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Curated Witch June 9

Google sends me daily emails with links to articles on Wicca, Witchcraft, Paganism, and Tarot. Here's the weekly round-up of the ones I find intriguing. To read the entire article, click on the link in the title.

What happens when you move? House spirits will often move with you – land spirits do not. How can we get off to a good start in our new home?

And that brings us to this question:

I’m moving into a new place, and was wondering what kinds of things, as a Pagan, might be good to do to make friends with the various Persons who already live there (plants, animals, spirits/others). I was wondering both in terms of introductions but also ongoing practices. I’ve been on less-than-stellar terms with the Persons living in my current place (some of it my own fault, some of it not) and hope for happier relationships in the place I’m moving to.

THE cruelty and injustice of the Scottish witch hunts are to be marked in a play inspired by the mysterious Maggie Wall monument.

Built in Dunning in Perthshire, the monument commemorates the death of a woman tried and executed in the 17th century for witchcraft.

It is the only monument known to have been erected in earlier times in memory of a witch in Scotland and was visited by Moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley during their killing spree.

The Tarot Card Riddle

"Can you outsmart Fate and break her ancient curse?" asks Math For Love's Dan Finkel. You can try. Here's what you need to know: Your ancestor stole a tarot card from Fate, which would come back to bite their descendants in the ass for hundreds of years. Every 23 years, in fact, a member of your family must take on Fate in a duel only Fate knows the rules of. No one has ever beaten Fate before. Today you're up: can you defeat Fate in the Tarot card riddle?

The 16th and 17th centuries were troubling times in Mexico. With the Spanish conquest came Catholic doctrine, which conflicted with Indigenous religious beliefs and rituals. Spanish attempts to convert Mexicans to Catholicism weren’t going well, so the Holy Inquisition stepped in to speed up the process.

People feared the Inquisition with good reason: witchcraft, sorcery and adultery were accusations made under the umbrella of heresy, and those found guilty by the Catholic court could be burned alive at the stake.

My new graphic novel The Witches of World War Two is historical fiction about a group of amazing real people, all practitioners of magic who lived in the UK during the war.

Doreen Valiente (1922-1999) developed an interest in the occult founded upon a childhood incident where she felt she’d protected her mother from abuse. This interest led, over decades, to Valiente becoming perhaps the central figure of modern witchcraft, someone who did more than anyone else to shape Wicca into the movement it is today.

The latest research concerning Valiente – who at the time of our story still went by her birth name, Dominy – indicates that she didn’t actually work as a translator at Bletchley Park, as has been widely believed, but she did spend long periods out of the historical record around then, and never talked about what happened. [It’s possible she was a spy.]My new graphic novel The Witches of World War Two is historical fiction about a group of amazing real people, all practitioners of magic who lived in the UK during the war.

Publisher Valkyrie Initiative have announced The Mildew Children, a new game based on pagan themes developed by Evgeniy Chugunov.

In the game players assume the role of a witch named Kyrphel as she works with her sisters to survive a ritual that will save their village.

Tarot cards are “having a moment,” according to The Washington Post. The five-hundred-plus-year-old cards saw their sales skyrocket as the coronavirus pandemic swept the country, while Kickstarter reported that backers pledged more than $20 million to tarot-related projects over the past ten years.

At the same time, Dungeons & Dragons and other roleplaying games have also been growing in popularity for some of the same reasons. So it was only a matter of time before someone combined the two.

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