Various items used to cast spell
Witchcraft has seen a huge boost in popularity during the Trump administration.

President Trump’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis sent shockwaves through the world of politics. As the president’s aides scrambled to figure out how the president could have been exposed to the deadly disease, one group believes they might be responsible for the president’s ailment: witches.

President Trump’s diagnosis came in the evening hours of October 1st, under a full moon that just so happened to be the 2020 harvest moon - the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. October is also a historically witchy month, with the prominent pagan holiday of Samhain falling on October 31st. 

For witches who’ve been casting spells and hexes to stop Trump, the curious timing of his diagnosis seemed like a sure sign that their magic was successful. And the incident did not go unnoticed. 

Spells and witchcraft are generally looked upon with a suspicious eye from the non-magic community, but that’s one, well, hex of a coincidence. Could this be proof that they actually work?

MAGA v. Magic

Ask the witch community, and they'll tell you yes - sort of.

Those who practice magic tend to oppose the Trump platform, In fact, they’ve been fighting MAGA with magic since even before his presidency began. 

Some 13,000+ witches consider themselves part of the Magic Resistance, and they regularly come together in-person and digitally to cast binding spells and hexes on the president. The movement is so popular that there's even been a book written on the subject. 

Never without a sense of humor, some of the materials required for hexing Trump include an unflattering photo of Trump, a tower tarot card, and a tiny stub of an orange candle.

Perhaps emboldened by their anti-Trump spells and hexes, these practitioners of the occult have branched out to other aspects of politics and culture in recent years.

Earlier this year, at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd, witches were casting spells to hex the police. The hashtag #WitchesForBLM gained an astonishing 10 million views on TikTok, showing the growing power and reach of a movement once considered extremely niche.

Hexing the Patriarchy

But for many witches, the movement is often less about sincere belief in magic and more about finding community - and hope - in female-dominated spaces as faith in the patriarchal establishment plummets.

Pam Grossman, a popular witch and host of The Witch Wave podcast, minces no words. She believes “that feminine power needs to be generated and raised up to counteract [Trump’s] sexist, misogynist administration."

“Witchcraft is feminism, it’s inherently political,” says Gabriela Herstik, another popular witch and writer. “It’s always been about the outsider, about the woman who doesn’t do what the church or patriarchy wants.”

With that perspective, it’s easy to see why the witchcraft movement has had such a meteoric rise in the last four years: It’s a direct response to feelings of oppression and a need for community from a group of people who feel they’ve been left behind. 

Kate Doucette, a member of the Magic Resistance, said that “for me, the practice of a community getting together for a common goal kind of filled something in me."

Looking at it that way, is witchcraft really that different from any other faith?

70 comments

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    My Wiccan mentor (a natural hereditary Witch, and a Gypsy) told me forty years ago that all Wiccans are Witches, but not all Witches are Wiccan. There are also far more practitioners of magick than Witches and Wiccans, such as sorcerers and wizards, and others. Although a Christian will never say that the power of prayer is a form of magick,I know otherwise. Another form of magick, and a very powerful one, is called the Jewish Kabala. So don't blame Trumpelstiltskin's payment of his karmic debt solely on us good Witches. We've had a lot of help, from all kinds of wonderful magickal beings. And he's only begun to reap what he has sewn. And as I so Will so more it be!!!

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      That damn Android poltergeist changed my wording around again. In my last sentence above, the word more should be mote. I must remember to proofread before submitting.

  1. Linda weeks's Avatar Linda weeks

    Although Trump was going to get COVID anyway because he refused to follow safety protocol, practitioners of The Craft may have supplied the catalyst. I support the Magic Resistance as I do all positive resistance to the current regime.

  1. John P Maher's Avatar John P Maher

    THE MOST POWERFUL W I T C H EVER is the V O T E, DO IT !

  1. Minister Mike's Avatar Minister Mike

    Do miracles happen? They sure do. Are miracles the result of spells, prayer, or other witchery? Nope.

  1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

    That will teach you Don't ever diss a witch

  1. Paul J. Fumero's Avatar Paul J. Fumero

    For Y'all, Trump uses dark magic in all his rallies. He has department of defense level psychics trying to help him. He channels pure darkness and the evangelicals are bewitched. So him getting COVID-19 is nothing more than Karma and destiny on him.

