the occult


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

The First Ladies Who Brought the Occult to the White House

Over the years, several presidents' wives—including Mary Todd Lincoln and Nancy Reagan—turned to spiritual practices like seances and astrology.
Amanda Arnold

Sex Magic: How to Cast Spells with Your Orgasms

Since time immemorial, witches have been harnessing their sexual energy to do magic. We spoke to some modern-day practitioners about their craft.
Sophie Saint Thomas

The Witching Hour: Dancing with Darkness at a Club Night for Witches

COVEN bills itself as London's first—and only—occult-themed nightclub. We went down to party with some witches.
Jessica Bateman

How the Nazis Really Felt About Witchcraft

From "Ancient Aliens" to the "Daily Mail," many have sought to weigh in on the Nazis' supposed obsession with the occult. Following the recent discovery of a massive Nazi "occult library" in the Czech Republic, we asked a historian about Heinrich...
Lauren Oyler

The Power of Cutting Up Your Idols, and Everything Else

At a talk at the Morbid Anatomy Museum, psychoanalyst Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and occult artist Katelan Foisy explained how their witchy version of the cut-up method can apply to daily life.
Gabby Bess