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Issue 10 Autumn 2023





A Froome with a View - Joyce Froome

‘A poor wisht mortal’: examination of a dialect term - Rupert White

Moon, Magic and Myth - Frances Billinghurst

Give us good harvest! Ritual vs The Wicker Man - A. Nother Peller

Patricia Kopinski and Alex Sanders: a brief love affair? - Melissa Seims and William Wallworth

A Grimoire of Scrying - Sandra Huber

Hexhibition - Christine Sefolosha & Cathy Ward

Lifting Manannan’s Cloak: Witches, Fairies, and Gerald Gardner on the Isle of Man (pt.2) - John Callow

The Good Shepherd in Norfolk - Alice Kerridge-Crick

Legba - Louise Fenton and Adam Kissira

Modern Survivals of Old Beliefs - L.J. Dickinson (1917)



Dan Harms on magic, magical manuscripts and witch bottles - Rupert White


Issue 9 Spring 2023





Wood lore: from Kingley Vale to the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic - Helen Cornish

The Slúagh Sidhe of Samhain: Rediscovering pagan soul flight - Ben H. Gagnon

“By Father, Son, and Holy Ghost”: Christian Elements in the Making and Manipulation of Curse Dolls - Martin Duffy

Home Rites - Cathy Ward

My love affair with the Burney Relief - Daniel Bran Griffith

Lifting Manannan’s Cloak: Witches, Fairies, and Gerald Gardner on the Isle of Man Pt1- Dr John Callow

Angelic Discipline: A Foucauldian exploration of Restriction in the Abramelin - Alejandra Villegas

Whispers and Images from Dumblecott - Melissa Seims

Cornwall’s Midsummer Bonfires - Rupert White

Monica Sjöö: Mother-in-Love - Annie Johnston

St Osyth Witchcraft and Cunning - Alex Langstone

Pilgrimage along the Mary Line: Re-enactment - Sarah Hartnett and Lucy Stein

Two Devonshire Curses - R. Dymond (1876)



Ceri Houlbrook on coin-trees, love-locks and witch-bottles


Issue 8 Autumn 2022





Travels of a Folk Saint: A Transnational History of Santa Muerte - Nicole Spitzer

Breaking Boundaries: Choosing to meet the World Soul - Ian Chambers

The Magick and Mystery of Maurice/Margaret Bruce - Melissa Seims

Wearing my last skin: Leonora Carrington’s ‘My Mother is a Cow’ - K.A. Laity 

The Britton herb collection at the MoWM - Rupert White

Go tell it to the Bees - Christine Iverson

North Sea Water in my veins - Imelda Almqvist

What colour is three o’clock? Ithell Colquhoun and synaesthesia - Richard Shillitoe

Petrosomatoglyphs - Alex Langstone

Monica Sjöö: Spirit Mother, Earth Weaver - Una Hamilton Helle

Zombies in the Golden Age of Hollywood - Dr Louise Fenton




Prof. Owen Davies on Cunning Folk, Grimoires and Folklore today



Issue 7 Spring 2022





Rocky Valley Labyrinths: an invitation to cross the threshold - Helen Cornish

Literary Witches of the Twenties: Sylvia Townsend Warner, Lolly Willowes and the Loving Huntsman -
Dr. Rebecca Beattie

A For Sale Notice: Thigh Bone Trumpet - Ben Fernlee

An Gwyr Erybyn an Bys: Chairs, Rounds and Circles in Bardic Cornwall (continued) - Alan M. Kent

Bessie Brooks’ Divination Mat - Ash William Mills

How Cornish was the witchcraft of the Cornish Witchfinder, William Paynter? - Rupert White

Taking the Cunning Across the Pond - Elwynn of The Antlered Crown

The Coven of Atho, Doreen Valiente and Alex Sanders - Melissa Seims

The Hound of Abnoba - Ryan McClain

The Evolution of Haitian Vodou - Dr Louise Fenton

Wartime Charms - Kirstie Ryder

Footsteps of Former Men: Holacombe - Revd. Robert Hawker (1870)




