Witches around the world cast spells against President Trump once again last Wednesday attempting to #BindTrump on the summer solstice.
The group identifies itself with the anti-Trump “resistance,” composed of self-described “witches” cast spells to “bind” President Donald Trump “and all those who abet him.” The group calls itself “Bind Trump,” has more than 2,000 members. Although it’s unclear exactly how many people participated in the event, on the night of the alleged binding ceremony, dozens posted pictures and videos of their anti-Trump rituals.
The group members also share the Twitter handles and phone numbers of U.S. senators, an “Anti-Social Guide to Resisting Trump” and the left-wing “Resistance Calendar.”
“My thought from the beginning was that Trump’s presidency was surreal and abnormal; therefore, there was a need to counter him and resist his administration beyond the normal channels like public protests, petitions, emails and calls to representatives,” Michel M. Hughes, one of the originators of the spell, tells Vox.
He and a community developed the spell that’s now been cast across the internet as part of the #MagicResistance.
“One very powerful element of the spell is its ability to allow participants to take back their power from the out-of-control administration,” Hughes says.
Participants were instructed to gather a number of “components” to aid them in their efforts, including a tower tarot card, “an unflattering picture of Trump,” candles, a “Small bowl of water, representing elemental Water,” an ashtray “or a dish of sand” and a feather.
The witches are then instructed to call on “spirits” and “Demons of the infernal realms” to “bind” Trump so “that his malignant works may fail utterly” and to prevent him from harming humans, trees, animals and rocks, among other things.
While binding spells are hardly taken seriously by the public, a Jewish Rabbi warned that Satanism is making its way back through witchcraft and atheism. Rabbi Daniel Asore, who studies the threat of Satanism today, emphasized the danger of practicing witchcraft and other forms of opposition to God, Breaking Israel News reported.
“Witchcraft, or its real name, Satanism, is explicitly a power struggle, which is why it is so readily dragged into politics. Satanism, in its essence, pits the adversary against God,” Rabbi Asore told Breaking Israel News. “Though this power struggle has been brewing all through history, today, when we are so close to Moshiach (Messiah), the role it is playing in politics could not be more clear.”
This isn’t the first such call: back in March, dominionist Lou Engle sounded an “urgent call” for a three-day fast by Christians to break the “unprecedented global summons of witchcraft to curse President Trump, his Cabinet and all of those aligned with a biblical worldview.”