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New Witchcraft is about the Craft… today’s Craft.

This site is a project of authors Francesca Bellini-Stevens and Aine Collins, and friends.

At this website, you can discover witch news, resources, and more.

You can also learn about Aine’s and Francesca’s books – mostly spell-related journals for witches – in our Books section.

We share information and resources for everyone with a sincere and serious interest in witchcraft.

This is not a Wiccan site, nor is it about Santeria, Vodun, or any other religious practices.  For us, witchcraft is a practical pursuit, similar to science or history.

Our readers include Christian witches, Jewish witches, and others.

For reviews of witch-y books and products, see our sister site, NewWitchcraftBooks.com

News stories for witches

Why is Witchcraft on the Rise? – Article at The Atlantic.

From that article –

“Witchcraft is feminism, it’s inherently political,” Gabriela Herstik, a witch and an author, told Sabat magazine. “It’s always been about the outsider, about the woman who doesn’t do what the church or patriarchy wants.”

How to Become a Witch: A Beginners Guide – 2018 article in W magazine.

From that article –

Witchcraft isn’t just fun and games; perks like hexes and love spells can come with a price. The infamous Salem witch trials may seem far in the past, but the persecution of witches (or those suspected of witchcraft) continues today.

Articles of interest

Witchcraft, Sorcery, and Magic – An anthropological study by Pamela A. Moro, at Wiley Online Library.

From that article –

The most significant shift in anthropological studies of magic, witchcraft, and sorcery has come with scholarship in the late twentieth century and early 2000s, in which these phenomena are viewed in relation to modernity, political power, and the state. In some cases, the researchers document magic, witchcraft, and sorcery as they continue to exist and emerge, ever changing in light of a changing world.

FREE resources

Here’s the link to download Francesca’s classic Incanto spell coloring page & directions.

Blessed be!

Reclaiming The Word: Witch

reclaiming the word 'witch'

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, more people, especially woman – and many of them devout members of mainstream faiths, including Christians and Jews – have been reclaiming (or even embracing) the word “witch.”

That’s a reactionary movement after decades of being called a witch when the accuser actually meant bitch. (It’s similar to hippies adopting the term “freaks.”)

As the New York Times reminded readers who might leap to a dark, unflattering definition cloaked in archaic prejudice, “A witch, after all, is a woman with power.”

We like that definition but expand it to include everyone, not just women, but anyone, including men and members of the LGBTQ community.

So, while some may identify as witches or Wiccans – the latter being an actual religion – keep definitions and cultural affectations distinct. If you’re not sure how the person is using the word, ask them.

You may hear a different reply from each person whom you ask.

We identify as witches. We also identify as members of faith communities that may nor may not embrace our feminist use of the term “witch,” or trust our use of herbs and correspondences, et al, to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.

We are comfortable with our chosen identities. We ask others to respect our choices, and not insist that we elaborate on them.

People of power are emerging from their chosen cloaks, and at paces that suit the individual.

We owe no one an explanation.

Personally, if someone asks me if I’m a witch, I may study the person’s physical cues and their tone of voice. Are they serious, critical, teasing, or something else?

I might say, “Yes.” Or, I may reply “I’m a woman of power and deep spiritual commitment,” and let the individual choose his, her, or their internal labels for me and others. (Anything else quickly descends to name-calling. We’re better than that.)

We should not permit others’ archaic beliefs and prejudices define who we are or how powerful we’re allowed to be.

In return, we’ll agree that our friendships need not be compromised by semantics, when we otherwise have so much in common.