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Campus witches practice magic

Campus witches practice magic

October 22
03:31 2015

Joshua Legarreta | Staff Writer

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After leaving Catholicism, Megan Martinez began researching witchcraft.

Martinez would soon find comfort in reading about spells and performing them, diving deeper into the craft after graduating high school and coming to UNT. While her mother was initially worried, Megan said she eventually understood when she saw there was no harm in it.

As a practicing Wiccan and witch, Martinez is not the average student. She said it’s just another facet of her life, though many may be wary of her beliefs.

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Megan spreads out her oracle deck and prepares to read cards. To select a card, she shuffles the deck until one stands out. Meagan Sullivan | Associate Visuals Editor

“Witchcraft isn’t a religion, it’s a lifestyle,” Martinez said. “Magic isn’t very theatrical.”

In witchcraft, magic is the core energy that drives all. Through the use of catalyst items – herbs, spices, and special rocks – witches can interact with the world around them in different ways, though the methods differ from person to person.

“There’s no right or wrong way to practice witchcraft,” Martinez said while sifting through her box of catalysts, including a curvy, black-handled knife known as an Athame. “I like to use magic to change stoplights, light my cigarettes, and heal people.”

Martinez’s friend Katherine, who requested to not have her last name mentioned for safety reasons, had a different experience getting into witchcraft because she grew up with it.

Katherine claims to have a blood lineage tracing back to the town of Salem in colonial Massachusetts, where infamous witch trials were once held. She said all of the women in her family are witches.

While Katherine said her family is secretive about their practice, she noted some differences between her and Martinez.

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A portion of Megan’s herb collection. Meagan Sullivan | Associate Visuals Editor

“Because both sides of my family practice witchcraft, we actually use two different styles,” Katherine said as she fiddled with a box of healing stones. “Magic is powerful to you, and that’s all that matters.”

Martinez and Katherine have never been personally attacked for their beliefs and practices, but the matter does not sit well with Heritage Grace Community Church member Wally Austin, who assists student preachers in their use of the designated free-speech areas on the UNT campus.

“I don’t see the need to pray to rocks, or whatever,” Austin said. “Everything that isn’t following Jesus is following the devil.”

Despite collective skepticism about Wiccans, Martinez and Katherine said most students’ reaction to finding out they’re witches is one of genuine curiosity.

“When people meet witches, they think ‘Where’s your big hat and the black cauldron?’” Martinez said. “Witchcraft isn’t always what it seems.”

Featured Image: Megan looks up the uses of Mugwort. Mugwort is an anesthetic and has anti-bacterial properties. Meagan Sullivan | Associate Visuals Editor

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  1. Chrystal
    Chrystal October 22, 08:51

    Sorry that Wally Austin is uncomfortable with something she doesn’t understand. Wiccan followers do not believe in a devil.

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  2. Ash
    Ash April 07, 16:57

    I am actually a Wiccan as well, and I am so thankful that there are other witches here at UNT. It truly is astounding that this is such an open campus, and that we are not attacked for our beliefs. 🙂

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