Witches & Witchcraft / Werewolf Lore

Hosted byConnie Willis

Witches & Witchcraft / Werewolf Lore

About the show

In the first half, "Phoenix" Demire Coffin-Williams, a Wiccan archpriest and professional mental health counselor, joined Connie Willis (info) to discuss witchcraft, its adherents, and its practices. Coffin-Williams is also on the staff at Witch School, which serves as a seminary for the study of witchcraft. As opposed to the stereotype as a form of devil worship, he explained, witchcraft is a polytheistic, animistic, nature-based religious faith honoring the Earth's divinity. Types of witches include Wiccans, druids, and followers of hoodoo. Coffin-Williams' particular temple is social justice-oriented, helping the disenfranchised and homeless and addressing racial issues and violence against women. Halloween is a sacred holiday in many witchcraft traditions, when the spirits of ancestors are celebrated and called upon for guidance, he added.

Coffin-Williams described the magic practiced in witchcraft as rooted in the power we're entitled and required to use for the improvement of our lives. This power is derived from the energy present in all things—people, plants, and items like candles, crystals, incense, and so on. Typically, the personal goals of a practitioner of witchcraft are realized by gathering such power items and, calling upon ancestors or deities for guidance, performing a ritual or ceremony putting them to use.

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British paranormal author Paul Sinclair talked about werewolves, also known as dogmen. Sinclair believes their presence goes back at least as far as recorded history. He developed his interest in them, he noted, after reading about them in several towns in the Yorkshire, England area where he lives. One account from 937 CE describes an "infestation of savage beasts" in nearby Flixton, and these creatures—described as bipedal, furry dogs with sharp claws in the shape of humans—have been reported in Yorkshire through to the present day.

Sinclair also highlighted other mysterious phenomena in Yorkshire. Through his research, he claimed to have witnessed UAP there in the form of groups of lights in the sky. Along with similar sightings like the "White Lady" by others, unexplained lights in the sky prompted Sinclair to coin the phrase "intelligent light forms" (ILF). The lights may be related to the presence of a cryptid described by locals, Sinclair continued.

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