birthday Altar
For some people birthdays are just another day, but for others, it's often seen as a special time. After all, it's a milestone -- it marks the anniversary of your ...

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