Those who identify themselves as witches has dramatically risen in the United States in recent decades, with growing interest in astrology and witchcraft practices becoming progressively mainstreamed.
Quartz noted the practice of witchcraft has grown substantially in the past few decades, with those who self-identify as witches rising alongside the rise of the “witch aesthetic.”
“While the U.S. government doesn’t regularly collect detailed religious data, because of concerns that it may violate the separation of church and state, several organizations have tried to fill the data gap,” Quartz reported.
“From 1990 to 2008, Trinity College in Connecticut ran three large, detailed religion surveys. Those have shown that Wicca grew tremendously over this period. From an estimated 8,000 Wiccans in 1990, they found there were about 340,000 practitioners in 2008. They also estimated there were around 340,000 Pagans in 2008.”
In 2014, Pew Research Center studied the issue and discovered that 0.4% of Americans, approximately 1 to 1.5 million people, identified as Pagan or Wiccan, which means their communities are experiencing rapid growth.
“It makes sense that witchcraft and the occult would rise as society becomes increasingly postmodern. The rejection of Christianity has left a void that people, as inherently spiritual beings, will seek to fill,” said author Julie Roys, formerly of Moody Radio, in comments emailed to The Christian Post Tuesday.
“Plus, Wicca has effectively repackaged witchcraft for millennial consumption. No longer is witchcraft and paganism satanic and demonic,” she said, “it’s a ‘pre-Christian tradition’ that promotes ‘free thought’ and ‘understanding of earth and nature.'”
Yet such repackaging is deceptive, Roys added, “but one that a generation with little or no biblical understanding is prone to accept.”
“It’s tragic, and a reminder of how badly we need spiritual revival in this country, and also that ‘our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world,'” she said, referencing Ephesians 6, which explains spiritual warfare.
Author and radio host Carmen LaBerge (@carmenlaberge), posted a tweet Tuesday pointing out the shocking figures that witches outnumber certain Christian denominations.
“As mainline Protestantism continues its devolution, the U.S. witch population is rising astronomically. There may now be more Americans who identify as practicing witches, 1.5 mil, than there are members of mainline Presbyterianism (PCUSA) 1.4 mil”
As mainline Protestantism continues its devolution, the U.S. witch population is rising astronomically. There may now be more Americans who identify as practicing witches, 1.5 mil, than there are members of mainline Presbyterianism (PCUSA) 1.4 milhttps://t.co/a0RPmFeEv1
— Carmen FowlerLaBerge (@carmenlaberge) October 9, 2018
Market Watch reported in October 2017 that the psychic service industry grew by 2% between 2011 and 2016, an industry now worth approximately $2 billion.
In addition, people ages 18-29 who “never doubt the existence of God” dropped from 81% in 2007 to 67% in 2012, according to Pew.
“Rather than deeming everything that is supernatural ‘demonic,’ the Church needs to wake up to the reality of this realm and begin to approach it from a Kingdom perspective which understands its place and purpose,” said Wanda Alger, field correspondent with Intercessors for America and a pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Winchester, Virginia, speaking to Christian Post in 2012.
“The sad thing is that these millennials who are exploring the dark side of the supernatural have more faith and belief than most Christians. Because they are open and spiritually hungry, the spirit realm responds. The biggest hindrance to understanding the realities of the Spirit realm is unbelief,” she emphasized.
Many may remember just a few short months after Trump’s inauguration, a May 2017 editorial in the Los Angeles Times, titled “I put a spell on you, Mr. President,” written by novelist Diana Wagman openly spoke of putting a curse on President Trump and encouraged others to cast similar spells in order to #BindTrump.
To perform this #BindTrump spell, Wagman said:
“I found an orange candle in a box of multicolored ones we use for our Hanukkah menorah. I printed the required tarot card off the Internet and propped it up. I cut an unflattering photo of POTUS out of the newspaper, and I burned it while chanting the words of the spell. My husband was watching “SportsCenter” in the other room. I stood at the kitchen sink. It took less than five minutes. More time was required to get the components together, although that wasn’t difficult — no eye of newt or boiling cauldron required.”
“The backlash against his firing of James B. Comey, his revealing interview with Lester Holt, his spilling of classified information to the Russians, the Comey memo, Kevin McCarthy’s taped voice joking that Trump was paid by Putin and the appointment of a special counsel, to say nothing of his constant, contradictory tweets — maybe the binding spell is doing its job,” Wagman said.
“I believe in resistance and in the power of collective action. Working together by the millions — sending out shared, fervent hopes and dreams and wishes, praying, voting, even casting a binding spell — we cannot be ignored. Doing these things, keeping the faith, gives me hope.”
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