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.
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.
Fed Up With Mortal Men, Women Are Having Sex with Ghosts
Two women came out about their sexual experiences with ghosts, but they're not the first to claim they've gotten intimate with the paranormal.
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.
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."
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.
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. In 2017, 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.
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A Brief Timeline of Magic in Music
From Welsh witches to ambient incantations via David Bowie's goblin leggings.
Canada's Notorious 'Witch House' Is Full of Dead Bodies
They're mostly taxidermied animals, but there's also a human skeleton named Cecilia.
How the Socialist Feminists of WITCH Use Magic to Fight Capitalism
The first incarnation of WITCH performed their inaugural action—a hex on Wall Street—on Halloween in 1968. Now a new generation of witches is taking up the mantle from the infamous provocateurs.
The 'Hocus Pocus' Reboot Has Real Witches Spooked
On Thursday it was announced that the iconic 90s film is being remade with a new cast. But not everyone is casting spells of celebration: Though "Hocus Pocus" is widely celebrated as a Halloween favorite, many practicing witches find it disturbing.
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.