Author Archives: Oldenwilde

New books! Rituals & Sabbats, Candle Magic

We’re proud to announce two new Witchcraft books debuting our much-anticipated series of in-depth follow-ups to The Goodly Spellbook. Both Rituals & Sabbats and Candle Magic will be published Nov. 7, 2017, and can be pre-ordered right now at Amazon.com. … Continue reading
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Feeling Outraged About U.S. Politics?

American Pagans and Witches can be a formidable voting block and force of change to ensure a fair voting process and elect candidates that support our spiritual traditions of acting compassionately and preserving nature. Here are some ways we recommend. … Continue reading
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Beltane Rite with a College Class

Queen Lady Passion and *Diuvei often host groups of college and university students who want to experience traditional Witchcraft. In this capacity Coven Oldenwilde hosted a circle for eight students from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and their professor … Continue reading
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Anti-HB2 Spell

Wiccans and Pagans are among the targets of North Carolina Republican legislators’ bigoted House Bill 2. The law doesn’t just force everyone to use the restroom that matches the sex listed on their birth certificate — this sweeping attack on … Continue reading
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Open letter to Lady Passion

Dear Queen Lady Passion, For 20 years of outdoor public Samhains, I was privileged to witness up close your always-astonishing versatility and skill reach new heights every October. I want to offer you in this open letter my thanks, praise, … Continue reading
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CNN show films Asheville Witches

CNN’s new series United Shades of America filmed host Kamau Bell with Coven Oldenwilde leaping cauldron fire, joining Mill Dance and Cakes & Wine, interviewing Lady Passion & *Diuvei.See news article about CNN filming in Asheville: Asheville Citizen-Times, “CNN crews … Continue reading
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Police videotaping revealed

Actual police video of Samhain 1996 and activist video of police videotaping cannabis activists in Asheville City Council meeting, 1998, released here for the first time. See articles about our video release: Asheville Citizen-Times, “Wiccans release internal police video of … Continue reading
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Q&A with Witch Clergy Lady Passion and *Diuvei

Lady Passion and *Diuvei answer questions asked by Bold Life Magazine writer Tom Kerr in this unabridged interview: I am excited that your book is still going strong after all these years. Did you expect it to be so popular? … Continue reading
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New Edition of The Goodly Spellbook

“A decade after the debut of The Goodly Spellbook, magic is more needful than ever … Spellcraft is the remedy for our hardscrabble lives. Its timeless power helps us oppose oppression and enables us to thrive by giving us health, … Continue reading
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Pagan Activist: Olde Ways to Create Change

Even as robots and mechanization have rendered many jobs obsolete (making the economic “recovery” more theoretical than reality-based), the average amount that economic trackers expect each American to spend this year on Yule gifts is in the seven hundred dollar … Continue reading
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Asheville Women Fight “Big Power” to Save a Foothills Wilderness

An article by *Diuvei (Steve Rasmussen) is the Verve Magazine cover story for October 2013: The Box Creek Brockoviches When electricity came to Brackett Town in 1948, the men who wired the church in the onetime gold-mining village near the … Continue reading
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Bele Chere 2013: Going Out With Style

For the third year in a row, Coven Oldenwilde manned a “beer bracelet” booth during Asheville’s annual street fair held on the last weekend in July. This year was heartrending since weeks before, City Council voted to discontinue the event … Continue reading
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Whistleblowers Unite!

by Lady Passion Recent near-daily T.V. news reports have revealed the extremes that the U.S. government is willing go to in order to demonize domestic whistle-blowers — those who act as oversight to benefit citizens by exposing an organization’s wrongdoing. … Continue reading
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Coven Oldenwilde’s Response to Internet Libel on Realpagan.net

It is a kingly thing, O Cyrus, to do well and to be evil spoken of. — Antisthenes, founder of the Cynic school of philosophy It isn’t easy being Gardnerian. As if we don’t catch enough flak from misinformed skeptics … Continue reading
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Love is the Law: The Pagan Side of Marriage

Eros is a cunning desperado who defies every moral authority’s attempt to straighten him out. Church-led campaigns to deny legal recognition to same-sex and cohabiting couples only enhance his daring — and expose the hypocrisy of religions that claim to … Continue reading
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Bele Chere 2012: The Rule of Two

Slideshow of Coven Oldenwilde’s wristband booth and volunteers at Bele Chere 2012. First time’s beginners’ luck; second time’s a challenge. That’s the “Rule of Two” we wrote about in The Goodly Spellbook, and our second year running a nonprofit wristband … Continue reading
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What Values do Pagan Spellbooks Teach?

Fundamentalist Christians here in Buncombe County, NC are upset because a local Pagan mother, Ginger Strivelli, is forcing the county public school district to stop distributing Gideon Bibles in elementary schools, after exposing the hypocrisy of school administrators in allowing … Continue reading
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UNCA Interfaith Dialogue: “Is Religion Relevant?”

UPDATE: The event was lively and interesting, and the audience was SRO! Watch a video of it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewN2Pi8Xkgw&feature=share. Please join us at a free Interfaith Dialogue panel at UNC-Asheville Thursday Nov. 17, 2011, from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Highsmith … Continue reading
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Karma will out

Here is Lady Passion’s statement emailed Sept. 25 to WLOS-TV on the destruction of the Merrimon Magnolia: “Many people who loved this tree and fought for the past two years to save it are outraged that land-owner and former City … Continue reading
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Farewell to a beautiful tree

We pushed as hard as we could to save the Merrimon Magnolia, but sadly we were unsuccessful, as we’ve just learned from a TV news reporter. It was always a long shot, stymied at every turn by a lengthy history … Continue reading
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Bele Chere 2011

Good company! Bele Chere is the Southeast’s biggest annual street festival, and for the first time ever the city of Asheville invited us Witches to help out. On Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, 2011, volunteers from Coven Oldenwilde … Continue reading
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Press Release: Update on Merrimon Magnolia, Apr. 26, 2011

Watch our news interview on WLOS-TV 13 with Charu Kumarhia, 5pm or 6pm EDT Tues. April 26, or wlos.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saving the Merrimon Magnolia and George Pack’s stone wall A large heritage magnolia on the former site of … Continue reading
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Send a Postcard to Save the Merrimon Magnolia

Send a photo postcard to Harris Teeter CEO Frederick J. Morganthall and his wife Judy via cardstore.com. It costs less than $2 per postcard ($1.27 from Asheville). It’s easy. Here are the steps: 1) Download one of the images posted … Continue reading
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