The First of May is the Beltane Day for those who practise witchcraft or are Pagans. It is part of the Wheel of the Year. But what is Beltane, and how does one celebrate it?
A Little History
Beltane, also known as Cétshamhain and Lá Bealtaine, is the last of the spring fertility festivals. It is the mark of the end days of spring and the beginning of the summer days to come in June.
People would douse and relight their household fires from the bonfires of Beltane. Beltane and Samhain divide the year into two primary seasons. Beltane is the summer—Light part, and Samhain is the winter—Dark part, marking the passage into the growing and resting seasons.
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We often put aside pagan practices for the commercial ones that spread throughout all stores and houses. However, after centuries, for the first time in forever, Paganism is pushing back and here’s a holiday for you!
How Holidays And Celebrations Happen In Paganism
The Wheel of the Year is split into eight segments called Sabbats. They honour the Moon Goddess and the Sun God while celebrating the cycle of life of the sun. They focused the eight Sabbats of the year on the Solar Rites of Wicca. As life comes and goes, the Wheel represents it.
The Sabbats comprise the four “quarter days” known as solstices and equinoxes. So, the other four days include the four midpoints in between, known as the “cross-quarter days.” The embryonic growth, the birth, the life, and then the death of the Sun God portray nature’s seasons and the life of a Wiccan.
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As a DC Comics girl and a Batman Obsessive Fan, I hesitated to watch The Batman for many reasons. But last night, I fell in love with a detective story and a Bat I wasn’t expecting.
Before We Start, Riddle Me This! No, It’s Not A Riddle But Read It
WARNING!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!
MATURE AUDIENCES: All my articles are for adults.
TRIGGERS: PTSD, Gore, Trauma, Violence, Language, Death, Mob.
This is an in-depth review of the movie The Batman 2022. I reviewed many subjects and what was discussed before and after the movie. I also reveal plot points and many scenes that should remain unsaid if you haven’t watched the movie and considered watching it.
Also, this is a subjective article and a personal opinion of the movie. To the best of my knowledge, I give a review of what I believe is good or should be considered. This is all personal, and I respect everyone’s view of the movie. Batman is a beloved character, and we all have our preferences. With that said, let’s dig in! YOU ARE WARNED!!!
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Before watching the new Hellraiser series that looks absolutely fantastic, I wanted to watch the ten movies from the iconic franchise. One strangely stood out, to my surprise. It’s one everyone totally forgot about or doesn’t even know exists!
Before We Start, There Are Sights I Want You To See! Well, No, But Read It!
This is an in-depth review of the forgotten movie Hellraiser Hellworld from 2005. I rewatched the entire movie franchise and came out with subjects related to the plot of the Hellworld movie or eighth instalment. If you plan on watching the movie, do not keep reading this article, as it might ruin it for you.
This is all personal, and I respect everyone’s view of the movie and the Hellraiser franchise. Also, this is a subjective article and an opinion of the movie.
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There are many faces to horror, and some old tricks can become new again if done masterfully. The Hell House LLC trilogy is one of those unique movies that leave a mark and relaunched the found footage style for the better.
The Official Summary
Hell House LLC
Five years after an unexplained malfunction causes the death of fifteen tour-goers and staff on the opening night of a Halloween haunted house tour, Hell House, a documentary film crew visits the scene of the tragedy to investigate what really happened that night.
Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel
It’s been eight years since the opening night tragedy of Hell House LLC, and even so, many unanswered questions remain.
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October is an important month for many people who either love autumn or practices Pagan rituals and here we have our Wiccan Witch to explain to us about Samhain. Continue reading The Real Meaning Of Samhain
On Bookstagram of late last year, a new book was advertised and caught my attention. The book is loosely based on the true story of the Vardo Witch Trials.
About The Book
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave takes the readers to the island of Vardo. We are pulled into the very experience the witch trials caused in Vardø in the year 1621.
Through the eyes and mind of Maren, we see the stories of the women of Vardø. We also share the Commander’s wife’s point of view, Ursa, who is responsible for sending the authorities to the village.
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Devil, demons, and witchcraft are three things that we absolutely enjoy over at Gothic Bite, and our amazing witch, L.A. Maciel, is tackling the overall subject!
Ah…The Good Ole Burning Times!
The silvery light of the full moon shines down on a circle of nude people, dancing hand-in-hand around a bonfire. From the flames comes a being with the head of a horned goat on a man’s body, where its feet should be are hooves…
This is a typical scene when you look into the history of the Witch Hunts of Europe or if you’re part of the Neopagan movement, The Burning Times.
