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Every Halloween fanatic dreams of creating their own haunted house, but the concept can seem a little overwhelming. Don’t stress yourself to death—we have some simple tricks that will have you murdering the fright game. Getting Started 1. Let everyone know when your haunted house will be open. You may want to put a sign out or set up a Facebook event listing the dates and times, so that ghouls and goblins know when to come by. 2. Decide if you want to charge for entry. This...
During the Victorian era, fancy dress balls were one of the grandest and most fashionable ways for a society hostess to make her mark. These magnificent, costumed affairs were widely reported in 19th century newspapers, with a great deal of attention paid to who was wearing what. Guests dressed up as historical figures such as Marie Antoinette or Napoleon. They also wore more creative costumes—many of which were recommended in fancy dress advice manuals and costume books. In today’s article, we look at a few...
  Witches are flocking to Brooklyn this October 20th for a gathering to hex Brett Kavanaugh, who was just sworn in to the Supreme Court despite several accusations of sexual assault. Brooklyn-based witch Dakota Bracciale arranged the event, which is scheduled to take place at Catland, an occult bookstore and spiritual community space. Half of the proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood and the Ali Forney Center, a NYC shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth, the Huffington Post reports. Different from a binding spell, which is about...
In a nation where no sufficient structures are enforced for sexual perpetrators, survivors too often receive no justice. Out of every 1,000 rapists, 994 rapists walk free, according to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. So it’s no surprise that witchcraft has seen a resurgence in response to the Trump administration and, as of late, Kavanaugh’s confirmation. In recent years, witchcraft has become associated with progressive political causes. The pagan political organization WitchtheVote encourages voters to support candidates in defense of feminist and progressive causes,...
  Scientists in China are helping mice of the same sex bear pups with gene editing and stem cells. A new study shows the first time that pups born from male mice were carried to full term. Previously, this effort had been only successful with female mice, National Geographic reports. The future is female regarding this study, as mice born from two mothers appeared healthy and were able to bear their own young, while pups with two fathers died shortly after birth. Only two out of the...
Tiffany Haddish recently opened up about the pay gap for women in Hollywood. “A lot of times we don’t open our mouths because we don’t even really know what we’re supposed to get. So, that’s why I do the research. I ask around," she said in an interview with Variety. Haddish believes women would know what is reasonable to ask for (and feel more comfortable doing so) if they were aware of the general pay rate for men. This requires women to create an open dialogue around money. “You know...
According to truisms found in dusty tomes like the Old Testament and The Rules, women want stability, security, and emotional closeness with one special partner. Men, on the other hand, are hard-wired to spread their seed around. Of course, we all know gender differences are a bit more complicated. A new book by cultural critic Wednesday Martin, Ph.D., presents the science to back that up. Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How The New Science Can Set Us...
Today, if you don’t wish to hand out candy on Halloween, you can simply switch off your porch light to indicate that you are not at home to trick-or-treaters. Unfortunately, not all trick-or-treaters accept this withdrawal from the holiday with good grace. Some even retaliate by smashing pumpkins in your driveway or against your front door. Disgruntled trick-or-treaters in the Victorian era had similar responses. On Halloween night in Scotland in 1899, a man by the name of Gilbert Tulloch bolted his door against the youths...
What Is An Aura? Auras are fields of energy that surround all matter, living or otherwise. Sometimes called the "human energy field," human auras tend to be stronger and more complex than the auras of animals, plants, or inanimate objects. Each individual’s aura is as unique to them as their handwriting or finger prints. You can learn a great deal about a person based on the color, vibrancy, and size of their aura. Auras are often described as looking like a halo of light surrounding the human...
Since the 2016 presidential elections, witches around the country started to put together spells and hexes to counter this evil administration. Now known as the “resistance witches,” this movement is operating with hashtag #MagicResistance to bring together various users of magic.  According to Vox, “resistance witches” is an umbrella group of around 13,000 neo-pagans, Wiccans, and other solo practitioners of craft. Each month around the waning moon they come together to hex Trump. It is both ritualistic and an activist performance. Journalist and feminist activist Laurie Penny writes: “Resistance...