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White Lotus Day celebrates the ‘founding mother of occult in America,’ Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

By Marina Alexandrova — May 8, 2023
(The Conversation) — Theosophy and its founders had an outsize impact on Americans’ ideas about spirituality and Asian religions.

The most recognizable work at the Whitney Museum’s new modernism exhibit may be a tarot deck

By Heather Greene — September 8, 2022
(RNS) — Artist Pamela Colman-Smith dismissed it as ‘a big job for very little cash.’ Now the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck is her legacy — and has brought her renewed recognition.

Georgia Guidestones, long treasured and feared, demolished after attack

By Heather Greene — July 7, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The stones would probably have survived a nuclear war,’ said a local historian, ‘but they could not survive Southern culture.’

As spiritualism’s popularity grows, photographer Shannon Taggart takes viewers inside the world of séances, mediums and orbs

By Beth Saunders — January 27, 2022
(The Conversation) — Alternative beliefs like spiritualism seem to experience resurgences in times of crisis. Taggart has spent the past 20 years exploring the oft-misunderstood religion.

Instagram ‘smash and grab’ impostors peddle fake psychic and tarot readings

By Heather Greene — December 20, 2021
(RNS) — Metaphysical practitioners are becoming increasingly frustrated with social media outlets as impersonators thrive off their accounts.

A new aspect of the Tarot boom: Diversity in the deck

By Heather Greene — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — Black, Indigenous and Latino American people are leading the rise in tarot's popularity, a new study shows.

Tarot booms as Generation Z sorts out spiritual path

By Heather Greene — April 26, 2021
(RNS) — Generation Z has been the driving force behind the renewed popularity and mainstreaming of the age-old esoteric system.

Is magic immoral? It played a role in the development of early Christianity

By Shaily Shashikant Patel — April 14, 2021
(The Conversation) — Early Christians worked to distinguish the miracles of Jesus from the magic of local sorcerers.

‘The Witch of Kings Cross’ finds the woman behind the scandal

By Antonio Pagliarulo — March 4, 2021
(RNS) — Norton is a figure who may offer a few lessons for society today, when radical personalities and movements abound.

Witch season provides a deep look into the millennial mindset

By Tara Isabella Burton — October 10, 2019
(RNS) — The witch trend says something about the current generation's dependence on technology to fashion selves we can identify with and love.

How psychics, suddenly everywhere, are healing the world

By Tara Isabella Burton — April 11, 2019
(RNS) — This year's equivalent of 'yoni' eggs, psychics — pardon me, 'intuitive healers' — are more than the latest trend in wellness culture; they are redeeming human feeling as a basic truth.

Vigilante killings in Tanzania spur a hunt for witch-hunters

By Tonny Onyulo — August 9, 2018
(RNS) — The dark side of the country's widespread belief in witchcraft is that people are quick to blame supposed conjurers — mostly older women —for their misfortunes.

Is Tumblr witchcraft feminism – or cultural appropriation?

By Aysha Khan — October 27, 2017
(RNS) — A perfect storm of Instagram-era online branding combined with leftist political posturing has made witchcraft the latest victim of cultural appropriation.

Pope Francis: The devil is real and don’t underestimate him

By Josephine McKenna — October 30, 2014
VATICAN CITY (RNS) "The devil exists and we must fight against him," Pope Francis warned.

Pope Francis thanks exorcists for showing ‘love’ to the possessed

By Josephine McKenna — October 28, 2014
ROME (RNS) About 300 exorcists from around the world held their first-ever convention in Rome and expressed concern about the number of people turning to Satanism and the occult.
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