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ISSUE  666 EDITORS  NOTE Mothering  nature,  pagan  parenting,  black  ensembles,  home  making  and  the   arts  of  hearthfire. Simple  living  in  an  illuminant  urban  setting.

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You’ve  wandered  upon  a  zine  that  delves  deep  into  the  threatening  storm  on   the  religious  horizon.  But  since  you’re  here,  why  don’t  you  take  a  look   around?  This  issue  explores  amalgamations  of  diverse  occultic  traditions   and  feeds  an  intoxicating  visual  journey  of    and  into  a  universe  harvested   by  fashion,  art  and  practices.    Issue  666  is  about  intensifying  the  newage  witch  happenings  of  the  youth  of  today.    I  would  like  to  make  clear   that  many  of  these  ‘outcasts’  today  are  actively  seeking  public  understanding  and  acceptance,  cultivating  an  image  as  the  "pagan  next  door."   After  all,  they  claim  to  embrace  a  life-affirming,  family  oriented  life   path.  Recently  I  read  a  book  on  witchcraft,  where  the  cover  has  an  attractive  female  witch  dressed  in  a  fashionable,  well-tailored  business  suit  as   if  she  were  walking  down  Madison  Avenue.  This  is  far  removed  from  the   stereotypical  image  of  witches  as  ugly  old  hags  with  warts  on  their  noses,   decked  out  in  black  capes  and  cone-shaped  hats,  riding  their  favorite   broomstick  on  a  moonlit  night.  Therefore,  Issue  666  is  about  shaping  your   own  perceptions  of    a  contemporary  witch  and  thus  a  lot  of  the  imagery  is   unaided,  allowing  the  imagination  to  wander  outside  the  conventional  net.   The  background  information  on  modern  and  contemporary  witchcraft  that  will   be  found  in  this  publication  is  necessary  because  so  few  ‘outsiders’   understand  what  this  cult  is.  This  material  should  clear  away  many  misconceptions  and  help  bring  this  subculture  into  proper  focus.  Issue  666  ultimately  unpacks  a  very  highly  decentralized,  eclectic,  creative,  mix  and   match    movement.

                             This  is.  Urban  Witch.


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’Beyond  the  range  of  ordinary  knowledge                                                              of  understanding  the  mysterious’

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which  is  witch?

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The  Suburban  or  ‘Urban’  Witch  subculture  erupted  in   early  2006  when  gothic  fashion  began  to  make  its  mark in  Europe  and  America.  Major  designers  (such  as McQueen  and  Rodarte)  evident  fetish  in  macarbe post  enlightenment  design  became  the  platform  for   this  newly  founded  subculture.  Urban  Witches  are   typically  female,  and  pale  in  appearance.  Being  an extremely  young  cult  itself,  Urban  Witches  generally age  between  sixteen  and  twenty  five,  listen  to  dark sombre  music  and  enjoy  art.  Unlike  before  seen-witches, Urban  Witches  are  not  solitary,  they  are  most  content in  groups  of  three  or  more.  Most  have  kept  the   tradition  of  self-declaring  paganism.  Favoured pets  amoung  Urban  Witches  include  rabbits,  ferrets and  rats.  Black  cats  are  too  generic. In  regards  to  clothing,  their  style  is  very  particular. Black  drapery,  usually  in  the  form  of  a  floor  length  skirt or  cape  is  a  must.  Chunky  jewellery  compliments  their tattered  haircuts.  Dark  makeup  and  wedges  are  worn both  day  and  night.  Candles  and  artwork  adorn  their  homes, often  a  warehouse.  They  choose  to  live  close  to  the  city, hence  the  title,  and  live  simplistic  lives.  Both  on  and  off canvas,  art  is  their  passion.  It  is  extremely  difficult  to  define   with  precision  the  beliefs  and  practices  of  contemporary  witches.  This  is because  of  the  elasticity  of  the  terms  "witch"  and  "witchcraft"  as  they  have  been   applied  to  people  and  practices  both  today  and  throughout  history.  It  is  also  due  to   the  great  diversity  that  exists  within  the  contemporary  movement  itself. An  oft-suggested  definition  for  what  constitutes  a  witch  is,  Anyone  who  is   involved  in  some  form  of  the  occult.  An  urban  witch  can  be  anything  from palm  or  tarot  card  readers,  ritual  magicians  sorcerers,  Satanists,  Voodoo  practitioners everything  from  alchemists  to  xylomancers  and  astral  projection  to  visualization  so  long  as  their  lifestyle  remains similar.  The  primary  reason  for  this  is  that  the  English  words  "witch"  and  "witchcraft"  are  variously  employed  in  the   most  commonly  used  English  translations  of  the  Bible  to  designate  different  types  of  occultists  and  occultic  practices.  


