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A New Wave of Women’s Magic Against Donald Trump

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USA – September 25, 2018

Who cursed capitalism and Nixon

On Halloween in 1968, Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell (W.I.T.C.H.) was born in New York. Dressed as witches, complete with brooms, capes and pointy black hats, chanting "Wall Street, Wall Street, up against the Wall Street," the group descended on the financial heartland of the United States to administer a hexing. A day later, the stock market reportedly fell 13 points. W.I.T.C.H. activists put these facts on their account.

A year later, the women released 100 white mice into the crowd during the traditional "Wedding fair" in Madison Square Garden. Anti-marriage leaflets distributed by W.I.T.C.H. featured the warning, "Always a bride; never a person" and they sang "here come the slaves, off to their graves" to the music of the traditional bridal march. The fair had to be closed. The groups arranged similar performances in universities, banks, near the offices of large corporations and even at the Richard Nixon inauguration. Women dressed in mantles and hats, drew themed posters, and shouted curses.

Blending the then radical demands of the burgeoning women's liberation movement with the iconography of witches, W.I.T.C.H. was provocative, fun, and, as founding member Robin Morgan writes in the anthology Sisterhood is Powerful, "unhierarchal [sic] to the point of anarchy." Groups played around with the W.I.T.C.H. acronym to suit their needs, coming up with Women Interested in Toppling Commercial Holidays and Women Infuriated at Taking Care of Hoodlums, among others. Becoming a member of W.I.T.C.H. was straightforward. According to the group's 1968 manifesto, "There is no joining W.I.T.C.H. If you are a woman and dare to look within yourself, you are a witch."

W. I. T. C. H. was a leftist movement that broke away from the radical American feminists, who fought against Patriarchy. Witches believed that the blame for gender inequality lies with the capitalist system so most of their shares were aimed at banks and commercial corporations.

Thank Nature; Spirituality

W. I. T. C. H. built its legend around the magic. The activists relied on scientific research by first-wave feminists who argued that mysticism was of great importance to European women in the pre-Christian era. American Matilda Joslyn Gage believed, for example, that before Christianity, women who lived in Europe, conducted magic rites for the glory of nature deities. And in the Christian era in Europe, at least 9 million women were allegedly killed on suspicion of witchcraft. This hypothesis has no any weighty scientific proof, and according to the historians, the real number of victims is of the order tens of thousands of people.

However,  after 60 years, a new female branch of the neopagan Wiccan religion has repeared, also known as "The Craft," "Wicca," "Benevolent Witchcraft," and "The Old Religion", founded on the worship of Nature Spirituality. The popularity of the religion soon increased among second-wave feminists and LGBT activists. Many of them have been helped by neo-paganism to overcome trauma associated with sexual violence or abusive relationships. Some of the religion's followers perceive its rituals as an opportunity to study their sexuality and its relationship to society.

Women sought to explore the practice of witchcraft in the early twentieth century, which eventually turned into a 'feminist theology' and took root in the academic environment. And if the first researchers like Matilda Gage and Margaret Murray put forward fantastic theories about the powerful female pagan cults, then in the 70s, Yale University's Dr. Carol Patrice Christ published her essay "Why Women Need the Goddess". It was not only the Handbook on Vedic womanhood but a detailed study of the practice of worship of the ancient goddesses.

"Choosing a witch as their symbol, feminists identified themselves with all the feminine qualities not approved by traditional society: aggression, independence, even ugliness. Feminists don't use the image of 'good fairy' but create a new symbol of female power, knowledge and even martyrdom," says Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University Cynthia Eller in his book "Living In The Lap of Goddess: The Feminist Spirituality Movement in America."

Women's magic against Trump

In recent years, women's magic has gotten a second wind. For example, during the 2016 presidential race, neo-witches tried to curse Donald Trump several times. On the eve of Halloween in Burlington (Vermont) a group of professors involved in gender studies organized an ironic sabbath.

