Witches-Feminists and Hipsters-Pagans Growing in the US
NEW YORK - November 19, 2018
The US government doesn't collect any statistics on religions for fear of violating the principle of separation of church and state. From 1990 to 2008, Trinity College, located in Connecticut, did it instead. The well-known Washington Pew Research Center also took the lead.
The best source of data on the number of witches in the US comes from assessments of the Wicca population which show that Wicca a growing movement. According to polls, not all people who practice witchcraft consider themselves Wicca, but the religion makes up a significant subset, as Alden Wicker noted for Quartz in 2016.
Wicca is a largely Western religious movement that dates back to the mid-20th century in the US and UK. According to the site wicca.com, it's a belief system informed by "pre-Christian traditions originating in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales," that promotes "free thought and will of the individual, and encourages learning and an understanding of the earth and nature."
As for other sources, Pew Research studies have shown a rapid increase in the popularity of the so-called neo-paganism, astrology and magical practices among millennials. In particular, the number calling themselves Wiccans or pagans grew from 1 to 9%. In 2014, Pew found that .4%, or about 1 or 1.5 million Americans identify as Wiccan or pagan, which suggests continued robust growth.
Here you can also note the growing popularity of various crystals and Tarot cards via the ballooning wellness industry which has brought mysticism from the fringes right into your Instagram feed (just check out the extremely popular #witchesofinstagram hashtag).
This is confirmed by media publications on witches, which have become noticeably more frequent in recent years, with them putting a curse on President Donald Trump, then on the Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh appointed by him, then on the entire presidential administration with instructions on how to make it more effective.
If earlier the so-called witches were only in certain areas or states, now out of nowhere there are, for example, New York witches or Brooklyn witches, and even a whole community that holds protests and cast spells against Trump and his supporters almost every few months.
And more recently, the owners of the Sephora brand had to make an official apology and withdraw from the sale of products that, according to their plan, were intended for fans of modern mysticism. Those who are seriously passionate about witchcraft took it as no less serious an insult.
Witchcraft or Paganism (or however you refer to it) is a religion. One with actual practices and guidelines. It is not a basic bitch bandwagon. Spirituality is not a toy. Don't buy the #witchkit @sephora is selling.— ????Desert Witch???? (@_chelsearedd) September 4, 2018
Hey, so the #Sephora #witchkit is awful.— Bixa Rabbit ???? (Full Color!) (@RabbitThoughts) September 1, 2018
Not just for #appropriation of #Native practice, possibly endangering a species of sage to do it, but did anyone else notice the symbol on the included tarot deck?#whitingwhilewhite #Prince pic.twitter.com/UvaGR4AWgx
The most recent spell was dedicated to all Republicans in general
If you think about it, the current situation is a serious stone in the garden of the modern militant atheistic camp. Sharp criticism of religion has long gone beyond modern Western culture and today young people are perceived primarily as a characteristic of the rational and progressive man. But contrary to expectations, science has replaced religion, research has not supplanted rituals, and society has not set foot on a new level of existence. Quite the contrary, it has fallen back in the direction of the middle ages.
Only political technologists, namely left-liberal ideologists, for whom the issue of discrediting religion has always been a matter of struggle with their rivals, win in this state of affairs. And, as experience shows, a politicized mythologeme called "progressiveness" in fact leads only to an increase in the sales of Tarot cards and crystal balls. Quartz notes that one of the popular trends is witches-feminists: a real explosive mixture of the research of modern sociology and “pre-Catholic or pre-Christian traditions.”
Therefore, it is possible with great difficulty today to distinguish modern leftist activism from the radical cult: The total rejection of other people’s ideas, coupled with the inconsistency of their own beliefs, are multiplied by the irrational and groundless faith in them and a degree of passion that would be envied by the Eastern peoples.
One has to wonder how long it will take before all these witches and pagans take to the streets demanding reparations for the Salem trials?