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      I agree that Trump has started repaying his karmic debt, but am sure there are those who have helped to ensure that, not seeking to cause harm, but through protection magick, and projecting negative thought forms. Personally, I'll only say that I've never thought anything nice about him, and there has been a great magnitude of thoughts in the air. Even the bible states that when two or more are gathered in prayer the power of it is amplified. That's also true when more thoughts, spells, hexes, and even prayers are directed at the same thing, especially by those who have been well trained in their use, and the power of those against it isn't as strong. I had a premonition around the time Trump was elected that he was going to be impeached, and also that he would leave office before January first. The reason for that was not clear. Although my premonitions haven't always been totally accurate, by far most of the time they have. 8ts not over yet, and I'd beore surprised if he lasted that long.

    2. Mya-Lia Sharizyn's Avatar Mya-Lia Sharizyn

      I'm glad you wrote this. When he used to say the press was acting like they were on a witch hunt after him, I took it that he was relating to witches!

  1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

    Well since he already a huge vile and disgusting orange toad I guess this is the next best thing that a witch could do to him.

  1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

    Hopefully he'll croak soon on Nov 3

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      ..,.or hop away to another planet. My bet is he'll be arrested, on or shortly after November 3rd, on his way to the airport, with a one way ticket to Russia, for crimes a sitting president can't be arrested for.

    2. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

      Is that a threat Kossee? Hmmmm I wonder how the Secret Service is going to take this.

      1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

        Daniel Gray No it not a threat so stop trying to make it into something it isn't and grow up and stop acting like a child.

        1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

          Not making it anything Kossee, I am going by what you posted.

  1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

    Nah, just old folk stories that cannot be demonstrably proved one way or another, I’m sure if Democrat witches were really involved, and they had real magic, he would have passed on by now. As it happens he’s come out if it wonderfully well, possibly thanks to modern day medicine, and/or his healthy lifestyle of not smoking and drinking alcohol.

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    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Why must it be proven? Isn't experiencing it good enough?

      1. Amber Fry's Avatar Amber Fry

        It should be. After all, that's pretty much all Religions have as well. To dismiss one for doing what they all do seems ignorant on several levels.

    2. Robert A Stiff's Avatar Robert A Stiff

      "Healthy lifestyle"? The man exists on Big Macs and fries. He has a Double, fries and a Diet Coke almost every day for lunch.

      1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

        For you to know his daily culinary delights you must be one very special person with the White House, you have now got me very intrigued. May I ask what your role is at the White House for you to know his daily regimen, or did you get this information from CNN?

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    3. Tabitha J's Avatar Tabitha J

      No religion can be proven. They are all "old folk tales". You can call it whatever you want, prayer,spells,meditation... it's the intent that is the root. Tesla and Einstein both agreed that all matter is waves of energy. The intent focuses the mind to that particular wavelength. If enough people are tuned to the same wavelength, it causes a shift in the energy. As for Trumps "healthy" lifestyle, that's between him and his doctor, not that I would believe that he even knows what a salad is...

  1. Melinda Fulk's Avatar Melinda Fulk

    Sadly, this is one of the fluffiest pieces of fluff I've read in awhile. I realize the Magic Resistance movement may be 13,000 and change strong, but that is a very small percentage of magical practitioners just in the US. And to claim that it's always been about feminism and battling the patriarchy is also wrong. Especially if you lump EVERY pagan or witch into the group. Please tell me this was something that showed up as filler in some local paper? It would still be a rather incomplete accounting, but at least it would explain why.

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      1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

        Masculinity and femininity are not indicative of being male or female. We all possess characteristics of both, and it is best when we achieve and maintain a healthy balance between them. Different people accomplish that in different ways.

    2. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

      You're right about it being very small percentage, plus the fact that there are male practitioners of witchcraft, Wicca and paganism So no it wouldn't be about feminism and battling the patriarchy. But still it a nice thought that witchcraft might of have had a hand in him getting the China virus as Trump like to refer it as.

