About Witchipedia

The Witchipedia is an online encyclopedia of witchcraft, magick and the occult. It was originally created in 2006, moved to the Wikidot server in 2009 and moved to Wordpress in 2019. The Witchipedia was created to be an online reference and collection of magical and spiritual information and resources for Witches, Pagans, Heathens and anyone on a magical spiritual path. It is not meant to provide any services or training, it is a reference.


How it all started?

It all started with an assignment. When Dawn Black was in college, a professor challenged their students to each produce a one-page summary of a scientific journal article in easy-to-understand language, free of jargon, weekly.

Dawn’s Gemini brain loved this assignment. It was a wonderful thought challenge that sent her down a rabbit hole of additional studies and references that often distilled down to very simple concepts. The exercise helped Dawn understand each concept better too!

When the class was over, Dawn continued writing summaries, applying them to her personal occult studies.

Dawn had been practicing magick since she was a teenager and knew that it was a set of skills that anyone could learn, but she found that many available books and online sources were full of jargon, assumptions and symbolism that hid these simple concepts and made it difficult for people who did not already understand them to grasp; not unlike a scientific journal article.


Dawn Black, the founder of Witchipedia

Initially, Dawn created these summaries for her own reference and stored them on her blog. Soon she was writing articles according to other peoples’ requests and providing links to definitions of terms to ensure these people could understand them.

As Dawn dipped her toe into the larger magical community and was ridiculed for mispronouncing words, she realized how important these words could be to helping other people entering the community. Her collection quickly outgrew her blog and needed its own home.

Thus, the Witchipedia was born.

Witchipedia Today

Since then, it has only grown until it became much too large for just one person. After a few volunteer assistants and some failed attempts at partnerships, Dawn’s life had changed a great deal since college and she was feeling overwhelmed.

The Witchipedia began to languish.  Only its wonderful Patrons were keeping it afloat with their donations to pay for its hosting fees.

Then, one day, the folks from Magickal Spot reached out to Dawn and offered to take over the administration of the Witchipedia while keeping her on as a writer.

Dawn was cautious and suspicious, but as they talked, they realized that they had the same goals in mind and that by releasing the Witchipedia to the Magickal Spot team, she could better serve it and the community by focusing her energies on her own talents, writing, teaching, and explaining.

And so, Witchipedia is now brought to you by The Magickal Spot.

Meet Dawn Black

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I believe it is my duty as a cunning woman to help heal our natural systems and I use regenerative farming methods and foster daily habits to minimize my household’s impact on the environment. I am obsessed with plants and ethnobotany, I am a fabulous cook and I enjoy tabletop roleplaying games and youth fantasy novels.

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

Our Mission

We want to help people worldwide understand and practice the art of Witchcraft!

Since creating this website as a college assignment, Witchipedia has grown to reach hundreds of thousands of aspiring witches and wizards.

Additional Information

The Witchipedia is free and will always be free. You will never be asked to pay for membership or the privilege of reading or sharing on this site. The Witchipedia is updated and maintained by volunteer members and its hosting fees are paid for through advertising. We regret that this is necessary and hope it doesn’t interfere too much with your experience. We try to provide useful and unobtrusive ads and will never employ pop-ups or annoying video ads. Likewise, we will also always try to avoid anything fancy or flashy as far as content so that the information you are looking for will load for you quickly and efficiently. See our disclosure-statement for more information about how we use advertising to pay our bills.

The Witchipedia is a collaborative, open-source resource for Pagans, witches, Wiccans and occultists providing information about Pagan and Heathen religions, past and present, the occult, magic and the magical community. We strive to provide equal treatment of all occult subjects and magical paths from high magic to low magic, left-hand paths, white magic, and black magic. The information here is provided for educational purposes only. You should seek out a member of the Pagan clergy to learn more about individual Pagan religions and use your own ethical judgment before performing any magic spells or enchantments or engaging in discourse with spirits. This is not a guide book, merely a reference.

Our writers and editor strive to provide the most accurate Pagan, occult and magical information available but errors may occur. A “comment” feature is available on nearly every page for your convenience should you wish to provide corrections or ask for clarification on any article. Or, consider signing on as an editor or writer to help make this the biggest and best source of magical, occult, and Pagan information on the web!

Also, please visit our sister site

The Sacred Hearth

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Except where otherwise noted, Witchipedia by Dawn Black is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.