WITCHES

christmas
christmas

Screw Santa Claus and Celebrate Befana, Italy's Kidnapping Christmas Witch

Say "ciao" to the Yuletide legend who rides a broom and brings naughty kids to her cannibal husband for dinner.
Mary McGill
12.22.17
witchcraft
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
motherwort
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
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
WITCHES
WITCHES

Learning How to Slap Nazis at a Self-Defense Class Run by Witches

Shadow Sistxrs teaches women and non-binary people how to protect themselves physically and spiritually. I headed down to find out more.
Sirin Kale
11.3.17
witchcraft
witchcraft

What Happened When Romania's Most Powerful Witch Moved to LA

Mihaela Minca is one of the most powerful—and feared—witches in Eastern Europe. This year, she relocated to California to work with some clients. We spoke to her about living out her American dream, which of course included hexing Donald Trump.
Milene Larsson
10.31.17
The Craft
The Craft

Boring Sarah Is the True Villain of 'The Craft'

"The Craft" is a story about a trio of chill and fun witches who are minding their own business and casting spells, only to have their fun ruined by an anti-feminist wet blanket.
Alana Massey
10.31.17
Film
Film

The Film Shedding Light on the Modern-Day Witch Hunts in Zambia

Rungano Nyoni’s debut film, "I Am Not A Witch," was the talk of Cannes. She explains how she used satire to depict the struggles of a child accused of witchcraft.
Sirin Kale
10.16.17
Photos
Photos

Exploring the 'Darker Undercurrents' of Femininity, in Photos

For the three-year anniversary of queer, feminist fashion zine "Polyester," editor Ione Gamble asked her favorite photographers to depict womanhood in all its off-kilter forms.
Sirin Kale
10.12.17
politics
politics

The UN Will Hold Its First Meeting to Discuss Witchcraft-Related Violence

Every year, thousands of people are accused of witchcraft and face persecution, abuse, and even death. Now the United Nations is organizing to defend victims of witch hunts.
Caroline Kent
9.19.17
éclipse
éclipse

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
8.21.17
witchcraft
witchcraft

Psychics and Spencer Pratt Weigh In on Jennifer Lawrence Crystal Debacle

The "Hunger Games" actor recently revealed that after purchasing a home filled with crystals, she had them "yanked" out despite being warned of their power. Then her house flooded.
Diana Tourjée
8.10.17