At the time of the waning crescent moon in February, individuals gathered at midnight in various locations all over the world to create their own sacred space. Wiccans and even Christians, Kabbalah practitioners, a teacher, a lawyer and a scientist ? all admitted being drawn by a common purpose. Some were not quite sure why they were there but admitted they would try anything. As they say, desperate times call for desperate measures.
Those who cannot come to the spaces, the solitary ones, sanctified their own corner at home or at work. But at the exact time, all of them, no matter their location or levels of doubt, prepared several items for the mass ritual, but three --- a Tower tarot card, a small orange candle and an unflattering photo of Trump --- stood out for the most obvious reasons.
For those who haven't heard of the story, last month, hundreds of people gathered in different places to cast a spell binding Trump, as well as those (supporters) who abet him, from hurting others. The "others," in this case, meant the people, the environment, or any other form of creation that has been or yet to be impacted by Trump?s questionable policy decisions. The others also include those who have been at the receiving end of a controversial executive order or Tweet. Michael Hughes, a writer and magical thinker, posted information on the spell components as well as spell casting guidelines, In his post, he said the spells are open source and "can be modified to fit one?s preferred spiritual practice or magical system."
Less than two months into the current presidency and people are already invoking magical resistance to counteract whatever is happening with the president and his cabal of shadowy advisers. People usually call on some magical or divine intervention after they have exhausted all means to address the issue or they have reached a "desperate" point in their life.
In the past, people would not even talk about witchcraft or spell casting without adding a dismissive "and you actually believe that?" Apparently, with the volatile political climate, people are more inclined to support alternative forms of resistance with the hope of invoking the power of collective consciousness to create change. In fact, the Facebook group created for the ritual has already amassed more than 10,000 likes, and the hashtag (#magicalresistance) has been spreading like wildfire across social media platforms.
While the future of the U.S. and the world hang in the balance, don?t laugh when I say "I'm with team witches and warlocks here." At this point, I am now tired of reading the news about Trump's executive orders, fairy tale wall, alternative facts and his numerous diplomatic faux pas. And in our bizarro universe where trolls and orange entities reign supreme, any group of people pushing for change deserve support.
Hell, I might even light an orange candle on the next waning moon.
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