10 Real Life Witches, Warlocks, and Vampires
During the Halloween season, we are constantly inundated with fictional witches, warlocks, and vampires; from 'Twilight' to 'True Blood' to 'Harry Potter,' Hollywood loves a good tale about these preternatural creatures. Not all witches and vampires are sparkly, imaginary creatures. Here are 10 people who claim to have powers from beyond.... SPOOKY!
Laurie Cabot: "the Official Witch of Salem"
Laurie Cabot has been a staple in the Salem, Massachusetts Pagan community for years. Her store, The Official Witch Shoppe, has recently closed its doors, but will still live on as an internet store. She is the founder of the Cabot Kent Hermetic Temple, which teaches its practitioners to live proudly and with integrity as witches. Oh, and she was in the music video for Godsmack's hit song 'Voodoo,' which obviously takes her legit level straight to the max.
Another famous member of the Witch City's Pagan community, Lori Bruno is renowned for being a Hereditary Sicilian Strega and High Priestess as well as being skilled in psychic readings. Patricia Cornwell even based her Dr. Kay Scarpetta character off Bruno because she can see "beyond the veil."
She is the founder of Our Lord and Lady of the Trinarcrian Rose Church and has been a guest on the 'Hex Education' podcast since 2009. Lori started out performing readings at the store Hex: Old World Witchcraft and Witchery but has recently announced that she will open her own store, called Magika where Laurie Cabot's shoppe once stood.
Christian Day: The infamous warlock of Salem
Despite numerous haters, Day is one of the most successful Pagans in the Witch City. In Salem, he owns both Hex: Old World Witchcraft and Witchery as well as its sister-store, Omen. Plus, Christian Day has recently opened up Hex New Orleans. He is the author of 'The Witches Book of the Dead,' runs the 'Hex Education' podcast and is one of the founders of the biggest events in the Witch City during the month of October: the Festival of the Dead.
This warm and caring Salem Witch is easily recognized due to her appearances on TLC's 'What Not to Wear', but she is also known for her stunning psychic abilities. She is the High Priestess of the Raven Moon Coven and a good friend to both Christian Day and Lori Bruno. Marrama is one of the most sought-after readers at the Annual Psychic Fair in Salem, and also runs the Mourning Tea ceremonies at Festival of the Dead with Sandra Mariah Power as well as Messages from the Spirit World: Salem's Only Authentic Seance.
Michelle Belanger: Psychic Vampire
This psychic vampire, best known for her appearances on the now-defunct A&E show "Paranormal State,' is also an accomplished author as well -- she's written 'The Psychic Vampire Codex' and 'The Ghost Hunter's Survival Guide.' She is also the founder of House Kheperu, which is a group that brings members together who are determined to seek their own spiritual truth. House Kheperu is best known for its open house in the late spring and has many workshops and activities for Pagans, psychic vampires, or Muggles like you and me who are curious about how the other half lives.
Grimmassi is best known for his work on Stregheria, also known as La Vecchia Religione or The Old Religion. He is the co-directing elder for the Ash, Birch and Willow tradition of witchcraft and is also an accomplished author. He is best known for 'Italian Witchcraft: The Old Religion of Southern Europe' and 'Old World Witchcraft: Ancient Ways for Modern Days.'
Ever wonder how Wicca and Paganism hit the mainstream? Gardner is directly responsible for helping to popularize Wicca and Paganism in the 1950s and 1960s and was known to be an accomplished author as well as a witch. The most popular of his books was 'The Gardnerian Book of Shadows,' which is considered a key text in Pagan magical practices. He was initiated into the New Forest Coven by Dorothy Clutterbuck in 1939, and wound up becoming an active spokesperson for the Pagan community.
Raymond Buckland: Father of American Wicca
Buckland has been an active occultist for over 50 years now. He is directly responsible for introducing the Wiccan religion to the United States. Buckland hails from an English Romany family and currently resides in Ohio. He has written close to 60 books, including 'Buckland's Book of Gypsy Magic' and 'Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft' and has lectured all across America on occult topics.
Best known for his books on Neo-Wicca, especially 'Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner,' Cunningham was skilled at taking sometimes difficult or abstract concepts found in Wicca and Paganism and making them easy to understand. He felt Wicca shouldn't be so secretive and its teachings should be accessible to all, which sparked some controversy. For a time, he studied under Raven Grimmassi's wing and was an active practitioner of magic for over 20 years. Cunningham passed away due to lymphoma, but his books are still around today.
Best known for his store in Staten Island called Practical Magick, this witch who hails from Laurie Cabot's tradition is currently making waves in the NYC Pagan community. He is currently hosting a workshop dedicated to learning how to communicate with your ancestors and will be running the Psychic Night at the Lake Club Restaurant in Staten Island. He is also the founder of the First Annual Staten Island Halloween Witches' Ball. Eadicicicco is also known for his Reiki healing sessions, psychic readings, and tarot card readings.