Donald Trump becoming POTUS may be one of the biggest shocks to the world in modern times. Since being elected, his presidency has been nothing short of chaotic, leaving many Americans feeling disillusioned.
Some make Youtube videos condemning the President, join protests and marches to deal with the pain; but some are taking it a step further. Witches are joining forces across America to prevent Trump from causing further harm.
The details of the “Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him” has been set out on this website and witches having been gathering outside Trump tower to carry it out. The first of the mass rituals was performed February 24 at the “stroke of midnight”, to put a stop to Trump and his cabinet’s “poisonous lies.”
The ritual is, “To be performed at midnight on every waning crescent moon until he is removed from office.” Some of the ingredients needed for the ritual include:
- An Unflattering photo of Trump (small)
- A Tower tarot card (from any deck)
- A Tiny stub of an orange candle – which can be substituted for a baby carrot.
Participants are told to carve the President’s full name on an orange candle stub and before reciting a six-verse incantation. They state that it is important to ground yourself after performing the ritual, "By having a good, hearty laugh, jumping up and down, clapping your hands, stomping your feet, and having a bite to eat. Grounding is very important—don’t neglect it. And remember—he hates people laughing at him."
Aside from subtle dig at the orange-like complexion of the President, the ritual states that they come in the name of justice, liberty, love, equality and peace. Joining their magic resistance is singer, Lana Del Rey who tweeted to promote the rituals, including a photograph of herself making a pagan signal with her hand. The tweet read, "At the stroke of midnight Feb 24, March 26, April 24, May 23. Ingredients can be found online."
The website that lays out the instructions of the ritual, by Michael Hughes, states that, "This document has been making the rounds in a number of magical groups both secretive and public. It was allegedly created by a member of a private magical order who wishes to remain anonymous."
The White Witch
I spoke to a self-proclaimed Witch from Massachusetts, USA, Jessica White AKA White Witch. Jessica is 31 years old and having been a pagan her entire life, decided to become a Witch 3 years ago. She explained what being a Witch really means,
"Witchcraft, is action-based, not belief-based. It exists as a practice, independent of religion. You can go through the motions of witchcraft (as in a spell or ritual) for literally no religious reason or solely for religious reasons. Actions are given meaning by the actor. Witchcraft is infused with religion (or lack thereof) by the witch."
Jessica told me how she didn't take part in this exact ritual for Trump but in the past carried out, "A binding for anyone in the government who is not there to represent the voters should get another job. Whether or not Trump is doing that is lost on me."
However, she firmly believes the binding can work, stating, "My views on magickal mechanics are deeply rooted in quantum theory and the phenomenon of non local communication, as well as the seemingly simple but infinitely complex fact that light is both a particle and a wave. Just that fact alone is mind blowing and should take anyone several days to fully process if they really dig in.
That's as far down as I'll go down the rabbit hole for now. The bottom line is we are all linked in this universe. Borders are only perceived. Everything we do impacts the universe around us."
Taking the opportunity to get an inside look into the view of an American citizen since the election, I asked Jessica what it has been like,
"I'm not the average American in that I don't engage in identity politics—I pay attention to actions, not words. If Trump does something good, I commend him. If he does something bad, I point out why it's a bad decision. Personally, I'm a socialist fighting for progressive reform. We need to catch up with the rest of the developed world and provide socialized healthcare and education for our people.
In short, it's not that different from Obama (yet), and we still have a very long way to go as a country. The only visceral difference I've noticed is prejudiced people are less hesitant to express their prejudice now. I've seen more confederate flags (the southern residually racist flag) than I'd ever seen under Obama. Conservatives also hide behind Trump's win now instead of engaging in conversation. For example, instead of talking about a subject rationally, it's just "Trump is your president. You have to do what he says." It makes it very difficult to reason with people. Or discuss anything, really."
Looking to the future I asked Jessica what her hopes and predictions are for America;
"I hope Hillary Clinton doesn't run in 2020. That, honestly, is my biggest hope. The woman is a political disaster who is destroying the Democratic Party. As for Trump, I'm not convinced he even wanted to be president in the first place, let alone run for a second term. He even went as far to say during his campaign that if he lost, the country would never see him again.
"In the next four years, I think we can expect an economic downturn, as former republican Congressman Ron Paul has written about. We are also likely to see a wave of austerity measures, in typical Republican fashion, that punish the poor and destitute. Trump has already slashed Meals on Wheels, a well-known national program that brings food to seniors at home. If Trumpcare passes, 14 million people will lose their health coverage within the next year, with an additional 10 million losing the coverage over the following decade. Trump also sided with big oil companies in the Dakota Access Pipeline issue, breaking a 150-year-old treaty with the Lakota Sioux tribe, forcing impoverished indigenous peoples to accept a dirty shale oil pipeline flowing directly under their drinking water source, a pipeline the white people of the area had earlier deemed too risky for their locale."
These are the sorts of decisions we can expect out of Trump, and they will not bode well for the average American. White Christian males with money should expect a great four years, however."