Tuesday 6 November 2018

Round-up of News Stories on Witchcraft and the Occult

We are living in the Year of the Witch, according to the news. They are appearing in movies and TV programmes, there is a growing interest in the history of witchcraft and witch trials, and witches are also making themselves heard. Here is a round-up of recently published stories and features on that topic:

"Reading the occult" - a look at London's occult bookshops including Watkins, The Atlantis Bookshop and Treadwell's. Story at Boundless: https://unbound.com/boundless/2018/11/05/occult-bookshops/

"The occult is having a moment. Companies want in, but not if witches can help it." - story at Vox: https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/10/31/18042850/sephora-witch-kit-sage-urban-outfitters-magic-tarot

"Between 'Suspiria' and 'Sabrina', 2018 is the Year of the Witch" - story at /FILM: https://www.slashfilm.com/year-of-the-witch/

"Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina's Pagan Set Designer Defends The Show's Controversial Religion" - story at Refinery29: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/11/215797/chilling-adventures-of-sabrina-religion-backlash-defense

"Which TV Witch World Is Best To Be a Witch?" - story at E! Online: https://www.eonline.com/news/982569/which-tv-witch-world-is-best-to-be-a-witch

"Here's Why This Witch Is Preparing For Midterm Elections By Hosting a Hex on Brett Kavanaugh" - story at TIME: http://time.com/5442528/brett-kavanaugh-hex/

"Witches in the age of the Me Too movement" - story at BBC News: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-46032479

"Canada's last witch trials: Women accused of fake witchcraft" - story at BBC News: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45983540

"GLOBAL: The Witches of Baltimore - Young black women are leaving Christianity and embracing African witchcraft in digital covens." Story at The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/11/black-millennials-african-witchcraft-christianity/574393/

The photo at the top shows the interior of Treadwell's occult bookshop in London, viewed through its front window.

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