1. Vincent Price’s Witchcraft LP

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    March 25, 2013 by weekiwitch

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    This album is a treasure! I thought it would be scattered scary stories, but it really functions more closely as a dramatic Witchy how-to. He talks about Gerald Gardner, details grisly rites, it’s a kick. I highly recommend it.

    If you would prefer to download it as an .mp3, just go to http://www.listentoyoutube.com/ and paste in the youtube link (it takes anywhere from 5-30 minutes to process): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3aszI5Fs7Q

  2. Secret Spells Barbie

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    March 25, 2013 by weekiwitch

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    Now I know when I cast spells for luck, money and love (yes, even love!!), I must make sure to bring along my plastic dragonfly. I always forget that.

  3. Patricia Crowther Demonstrates How to Dress for Sabbats

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    March 25, 2013 by weekiwitch

    You know, if the nudity gets boring.
    Oh and by the way, this is the weirdest picture you will ever see of Patricia Crowther.

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    (From “From Stagecraft to Witchcraft” by Patricia Crowther)

  4. Oberon Zell and the Goaticorn

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    March 25, 2013 by weekiwitch

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    So I’ve had this picture on my wall for years…YEARS. Long before I became a Pagan, long before I realized Wicca was even a thing. He’s my goaticorn, he’s gellin’, he’s awesome. I often jest that goaticorns are my spirit animal.

    Recently, I was flipping through Drawing Down the Moon (I think), and I came across this picture I never really noticed:

    Oberon_Zell_and_Unicorn_WEB WHAT!! That’s my goaticorn…and WTF it’s Oberon Zell.

    (CLICK FOR MORE, IF YOU’RE REALLY INTO GOATICORNS)

  5. Arnold Crowther’s Goddess

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    March 25, 2013 by weekiwitch

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    She is the Goddess of magic and mystery.
    And her eyes are inscrutable.


    This article (from Prediction Magazine in 1966) is a fascinating read. After working with the Crowther’s on “Witchcraft, the Sixth Sense, and Us,” Justine Glass wrote an extraordinary piece on the art of Arnold Crowther.

    The article is a bit out of the ordinary. A large portion focuses on the art work’s eyes and their psychological (magical?) effect on the viewer.

    There’s also a fun little story in the article about a woman who burnt Arnold Crowther’s painting of Aleister Crowley because she said it looked alive and terrified her.

    “A few weeks ago, in both the painting and the sculpture, eyes appeared in the blank sockets of the mask of the Goddess – it might be Lèse-majesté to call it a cast – in her right eye.

    No explanation – no rational explanation at least – has been found of this phenomenon. Neither artist gave the Goddess eyes. Arnold Crowther says that he painted her face as a mask, to symbolize the mask of form hiding the reality of force.”

    “One day, on a visit to Mrs. Valiente, I saw the clearly-defined iris and pupil in each dark, hitherto blank, hollow of the eye-sockets as I looked up at the Goddess.

    Everyone who sees the picture sees the eyes. There is nothing imaginary about them, but perhaps it is in the imagination that their expressions constantly change, although Arnold Crowther would find nothing surprising in that. He explains that he worked on the picture in the circle in his ‘magic’ room, and that ‘anything could happen’ to a painting made there.”

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    Here are a couple more of (what I assume are) Arnold Crowther’s paintings in the background from the 1965 edition of “Witches Speak.” The first painting is clearly Patricia. If she was my wife I’d paint her too. Yowzers.

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    One doesn’t usually hear much about using art as a magical practice. In it’s surface naive style, I might have dismissed Arnold’s Goddess painting if I saw it, say, at a flea market. However, not being able to separate the context from the work I find it has an effect on me too.

  6. Eye of the Devil

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    February 5, 2013 by weekiwitch

    I recently watched the 1966 film, Eye of the Devil, after running across a couple newspaper clippings mentioning Alex and Maxine Sander’s involvement. [1]

    The Windsor Star February 5, 1966.

    I must point out this section:

    “Claridge’s, most elegant of Britain’s hotels, has welcomed many a potentate before, but never one quite like this. For his arrival in London, Sanders wore a monkish red velvet robe. His Queen, Maxine, a big blonde wench of 19, wore only a silk shift which, she said, she naturally discards when she is working because clothes get in the way of the vibrations.” [2]

    Never let it be said that Alex Sanders didn’t have balls. Also, “big blonde wench?” lol

    I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Similar to The Wicker Man, the village of the film does not seem like half bad place to live (if you take out the grisly bits about human sacrifice). It might seem strange to label a horror film “delightful,” but I had a lot of fun watching it.

    Sharon Tate played an amazing role, wandering the countryside dressed like a beatnik, turning frogs into doves and making house wives uncomfortable. I want to be her when I grow up.

    Check out that pendant! The Devil’s eye makes for stunning jewelry.

    Sharon Tate and the necklace featured in Eye of the Devil.


    [1] Kingsport Post, February 10, 1966.
    [2] Windsor Star, February 5, 1966.

  7. A Goddess Arrives

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    February 5, 2013 by weekiwitch

    Awhile back I found a copy of the 1939 First Edition of “A Goddess Arrives” for sale online and asked the seller for some pictures. Unfortunately the book was going for about $700 so..haha…yeah that didn’t happen. I can’t find pictures of it anywhere else so I thought I’d share. (Sorry for the abysmal quality, not much I can do about that)

    A Goddess Arrives Dust Jacket

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