      The 2014 Pew Research Center's Religious Landscapes Survey included a subset of New Age Spiritual Movement called "Pagan or Wiccan" reflecting that 3/4 of individuals identifying as New Age also identified as Pagan or Wiccan and placing Wiccans and Pagans at 0.3% of the total U.S. population or approximately in 2014 there are 318.4 million people in the U.S. 0.3% of 318.4 million = 955200. However Wicca and Paganisn is on a rise while those who once identify themselves as Christian or being religious is on a decline.

      The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “Wicca and Pagan,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009.

      Both Protestantism and Catholicism are experiencing losses of population share. Currently, 43% of U.S. adults identify with Protestantism, down from 51% in 2009. And one-in-five adults (20%) are Catholic, down from 23% in 2009. Meanwhile, all subsets of the religiously unaffiliated population – a group also known as religious “nones” – have seen their numbers swell. Self-described atheists now account for 4% of U.S. adults, up modestly but significantly from 2% in 2009; agnostics make up 5% of U.S. adults, up from 3% a decade ago; and 17% of Americans now describe their religion as “Wicca and Pagan,” up from 12% in 2009. Members of non-Christian religions also have grown modestly as a share of the adult population.

  1. James Pace's Avatar James Pace

    I just want to say, Mr. President, Hahahaha!

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      But Biden isn’t Mr. President yet, but I understand your comment about him.

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      1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

        That right Biden isn’t the President yet, so who else would James Pace be referring that is the president at this time, hint he is huge, orange and a total blathering idiot.

        1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

          Hint hnt, and he is going to STAY president for a second term. Bumbling butthead Biden will be a 6th time loser.

          1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

            This would be his 3rd time not his 6th He ran in 1988,2008, and now in 2020 whether he win or loses this time we just have to wait and see.

            1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

              The first time in 1988 but he withdrew a few months later after announcing his bid for presidency In 2008 he was in the running with With Democratic rivals such as then-U.S. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, even Biden admitted himself to be a long shot in the race. Name recognition was, again, considered an obstacle. So we know the out come of that race and since Biden was never nominated to for the presidency those two times he really never lost. However he did become the Vice President From January 20 2009 to January 20 2017.

            2. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

              Um no it will be his 6th time losing. What part of history do you seemingly not be able to understand?

  1. Dorothy E Fortune's Avatar Dorothy E Fortune

    Blessings everyone, please be gentle with ourselves. I feel that Someone/Something is TRYING to tell US something. None of us are Greater than the other, nor or you Superior . THE VIRUS 🦠 is a MESSAGE. When the People in the WORLD 🌎 get RIGHT it always Be A VIRUS/DISEASE worldwide! What can you do TODAY, TOMORROW and YESTERDAY???

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    Lionheart's last comment was dated before we learned of his good buddy Trump's business dealings with, tax payments to, and bank account in China. I bet he can't think of a response about that. The clock is ticking tick, tick, tick, tick... Where oh where is Sir Lionheart? Oh wear, oh where can he be? It's not too late to vote for sleepy Joe. Many Republicans are turning against Trump, and some of us were never for him. I'd rather pick the lesser of two evils.

    1. Tabitha J's Avatar Tabitha J

      I'd rather vote FOR someone than hold my nose just to vote against the other guy. It's an election not a sporting event and this team mentality has to stop. There is a 3rd candidate on the ballot in all 50 states. SHE is a college professor with a Phd in psychology, has built and sold 2 successful software companies, is a mother of 2, and is a firm Constitutionalist. Her name is Jo Jorgensen. Neither Biden or Trump is the one that will even try to fix what is wrong with the system. I'd rather vote for freedom and lose, then vote for tyranny and win. ~Peace

      1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

        I have checked up on Jo Jorgensen she not not evil and corrupt like Trump but what I have read of her ideas she is totally incompetent like Trump she hasn't even got a clue as on how to run this country, All of her ideas are just bad.

  1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

    If you're looking for good answers By be coming a Trump supporter you have gone over to the dark side to try and find them for he is neither the light nor the way. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. Trump and his sycophants enablers is the very definition of hypocrisy A true Druid would never support some one like Trump for he is the very antithesis of every thing pagan believe in.

  1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

    yea right. And if they can do this then why not just cause the covid to vanish and return us back to before it became an epidemic? The reason is they cant and are claiming something they have nothing to do with

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      It takes a lot more than most people seem to think to change the course of the world, but the tide is changing, and is greatly affected by cumulative thought and desires, believe it or not.

