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02/20/2014 - 2:20pm

One of the most iconic images of witches and magic is the infamous Besom (broom). Many cultures around the world associate the broom with goddesses and magic ritual. Here in the west we are most familiar with the image of a witch flying through the night sky on her broomstick.

The besom or broom was a popular tool for witches in the past because it was an everyday item that couldn’t be used as definitive proof of being a witch. For witches though, it had many purposes other than as a simple domestic tool.


02/15/2014 - 1:08pm

Dear Wonderworksians

After 24 years in our current location on Harbord Street, we are very excited to announce that we will be moving to a new location at the end of February!!

We are very excited for this opportunity to refresh and renew the energy of Wonderworks, and we look forward to all of you joining us at the grand opening of the new location!

More details will be announced shortly.

For the rest of February, we will be having all kinds of exciting sales, to help us clear out the shop before we move.

02/12/2014 - 6:50pm

Dion Fortune b. December 6th 1890, d. January 8th 1946

Born in Wales, Dion Fortune (born Violet Mary Firth) was an influential occult writer and member of various magical and esoteric groups, including the Theosophical Society and the Golden Dawn. Fortune studied psychology and psychoanalysis at the University of London, and made a living as a psychiatrist. However, she is best remembered for her writings on Hermetic Qabalah and psychic protection, and for founding the Society of the Inner Light. Fortune claimed to be clairvoyant and clairaudient, and she came to be respected for her psychism. She was well-known within occult circles of her day, and it’s said that Aleister Crowley attempted to draw her into his order, but was unsuccessful.

02/01/2014 - 3:38pm

After Jesus’s death, Mary travelled with St. John to Ephesus, to avoid increasing persecution of Christians in Jerusalem. They were accompanied by Mary Magdalene and some of the disciples. St. John arranged the construction of house for Mary just outside the city of Ephesus, at the base of Mount Koressos (also called Nightingale Mountain), situated at the mouth of the Kucik River on a little hilltop overlooking the Aegean Sea. Ephesus at the time was a large city that had been chosen by Rome to be the capital of the Roman province of Asia. Ephesus is arguably where the Apostles first began to spread Christianity, years before evangelization work was located out of Rome. Mary is said to have remained here until her Assumption, but little is known of her life there, and the location of the house was forgotten for centuries.

01/31/2014 - 11:09am

Imbolc is this Sunday, February 2nd! Here is some information to help you plan your celebration: 

Beginning of spring
The Goddess becomes the Maiden
The God is the virile youth delighting in spring
Fire festival
Feast of lights
New life

01/17/2014 - 2:50pm

Today I was inviting people on Facebook to our Imbolc ritual, & was prompted to reflect on Imbolc as a holiday (the next celebration for some in the Wheel of the Year). I've written before about my dislike of the tendency to conceptualize Imbolc as an opportunity to "drive out" winter with yet another fire festival. 

01/04/2014 - 4:29pm

Starhawk b. Miriam Simos June 17th, 1951

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