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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, September 30

A Neopagan leader calls on her students to teach others as she taught them. The misogyny behind Africa's witch hunts is exposed and examined. And a list details 10 of the most famous real-life magicians in history. It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly take on news about the Pagan and magical communities! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Phaedra Bonewits is a longstanding member of the Pagan community, having been initiated into Wicca and Hermetic Magic among other traditions while also gaining a solid reputation as a magical teacher. Now she wants her former students to pass on what they know to later generations. You can read her open letter here at Patheos.

What do Lucifer and Emmanuel Goldstein of George Orwell's novel 1984 have in common? The ever provocative website Gods & Radicals takes a look at the Devil through the lens of Peter Grey's Lucifer: Princeps.

Do modern witch hunts have more to do with religion or misogyny? According to Leo Igwe, writing for the Institute of Ethics & Emerging Technologies, it's the latter. Igwe takes a look at the cultural context of the witch hunts in Ghana and how its relates to cultural expectations and restrictions on women.

You may have heard of Merlin and Gandalf, but what about John Dee or Judah Leow ben Bezael? Writer Rob Bricken takes a road down history lane, listing ten of the most famous real-life magicians from history.

And lastly, sometimes we all need a little help to keep things going. Pagan online journal The Wild Hunt is looking for donations this autumn to continue funding their content. You can learn more here.

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