This website is a companion piece to an independent study program (a course of study the student builds themselves) I am working on at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University for my B.A. in transpersonal mythology and folklore. This course is a survey of the history, functions, and methodologies of magick and witchcraft. The primary focus of my studies would be on practices from Indo-European cultures, but would also need to draw on other global cultures for comparison and completeness.
Magick and witchcraft are practices as old as humanity, and have been both revered and reviled at different points in history. For the purposes of this class, I will use the spelling “’magick” preferred my many occultists and practitioners to differentiate between this tradition and slight-of-hand style illusions performed by stage magicians.
What defines magick and witchcraft?
What purpose does magick serve?
What is the source of power for magick?
How are magickal practices and rituals designed?
What techniques are used to accomplish magickal acts?
How is magick different from religion, and where do they intersect?
What are the various historical ages of magick and witchcraft?
How has witchcraft been used to persecute women and minorities in history?
What is Witchcraft?: An Introduction
The Nature of Magick: Separating Religion and Magick
Magickal Pursuits in the Ancient World
Witch Hunts in Early Modern Europe: The Climate of the Hunter
The Modern Age of Witchcraft
One Nation Under Gods: The Invisible World of Non-Monotheists in America (previous work)
The Cold Weather Theory of Witchcraft
Bewitched as Feminist Media
The Devil’s Daughters: 5 Women in Occult Rock
Witches of Seattle Tell Us About the Appeal of Magic
Soviet Synthesizer Bridged Occultism and Electronic Music
The Power of the Witch
The Occult Experience
A Very British Witchcraft
Legend of the Witches
Witchcraft: Myth and Reality
Witches in Sierra Leone
The Truth Behind Sebria’s Notorious Witchcraft Subculture
The Pendle Witch Child
Ghana: The Witches of Gambaga
Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
Chaos Magic, The Occult, and Shamanic Sigil Creation
The Art of Witchcraft – Secret Knowledge
Witchcraft Among the Azande
The Dark Ages: Viking Runes
The Healing Power of the Whispering Witches
Poly Styrene – Trick Of The Witch
Cocorosie – Gallows
Jethro Tull – The Witches Promise
Yoko Ono – Yes, I’m A Witch
Steeleye Span – Allison Gross
Klaxons – Magick
Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon
Kate Bush – Waking The Witch (Fan Video)
Kate Bush – Lily
Donovan – Season Of The Witch
David Bowie – Blackstar