Modern day witchcraft is different from modern perceptions, and everything you probably assumed about it. But in this wild world of magical items, fairy sightings and spell jars, you may find yourself beginning to believe in something that is very much different from your usual world of religion…
Made legal in 1951, witchcraft has a long and complicated history that ranges from the patriarchal deeming of subversive women as committing a crime punishable by death; to the fool proof Halloween character that musters up images of pointy hats, broomsticks and cobwebs; to the contemporary practise of Gardnerian Wicca, who’s witchcraft centres around the practise of magic, worship of Goddesses and other Deities; and respecting nature’s cycles.
Any history lesson will teach you the basic fact: those accused of witchcraft were predominantly women. Heather Dalgleish dives into the sexism surrounding witchcraft accusations throughout history.
Missing that Halloween magic whilst you’re stuck at home? Here’s Jonathan Tonge with a real life ghost story, complete with analysis of a country ravaged by religious division. The story of the Pendle Witches has captivated scare hunters for years – start your journey through 1600s Lancashire witch country here.