Witches from Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

Ida Rentoul Outhwaite was an Australia illustrator in the early 1900’s.

I have seen her work many times without knowing who she was. This week I posted an image on Twitter and WebGrrl sent me a link with her name, history and other illustrations she had done. I found another link with more about her and more of her work.… Read the rest

Young Adult Witch Fashion

You are what you wear?

Young people are drawn to Pagan ideas from outside influences like TV shows and the fashions they display. So young people come into Pagan/Wicca/Witch beliefs from less than credible or sincere sources. I hope they look beyond the fashions and the TV idea of magic and find something real for themselves.… Read the rest

Being a Solitary Witch (or Wiccan)

The solitary Witch, Wiccan or Pagan is alone by choice. There are many reasons for making this choice to be a Witch or Wiccan on your own. There are also lots of ways solitary Witches can share notes, talk and get new ideas from other Witches, when they want to.

Solitary Witches tend to be eclectic, they have their own vision and ideals for the path they follow.… Read the rest

How to Find and Join a Coven of Witches

It’s not hard to find and join a coven if you are sincere and understand the basics of Wicca/ Witchcraft. Some covens will be a tough sell, some won’t want new members (especially new Witches or solitary Witches) and some will just be close minded to anyone who doesn’t fit exactly with their beliefs.

There may be an initiation required before anyone new can participate or join.Read the rest

Rede Magick

Originally written for The Crying Clown Zine (c. 1998)

Tis the season for ghosts to haunt, vampires to suck (blood that is), werewolves to howl,and witches to fly. Or is it? Most people have put Santa and the Easter Bunny away with the broken decorations and the egg you didn’t find till the next year. Yet the idea of a witch in black from head to toe, with a black cat, casting her spells with the twitch of an eyebrow is still around.… Read the rest

Male Witches Out Of The Broom Closet

I don’t agree that men can be Witches.

They can be Wiccan, Pagan, and call themselves a male Witch. Witch itself still does not feel gender neutral to me. I wouldn’t call myself a Wizard, or a Warlock, or other masculine titles. Gender bending is confusing for little purpose or end result.

I try to watch for and keep track of Wiccan resources, including those geared to men.… Read the rest

Men Can be Witches (Pagan) Too

A male witch is not a warlock or a wizard, he is a Pagan, Wiccan or Witch who happens to be male. So, of course, there are men who are Witches too.

If you are a male Pagan you could be the only one, or one of few, in your coven or group. There may be many men working as solitary Wiccans, Witches or Pagans just because they feel isolated even when they are in a group.… Read the rest

Are You Sure You’re Pagan?

One thing I seldom see in Pagan writing are posts about world news and current events from a Pagan perspective. (Unless the events actually relate directly to religion/ Paganism).

I also don’t see people talking about taking comfort in Paganism or Wicca or Witchcraft the way some other religions do. Is our religion a fair weather friend?… Read the rest