Could Jessica Lange actually be a good witch? In the past two seasons of “American Horror Story,” she has only played terrifying villianesses with the blackest of hearts, so my interest is piqued in this first glimpse at season three of “American Horror Story: Coven,” which comes back to FX on October 9th. Finally, finally creator Ryan Murphy divulges some details: Taissa Farmiga discovers she is a witch and gets sent to a school in New Orleans for “girls like you,” Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. Jessica Lange is the headmistress with a class of young witches in her charge and yes, that is Gabourey Sidibe in the cast. Everything I learn about “Coven” just makes it better and better. [YouTube]
Mark your calendars: October 9th is the debut of “American Horror Story: Coven,” the third season of the campy, terrifying and highly watchable FX show. “Coven” is set in New Orleans at a big ol’ Southern-style mansion that appears to be a school or home for young witches. Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Taissa Farmiga will return from past seasons, while Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are joining the cast for what promises to be some badass witchery. Wiccans, please just let us have this one, okay?
“Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble.” You are probably envisioning a bunch of warty, green-faced witches with broomsticks and pointy, black hats huddled arounds a cauldron casting a spell, right? I guess we can thank Shakespeare’s Macbeth for that. This image of the witch has become so intertwined with Halloween, but has little in common with real witches past or present. After the jump, a few things you might not have known about witches. Keep reading »
This is a public service announcement: if you’re in need of any kind of spell, potion, psychic reading, or enchantment and prefer to procure your magical products via an online auction site, you best place your bids before August 30th. Why, you ask? Well, eBay just updated the seller guidelines in the paranormal and metaphysical categories and banned the sale of potions, spells, and psychic readings. The new rules take effect on August 30th, which means less than 10 days until you’re cut off from your favorite potion Power Seller. I would suggest trying your local neighborhood witch or wizard, but I’m not sure if they accept PayPal. Maybe it’s time to DIY your own potions? There’s bound to be some good recipes on Pinterest… [Mashable]
According to this random piece of unidentified text I found on the interweb (which therefore must be 100 percent factual), medieval witches inserted magic potions or “flying ointment” into their vaginas with a special dildo or “broomstick.” Well, that explains the whole flying thing. They were basically getting high and pleasuring themselves. Hey, why not? [imgur]
With all of the modern technology available to help couples conceive, some people are going back to the dark ages to treat infertility. There is a piece in the Daily Mail about how a UK couple swears that a “white witch” helped them conceive their two children. Claire and Stephen Anderson were told they had a one in a billion chance of conceiving with her polycystic ovaries and his low sperm count. So what did they do? Fed up with the health care system, they visited Wendy Binks, aka Ladysnake … a witch. According to the Daily Mail:
[Several times a week,] the high priestess performed various chants, cleansing their energies and performing fertility spells before giving the couple a specially designed lunar sex schedule, and continuing to cast spells for them with her coven in their absence.
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