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Familiar is a word that starts gaining popularity among new comers in witchery and the paranormal. The popularization of the word comes from pop culture but it has a quite ancient meaning.
Familiars, What Are They?
You may have heard of the term “familiar spirits” in paranormal shows like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina or Supernatural, but this word is also mentioned nine times in The Bible. The first mention of this phrase is found in Leviticus 19:31:
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“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” King James’ Bible
Broom Closet: a term used by the Pagan community for those who haven’t yet revealed their religion to others.
Fear Of The Unknown
Quite a few years ago, I got an Awen tattoo on my index finger. When I returned to work a week later, a fellow employee—who was a Christian and was kind to me (before this incident)—asked what it stood for.
When I told them it was a symbol for inspiration and divine illumination for poets, writers, artists, and creatives, they asked about God [Christian God] and what I believed. She interrogated me, and I felt I couldn’t be honest, so I said whatever she wanted me to say, and I’ve been trying to hide my tattoos ever since.
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Welcome to our new weekly segment with L.A. Maciel and The Witch’s Corner! Here, you’ll find answer to questions about witchcraft you never thought about before!
A Witch’s Introduction
There’s a common phrase amongst writers that are writing about ourselves is difficult. I would have to agree. And it’s not just the concept of feeling narcissistic in this case.
It’s about self-preservation. You see, I am a witch. Well, I’m a pantheist pagan with animistic leanings, but I still practice witchcraft in one of its many forms. And this reality can cause problems.
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Do you remember the show Oddities? It used to play on Discovery back when it was reliable. I wish it’d come back for this reason!
The Official Show Summary
Obscura is not a typical antique shop! Here’s the summary.
Oddities is a half-hour documentary/reality television program that follows the operation of an East Village, Manhattan shop which trades in antiques and other rarities.
The show premiered on November 4, 2010, and airs on the Discovery Channel and its sister network, the Science Channel. — Wikipedia
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Recently I did some research about the demon called Beelzebub. Now, to continue on that path, I decided to turn to Abaddon. Both commonly confused as Satan.
Quite A Mixed Origin
The faces of Abaddon the demon angel because no one knows what he truly is. Abaddon is one name we can see on “The Devil” ‘s coin in the Netflix series, Lucifer.
However, it is wrong to refer to the king of Hell, Satan, as Abaddon or Beelzebub, for that matter. Abaddon is an angel himself and a demon of in his own rights.
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For the month of Halloween, our writer, James Vaughan, came up with this great idea of showing you how to make your very own dog bandana for Halloween! No reason to exclude our furry friends out of the Halloween fun!
No Rejection for the Furry Monsters!
Greetings, Biters. For this occasion, I thought I’d do something unique and teach you how to make one of my favorite projects a pet bandana.
After all, every witch has her cat, every demon needs a faithful hell hound, and what’s a Vampire without bats.
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Witchcraft is the practice of magical skills and abilities. Witchcraft is a broad term that varies culturally and societally, and thus can be difficult to define with precision. — Wikipedia
L.A. Maciel — The Witch
I’m from a small town in the middle of the redwood forest, three hours south of the Oregon border, which is why I’m an avid hiker and nature lover.
I was told at a young age that I would have been a SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome statistic. It is why I’m a Death Positive Advocate. Death has always been an inspiration to me, and it has influenced me in my everyday life.
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“The movement seeks to eliminate the silence around death-related topics, decrease anxiety surrounding death, and encourages more diversity in end of life care options available to the public.” — Wikipedia
Life Is Impermanent
I was initially going to write an article on “green funerals,” but I thought I’d do something different. You see, I can rant for hours about all the different ways you can handle your body after you die.
How to plan your funeral before you die, and so on. However, I think it would be beneficial to talk about why I find the Death Positivity Movement so important.
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Trinitarians work exclusively with the Goddess-inclusive Christian Pantheon. Now, let’s take a deep breathe and learn about what this is all about. Continue reading The Christian Witches
We’re in the Ghost month here at Gothic Bite Magazine and so I dug up a very interesting ghost story for you! Continue reading Living with the Dead
Imagine walking in a cemetery. The grass perfectly trimmed, the stairs swept, and the grave markers and tombstones are clean.
Your loved ones resting place is in good hands. This above is the job of a cemetery caretaker. Continue reading Memoirs of a Cemetery Caretaker
Gothic Bite Magazine is happy to wish all of their followers and readers a Happy New Year for 2019! Continue reading Happy New Year!