Steve Patterson on Gwithti an Pystri & The Museum of Folklore and Magic


Issue 6 Autumn 2021



The Saltmarsh Devil of Old Essex - Alex Langstone

A Manx Legacy - Melissa Seims

The Mystic, the Hare-Cursed Witch and the Cunning Man: Mary Webb’s Contribution to Esoteric Literature - Dr Rebecca Beattie

Spirit of the Hedgerow - Sarah Hartnett & Lucy Stein

Cornish Charms: origins and originality - Rupert White

Witchcraft on Vinyl - Melanie Xulu

An Gwyr Erybyn an Bys: Chairs, Rounds and Circles in Bardic Cornwall - Alan M. Kent

 “But ghosts and witches still walk …”James Wentworth Day – collector of folkloric tales from the East Anglian landscape - Steve Patterson

Liber Spirituum (and a magical memoir) - Paul Huson





Gemma Gary on Cecil Williamson, Bucca & Morvoren




Issue 5 Spring 2021



Wisdom from the Wilderness: Using the Fae to Re-enchant the Landscape in a Time of Crisis - Francesca Bihet

The Herb and the Lady under the Elder at Noon: Analysis of an Early Modern Magical Ritual - Dan Harms

Action Stations: the film career of Cecil Williamson - Rupert White

Horse Brasses: their use in Divination and Spellwork - Kate Collison

Gerald Gardner’s four books of Wicca - Steve Patterson

Relics of the People: Ossuary Remains in Post-Medieval European Folk Practice - Tom Farrow

A Curious Discourse - Melissa Seims

All Hallows and Allantide: A glimpse into the customs and folklore of a Cornish Halloween - Alex Langstone

Black Mass at Clophill? - Kevin Gates

Occult and New Age Spirituality Bookshops as Sites for the Production and Exchange of Rejected Knowledge in the UK, c. 1893 - c. 1993 - Dr. Shai Feraro

Covid-19 Diary - away from Pilgrimage - Lucy Stein & Sarah Hartnett



Philip Heselton on Earth Mysteries, Gerald Gardner and the New Forest Coven


Issue 4  Autumn 2020





The Sasabonsam of the Asante - Marti Dean

Goddess in Cornwall 2000-2020 - Cheryl Straffon

Pilgrimage along the lesser travelled Mary Line pt2: Lostwithiel to Glastonbury - Sarah Hartnett & Lucy Stein

The Easthorpe Witches, Essex Folk-Magic and the Sheela-na-gig - Alex Langstone

Disorientated in time, place and person: Ithell Colquhoun’s unpublished occult novel Destination Limbo - Richard Shillitoe

The Three Hares Project - Dr Tom Greeves

A Little Frog: Transference of disease in The Wicker Man - Rupert White

Pious Pixie: The Life of Pamela Colman Smith - Dawn G Robinson

A curious tale of Odin and his horses in a Devon Churchyard -Tony Whitehead

‘Nerdcraft’: Witchcraft, Witch-Hunts, and the Occult in Dungeons and DragonsTM - Julia Hall

Cursed and haunted dolls at Greyfriars Kirkyard – Dr Louise Fenton

Untitled (photo-feature) - Gemma Gary & Jane Cox



Ronald Hutton on Cecil Williamson and rewriting Wicca



Issue 3  Spring 2020



Ithell Colquhoun’s Magic of the Living Earth - Amy Hale

Celtic origins of gnomes in the Netherlands - Wilmar Taal

Snowshill - The Unfinished Tarot Clock - Mark Hewitt

A Ghost Laying in Welford, West Berkshire - Ian Miller

Anger’s Letter - Rupert White

Hauntology, the Numinous, the uncanny and the labyrinth of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic - Steve Patterson

Horsewitchery: a brief sojourn into the magical connection of man and horse - Iain Marshall

Pilgrimage along the lesser travelled Mary Line: Carn Les Boel to Crowan - Lucy Stein & Sarah Hartnett