      1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

        yes carl, I agree with you on that the world is changing, and sadly with the riots and the lootings and the burnings of property and buildings and the defacing of private property and feceral buildings, as well as the rapes and murders......its not changing for the better.

        1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

          Throughout history different kinds of evil and good deeds have prevailed more than others during different periods. That is beside the point. The point is that the way people think, and what they believe in, is , and has already started changing about long held notions, as if ushering in a new era. The age of Aquarius is upon us.

    2. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      We already have, Daniel, but it came back. Time keeps repeating itself.

      1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

        then try again

  1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

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    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      There is greater magickal power in feminine characteristics, than masculine.

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  1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

    Hmmm 🤔. I’m just not sure. He’s certainly not from the Biden cartel with links to China and the Ukrainian Burisma company. Now who could that be?

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    1. Kim Currier's Avatar Kim Currier

      But he sure is linked to child sex trafficking, decades of sexual assualt and tells others to call his daughter a great piece of ***,,,,, Sorry , but not sorry,, He is evil and wicked, and to honor or praise such a person is an ABOMINATION to Creator and those people that support and praise those that do evil,, will never enter the kingdom..

      1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

        Yes, that doesn't surprise me at all that Biden is linked to sex trafficing judging from how he sniffs around young girls all the time. There's something really creepy about him. I hear Kamala Harris also has a very tarnished past with sex. It's amazing to me that the two of them are seen as the cream of the crop among 60 million Democrats, which doesn't say a lot for all those others down stream that didn't make it as far as they have done. Let's hope that Pelosi gets some help with her alcoholism, she really doesn't look or sound well at all does she? I wonder if they sell alcohol in the next life, or Kingdom as you put it. I'm sure she is encouraged though that its filled with lots of spirits. It might not be the type of spirit she would like but let her find that out for herself when the time comes.

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  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    ....and he's not immune to getting covid-19 again, or in a much worse way. When at first you don't succeed, try, try again!

  1. Nicole Kolopanis's Avatar Nicole Kolopanis

    These comments are ridiculously dark, deplorable, and alarming. As a right white-winged minister and manifestor, I rebuke the hate and idiocracy I see here and everywhere. Praying for our great nation and leaders. God Bless America 🇺🇸

    1. Kim Currier's Avatar Kim Currier

      white wing , as a person that supports trump ? a 3 time wife cheater , that lusts after his own daughter , even saying that he was more attracted sexually to her at 13 than his than wife Marlo Maples ?

      1. Rev Debi Borchardt's Avatar Rev Debi Borchardt

        I know these people. He is just a proud father of a very talented successful gorgeous daughter. I understand this. I have a daughter myself. It's Marla Maples, and he didn't say he was sexually attracted to his daughter. He was saying any guy would be lucky to have her. I don't understand the awful way he is treated. Why? People want to think the worst so that is what they will always see.

        1. Kim Currier's Avatar Kim Currier

          I will pray for you dear, You are lost and have not a clue about the man . That's all I will say to you as I do not converse with those that see evil and wickedness and praise it, Bless Be .

          1. Kim Currier's Avatar Kim Currier

            she was 13 , and its all very researchable . can you explain to me why he will not give his DNA in a current rape case ? Blessed Be.. but again another on the left path ..

            1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

              because he DID give his DNA and it DIDNT match and she could not say with any proof that it ever happened and she changed her story 5 times. Now if you mean E.Jean Carroll, then someone who would make up a rape charge would have the sense not to use an episode of CSI NY as a basis for her story, especially when the store she claims it happened in has no record of her or Trump ever setting foot in the store, let alone buying anything. And it did NOT help her credibility when she was speaking about it on 60 minutes and was coming on to the interviewer and eyeing him up and down as if she was starving and he was a T-Bone Steak. Maybe Kim you should actually look at reality and not look at the false claims of others that have been proved false.

      2. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

        You mean a man who has sexually molested more women then were at the Bunny House? You mean a man and his wife who thought nothing of his son Hunter shacking up with his sister in law? You mean a man who told a 10 year old child that she was "developing nicely" you mean a man who had a police complaint/Senate Ethics Complaint filed against him for rape and the same man that refuses to give a DNA sample to the experts so they can say for sure if the DNA in the Tara Reede rape kit is or isnt Bidens? You mean that Joe Biden? As all of your claims about Trump have been proved a lie, but do keep posting them as this proves you are not to be trusted or believed.