They called on all witches and their black cats to "use their magical charms of love and feminism to destroy the Great Redhead as well as the racism, sexism, and xenophobia he supports." And before that, the artist-activist Natalie Russell posted in her Instagram the image of Satan, which called for witches to curse Donald Trump. The image was used by Vermont activists in their actions.

A little later, the 'World Ad-Hoc Association of Witches' reported that it tried to mentally prevent Trump during the last round of the presidential debate to force the billionaire to quit the race.

"We'll cause no physical harm. We will simply hold up a mirror to him on the astral plane. As we watch the debate, tens of thousands of us will shout the idea of quitting into his mind," Peter Gower, the group’s Scotland based spokesman announced. "It is possible he may announce during the debate itself that he’s quitting. But whatever happens, he will quit no more than 24 hours later."

Most recently, the famous singer Beyoncé was involved in a scandal when her former drummer, who worked with her for seven years, filed a lawsuit against the singer. Kimberly Thompson said that the actress used 'extreme witchcraft' against her and spells to run surveillance and control her finances, and now she wants a restraining order against Bey. Some of the spells were allegedly of a sexual nature.

She claimed that for some reason, Beyoncé has started a campaign of harassment against her, that includes “Extreme witchcraft, Dark magic” and “Magic spells of sexual molestation.” She also said that Bey and her husband Jay-Z killed her kitten. It’s still unclear why Thompson believes the singer is allegedly doing all this to her, but she is adamant it all stems from Bey herself.

Whether it's a joke or not, but Beyoncé is an active supporter of the Democrats, including Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton.

The media reported that it  Hillary Clinton herself recruited the singer to attract a younger audience among her supporters. The former Secretary of State came to New York in order to give a speech, where Jayz and Beyonce were also in attendance, the event had a full house.

Among the speakers were Jay Z, Beyonce, Chance the Rapper and Big Sean, part of an effort to drum up excitement behind her campaign the weekend before Election Day.

The group of rap and hip-hop icons urged voters to head to the polls and firmly backed Clinton's candidacy. Clinton's main opponent in the presidential race Donald Trump at the time spoke to supporters in Pennsylvania, an event which also boasted a full house, albeit, as Trump noted, without special guests.

The day after Trump's inauguration, large-scale protests took place, during which Clinton said that women leaders need to "take a step forward and speak out." She also urged all American women to 'be brave.'

Clinton delivered a feminist message in a video released for the launch of this year’s MAKERS Conference 2017, an annual summit that brings together a broad range of women who are leading their fields.

"Despite all the challenges we face, I remain convinced that yes, the future is female," Clinton said, remarking on the powerful message sent by the Women’s Marches held around the globe on January 21. "Now more than ever, we need to stay focused on the theme of this year’s conference: be bold."

Clinton also noted the amazing energy, "which Americans witnessed last month." According to her, women organized a March that stirred up millions of people in the United States and around the world.

She ended the video with a call to action, for women to boldly come together to fight for a change. "We need strong women to step up and speak out," she said. "We need you to dare greatly and lead boldly. So please, set an example for every woman and girl out there who's worried about what the future holds and wonders whether our rights, opportunities, and values will endure."

In response to these calls, W.I.T.C.H followers today are sweeping the world. While some fight for their rights, chanting on the Internet about injustice and sending curses, others who stand above them are climbing into the political arena.

The trend for everything mystical and feminist has reached cult status. To learn magic and divination today, it is not necessary to sit on magic portals or read books. There are many blogs, podcasts, practical advice, spiritual sessions, and spells.

The "Horoscope" section in women's publications at one time was considered shameful, absurd, and symbolizing an irrational passion for mysticism... But recently people have developed a newfound respect for magic and divination. Activist Lakisha Harris founded the "Black Witch University", in which she united women mystics from the African-American community. The project has a clear political message, and in addition to magic, Lakisha teaches at the Chicago center for women's health.

The witch image is no longer a cliché for horror or sexist stereotype, now it is a full-fledged symbol of feminism. Will "All women are witches" be the new slogan of emancipation?

Author: USA Really