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October 25, 2013

Bewitched! North Andover woman has a spellbinding story to tell


The ‘Secret’ behind spellcasting

When the best-selling book “The Secret” came out in 2006, the world was suddenly abuzz with phrases like “intention” and “the power of positive thought.” The book, which discusses the power of our thoughts, was eye-opening for many people, but not for Deborah D’Onofrio.

“The things that people do now, witches have done for ages,” Deborah D’Onofrio said. “A spell is just a very clear intention. We shape the life we want.”

Halloween vs. Samhain

Halloween falls at the same time of year as Samhain (pronounced “sow-in”), a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest and the beginning of the darker time of year.

“At this time of year, the veil between the worlds is thinnest,” Deborah D’Onofrio said.

For those who follow witchcraft, Samhain is the new year.

“We’re coming into dark times,” D’Onofrio said. “If you live close to the seasons, you go inward during a time of darkness. It’s also a time for us to celebrate and connect with our ancestors,” she said.

Just as there are many different beliefs about witchcraft, there are many different ways to celebrate the holiday. Many celebrations incorporate meditations, divination and tea cakes, also known as soul cakes.

Want to learn more?

During the holiday season, Deborah D’Onofrio will host a number of classes, covering everything from lunar cycles and giving gratitude, to building your intuition. For more information, visit or call 978-873-1346.

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