  1. Kim Currier's Avatar Kim Currier

    I'm Clergy a pagan with, And in truth,, One must have a heart and soul.. Trump has neither ,,,, So all of this goes on empty spells . He sold his soul along time ago,,,,, Blessed Be

  1. Antony Karasulas's Avatar Antony Karasulas

    I am very sorry and disappointed that witchcraft is being used by so many for political ends. Take a side, destroy the opposition - sounds a lot like some of the other religions out there, and reminds one of the burning times. Shame on you.

    1. Kim Currier's Avatar Kim Currier

      i do it for the love of country and people . He is destroying everything our country stands for, and his racism and bigtry is an open door to violence against others .. We have the right to protect ourselves and those we love,, and I love all people ,,,, And my country dearly ,,,

  1. Rev Debi Borchardt's Avatar Rev Debi Borchardt

    What is it that represents a threat to you from his presidency? I am an untrained Druid with natural talents thanks to my grandmother who was deep into the healing arts prior to the AMA. Love you are on the wrong side. I once was a democrat until I saw through the hypocrisy. There is no way to a Utopian way of life. We need to not take a hard line in this but look for good answers nonetheless. The only way you see things black and white is if you stand in the dark. I would not want those hexes back three times.
    Blessings Sisters and Brothers.

    1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

      If you're looking for good answers By be coming a Trump supporter you have gone over to the dark side to try and find them for he is neither the light nor the way. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. Trump and his sycophants enablers is the very definition of hypocrisy A true Druid would never support some one like Trump for he is the very anthesis of every thing pagan believe in.

    2. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

      Mura ndéanann sé dochar ar bith, déan an rud a dhéanfaidh tú.

      If it does no harm, do what you will.

      1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

        Thats a quote from the Church of Santanism High Priest Anton leVey, showing us what your beliefs are huh Kossee?

    3. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

      Druidry is about, the holding onto which requires a love of truth, and an insistence that the truth should be heard. Druids will always stand up for a principle – Eco-protest groups will often be second homes to Druids, and Druids will likely be involved in activism of all sorts (on both sides of the established legal systems in which they operate).whether it litter picking Speaking out for equal rights of all people no matter what their racial ethnicity ,gender, sexual orientation or whatever their believe or non-believe might be Standing up, Speaking out and fighting against injustice, facilitating positive change, helping make a better world for both human and non-human alike… All those are Druid roles too, although of course not exclusively.

      Druidry is also an ongoing quest for intimate empathic connection with the larger environment, a spiritual bonding with the world, with the universe, with all realities (what I tend to call the ‘verse). Many Druids find their gods in the wind and the rain and the hilltop and the waterfall and the cliff and the coast… Sometimes they find they have names, sometimes names that have come across in stories centuries and millennia old. That wakeful relationship extends beyond the normally understood world, and the Druid enters a commitment with his or her gods as strong and as deep as any person of any other faith might. There is next to no written history to Druidry; mostly it’s all built around stories that have come down the years, and therefore any relationship one builds with the gods is utterly personal to the adherent – no one is told what to believe, how to believe, who to believe, or even whether to believe. Your truth is yours, and in truth you act.

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  1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

    Then you're just throwing away your vote on someone that 90% of the U.S. and it's territories voting age population never even heard of and know nothing about. And maybe even giving Trump a chance to win just you can feel smug and superior. And another thing being successful in business does not make you successful in politics

    You do not run a business like a democracy and you do not run a democracy like a business

    It is a common fallacy, particularly (but not exclusively) among the conservative right, that if a person is successful in business, he or she must have the requisite knowledge to make wise decisions regarding economic policy. This, unfortunately, is dangerously naive.

    1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

      Spamming the thread does not make you any less wrong Kossee, or increase your intelligence from the low level it is now

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    There's nothing wrong with protecting ourselves and our nation from evil. For that only goodness will come back threefold. Blessed be! And by the way, my Pagan sister, I am a natural eclectic solitairy, and you may also know me as Raven Apollo. Blessed be your feet that have carried you here, and all the way up.

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