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Cinema Strange is an American deathrock group based in Los Angeles, California. Their performances also incorporate film, dance, and visual art. The California-based Cinema Strange Project made headlines around the world this past February when they completed a 1/20th scale model of Big Ben using toothpicks, fly legs, and fingernail clippings. The unpredictable ensemble commented, “We’ve played music in Europe a bunch of times, we’ve made films about zombies and dancing military men, and we made our last album like a story book.”

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The three pillars of a Witches world view Touching on what was mentioned earlier, Urban Witches are excruciatingly different from traditional witches. However, there are three basic pillars to all witch thinking that underpins their belief system. Animism is the first important pillar of the witches' world. As used by them, the word literally means that the "Life Force" is immanent within all creation: rocks and trees, deserts and streams, mountains and valleys, ponds and oceans, gardens and forests, fish and fowl; from amoeba to humans and all things in between. In an Urban Witches case, life is even amoungst the clothes and makeup they wear. All is infused with and participates in the vital Life Force or energy, and therefore the entire earth is a living, breathing organism. All is sacred; all is to be cared for and revered. The earth is a manifestation of the Goddess . "Sacredising" the world and animating nature, witches view all reality as a continuum of consciousness and being. Thus, they seek to live in harmony and be psychically in tune with nature. (Incidentally, whatever else urban witches may believe and do, because of these views they are not involved in animal or human sacrifices!

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For many witches, the second pillar of their world ,implicit in their version of animism , is pantheism. Not only is the Life Force pervasive throughout our world, but all the world is divine. Divinity is inseparable from, and immanent in, nature and humanity. Since most witches teach that we are divine , it is clear why someone like Margot Adler, a witch herself, approvingly quotes a particular neopagan group's greeting to its female and male members respectively: "Thou art Goddess," "Thou art God." Most urban witches are not this brash but nevertheless hold that we, like nature, are divine.

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The third pillar is polytheism. As defined by many witches, however, polytheism is not merely the belief in multiple deities a pantheon of gods and goddesses , but also the belief that there are multiple levels of reality (i.e., the "open" metaphysics referred to earlier). According to this view, there are an infinite (or at least incomprehensible) number of levels of meaning and explanations about our world. These allow not only a multitude of gods, goddesses, and religions to exist simultaneously, but also views of reality that would otherwise appear to be mutually exclusive; all are true as far as they go. Hence, urban witches can align themselves with a particular Goddess and/or God, or group thereof, and still grant the validity of other "alternative" religions.


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The impact of technology on witches is of paramount importance. It has been the key to creating a ‘fashionable’ image of witches and not the ‘weird old hag’ that was mentioned earlier. However these preconceptions did not simply banish with technological advancement, but it did allow for an obscure cult, such as urban witch to become more mainstream and understood. The conext of what is said to be a witch has very much changed over the last two hundred years, but particularly in the last ten years when the idea of the “domestigoth’ came about - glorifying the gothic image in a contemporary context. Through music, film , literature and blogging, witchcraft has turned from being the traditional ‘old haggard witch’ to a very youthful, fast paced subculture that can keep up to date with trends, and thus harvest its growth for future longevity.

Aside from the various covens and teenage bloggers of witchcraft there are many associations, festivals and gatherings, newsletters, magazines, journals, books, bookstores and shops. All of these are devoted to teaching, defending, and networking the ideologies of witchcraft (and/or neopaganism).


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References Raymond Buckland, Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft (St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1988), 210. Scott Cunningham, The Truth About Witchcraft Today (St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1988) See Adler, 45-56, for a refutation of, and specific information on, Murray's theory; and 45-72 for other theories and general information on the history of witchcraft. The Many Faces of Satanism," in Forward, Fall 1986, 17-22. viewed 08/10 Buckland, 101-34, 155-74; Justine Glass, Witchcraft, The Sixth Sense (California: Wilshire Book Co., 1974), 20, 94; Starhawk, The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1979), 37, 108-58 Credits "The Modern World of Witchcraft: Part One of Two" release A, April 20, 1994 R. Poll, CRI Sybil Leek, Diary of a Witch (New York: Signet Books, 1969), 144. WitchCraft Today Gerald B Gardenr {http://www.nostrajewellery.org/files/Witchcraft-Today.pdf} viewed 01/10/11 All own images unless stated

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Special Thanks to Mimi Holvast - Photography Jessica Searle - Model 2 Leah Shuster- Makeup

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Blog www.urban-witch.tumblr.com Email 11031061@student.uts.edu.au


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