How to Celebrate Today's Historic Eclipse Like a Witch

"It takes both a disciplined and experienced witch to harvest the power of the eclipse magic."
Steven Blum

No One Knows Why These Medieval Statues Are Pulling Their Vaginas Open

Churches all over Europe are covered in mysterious carvings of women proudly flaunting their vulvas. Is this recurring figure—known as Sheela-na-Gig—a pagan goddess, a warning against the dangers of lust, or something more complicated?
Zing Tsjeng
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Overflowing with Joy and Pagan Pride at Australia's Biggest Witch Party

Welcome to Brisbane's annual Beltane festival.
Angela Skujins
Broadly Meets

Stonehenge Stoners and Worshipping Wizards: 12 Hours at the World’s Biggest Pagan Party

We traveled to Stonehenge on the summer solstice—one of the most sacred days for pagans—to find out if the event's spiritual significance has survived the recent influx of drunken revelers.
Broadly Staff

Capturing the Treasured Wisdom of Female Shamans in Russia

In the Russian wilderness of Tuva, female shamanism is alive and well—and visiting the local healer is as commonplace as a day out at the beach.
Anastasiia Fedorova

Having Sex with the Wind: What Pagan Fertility Rituals Look Like in Russia

In 'Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari,' filmmaker Aleksey Fedorchenko explores the underground rituals and fertility practices of a pagan tribe in the Russian Urals.
Anastasiia Fedorova

The Forgotten Egyptologist and First Wave Feminist Who Invented Wicca

Margaret Murray discovered the existence of covens and witches' sabbaths in 1921. There was one problem: She was wrong.
Sarah Waldron

The Trials of Being a Witch Today

Society doesn't burn witches at the stake anymore, but that doesn't mean life is easy for those who come out of the broom closet.
Leonie Roderick

Witches of America: One Woman's Journey into the Secret World of Modern Magic

To write her new book on the pagan societies in America, Alex Mar trained extensively in witchcraft, joined a secret society, and participated in rituals across the country. We met up with her—in a graveyard, of course—and discussed her experience.
Callie Beusman