The History of Abortifacients

The peacock flower (or flos pavonis) is an arresting plant, standing nine feet tall in full bloom, with brilliant red and yellow blossoms. But it's more than beautiful; it's an abortifacient, too. One of the most striking records of the plant comes from German-born botanical illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian who, in… » 11/18/14 4:30pm 11/18/14 4:30pm

Tinder Tips for the Modern Witch

So you're a witch in 2014 and looking for love. It's a tale as old as time. Witches don't have it easy when it comes to the thrashing, genitalia-ragged dating pool. And don't get it twisted: I'm not talking about hip, harvest women like the witches of Bushwick or the menstrual ceremony partiers of Beachwood Canyon—I'm… » 10/31/14 3:20pm 10/31/14 3:20pm

Searching For the Dead in Witch City: A Weekend in Salem, Mass.

"You're gonna have a great time in Salem," the Boston rental car employee says as she hands me the keys to a weak-engined Chevy. "It's fun around Halloween, but do me a favor." » 10/30/14 2:00pm 10/30/14 2:00pm

The Truth About Witches: An Interview with Katherine Howe

Katherine Howe is a New York Times bestselling author who recently edited The Penguin Book of Witches, a primary-source reader about witches and witch-hunting ranging from the medieval period into the early eighteenth century. » 10/29/14 12:10pm 10/29/14 12:10pm

What Does It Take To Not Be Hanged As A Witch On Salem?

For its third episode, Salem accuses a third member of its Puritan town of witchcraft. But what happens when two of the most powerful local witches disagree on what should happen to the accused? » 5/05/14 4:40pm 5/05/14 4:40pm

Community Board Committee Shuts Down Awesome Sounding Witch Party

A community board that oversees Astor Park in New York City has decided they don't want witches to hold an event there. » 3/25/14 10:30pm 3/25/14 10:30pm

Here Is Katy Perry's Bewitching "Dark Horse" Grammy Performance

Here is Katy Perry channeling a little American Horror Story:Coven meets Striptease. God, that sounds like it would be absolutely fucking awesome, doesn't it? » 1/26/14 10:30pm 1/26/14 10:30pm

Jenji Kohan's Next Project is About the Salem Witch Trials

Because she wasn't done delighting fans of weed and...prison?, Jenji Kohan, the creator of Weeds and Orange is the New Black is now working on a "provocative period drama" for HBO about...Salem witches! » 12/04/13 6:50pm 12/04/13 6:50pm

A Literal Witch Has Joined 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'

Meet Carlton Gebbia, the newest cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She's a 40-year-old interior architectural designer, the mother of three children—Destiny, Mysteri, and Cross—and a pagan witch. » 11/05/13 4:15pm 11/05/13 4:15pm

The Coven Returns: CBS Plans to Reboot Charmed

Charmed has only been off the air since 2006, but according to some buzz from the television world, CBS TV studios is planning one of those pesky, maybe-okay "reimaginings" of the WB series that starred Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, and Rose McGowan. To the rumor mill! » 10/26/13 6:00pm 10/26/13 6:00pm

Who's the Best, Most Badass Witch in All of Pop Culture?

Witches are having a pop culture moment, says everyone in the universe. Witches are currently more popular than Congress (but still less popular than dog poop, which is surprisingly well-regarded by Americans). NY Daily News wrote an article about the ubiquity of the witch, and, as a bonus, it sounds as though it… » 10/09/13 4:50pm 10/09/13 4:50pm

Witches of East End gives us the silliest magical pregnancy EVER

The mystical pregnancy is one of the most overused tropes in science fiction and fantasy — and now, we've seen this idea taken to its most ludicrous extreme, in the new Lifetime show Witches of East End. Watch the magical self-inflating belly for yourself, below. » 10/07/13 1:45pm 10/07/13 1:45pm

Why Are There No Female Magicians? Maybe Because We BURNED THEM ALL TO…

Now, even I'm not a goofy enough feminist stereotype to get all up-in-arms about 17th-century witch-burning as a tangible, pressing, current lady-problem. Buuuuuut...sometimes (all the times) we do feel the echoes of long-past injustices in our largely mundane modern lives. And aren't thought experiments fun? On the… » 3/19/13 4:25pm 3/19/13 4:25pm

Republican Worried that Care Bears Are Turning Children Into Witches

One of the biggest bummers of all the Republican rape talk this election cycle is that it's distracted from Republican witch talk, which is much less rage inducing and much more hilarious. At the end of a stressful day, I like to unwind by watching old Christine O'Donnell videos where she talks about Satan, and now,… » 11/05/12 3:10pm 11/05/12 3:10pm

Are You a Witch? A Handy Halloween Checklist

Embarrassingly not-long ago, human beings in Europe (and even here, in Amurrica) were fond of rounding up people who they thought might be secretly magical and then setting them on fire, because that’s what God wanted them to do or something. Accusations of witchcraft ended the lives of thousands of people. Would you… » 10/31/12 5:40pm 10/31/12 5:40pm

Small Business Loans Help Village Women in Indian Protect Themselves…

Women living in Indian villages are banding together with the help of "microcredit" business loans of about 750 rupees ($18) to help prevent modern-day witch hunts that can prove fatal to their friends and neighbors. Allegations of witchcraft and sorcery often serve as smokescreens for personal vendettas in rural… » 9/04/12 10:25pm 9/04/12 10:25pm