For those who have grown weary of marching, and frustrated with unchecked messages left on Paul Ryan’s voicemail, there may be a new way to resist: witchcraft.
Tonight at the stroke of midnight, witches all over the world will be performing a binding spell on Donald Trump. The ritual was proposed by a witch who wished to remain anonymous, and it spread quickly through the occult community worldwide, and now has a Facebook page. The idea is to continue to perform the spell at midnight on every waning crescent moon until Trump is out of office.
“This is like a rally. It’s a magical rally,” says Vicky Adams, owner of Hollywood occult shop, Panpipes, and a witch herself. “We’re gathering together to fight this fight.” She says the coordination around the world came together much like the Women’s Marches.
“The goal is to bind him and anyone who is supporting him from harming us,” Adams says. “Protecting him from himself, from harming us, from harming our world.”
Call it “practical magic,” (not to be confused with the Sandra Bullock/Nicole Kidman movie of the same name): simple, concrete ways that, practitioners say, can manipulate energy towards a desired result.
And you don’t have to be a witch to do it. For someone whose knowledge of witchcraft is cobbled together from multiple viewings of Hocus Pocus and the light-as-a-feather, stiff-as-a-board slumber party game (which never works, you guys), it’s possible to pull it together with items you might have lying around the house.
The full spell is outlined here. But if you’re looking for something simpler with fewer props, Adams suggests an orange candle, to represent Trump, a photo of him, and a white candle to light the photo on fire.
“Using the element of fire on the photo reduces him and his actions to dust,” says Adams.
The occult community is divided on the Trump spell, Adams says. There’s a Wiccan tenet that anything you put out into the world comes back to you threefold.
But Adams says that just isn’t true.
“There’s no basis for this threefold thing,” she says. “It’s totally fabricated.”
It may be difficult to tell if the spell has worked. In 1941, a group of voodoo practitioners gathered to put a hex on Adolf Hitler. Adams says that so many people casting the spell tonight will have a significant effect.
“It’s a mass burst of energy and it creates a huge shift,” she says.
But these things take time. They’re not parlor tricks, she adds. Like when those mean girls made that girl’s hair fall out in The Craft. That’s not real, right?
“Well…” Adams smiles and then looks away. “You can make someone’s hair fall out.”