The role of witches in society relates directly to the role of women in society. And during times of social upheaval and changes, witches represent access to women's power.
As the U.S. election approaches, various groups have mobilized to vote. But witches have taken it a little further, organizing online spellcasting meet-ups to engage in magical resistance.
For members of the minority religion of Wicca and witchcraft – part of contemporary paganism – Halloween is not just a children's holiday: It is both a celebration and acceptance of death.
From village healers to global brands, witches have long cast their spells over commercial transactions.
They might not really fly on broomsticks or cast spells, but the witches and wizards of books and films are based on real people.
With President Donald Trump's frequent use of the term "witch hunt" he paints himself as a victim. The women persecuted in one of history's darkest chapters should not be forgotten so easily.
Bonfire Night keeps the flames of division burning.
Powerful men often proclaim baseless accusations to be a 'witch hunt.' But American witch trials have always targeted a persecuted minority: women.
Reports of demonic possession are once again on the rise. But during the devil’s last apogee in early modern Europe, demonic afflictions were taken seriously by both priests and physicians.
From witching equality to what we'd see if we looked in a real Mirror of Erised, researchers explore the magic of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
An antiquated Canadian law against magic and witchcraft is about to be repealed. A close look at its history reveals that it is far less superstitious than it appears.
How Romans overcame their fear of witches by finding them funny.
So often used to condemn women through history, feminism is reclaiming the word 'witch' in the 21st century. Some men also want to get in on the act.
Ghost stories are often about the departed seeking justice for an earthly wrong. Their sightings are a reminder that ethics and morality transcend our lives.
The new Sabrina joins a host of other witches in pop culture, a witch revival that reflects more radical feminist politics.
The latest film from the wizarding world JK Rowling echoes ancient themes of covens and devil worship.
It is estimated that thousands of people are killed in witchcraft-related violence around the world each year. How can we tackle this problem today?
Most anthropologists believe that witch labelling has evolved to get people to conform. But new research suggests an alternative explanation.
Tales of levitation tend to belie stark inequalities and various forms of violence (often upon women).
Independent, powerful feminist role models or a warning to women not to overstep the mark? Witches have been many things over the years.