Witchcraft and the Web: Weaving Pagan Traditions Online

Witchcraft and the Web: Weaving Pagan Traditions Online

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Witchcraft and the Web: Weaving Pagan Traditions Online by M. Macha Nightmare, Phyllis Curott

Covens, Witchen rituals, and spells—just a mouse click away

Witchcraft is the most popular of the alternative religions, a growing movement with several million followers in the U.S. alone. Just consider the abundance of television shows with witch characters and Pagan themes, including the top-rated programs Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Xena: Warrior Princess, Charmed, and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. With the advent of Internet technology, a once-isolated community is finding new ways to make connections. In Witchcraft and the Web, M. Macha NightMare, a practising witch for 30 years, takes an unconventional look at the cultural effects of the Internet on contemporary Witchcraft. Her new book touches on topics relevant to the modern Witch: weaving a new web for the ancient/future religion of Witchcraft; manipulating energy via electronic communications; accessing intuition in cyberspace; and finding and creating "sacred space" online. Taking up the threads of tradition and technology, M. Macha NightMare weaves a new version of the multi-hued tapestry that is Witch-craft in the 21st Century.

Author Biography: M. Macha Nightmare is a well-known national figure in the American Witchcraft scene and on the Web. She is the co-author, with Starhawk, of The Pagan Book of Living and Dying. She holds elder and ministerial credentials through the Covenant of Goddesses, the oldest and largest interdenominational organization of Witches in the U.S. since 1981. Her writing has appeared in a number of Pagan publications.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550224665
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication date: 11/01/2001
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword15
Acknowledgments21
Introduction23
Chapter 1People of the Web29
Chapter 2Following Threads: Ways of Learning63
Chapter 3Spinning the Threads: Networking95
Chapter 4Enlivening the Filaments: Deity and "Theisms"147
Chapter 5Who Holds the Shuttle?167
Chapter 6Gathering and Weaving Many Threads187
Chapter 7Adding Color and Texture221
Conclusion: Broadening and Coloring the Tapestry241
Notes243
Glossary of Witchen Terminology249
Selected Bibliography259
Index261

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