The Witches’ Tarot - Simon Wood

The Devonshire Devils: The Necromantic Experiments of Humphrey Gilbert and John Davis - Phil Legard

A Tale of Two Poppets - Louise Fenton



Jo Carson on Ferafaria and the film ‘A Dance for the Goddess’




Issue 2    Autumn 2018



'A Froome with a View' - Joyce Froome


The Cunning-Folk’s Chrismon? Reginald Scot’s Eight-Armed Seals - Phil Legard

The Viking Völva or Wise Woman - Cecilia Orning

Some notes on witchcraft from Mrs. Batson’s Welford Scrapbooks - Ian Miller

‘Peller’ and related terms: an analysis of two-hundred years of newspaper articles - Rupert White

The Cunning Folk of Sussex - Martin Duffy

The Witch Sticks of Finchingfield - Alex Langstone

Very Superstitious: The William James Clarke Charm Collection - Jennifer Dunne

Remembering Eric Maple - Iain Marshall

The Influence of J.H.W. Eldermans on Bob Richel - Wilmar Taal

Shades of the Craft in Bram Stoker’s Dracula - Walter C. Cambra

Where did all the Magic go? A sideways look at the impact, or otherwise, of the Norman Conquest on magic in Britain - M E Beardsley

The Alexandrian Witchcraft Online Archive and Timeline - Sharon Day

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn: What a Victorian Magician needed to know to become an Adept - Elaine Bailey

A Closer Look at Object Number 2741, a Talisman or Amulet of Mars - Alexander Cummins

Objects Created by ‘a Student while under Instruction by Aleister Crowley’ aka the Steffi Grant Collection - Judith Hewitt



Issue 1    Autumn 2017   (Edited by Peter Hewitt)




‘A Froome with a View’ - Joyce Froome

The Spider Web


Steve Patterson - The Mystery of the ‘Witchcraft Research Centre’

Rupert White - This Charming Man: F.T. Nettleinghame and his Piskey-empire

Graham E. Hill - A Neolithic stone idol found in Cornwall

The Chattering Magpie, Summoner of the Hearth of the Turning Wheel - Banishing, Binding and Cursing

Melanie Xulu - The Mass Hexing of Donald Trump: A Brief History …

Object of Interest - Hillary Clinton Doll

Alan Jones - Reclaiming the Magician

Samantha Southern - ‘A Letter to Nathaniel Higginson’

Joshua Rushton - Reading Love Magic in Sixteenth-Century Italy: The Cases of Lucrezia the Greek and Andriana Savorgnan

Rebekah Elvidge - A Journey into Paganism

Peter Hewitt - Collecting and fashioning magical objects with Cecil Williamson


instructions to authors:

If you wish to contribute to the next issue of The Enquiring Eye, please submit your article via email to the editor or by post to The Enquiring Eye, Museum of Witchcraft & Magic, The Harbour, Boscastle, Cornwall PL35 0HD. We have a few guidelines:

  • Articles can be on any topic to do with witchcraft, paganism, folklore and magic.
  • Articles can be any length from a couple of paragraphs to a couple of pages or more (maximum c4000 words).
  • Articles should be written in conventional, coherent prose. Poetry or 'creative writing' can be considered, but is unlikely to be published.
  • Pictures can be included but please inform us if there are any possible copyright issues. They will probably be reproduced in black and white.
  • Please also let us know if the article has been, or is likely to be, published elsewhere.
  • References would be appreciated, but are not essential.
  • There won’t be any financial remuneration for articles submitted or published.
  • We like to publish biographical information about each contributor, so please include this as well.







The award-winning Museum of Witchcraft and Magic (MWM) in Cornwall, which was first established in 1961, explores British magical practice, making comparisons with other systems of belief, from ancient times to the present day. It aims to represent the diversity and vigour of magical practice respectfully, accurately and impartially through unique, entertaining and educational exhibitions, drawing upon cutting-edge scholarship along with the insights of magical practitioners.


editor:  rupertwhite1(at)