Thousands of self-proclaimed “witches” will gather together on October 25 to cast a “binding” spell on President Donald Trump in an effort to stop “his malignant works.”
According to CBN News, this spell is hardly the first that Wiccans have cast on the administration. Since Trump’s inauguration, witches have met together in masses to hold rituals for “the protection of immigrants and refugees, reproductive rights, anti-fascism, and the protection of the earth.”
This spell will take place at 11:59 pm and is not intended to harm Trump, simply bind him. Thousands of people across the world have gathered at previous rituals and organizers anticipate just as large of a showing.
“Knowing thousands of people are gathering together at the same time from all over the world to do this ritual and to put our beliefs and our desires into sharp focus, and to do that ritualistically, I think that has a really powerful effect,” Michael Hughes, a self-described magical thinker and activist told the Washington Examiner.
Many of these witches believe that their spells are working, manifested in the Democratic attempt to impeach Trump, and that casting them makes them feel empowered after the election. They have also attempted the same rituals against other powerful leaders, such as Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
But several spiritual authorities warn people from being pulled into the event.
“Some [people] may be doing it thinking it’s just fun, but they are gambling with evil, and just because their motive is one way doesn’t mean they’re not opening up any entry point for evil in their own life,” Father Vincent Lampert, a Roman Catholic priest and designated exorcist of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis said. “I think evil will present itself as something good, maybe initially to attract people’s attention, to draw people in, but then ultimately people are going to discover it’s all about fracturing their lives.”
According to studies, witchcraft is on the rise in the US. Between 1990 and 2008, Wicca grew from 8,000 adherents to 340,000. A 2014 Pew study put that number at an estimated 1.5 million people.
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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine.