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The Real Legend of Mongfind, the Witch-Queen Who Inspired Halloween

A direct descendent of Samhain is the spooky reason for the season.
Mary McGill
10.30.18
Books

3 Witchy New Poems That Find Art in the Occult

Some magic words from poets Jen Calleja, Dorothea Lasky, and Amy Key, courtesy of the new collection "Spells: 21st Century Occult Poetry."
Jen Calleja
Dorothea Lasky
Amy Key
10.25.18
tv

Witchcraft in TV and Movies Has Always Been Gay as Hell

From Willow and Tara in "Buffy" to Sabrina the Teenage Witch's co-parenting aunts, pop culture has always had a magical queer streak.
Sophie Wilkinson
10.18.18
Myth Understood

The True Story of Tituba, the Slave at the Center of the Salem Witch Trials

Rather than deny accusations of witchcraft, the enslaved woman spun a rich tale of sorcery that ultimately saved her life.
Christobel Hastings
10.15.18
NETFLIX

8 Creepy, Occult-Themed Things to Watch on Netflix This October

The most magical month of all needs a binge-watching list that follows suit.
Leila Ettachfini
9.28.18
occult

Tarot Reveals Busy Philipps and Sasheer Zamata's Deepest Desires

We did a tarot reading for the stars of "I Feel Pretty" and peered into their futures.
Broadly Staff
5.4.18
occult

The Hoodwitch Is Changing the Face of Modern Witchcraft

We speak to Bri Luna, the bruja behind the wildly successful Hoodwitch account, about showcasing the diverse history of mysticism.
Linda Yang
2.9.18
occult

The Victorian Occultist Accused of Killing Men With Her Mind

Pioneering feminist and animal rights campaigner Anna Kingsford was one of the 19th century's most remarkable women. Then she was charged with using black magic to murder two vivisectionists.
Dee Cunning
1.2.18
witchcraft

The Strange, Freakish Story of Britain's 'Last Convicted Witch'

Helen Duncan was one of the last people convicted under the archaic Witchcraft Act of 1735. She was also a renowned medium known for spewing ectoplasm out of her nose.
Katie McCabe
12.18.17
On Edge

I Visited a Forest-Dwelling Witch to Cure My Crushing Existential Dread

I have been drinking Susun Weed's calming herbal tinctures for months in an attempt to stave off my impending mental breakdown. But I knew it was not enough; I needed to meet the wood witch to receive her blessings directly.
Callie Beusman
12.8.17
motherwort

Trying to Escape Our Hellish Reality with Motherwort, a Very Chill Herb

It's hard to ignore the fact that everything is awful. Recently, though, a group of witches told me about an herb that would make me feel like I'm "being embraced by Mother Earth."
Callie Beusman
11.8.17
WITCHES

The Enduring Allure of Baba Yaga, an Ancient Swamp Witch Who Loves to Eat People

Baba Yaga is a fearsome character from Russian folklore who lives in a hut that walks on chicken legs, and either cannibalizes her visitors or offers them help. In recent years, she's become a sort of aspirational figure on the Internet.
Marissa Clifford
11.3.17