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Developing a Magickal Mindset

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“The proper study of mankind is man.” — A. Pope, Essay on Criticism An in-depth and complete evaluation of your thoughts and beliefs involves examining

Witchcraft Across the World – Near and Middle East

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Belief in magical practices was apparently widespread in the cultures of the ancient Middle East. Magical power to heal sickness and other acts of white

Witchcraft Across the World – Europe

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The familiar witch of folklore and popular superstition is a combination of numerous influences, but is generally based on the European tradition of witchcraft. During

Witchcraft Across the World – Asia

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The “Atharvaveda”, the fourth of the sacred “Vedas” of Hinduism, which dates from Iron Age India, is a collection of charms and spells classically associated

Witchcraft Across the World – Americas

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In Native American culture, magic is unique for each region, with different kinds of and charms, vision-inducing rituals, masks, costumes, carvings and ceremonies. However

Witchcraft Across the World – Africa

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Different African tribes refer to witchcraft differently: the Nyakyusa tribe of East Africa refer to it as a “Python in the belly”; the Pondo tribe

Witchcraft Across the World

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Most what we usually consider “witchcraft” is the European tradition of witchcraft (which also later migrated across to North America), and that is what this

Famous Witches – Joan Wytte (1775 – 1813)

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Joan Wytte was born in 1775 in Bodmin, Cornwall. She was sometimes called the “Fighting Fairy Woman” or the “Wytte (White) Witch”. Joan was famed

Famous Witches – Monique Wilson (1923 – 1982)

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Monique Wilson was one of the original High Priestesses of Gerald Gardner, the founder of modern Wicca, and she has been labelled the “Queen of

Famous Witches – Johann Weyer (c.1515 – 1588)

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Johann Weyer (or Johannes Wier or Ioannes Wierus or Piscinarius), was a Dutch physician, occultist and demonologist, and the disciple and follower of Cornelius Agrippa.

Famous Witches – A. E. Waite (1857 – 1942)

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Arthur Edward Waite was a scholarly American mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck.

Famous Witches – La Voisin (c.1640 – 1680)

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Catherine Monvoisin (maiden name Catherine Deshayes, and popularly known as “La Voisin”), was a French sorceress, who was one of the chief personages in the

Famous Witches – Doreen Valiente (1922 – 1999)

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Doreen Valiente was a member (and later High Priestess) of an early Wicca coven, led by Gerald Gardner. She was one of the most respected

Famous Witches – Stewart Farrar (1916 – 2000)

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Stewart Farrar was an influential English Wiccan, and author of several books on Alexandrian Wicca and Neopaganism, as well as a number of works of

Famous Witches – Starhawk (1951 – )

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Starhawk is an American writer, feminist, anarchist, peace activist and self-described Pagan and witch. She co-founded the Reclaiming tradition of Wicca in the late 1970s,

Famous Witches – Agatha Southeil (c.1470 – c.1488)

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Little is known of Agatha’s life except that she died very young, after giving birth to a daughter, Ursula Southeil (later known as Mother Shipton),

Famous Witches – Solomon

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King Solomon is a well-known figure described in the Hebrew Bible, the Christian Old Testament and the Islamic Qur’an (where he is known as Sulayman

Famous Witches – Mother Shipton (c.1488 – 1561)

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Mother Shipton was a 16th Century English soothsayer, prophetess and supposed witch who is said to have made dozens of unusually accurate predictions, including the

Famous Witches – Alex Sanders (1926 – 1988)

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Alex Sanders was the founder of the Alexandrian tradition of Wicca, which has proved popular particularly in Britain and Canada. He deliberately courted publicity and

Famous Witches – Silver RavenWolf (1956 – )

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Silver RavenWolf is a nationally recognized American leader and elder of Wicca. She has been a prolific author and lecturer on Neopaganism and witchcraft issues

Famous Witches – George Pickingill (c.1816 – c.1909)

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“Old George” Pickingill (or Pickengale or Pitengale) was an English cunning man and agricultural labourer living in the Essex village of Canewdon, who has become

Famous Witches – Rosaleen “Roie” Norton (1917 – 1979)

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Rosaleen Miriam Norton (known as “Roie”) was an Australian artist, occultist and witch. She became popularly known as “The Witch of King’s Cross”, and revelled

Famous Witches – Biblical, Mythical and Folklore Witches

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Witches have been popular subjects throughout history in tales, myths and legends. These biographies of selected personalities from the days before reliable documentary evidence include

Famous Witches – Margaret Murray (1863 – 1963)

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Margaret Alice Murray was a prominent British anthropologist and Egyptologist, well known in academic circles for scholarly contributions to Egyptology and the study of folklore.

Famous Witches – Morgan Le Fay

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Morgan Le Fay (alternatively known as Morgaine le Fey, Morgane, Morgain, Morgana, Fata Morgana, and other variants) is a powerful sorceress and antagonist of King