The occult turned partisan on Saturday as a coven of New York witches performed a hex on US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The planned hexing of an anti-Kavanaugh, one of the more striking instances of politically discontented Americans turning to the supernatural when frustrated by democracy, has drawn backlash from some Christian groups but support from like-minded witch covens.
Witch Lindsay Von Wener, 26, said hexes work through the power of positive — or negative — suggestion, sort of as a matter of “witch-ful” thinking.
“If you put it out there, then it’ll happen,” she said. “If you watch Oprah, then you know how to do witchcraft.”
Dozens attended the event at Brooklyn’s Catland Books, which was also streamed online.
Organisers said the event was “an act of resistance and resilience”.
Seated at a desk phone among bird skulls and crystal balls at Catland Books, the occult shop she co-owns, Madara said the Kavanaugh hex is expected to be the most exciting event the store has hosted since its 2013 opening, including spells aimed at President Donald Trump. Madara declined to provide details of what the latest ritual will entail.
A Catholic priest and exorcist in California, Father Gary Thomas, planned to counter the spell by offering prayers for the justice at Mass.
“This is a conjuring of evil – not about free speech,” Father Thomas told the National Catholic Register.
Dakota Bracciale, co-owner of Catland Books and one of the organisers of the event, said they would not share details or specifics of “the spells”, but told the BBC the hex was “aimed at exposing Brett Kavanaugh for what he truly is, to cause him harm and see him undone”.
Hex on Kavanaugh!
Geplaatst door Catland op Zaterdag 20 oktober 2018
Mr Kavanaugh’s appointment to America’s top court was confirmed despite him facing sexual assault allegations, something he denies.
Asked when the spells were expected to take effect or when they anticipated seeing the results, the organisers said “as soon as possible”, adding: “There’s not a firm timeline on these things.”
They went on to say that part of its purpose was to provide “camaraderie, fellowship and support during tumultuous times”.