Pompeii’s Unearthed Stash of Ancient Charms and Amulets

When Pompeii met its sudden end more than 2,000 years ago, the city was buried with many treasures intact. With every archaeological dig there, remarkable insight into Roman life is revealed. A recent dig inside the House of the Garden unearthed the remains of 10 people and a collection of gems, beads, shells and amulets—once housed in a wooden box. There are phallic charms oftentimes …

Inside an Upstate NY Witch Camp

Last weekend, at OlioHouse—an unassuming Victorian-style home in Wassaic—a sizable group of 20- and 30-somethings attended Witch Camp. There were no spells cast at the upstate New York location, but there were art classes, sage-burning, a Halloween-themed party and lectures on the witch trials of the 16th and 17th centuries. While witches today don’t face the same horrific repercussions as those in history, Tara Kenny (an Olio …

Basic Witches

By Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman, the book “Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven” is full of spells, potions and enchantments, but mostly dollops of sensible advice. From experimenting with make-up to ending toxic friendships, reading tea leaves and more, there are plenty of tips for self-betterment. Encouraging readers to tap into their inner sorceress, this book …