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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Beware of Angry Ancestors

From the Pittsburgh (Pa.) Tribune-Review:

Wiccans turn witch myths upside down

By Kim Lyons
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, October 18, 2005

She does get the occasional person looking to cast a spell to turn her ex into a toad, but for the most part, Amy Mokricky's Wicca students are looking for a balanced religious path, with spells and magic only a small part of the picture.

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Now, as the days shorten and the harvest season comes to a close, Wiccans and witches celebrate Samhain, the time on the calendar when contact with ancestors and the recently departed is most likely.

"The whole idea of trick-or-treating, of scaring off the ghosts and goblins probably came from the thought of confronting ancestors who might not be too happy with us," Mokricky said.

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