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Massachusetts “bodywork” bill could impact some spiritual practices

Bill S. 168 that is currently being considered with the objective of deterring human trafficking and providing more safety to the public when seeking the services of a massage therapist or “bodyworker” contains some potentially problematic language and definitions.

Practices like Reiki, and Qi Gong, frequently involve little, if any, actual physical touching between an instructor/practitioner in practice, and in many cases are part of a defined spiritual practice.

Source: Massachusetts “bodywork” bill could impact some spiritual practices | The Wild Hunt

Christians, Pagans Compete (Gently) for Salem’s Souls

Author: G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Source: News OK

Wire Service: RNS

Paying customers were lined up outside witch houses and psychic parlors when 20-year-old Casey Sholes of Willimantic, Conn., finally stumbled across a place offering dream interpretations for free.


Inside, two interpreters at “The Vault” assured the aspiring nurse that despite her weird dream, the Creator has blessed her with special talents and a heart for the elderly.

Group Spreading Word About Civil Rights of Witches

Author: Joe O’Connell

Source: Salem News

Project Witches Protection has very little money, relies heavily on volunteers and promotes a message that often falls on deaf ears.

But the anti-defamation organization trucks on, stuffing hundreds of envelopes at Laurie Cabot’s witch shop every month to send to authorities across the state. Inside the envelopes is literature designed to inform people about the civil rights of witches.

Formerly known as the Witches League for Public Awareness, the group is on a mission to educate every mayor, town clerk and police chief in Massachusetts.

“You’d be surprised, people don’t realize it’s a real religion,” said Cabot, who is president of Project Witches Protection. “We need to let the authorities know so they can step up to the plate and protect witches.”

On Pagan Pride Day, Visibility for the Occult

Author: Erin Ailworth

Source: The Boston Globe

It was Old World beliefs meeting modern-day lifestyles.

Pagans gathering by a pond inside Harold Parker State Forest in North Andover socialized to the persistent pop of gunfire from a nearby hunting club. Witches in jeans and Crocs were elbow-to-wand with heathens and druids, vampires and those just beginning on their spiritual quest.

The gathering yesterday was among many Pagan Pride Day celebrations being held in autumn worldwide for the 10th consecutive year.

Carol Fairbank, organizer for the celebrations in Eastern Massachusetts, said she expected at least 1,000 to enjoy the entertainment and more than a dozen educational workshops inside Harold Parker State Forest.

Letting Witches Be Witches in Salem

Author: David Van Biema

Source: Time,8599,1654386,00.html?cnn=yes

Should you find your way up to Salem, Mass., this Halloween season, your chances of encountering a psychic are up — and the odds that that he or she has a felony record are down. That, for those of you who were too drowned in multimedia Harry Potter to notice, is the news from the real town where some estimate every tenth person is a witch.

In June, the Salem town council eased its rules on fortune tellers — or, to be more specific, those locals who are engaged in “the

telling of fortunes, forecasting of futures, or reading the past, by means of any occult, psychic power, faculty, force, clairvoyance, cartomancy, psychometry, phrenology, spirits, tea leaves, tarot cards, scrying, coins, sticks, dice, coffee grounds, crystal gazing or other such reading, or through mediumship, seership, prophecy, augury, astrology, palmistry, necromancy, mind-reading, telepathy or other craft, art, science, talisman, charm, potion, magnetism, magnetized article or substance, or by any such similar thing or act.”

Salem may have been where witches were once tried and executed by puritans, but — thanks to the magic of branding — it has since become a mecca for witches and others involved in the occult arts, as well as for tourists. Around a hundred thousand tourists descend on the town every Halloween season.