A woman named Astrea writes a blog called "Starlight Witch." Describing herself as a "polytheistic pagan," she offers her followers detailed instructions about how to cast spells on President Donald Trump.
She makes her incantations at the stroke of midnight, Eastern Standard Time, when the moon is just a tiny crescent. First she calls on several of her favorite "warrior goddesses," and then lights a candle.
Then she declares: "I beseech thee in my name and in the name of all who walk, crawl, swim, or fly; in the name of all the trees, the forests, streams, deserts, rivers and seas; in the name of Justice and Liberty and Love and Equality and Peace! Bind them in chains. Bind their tongues! Bind their works! Bind their wickedness!"
Astrea claims that more than 30,000 witches and pagans engage in this ritual monthly. It may seem far-fetched, but witchcraft has become a political movement in this country, fueled by fear and—in some cases—feminist anger.
- An organization called Witch the Vote seeks to mobilize pagans to become political activists. On its website, which offers "Witch the Vote" pins, buttons and tote bags, it urges followers to vote for the most "progressive" candidates—and includes in its list of favorites Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kelly Fryer (who is described by Witch the Vote as "a true witch"), Texas Democrat Collin Allred and numerous congressional candidates from New York and Massachusetts.
- Last month, author Michael M. Hughes released a book called Magic for the Resistance: Rituals and Spells for Change. Reviewers describe it as "a fascinating look at how the occult arts can be used to promote progressive politics and social change."
- A group known as The Magic Resistance encourages regular gatherings to cast spells on President Trump. Through their Facebook page, they recently encouraged similar "hexing" of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process. Those who participated were asked to light a white candle, place a justice tarot card on an altar and then wrap black thread around a paper doll—symbolizing Kavanaugh. A pagan bookstore in Brooklyn, New York, also hosted a recent "Hex Kavanaugh" event to stop the nominee from winning confirmation.
- An article published this month in Vox magazine says modern-day witches are using rituals not only to influence elections but also to bring healing to themselves if they are discouraged by the current political scene. One Wiccan group prescribed a "gratitude spell" for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual abuse during his confirmation hearings. The spell involves pouring salt in the hand, writing "I believe you" on a sheet of paper, pouring the salt on the paper and then picturing Ford reading the note.
- Katelan Foisy, a Native American artist, told Vox that she engages in a ritual that involves the Deer Woman, a female spirit that is common in Native legends. The Deer woman, she explained, was raped and left for dead—but she returned to drive her attackers insane and to eventually kill them. "I call on Deer Woman to aid in these times," Foisy said. "I call on my ancestors to rise up and expose the truth."
What do we make of all this? I've lived through 12 presidents, and I've never known the spiritual climate to be so intense that witches were casting spells on the White House. In light of this strange phenomenon, there are three things the Christian community should remember:
- The pagan/Wiccan community needs Christ. We shouldn't be angry at people who seek to manipulate our nation with witchcraft. A growing segment of the American population claims no religious affiliation—and they are open to any and every dark spiritual influence. They need to hear about the love of Jesus. Don't be threatened by witches—they need God's mercy just like everyone else.
- Witchcraft is no match for God's power. We know from the story of Elijah that the prophets of Baal couldn't call fire from heaven, no matter how loud they chanted their incantations. The Bible says of idols: "They have mouths, but they cannot speak" (Psalm 115:5). Witchcraft is actually a cruel hoax. Those who trust in the power of hexes, spells and the occult will be disappointed.
- The prayers of faithful Christians can move heaven and earth. Our nation is waiting to see real fire fall. This miracle happens when God's people pray in the name of Jesus. We don't have to throw salt, wait for the stroke of midnight or for a crescent moon, or build a weird altar. Jesus made us this promise in John 15:7: "If you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it shall be done for you."
There is power in the name of Jesus! In this challenging season of America's history, let's lift our voices together and raise up a tidal wave of prayer that will drive out spiritual darkness.
J. Lee Grady was editor of Charisma for 11 years before he launched into full-time ministry in 2010. Today he directs The Mordecai Project, a Christian charitable organization that is taking the healing of Jesus to women and girls who suffer abuse and cultural oppression. Author of several books including 10 Lies the Church Tells Women, he has just released his newest book, Set My Heart on Fire, from Charisma House. You can follow him on Twitter at @LeeGrady or go to his website, themordecaiproject.org.
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